It was pretty cold when we were at the farm last week. Naturally, I had the Dover stove merrily burning away - well, it kept the kettle permanently hot and also created a lovely warmth within the house.
I spoke about heating bean bags on a previous posting, but I have always heated them in a microwave before. I will not be having a micro on the farm so I was determined to see if I could heat the bean bags using my Dover stove.
So I placed some pearl barley in a tray...
|Empty homemade beanbag waiting for hot barley...|
Oops - I had forgotten to organise myself a funnel, so, as they say in South Africa, "A boer maak a plan" (a farmer makes a plan)...
|"A boer maak a plan"|
I placed the warm bean bag in RMan's bed, so that when he climbed into bed, his feet could be nice and toasty. It worked a treat!
Hooray - another electrical appliance I know I don't need again!
And, talking about electrical appliances, as you know we have a chest freezer on the farm. And in winter, when there is less sun, I have been worried that our solar power battery storage may not be adequate for 24 hour operation of the freezer. So I purchased a timer.
- to save solar battery power
So that also works a treat - I love it when a plan comes together :)