Woke up to a beautiful, sunny dawn promising a delightful day. This was after a torrential downpour that lasted about 3 hours yesterday evening. We finally got some serious rain (4 or 5 out of 11 water vats are full now, a good start) following almost 10 days of cool, drizzly weather that provided neither warmth nor water – the worst of all combinations.
So what did we do this fabulous day? Probably what everyone else around here was doing – washing clothes and hanging them out to dry! When you generate your own electricity, you don’t waste it on drying clothes. We don’t own a clothes dryer down here. In fact, we don’t own a washing machine; I washed the linens in the double kitchen sink, using hot water heated in the kettle on the stove (we also don’t have a water heater). Dennis helped me wring them out and get them on the line. Who needs a gym for a workout? We also aired out the mattress. The previous 4 or 5 nights the bed had felt a little damp when we went to bed. Not a pleasant sensation. I had visions of turning green with mold starting at the toes. The hard work is done and now the sun is doing its job with help from a nice breeze. I am looking forward to getting our solar power system installed so we can splurge on a washer and water heater. Doubt we will get a clothes dryer; I really prefer line drying the clothes.
|The mattress is precariously balanced on the rail of the back veranda. It is in desperate need of some good sterilizing UV!
Those low clouds on the horizon came over and kept us cool and damp for most of the day. Dawn was the highlight. :-(
The shot below is of a red lored parrot in our old mango tree. I took it from the top of the steps, hand holding my long lens, so it is not very sharp. The parrots have been stopping by lately to see what is ripe.
|Have any mangoes? Guava? Cashew fruit?
We don't yet, but when we do, I should be able to get some better photos.