first off - some fall weather pics!!!
the sun sets a certain way this time of year - and the front yard is quite nice!!!
well - you read about meeting our internet friends d and his family here. d was around for another week and he took me fishing - well - the guy knows his stuff - first we were to gabarus bay and got some mackerel - THEN to a secret spot for some surf fishing... i had a blast, d was a great guide - i know the river, but not the sea - i got schooled quickly and believe me, i took notes
okay - i LOVE this pic - d caught me in action...
and my biggest fish ever - striped bass around 32 inches long and 10 - 12 lbs!
i caught 3 all in all, but the others were too small - d was returning home so he gave me his too - with the mackerel - there is a LOT of fish in in the freezer now!
thanks a million d!
not to dismiss the framboise river - aug 30, 2nd last day of trout season...
down by headwaters i found - FROST!!!
yup - frost - it is quite low-lying and windless there - here is a lesson - keep the homestead on the hill!!!
4 nice trout for pioneer p and sandy!!!
okay d and a few otheres asked k about our water - we use black berkey filters for our drinking water:
we have used them for years - now we did buy the filter towers as well - but i have seen many plans to build your own with food grade buckets - got these at the bakery in sydney! - i followed this one:
but i wanted more flow - so i made it for 4 filters:
notice in the above pic one hole is bigger - i drilled the bottom holes too small - but after fixing one i realized it didn't matter as there was enough of a lip to accommodate the nuts the nuts are 1 1/2 inches wide..
after drilling pilot holes through the bottom of the top bucket and the lid for the bottom bucket - drill 1" holes in the bottom of the top bucket
attach these babies..
and all 4 - the filters come with instructions on how to do this...
back to the lid of the bottom bucket.. line up the holes...
and here is the final result - fill the top and empty the bottom - with 4 filters we can do around 4-gal a day! i pour the water into 18.9 L water jugs which we then use in the water coller
i marked where the holes line up - it saves time - on the first one i made, i didn't and every time i would have to line up the holes..
also - i used our well water in the first one - with all teh minerals our filters slowly clogged up - these are new filters so i resurrected the rain barrel for drinking water - much less stress on the filters..
as for the well water - we filter out the sediment with an in-line filter- you can see the difference when it is time to change!!!
i like the watts whole house model
here is our rig in the basement:
1- 3/4 hp jet pump
2 - 20 litre tank
3 - shutoff valve
4 - unfiltered water to all garden spigots
5 - unfiltered tap for basement cleanup
6 - in-line filter
7 - water to washing machine
8 - water to house
took a while to figure it all out - but we are happy with our current setup. the well is a ways form the house but in a good spot and never dry or frozen
bonus - BERRIES - nice mix!!
hope you all have a great week!!