Early this week after a long weeding session, I decided to restart using the compost bin with garden waste only and have a worm farm for kitchen scraps (no citrus, onions, dairy or meat though).
We've not been recycling ever since the rat episode earlier this year. For those not up with the tale, one of the cats kept giving me presents of rats either dead, almost dead or in 1 case very much alive. The presents were mainly left in the kitchen but also were found under the computer desk, in the bathroom and behind a bookcase(the live one). The Pied Piper of Hamlin told me to get rid of the compost heap which we used for both garden and kitchen waste as it was attracting the rats from...who knew where.
Emptying the bin plus all the rat bait he put all along their run seemed to have worked so, with just over a week before I get back to the salt mine, I spent most of yesterday researching and finally buying a worm farm for the kitchen waste
fibrous stuff soaking in a bucket..a bit like trying to quickly defrost the mince beef for Spag Blog
then it was put onto of the cardboard in the top layer for the worms to munch through as their first meal
add 1000 worms
cover with a wet blanket or newspapers or hessian bag and put on the lid. Apparently for the amount of kitchen waste 3 people generate, eventually I'll need an extra 2000 worms. First I have to see if I can manage not to kill 1000 of them!
Yesterday I went into work to farewell a colleague who was retiring and took the time to tell anyone who asked just how boring retirement was! Over and over I said..there's only so much gardening, learning Italian and training I can do before I go stir crazy! and strangely enough no-one seemed too surprised....
There are many reasons for this of course..the transition from the excitement of travelling OS to ...nothing, the transition from being around and dealing with people to not and the transition from being crazily busy busy busy to ...well...not very busy...
Soooo..a clinical locum from 22/11 to 7/1 and then a 13 week Project Officer job will keep me out of mischief (and boredom) until April and then it'll almost be time to go OS again (June 30th).
With the weather getting better, I'm back on the road. Today's ride had to be early in the day to escape the windy and >30 C forecast. A small branch falling onto the road about 10metres ahead of me gave me a hurry up and a clear incentive to get out of the forested area of the Dandenongs ASAP. No track training this weekend or next with the Country and Metro champs taking up both weekends. I'm racing in the Metros next week, but only the 500m TT and hopefully during the Tuesday training session with help I will go part way to solving the vexed question of which gear to use.. My all time PB about 2 years ago was in the high 42s, lately its been high 43s...I'd love it to be low 43s, but ........
oh TG...cool change coming through as I type!