Thursday 01.8

Valentina:

This was a very busy day. I woke up and watered the plants. Now this has become my daily waking up ritual. We had breakfast and then we crushed the charcoal we had collected from the stoves from the previous days’ cooking. We mixed it with the EM and then it was ready to use to the toilet. I cleaned the old meat grinder. It took a while, because the girls have used it last week but did not wash it and therefore all plant material had dried up and was stuck with the rust. We washed the plums we had collected the other day from the tree and we took the pits out manually. It took us two hours with both of us working simultaneously. It was a rather monotonous job. Pieter found it more boring than I did. I thought it was quite meditative. Then we lit the rocket stove and we cooked lentil-rice for lunch. We kept feeding the fire for cooking the jam. It took another 2 hours of feeding the fire and stirring. Pieter started building a toolbox. 
After the jam was ready, I did the canning process. We managed to produce a good number of jam jars, around ten. That will keep us a while with the exchanges, until the garden starts producing more food. I read half an hour of a book, until Elena came by. She will be the next resident. I showed her around, and we did an exchange. She brought eggs! And I gave her back some fresh, still hot, jam. After she left Pieter had finished the toolbox. It was almost dinnertime. We decided to make fresh pasta, since now we had an egg for the dough. Another time-consuming action, but nevertheless enjoyable. It was delicious. After dinner, Igor came by and we have been talking about Kazakhstani nomads. At the same time we cleaned by hand the remaining in the husks wheat. 

Thursday 01.8

Valentina:

This was a very busy day. I woke up and watered the plants. Now this has become my daily waking up ritual. We had breakfast and then we crushed the charcoal we had collected from the stoves from the previous days’ cooking. We mixed it with the EM and then it was ready to use to the toilet. I cleaned the old meat grinder. It took a while, because the girls have used it last week but did not wash it and therefore all plant material had dried up and was stuck with the rust. We washed the plums we had collected the other day from the tree and we took the pits out manually. It took us two hours with both of us working simultaneously. It was a rather monotonous job. Pieter found it more boring than I did. I thought it was quite meditative. Then we lit the rocket stove and we cooked lentil-rice for lunch. We kept feeding the fire for cooking the jam. It took another 2 hours of feeding the fire and stirring. Pieter started building a toolbox. 
After the jam was ready, I did the canning process. We managed to produce a good number of jam jars, around ten. That will keep us a while with the exchanges, until the garden starts producing more food. I read half an hour of a book, until Elena came by. She will be the next resident. I showed her around, and we did an exchange. She brought eggs! And I gave her back some fresh, still hot, jam. After she left Pieter had finished the toolbox. It was almost dinnertime. We decided to make fresh pasta, since now we had an egg for the dough. Another time-consuming action, but nevertheless enjoyable. It was delicious. After dinner, Igor came by and we have been talking about Kazakhstani nomads. At the same time we cleaned by hand the remaining in the husks wheat. 

Thursday 01.8

Valentina:

This was a very busy day. I woke up and watered the plants. Now this has become my daily waking up ritual. We had breakfast and then we crushed the charcoal we had collected from the stoves from the previous days’ cooking. We mixed it with the EM and then it was ready to use to the toilet. I cleaned the old meat grinder. It took a while, because the girls have used it last week but did not wash it and therefore all plant material had dried up and was stuck with the rust. We washed the plums we had collected the other day from the tree and we took the pits out manually. It took us two hours with both of us working simultaneously. It was a rather monotonous job. Pieter found it more boring than I did. I thought it was quite meditative. Then we lit the rocket stove and we cooked lentil-rice for lunch. We kept feeding the fire for cooking the jam. It took another 2 hours of feeding the fire and stirring. Pieter started building a toolbox. 
After the jam was ready, I did the canning process. We managed to produce a good number of jam jars, around ten. That will keep us a while with the exchanges, until the garden starts producing more food. I read half an hour of a book, until Elena came by. She will be the next resident. I showed her around, and we did an exchange. She brought eggs! And I gave her back some fresh, still hot, jam. After she left Pieter had finished the toolbox. It was almost dinnertime. We decided to make fresh pasta, since now we had an egg for the dough. Another time-consuming action, but nevertheless enjoyable. It was delicious. After dinner, Igor came by and we have been talking about Kazakhstani nomads. At the same time we cleaned by hand the remaining in the husks wheat. 

Thursday 01.8

Valentina:

This was a very busy day. I woke up and watered the plants. Now this has become my daily waking up ritual. We had breakfast and then we crushed the charcoal we had collected from the stoves from the previous days’ cooking. We mixed it with the EM and then it was ready to use to the toilet. I cleaned the old meat grinder. It took a while, because the girls have used it last week but did not wash it and therefore all plant material had dried up and was stuck with the rust. We washed the plums we had collected the other day from the tree and we took the pits out manually. It took us two hours with both of us working simultaneously. It was a rather monotonous job. Pieter found it more boring than I did. I thought it was quite meditative. Then we lit the rocket stove and we cooked lentil-rice for lunch. We kept feeding the fire for cooking the jam. It took another 2 hours of feeding the fire and stirring. Pieter started building a toolbox. 

After the jam was ready, I did the canning process. We managed to produce a good number of jam jars, around ten. That will keep us a while with the exchanges, until the garden starts producing more food. I read half an hour of a book, until Elena came by. She will be the next resident. I showed her around, and we did an exchange. She brought eggs! And I gave her back some fresh, still hot, jam. After she left Pieter had finished the toolbox. It was almost dinnertime. We decided to make fresh pasta, since now we had an egg for the dough. Another time-consuming action, but nevertheless enjoyable. It was delicious. After dinner, Igor came by and we have been talking about Kazakhstani nomads. At the same time we cleaned by hand the remaining in the husks wheat. 

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