Fanny Farm update….

13 01 2017

It’s raining again, and too wet for fencing… so I’ll keep my faithful readers up on what’s been happening for the past few days.

Firstly, my amazing neighbour who had the most unfortunate accident that caused his expensive ute to be written off (nobody got hurt, which I have to tell you was pretty amazing…), flew to Melbourne the other day to pick up a replacement. japanesebathHe offered to pick stuff up there for me, and lo and behold, I discovered that someone in Melbourne manufactured round Japanese plunge baths that would finish the circular theme of our new bathroom. Sometimes, things are just meant to happen…. I’ve been looking for something like this for ages, but they were either unavailable, or just plain too expensive.

It turns out, this one was made by the bloke who sold it to me, and, wait for it, his factory was just two streets away from where Matt picked up his new car…!

Now I just need a house to put it in…. like the toilets, the bidets, the handbasins, the kitchen sink, the taps, I have accumulated a lot of stuff for this house already.

The same day the bath arrived, all the reinforcing steel was also delivered. On a very large truck, that the driver had to reverse the entire 400m back out to the main road…

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Then yesterday, as part of the rezoning of this block of land, Julia and Matt, my current wwoofers from America and I moved the entire composting system from where I first sited it a year ago to where it will be needed, next to the market garden.

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20170112_153212No mean feat it turns out, I had way more compost than I realised, almost enough to fill the ute…. It was also a good opportunity to teach young people how to make compost, because it turns out they had no idea…… In fact, it may be an American thing, or maybe they’ve led sheltered lives, but they know very little about what’s going on in the world, particularly when compared to the young French people I’ve had here who have actually impressed me with what they already knew……

On the downside, my new pump is driving me insane…… it pumps when it feels like it, and when it won’t, I cannot get my head around why not. I’ve spent so much time flushing out the suction line, even wading out into the muddy bottom of the dam several times… I’ve modified the footvalve assembly to ensure it can’t suck air – and now it CAN’T because it’s anchored underwater permanently – but it still refuses to pressurise my sprinkler for more than three to five minutes….. my understanding of pumps is that they should work, or not work at all, but not this…..

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2 responses

13 01 2017
GeoffC

Sounds like things are coming along there, even though the house isn’t moving along as swiftly as you’d like! With your pump, is the suction line on a fairly even slope, with no humps in it that would trap air along the way? I had to raise our pump up not long after getting here as the pipe came through the wall of the shed then took a downward dip to the pump, which allowed air to “settle out” of the water causing it to frequently lose its prime.

13 01 2017
mikestasse

Hi Geoff…. I am aware of what you describe. There is a flat bit that goes under the access for the house site, but it IS flat; and then it rises to the pump. I have also flushed sometimes as much as 500L of water from the header tank down the main line with the outlet completely underwater in the dam until no bubbles came out for several minutes. It still didn’t work. I know it CAN work, because a few days ago the pump ran non stop for five hours before the footvalve decided to float while I wasn’t watching. THAT’s what I’ve fixed last, can’t happen again now…..

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