Thursday, September 13, 2012

Solar Rocket and Spring Days

A fathers day present in action, it was left in the sun on a cool sunny day and forgotten about, 2 hours later it was furiously bubbling.  The solar rocket feels a little flimsy (the downside to buying things online is you don't see them first), but it certainly does a great job, it will be fun to have free hot water through summer, I wonder how long it will take on a summers day.


 Flowers are filling our house with fragrance and joy, the bulbs seemed to have enjoyed the wet winter, I love the variety of daffodils and jonquils in our garden.

Shorts! Warm enough for shorts, it felt as if the day would never come.  We are minding some chickens at the moment, I find myself watching their antics and feeding them garden tit bits constantly, as a bonus they also give us two eggs a day, the children are besotted. The hen on the right has been seriously hen pecked after a heavy moult and in need of some TLC, any suggestions to help nurse her back to health?



I spread stinky stuff everywhere today - blood and bone and chicken manure pellets, just need some rain to soak it all in now, doesn't look like good outdoor weather on the horizon.


  1. Poor hen. We have one that is bare chested too from a heavy moult. Hoping the spring warmth will help her. Maybe you could separate your hen from the others to ease the pecking.

  2. What a fantastic array of flowers in your garden for spring! So many different daffodils. Hope you get some rain to soak in the fertiliser. It's dry and windy here today so, like you, looks unlikely to rain.

  3. We had enough rain to soak in the manure etc today - it was damn cold here too. Bring back the shorts weather I say!

    1. a bit of hail and rain, so the stench is dissipating. Oh shorts weather why have you forsaken us?

  4. Gorgeous spring photos! Poor hen, but she will pick up soon I'm sure. Maybe let her out more away from the others? Looks like maybe you will have some hens of your own I think! cheers Wendy

  5. Love the solar rocket, never seen that before. We are having warm days (not hot by any means) and very cold evenings here, needing a jacket nights. It won't be long before we are into winter. I picked a variety of wildflowers today for my house, just needing a touch of summer still, but there's not much variety left any more.

  6. Oh I'm intrigued by the solar rocket. That looks like fun!

  7. Loving the solar rocket! Can't wait to see it in action. Enjoy those chookies, what fun! :)

  8. Hi!

    Loved seeing your SunRocket post! I'm heather, you probably bought it from me ages ago. I loved it too but agreed it had a few flaws so spent the last 12 months redesigning and remaking it. the new version is finished now and it's great - heavy duty, sturdy and also a screw lid with a steam release valve - so no needing to go looking for a lost lid! We also enjoyed working out how to make it as ethical and environmentally friendly as possible, which was educational!

    the new version is available from our site and if your father ever wants to upgrade , just get in touch and we'll work something out :)

    thanks again for your spring article and that you're enjoying the Rocket! :)




In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.
Margaret Atwood

“She turned to the sunlight
And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbour:
"Winter is dead.”
― A.A. Milne, When We Were Very Young