“when it rains it pours” and drizzles in between
Let me start by saying that we love the rain;
well, everybody but Nutella, who’d rather be dry and in her blanket.
Marmalade puts on her boots and really lets it soak in to her soul.
Mohamed loves the cool freshness of it.
And I love the quiet that rain provides,
since most (possibly sane) people stay inside,
the outside world becomes our own private retreat.
And I love rainbows (but who doesn’t).
Over the weekend it had been raining semi-constantly,
going from a slight drizzle to downpours,
and back again, over and other again.
So some downpours have given us an excuse to be inside,
and there’s a lot to do indoors, and out running errands.
Mohamed went out with Marmalade on Friday to sign her up for school,
which also entailed signing her up for free health insurance,
and getting her photos taken for the application process.
She will be starting her kindergarten on Tuesday.
It gave me a chance to finally get working in the bathroom.
Before we can install tiles and build up the glass blocks,
we need to build wood supports and a few foundation walls.
I was also able to track down the manufacturer of the cork exterior siding,
and after some correspondence, direct order the 15 m2 of 50mm siding.
So today it’s been ordered, the bank transfer set up,
and we will receive our delivery date tomorrow.
So we are hoping that once we install the cork siding,
the bathroom will be much warmer in the mornings,
at least warm enough to pee without putting a coat on.
Fortunately, the rest of our house is warm,
but before the sun rises, the bathroom is really chilly,
like, you can see your breath chilly.
We took advantage of this Flower time,
in the Northern hemisphere transplanting time,
to do some transplanting.
We moved two huge patches of wild mint to our yard
(taken from the fringes of a huge patch growing at the edge of the bamboo),
and three small wild heather plants that were growing at the sea cliffs,
and a branch from Malika’s neighbor’s hydrangea that we were given to root
(hydrangeas from my mom’s garden were my wedding bouquet,
so their thoughtful gesture has extra significance for our new home).
And this morning we got a peach tree to plant lower down on the hillside.
(Yes, the peach tree should’ve been planted on a Fruit time,
but we are leaving transplanting time until late December,
and Flowers beget fruits, so hopefully it’ll be okay.)
And after it switched over to Leaf time,
I started clearing the grass from the third garden box
and transplanting it all to the top shelf of our outdoor storage space,
as an experiment for the green roof project.
(Mohamed read in Naturkeller, a natural cellar construction book,
that grass roofs are an easy green roof for their cellar systems.)
While lifting up the grass, I noticed a lot of mycelium,
a really good sign of healthy, organic soil,
eventually finding a little mushroom in the grass,
so transplanting that too.