This is what it looks like outside at 07:30am here at Bhudeva:
Ironically this marks, according to the forecasts, a period of 2 relatively sunny weeks. I have by now learned that at this time of year sunny means cold and cloudy means less cold (warm is pretty much gone).
Though this isn’t the first frost. There was a lighter frost a couple of weeks ago. The day before yesterday I drained water from the solar hot water heater and I’m glad I did – I think it may have been damaged by this frost (blown pipes). Though I am considering re-opening it tomorrow or the day after to work is a pre-heater for another week or two. After that I will probably drain the solar hot water system completely (tank and collector). It’s probably also a good time to re-insulate the tops of the two concrete man-holes of the water supply from the well to the house.
The cold came earlier this year. Most of september was surprisingly cold – a cold I that I remember arriving only in October in previous years. It was also very cloudy … I didn’t get as much mileage as I wanted to from the solar dehydrators. The prunes took for over and I would have wanted them to dry a bit more – I hope they will keep well as they are. There is a batch of elderberrys that I haven’t checked on during the last week. If they got dry enough then they will be fine with this frost, if not they may have spoiled.
This is another confirmation that the more noticeable aspect of global warming is instability. Weather patterns are getting more erratic, less predictable and less reliable. They demand that much more resiliency be built into … everything.
This fall was also very rainy … the rainiest since I’ve been here (this is my 3rd fall).
The thermometer next to the window indicates 12-13c in the room (though its coldest next to the window). This is after charging the rocket last night … though not to full capacity. It’s probably time to start running it a bit longer. I also need to make a repair on the rocket. A lot of humidity is draining out of the vertical part of the chimney – this is more of problem with rocket stoves because the chimney is much cooler then regular stoves (most of the heat is retained in the mass of the rocket) – so what would would be vapor in a regular stove turns to condensation in a rocket’s chimney. This moisture is eating up the bottom of the chimney (cheap parts) and I think it is compromised and leaves an unpleasant smell (and can potentially let poisonous gasses into the room). It’s a recurring weakpoint I should probably fix. My plan is to replace the metal part with a small firebrick chamber which will not decay and will breathe any moisture back into the room.
I expect to see much more leaf-fall today and in the coming days. The frost does this. It is a spectacular and sudden change to find some trees all of a sudden bare and the ground around them covered with fallen leaves.
Also, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to lie down on the floor for Yoga practice. My winter-shopping list includes a combo of a small carpet with some underfloor insulation to place beneath it. I’ve finally settled into a regular practice these past months and already it is being challenged … savasana is very uninviting.
… and the tea is cooling much faster 🙂