We were finally able to complete the upgrades to the small solar system that came with the house. We replaced the battery bank.
A big investment, but they should last us twenty years.
We now have a beautiful new grey water planter to serve the two bathrooms.
Here is Ethan helping me to fill it with soil; the final layer on top of stone, gravel and sand. It is basically a giant natural filter for our bathroom grey water. We no longer produce black water since we replaced our flush toilets with composting loos, thus also saving about 150 litres of water per day.
Yet to be completed is the pipework which will be flow along the length of the tank allowing for slower absorption. We will plant up with water-loving plants and many aromatics.
Here having an open fire is not an automatic right and people who do so without a licence run the risk of being fined. This is because of the high risk of forest fires, which can be devastating. We do apply for a licence to burn, but in spring permission is limited.
So, we enjoyed a barbecue on good Friday at the village leisure area 'La Plana'. It's a beautiful forested area with bric- built barbecues and a sink with running water. Bonus is it's also free for us as village residents for us to use. Others can book and use the space for a small fee.
We had a lovely afternoon.
To help you in the self-catering, we have decided to offer, as an optional extra, food packs:
Frances and Barry Copping bought Xalet Pigall in 2015. They are working towards resilience and self-sufficiency.