Of course, as the rain subsides, the pond goes down, so I can imagine that mine will soon look like this:

Pond at Swillington Organic Farm

This would be a great shame for the birds that have started to visit the pond once again, now that they have need of water. It would also be a shame for me, since I enjoy watching them. Fortunately, there are other attractions to bring them in, such as dandelion leaves, which I saw one pigeon sampling round the garden as I ate my lunch today.

I did actually get out into the garden myself as well to do some work. Nothing too onerous, apart from when I transferred some compost from the dalek to the Green Johanna. Also, a rat had been investigating the contents of the former again, so I decided to make them less appealing by pouring water into the bin.

The steam that came up quite astounded me. Is the compost really warm at this time of year or is it rat heat? Whatever the cause, the dalek seems to be doing a good job at the moment, perhaps outstripping the Green Johanna, but at least there are no rats in there!

Anyway, on this occasion some food has been saved from going into either bin because of the dehydrator I bought yesterday. Quarter of a melon had been languishing at the back of the fridge and I’d defrosted some of last year’s strawberries but feared they might not get eaten in time, so they have been used in the first experiment.

The above shot is what the fruit looked like after being in the dehydrator overnight and this is what the result was by the time I decided enough was enough this afternoon:

By the time of the final shot, quite a lot of the fruit had already been eaten, particularly the melon, which my daughter and I agreed was the nicer of the two fruits.

I was disappointed that even after nearly 24 hours the fruit was still not fully dried out. I was also dismayed because of the cost of running the machine. However, when it is put into proper use, I intend to fill all the trays as much as possible, which will of course make it much more economical. I will also slice everything into thin pieces.

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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9 Responses to Evaporation

  1. Carol Anne says:

    the fruit sounded delicious! hope you enjoyed it!

  2. Having converted our garage to a library we make use of a dehydrator in there πŸ™‚

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