A bit foggy this morning. We had clouds off and on yesterday but no rain. All the severe storms went well south, west or east of us. I watered the gardens well just in case. I have stevia and peppermint drying and steeping in vodka. I hadn't planned on doing more than harvesting stevia for syrup but I had enough to fill two dehydrator trays as well as the quart jar. I prefer to run the dehydrator full with all seven trays so I decided to cut the peppermint. It did need cutting. I filled the remaining two trays in the dehydrator and had a fair bit of mint left. What to do? Hmmm--if I can extract stevia with vodka, why not the peppermint? We'll see how it turns out.
I think this could stand as a prime example of a failed investment.
The wind was howling last night. It is still dark and I can't see if anything was damaged in the gardens. We didn't get any rain yesterday. Unless we got a good bit overnight I will have to water everything well today. I saw a streak of red on one of the tomatoes yesterday so we should have our own ripe tomatoes soon.
Update: It is light outside now and overcast. We didn't get any rain overnight and the wind is still high. I am not in any hurry to get busy so I will continue reading my blogs and news.
My first thought reading the headline (and nothing else) was "Coober Pedy." And I was right. Never heard of it? Well it is worth a look. I first heard about this Australian town some quarter-century ago on a TV program with a segment on opal mining. That what started the town. It has certainly developed since then.
Update 2: Just finished grinding peppermint and stevia. Always amazed by how the taste and smell permeate the area when I am grinding herbs. The other day Mom wondered if I was drying something. I wasn't but we had the patio door open. I have four basil varieties, peppermint, two rosemary plants and lemon thyme near the door. Just the breeze coming in bring a hint of the herbs with it. Checked the stevia and peppermint steeping in vodka. Both developing a good strong flavor. The stevia will be ready tomorrow but the peppermint should "age" for one to two months before I drain it and rebottle it for final use.