August was construction month. Local builders came in to upgrade the downstairs kitchen and build a second grey water tank.
The main work in the kitchen was to demolish two walls, insulate, rebuild and tile. Frances did a great job repainting the walls.
The second and smaller grey water tank is connected to both the upstairs and downstairs kitchens, so now all the water in the house is reused. It is split into two sections. The first to catch bits of food and oils in the straw, then the water is sent through a layer of sand, gravel and rocks, before entering the bigger tank where it is filtered through soil, then more sand, gravel and rocks.
With temperatures soaring and the grey water tank drying up, there wasn't much happening in the garden. Fingers were crossed that plants would survive and attention was focused on upgrading the outdoor solar shower and finishing the new wood shed.
Racing the sun in the early morning we dug holes for support posts for the bamboo walls. The surrounding ground was flattened and cleared of bind weed and rocks to create a lovely cactus and succulent garden.
The second wood shed was also finished.
Frances and Barry Copping bought Xalet Pigall in 2015. They are working towards resilience and self-sufficiency.