Okay, first off we had a great time and great food on the Oregon Coast, ( hot Dungeness crab and artichoke sandwich) but the meal that made the biggest impact on me was in Portland at the Burgerville next to the convention center. At first it feels like a regular fast food joint, (we were sent there by a supplier who insisted it was good) then you notice the local in-season additions to the menu. Walla Walla onion rings, local cherry pulled pork BBQ sandwich. Fresh marionberry shakes... hmmmm. The receipt had a full nutritional analysis, don't read this before you eat, come to think of it, maybe not after you eat either. The kicker for me what at the end of the meal we bussed our table, they had a photo above the recycle garbage can for everything we had in our hands except the plastic basket. Left over food, paper, plastic cups, plastic utensils, all went into the hopper to be sent to an industrial composter leaving as soil within 90 days.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
Today is the 1 year anniversary of our Solar Electrical Panels. They have generated 3371 KWh which covers 100% of Living in the Garden's electrical use.
In addition, this year, we have offset 2.4 tons of CO2. In Washington we have a State program that pays us .15 for each kilowatt produced by renewable energy. We receive this incentive annually in the form of a check or credit to our electrical bill. This year that incentive covered 100% of our home electrical use. YA GOTTA LOVE THAT... and we do!
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
oh, I wish the colors would translate better on blogger. (or is it my photos!)
For the trim colors on the newly stained buildings I brought a few home to try out...
Saturday, August 8, 2009
After a bit of a vacation and a general slacking off we are back to projects around the place.
First off, staining the studio and conservatory. We got a great deal on shingle stain from a local painter. With the money we saved Scotty opted to rent the big machine instead of going up and down ladders- very good idea, but led to a 12 hour first day as we only had the beast for 24 hours.
I had not realized (not actually true) how discolored the shingles had become. I love the color of new cedar, so at construction, we applied only a shingle oil brew we concocted so the natural color would shine. 5 years into the future, I wish I had added color the first year.... live and learn..
That's the way it is with projects....
The building color reminds me of Forest Service buildings so I picked out a green color called Amazon Jungle for the trim and on my double doors a kind of adobe- orange color called Marmalade Glaze.