Monday, 28 July 2014

Coal Range Pizza

I got a shock with last month's power bill of something like $120. Part was that the meter reader had visited and the bill included the extra amount over and above the past two or three estimations. Power prices are something people complain about a lot here. And in other areas of the country they pay twice as much per kilowatt, than I do. I pay something like 27 cents per kilowatt. Of course there's a per-kilowatt-used tax by some 'electricity authority' parasite, in addition to the goods and services tax by the 'government' parasite. And the daily charge of 33.33 cents. This bill was around $115.

I have a coal range, which has a wet back. So I've put that into use. I only need to get it going for 3-4 hours a day, and it prevents the hot water from being heated with electricity. Here I've cooked a pizza in it. I'm fairly certain that it was well cooked and made me want to cook in the coal range again. But every pizza since then has had a soggy bottom. So maybe not.

Coal Range - 2014-07-02 - Pizza

I've since received the next bill, and it estimated I'd used 314 units of normal electricity, and 138 units of night boost electricity. The reality was 71 units of normal electricity, and 33 units of night boost electricity. So that's a reduction from a bill of $145 to around $40. Which would also be my lowest power bill of the year. Let's ignore the additional $95 over and above that I had to call them about and ask them to remove, which was related to my power meters being faulty, and having to get them replaced.

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Garlic Chive Division

I was given a division off someone's garlic chive plant, which I just threw in my concrete tank. It had some dead flowers on it, so I saved the seeds from those. Then I chopped off the top and left it. Finally, the chickens would hop up and bathe in the dirt on top of it. And now, it's growing back nicely.

Chives, Garlic - 2014-07-08 - Resprouting

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Passionfruit, Elite, W1

Day 1: This is one of several cheap passionfruit plants I planted (maybe ~$5NZ at most). There are two varieties, Elite and Black Beauty. I am sure the fruit is indistinguishable, and any difference is purely for marketing purposes..

Passionfruit, Elite, W1 - 01 - 2014-02-01

Day 14: Just two weeks, and there's significant growth. I bought a trellis from Bunnings (for around $20NZ I think) and borrowed a suitable drill, and mounted it for the passionfruit to grow up.

Passionfruit, Elite, W1 - 01 - 2014-02-15

Day 29: Almost a month, and the passionfruit is already halfway up the trellis.

Passionfruit, Elite, W1 - 01 - 2014-03-02

Day 56: Nearly two months, and this isn't far off where it stopped growing.

Passionfruit, Elite, W1 - 01 - 2014-03-29

It's still looking pretty good, and hasn't suffered any damage in the few frosts we've had so far this winter. Hopefully will get some fruit off it later in the year.