I haven't made a post since the rainy season
Luckily the rainy season was short and sweet this year
モリアオガエル Forest Green Tree Frog
This year I grew the largest potato plants I've ever seen or raised.
They were beautiful, nearly up to my chest, with delicate pink flowers.
They proved to be exactly as advertised. The largest potato plants I've ever grown.
No spuds, just plants. The taters were the same size coming out as going in.
The plants were frickin' huge though! I had to laugh.
I did however manage to pull out 5kgs from two other beds luckily.
Coming in a close second in the pathetic crop competition
are a dozen puny ears of delicious corn.
Corn means midsummer and that means swimmin!
Haven't seen the giant salamanders オオサンショウウオ
(OsanshoO) is the best I can translate that, around in 2 years and was
getting worried that perhaps the water quality was degrading in the creek.
Good to see them back.
With an eye on fall I've been thinking up a new project.
Can you guess what it is?
I got about 1.5m of copper tubing from the local hardware
store for cheap and coiled it by hand as tight as possible
without kinking it.
Then, as an experiment, placed it in the bbq.
In the warm summer weather it was able to maintain a 100 liter bath at 33C
with some effort and minimal use of wood, perhaps 8 arm-sized pieces.
It would go as high as 55C with the water at a trickle and
the fire not too high. The hose is rated to 60C so no problem there.
Can easily hold either side of the copper pipe safely.
The problem is flow. It will make 2 liters per minute at 33-38C,
or enough for a warm shower easily.
(A weak shower at home uses about 3 liters per minute)
A good bath would need 38C+ for cold weather to maintain the tub temperature.
Next I plan to put the coil into a pile of bricks configured
as a rocket stove. Or directly into the
firepit in the backyard. That should solve the flow problem.
We have our old insulated tub that is bigger and will
make a nice 露天風呂 rotenburo, or outdoor bath
overlooking the creek.
excitement in the village