"Self-sufficiency does not mean 'going back' to the acceptance of a lower standard of living. On the contrary, it is the striving for a higher standard of living, for food that is organically grown and good, for the good life in pleasant surroundings... and for the satisfaction that comes from doing difficult and intricate jobs well and successfully." John Seymour ~ Self Sufficiency 2003

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Eco-friendly cooling

RMan spent the entire time at the farm last weekend preparing for the hot weather of summer.  I have previously mentioned that we took some recycled balustrades to the farm - for our front porch.  This is what we still have at our town house...
Recycled balustrades
... and I have other plans for that LOL

So, whilst I painted the balustrades which we had installed on the porch a dark green colour to match our green power room door :)...

... RMan got busy with organising some  shade...
Butterfly clips
He spied these at Builders Warehouse - Butterfly Clips.  I didn't have a clue what he wanted to do with them, but we both have our ideas on how we are making our farm comfortable for everyone, so I patiently waited for the plan to be unveiled :)

RMan attached an eye bolt to the walls of the house...
Wall mounting method
... and another eye bolt with threaded rod and a nut to the poles he had installed on the patio
Pole mounting method
Then he strung some stainless steel cable (recycled from the balustrades) between the eye bolts and spent many long, laborious hours installing each butterfly clip, one at a time, onto some Alnet Cooltone shade fabric we had purchased from their factory shop, and to the cable until we had this...

Butterfly clips on recycled stainless steel cable
Taa Da!  We have shade for the upcoming hot summer months.  And RMan has made it retractable - a very basic method, but it works!  Clever RMan! That means we'll still be able to enjoy sunshine on the patio in the cooler winter months :)
Finished product looking in (and please note
the beautiful newly painted balustrade - painted
in 35oC - hectic!  Best thing about that
was that the paint dried in 1/2 hour LOL)
But, we still have to install two wires in the centre, running parallel to the top poles, to prevent the shadecloth from sagging or ballooning in the wind.

And, finally, RMan fixed the shadecloth to the walls.  This he did, in the pouring rain, howling wind (and that wasn't easy!) and 35oC sunshine, by catching the fabric with some wooden battens and screwing the batten securely to the wall - no more flying of the shadecloth - at least on one side!  On the outer edge, by these two poles below, we'll have to make another plan.
Finished product looking out
Finally, RMan installed a mister system on the horizontal poles.  This system is very eco-friendly, as it uses less than a litre of water  / hour and it's cooling effect has to be experienced to be believed!  
Eco-friendly cooling
Reckon we're all set for summer now - so can someone please tell the weather.  Unlike the farm, cool, windy, rainy days persist in Cape Town, which is great for the dams, but not so good for producing fruit on my veggies.  My lettuces love it, but my tomatoes have yet to produce flowers, never mind fruit!


Mrs. Mac said...

Such ingenuity to get the job done. And the sweeping views are breathtaking!

Linda said...

Yes..... I would love to sit with you on that verandah with a glass of something refreshing. How inviting. Very good RMan! Well done!

Sue said...

Men can be so clever, can't they? Great job and creating shade. And the views---WOW! Lucky lucky you!!

Astra said...

that looks the business! I love the mist idea, I've not seen it before but I know it must be heavenly! Things are really moving fast at the farm, those views are just stunning - good for the soul :)

Jane said...

Very interesting!

tami said...

Gosh...I'd LOVE to sit on your front porch under the mist-ers! I could sit and gaze at that horizion for hours!

I bet RMan wouldn't let me though. Where did you find him???

John said...

Looks good . You have nice place there.

Dani said...

Mrs Mac - Careful - you'll swell RMan head LOL

Linda - Red or white wine? Or Rosé?

Astra - Very, very good for the soul :)

Jane - And it works! Very well! :)

Tami - You're welcome to visit anytime :) Even RMan says so. We found each other LOL

John - Thank you :)

Humble wife said...

that is so amazing!! I live in the desert southwest USA so this idea is very appealing to me...love it!!


Dani said...

Humble Wife - Welcome - and you're welcome :)