Vlog 2: It’s hot! 


Summer’s here and the temperature is frequently topping 40°C. I usually go around the outside of the house and compare temperatures in full sun and in shade. This year I’ve made a video of most of my findings. Some might surprise you – they always do me! The take home lesson from all this is…

(Bubble) wrapping your windows in Summertime


  Bubble wrap can be easily applied to windows as insulation.  A while ago, I wrote a post called ‘Bubble Wrap Insulation‘. That post was aimed at keeping the Winter cold out and our precious heat in but as its been so hot here lately, I thought I’d measure the difference it made on the…

Shadehouse complete


Over the last week, interrupted by periods of bad health, and with Marlon’s erstwhile assistance, I’ve put up a shadehouse that covers most of the northern end of the house. This is the end that usually gets blasted all day by the summer sun, so shading it has been on our to-do list for a…

Spring window temperatures.


I noticed something about the temperatures yesterday, so got out some thermometers and checked the situation. The temperature inside the house was 24 °C, outside was 34°C. The interesting thing was that the temperature of the window glass on the western side of the house was almost 45°C! That was a lot of heat pumping…

Makes me think…


I had an interesting ‘how to’ delivered to my email this morning. ’ 10 Tips For Drying Clothes Outdoors On A Clothes Line’. I found it interesting, not because I don’t know how to do it, but the fact that there are probably people out there who have never done it. People in modern, technological,…