Life at Echo Parrot base camp.
The living quarters are an old cabin, two bedrooms, a small kitchen, an office area, and fenced off ground around it to exclude donkeys and goats and keep Mango (the camp dog) in.
My single bed is comfy. It’s so hot here I sleep on it, not in it. I sleep under a mosquito net, so that I don’t have to share my bed with all the delighfully friendly insect life. I sleep with the shutters closed. The rest of the team think I’m bonkers as this means I have no breeze. But it’s noise that keeps me awake at night, not heat. Noise from branches banging on the tin roof. Noise from a nearby water well windmill. Noise from Mango chasing off donkeys or wildlife.
The kitchen currently has one miniscule fridge in use, with no freezer. With just one solar panel, that’s all it could power. One diddy fridge. One weekly shop. Four people’s food. Very hot weather, so pretty much everything needs to be refrigeratorated. It’s challenging.
We have an oven and hob that tins off a gas bottle. And we have rodents who enjoy rearranging the kitchen shelves.
Desalinated water is delivered, and stored in large blue vats. One for the humans and another at the parrot aviaries. This is obviously a costly affair. So we are frugal.
We wash up all the dishes just once per day. To save water. This means the kitchen smells real good to scavengers. Rats, mice, ants and one Yellow warbler.
The shower also runs from this imported water via a hand pump. This means the pressure is non existent. Rinsing off soap near impossible, so in my opinion uses more water. I prefer the bucket and jug method.
We even have a loo. A composting loo. The toilet seat covers a bucket. Each time you visit, you cover your business with sawdust/wood shavings. When the bucket is nearly full we empty it onto the compost. This decomposes into lovely compost. Yep. Our compost is made from our poo!
There is no Internet nor phone reception, nor plug sockets in the bedrooms. But who cares. They are not actually essential to human or parrot happiness.
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