|Our President stated that his political party - the ANC - comes before|
the country. Nope -SOUTH AFRICA COMES FIRST JACOB!!!
1) a way of installing unaffordable nuclear power for the benefit of his cronies who own uranium mines;
2) earning the "cut" the Russians have apparently promised;
3) plunging this country into a debt so large that it will take until 2100 to start recovering from;
- basically, the firing of Mr Gordan and Mr Jonas is a blatant act of capturing the next helping of illicit income he can take from the people of this country.
This willful, illogical action has resulted in South Africa being downgraded by two ratings agencies (Standard & Poor and Fitch - with Moody's reserving judgment - for now) - to JUNK status. Good job, Jacob!!!
So, RMan and I responded to the call to action and took part in a nationwide (peaceful) protest yesterday.
The government states only 60 000 people took part, but those who called the protest place the number who took part above 220 000. The fear of violence kept many people away, I reckon. Thankfully there were only 4 - 5 incidents of intimidation in the entire country - and those incidents were nothing major. it could've been much, much worse!
From the sounds of it, there'll be more action next week - and I'm THERE!!! And, hopefully, now that the "fear" of intimidation/ counter reaction has been removed, more people will respond to the call to action.
But, back to more mundane matters...
The mulch we put down certainly helped in the veggie patches.
Harvesting and preserving has been going on at a steady pace.Piquanté Peppers are bountiful this year and have been both pickled and dried in the Foothills DryAway.
The dried ones have been turned into Piquanté Pepper powder - for sprinkling on top of scrambled eggs, omelettes, roast chickens, pizza's, etc.
|Jars of pickled peppers for RSon, Natasha and us. The next|
batch will be for gifts...
Tomatoes, also, were brilliant. They were coming out of my ears at one stage ;)
I love heirloom tomatoes :D
Again, some tomatoes were dehydrated and I now have sun-dried tomatoes residing in my fridge for those grey winter's days when one needs sight and reminder of brighter days.
|Homegrown heirloom tomatoes - drying in the|
Although tomatoes take more time to dry than other vegetables, the end product is well worth the effort.
|Perfectly dried sundried tomatoes|
|Sweat the entire (skins, seeds and flesh) tomatoes slowly|
until they produce enough liquid to simmer in order to reduce
the mixture down before blitzing
|Blitz the reduced tomato mixture (skins, seeds and all) until|
you have a smooth tomato mush which is slowly reduced
until thick enough.
...containers and ice trays full of tomato concentrate. Plain tomato concentrate with not a single chemical additive. These are also waiting in my freezer.
Finally, to help counter the cost of keeping them, I also managed to successfully grow sunflowers this year.
|The easiest way to remove the sunflowers seeds is with the|
assistance of a fork. Much kinder on the hands ;)
Getting the seeds out of the flowerhead isn't the easiest, but when you see the amount you've harvested it's well worth the effort.
|Gorgeous sunflower seeds - for the chickens and for us :D|
The chickens will love them over the winter months.
|It's a messy business removing the sunflower|
seeds from the dried flowerhead
Be warned though, getting the sunflower seeds from the flower heads is a messy job, and best done outside :)
For info on how you can obtain your own Foothills DryAway solar / wind food dehydrator please click the link.