Doing: Not trying out the solar cooker :-( It was a lovely sunny day today so i got out the solar cooker, excited about doing a trial run. Unfortunately, the whole set up was just too enticing for Miss 2 & 1/2 and I was worried she'd either break it, or worse, burn herself on it, if I wasn't constantly supervising it. I didn't have time for that today, so I'll have to leave it until probably Sunday, depending on the weather, when DH can look after the kids. D'oh! We are looking at building a special stand for it in the garden, long term, so that it will be up out of the way of curious hands.
Picking: Black Russian tomatoes, cherry tomaotes.
Dinner: Leftover silverbeet and lentil lasgane, and garlic pizza.
Reading: The Omnivore's Dilemma, Michael Pollan.
Utility Averages 2008: Gas 30.3 MJ/day; water 352 L/day; electricity 9.6 kWh/day.
After all this time, I've only just realised I've been calculating my gas usage incorrectly! Gosh I do some dumb things sometimes... Anyway, it's all a bit long-winded to explain, and I'm not sure you'd know what I'm talking about anyway, LOL, suffice it to say I need to go away and recalculate. Hopefully it will mean a reduction the daily usages I've been working out - wouldn't that be nice?
I've also, surprisingly, almost run my rainwater tank dry, so I've had to start watering the vegies and pots using mains water - and look at the impact on my average water use! Admittedly, I've been tring to get the water in the tank down because I want DH to put another tap on it to use for directly filling water cans, but it's certainly shown me that it doesn't take too much to drain it (and I wasn't being wasteful with it).