The Changing Seasons – February 2020

 

It’s time again for the wonderful challenge The Changing Seasons hosted by my dear friend Su from Zimmerbitch!

 

February turned out to be more challenging than anticipated.

After having taken care of my washing machine last summer (when I successfully replaced the broken heating element with a new one), the Thing decided to break down again – this time the bearing went bust.

So I made an awful lot of research, i.e. I watched tons of YouTube videos on this matter, and thought I might give it another try and do the repair myself.

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My old washing machine partly disassembled and missing its front (February 2020)

 

As it turned out, it’s one hell of a repair because you have to disassamble the whole machine to reach the vital part you want to replace.

 

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The motor of my washing machine – call me weird but I kept it!! You never know when you might need one. 😀 (February 2020=

 

All in all it took me three days to do that, not counting the weeks beforehand where I had to buy the spare parts and fitting tools.

 

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Motor and tub (February 2020)

 

When it was done and I finally got the drum in its tub out, I faced a problem I couldn’t overcome – the stupid manufacturers simply glued the tub halves together with some sort of silicone, instead of using screws, which didn’t only mean that even if I succeeded at separating the halves, there was no way I could guarantee that there wouldn’t be any water leakage afterwards, even if I used a ton of silicone glue myself.

 

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The tub and drum (February 2020)

 

So that was the end of my dream to repair my washing machine all by myself, and to save a lot of money.

But even though I didn’t succeed it was a valuable experience, and I learned a lot from it.

Now, as I’m writing these lines, the new washer’s busy doing its job and I can’t tell you how excited I am at the prospect of clean towels. 😉

 

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Right behind that shiny middle would have been the bearing set that I wanted to replace with a new one. (February 2020)

 

At least I was more successful with my next project – I wanted to make my own crunchy muesli!!

For this I simply mixed oat, spelt oats, walnuts, sunflower seeds, hempseed (no worry, there’s no active drug in hempseed they’re merely a vegan source for protein)  and ground almonds in a bowl.

 

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Mixed ingredients in a bowl (February 2020)

 

Then I put 2 tablespoons of organic coconut oil and 1 tablespoon of Manuka Honey in a saucepan to slowly melt.

 

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Mmh! Yum yum – Manuka honey! (February 2020)

 

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Coconut oil and Manuka honey in a saucepan (February 2020)

After which I added my muesli mix and baked that for about 5 minutes on medium heat.

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Baked granola (February 2020)

 

The kitchen smelled so delicious that I had trouble not to eat the whole stuff before it had a chance to cool down!

 

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Homemade granola and Greek yogurt (February 2020)

 

 

Not food for the body but for the soul arrived in the shape of this lovely postcard by my friend at A Wonderful Sheep!

Receiving handwritten snail mail these days is becoming so rare and I’m sure you can imagine me doing my happy dance when I found it in my mailbox. 😀

 

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Wonderful postcard by a wonderful friend (February 2020)

 

Although news about the Corona virus are dominating all news media, my heart and thoughts are still with the people and animals in Australia that suffer(ed) from the wildfires.

With them in mind I decided to try and form a little clay sculpture of a kangaroo with her joey.

As you can see it still lacks all its limbs and tail but I hope I’ll find some time this weekend to fix that. 😉 If you’re curious and don’t want to wait for my next blog post, you can always visit my Instagram account @art_photography_and_ceramics where I’m regularly posting pics from the different stages of each project.

 

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Kangaroo clay sculpture at the beginning (February 2020)

 

 

If you would like to join in, here are the challenge guidelines:

The Changing Seasons Version One (photographic):

  • Each month, post 5-20 photos in a gallery that you feel represent your month
  • Don’t use photos from your archive. Only new shots.
  • Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons so that others can find them

The Changing Seasons Version Two (you choose the format):

  • Each month, post a photo, recipe, painting, drawing, video, whatever that you feel says something about your month
  • Don’t use archive stuff. Only new material!
  • Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons so others can find them.

If you do a ping-back to Su’s original post, she can update hers with links to all of yours.

47 thoughts on “The Changing Seasons – February 2020

  1. Sarah! I do know the feeling of victory when you do fix something yourself (I jerry rigged a solution to my mom’s sewing machine last year after lots of YT videos and I felt like a genius hahah) so I can imagine your disappointment. But I am so impressed at how much you learned about fixing your washing machine! One the bright side, you totally COULD have fixed it yourself if the pieces weren’t welded together!

    Also thank you so much for sharing your recipe for granola! I love granola and have always wanted to make my own, but most of the recipes I came across called for baking it in an oven (which I don’t have). I DO have all the ingredients you mentioned in your recipe though…so I’m definitely going to try it out!! So excited to have homemade granola over yogurt!! 😀

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    • Yay!! So glad I could help you with this recipe! I had the same problem about coming across only those that require baking (which wouldn’t be that much of a problem since I have an oven but I thought it might get a little bit too crunchy for my taste if I used that method 😁). And once you’ve eaten it you’ll never want to go back to store-bought! 😂

      That’s so awesome that you repaired your mum’s sewing machine!!! Now I know who to call should mine decide to make trouble. 😉

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  2. I saw that big old machine and thought, “Uh oh, the washer.” Good for you for giving it a try, Sarah, even though it couldn’t be fixed. I recently dismantled my vacuum cleaner with the same unfortunate results. But I felt good about trying. And your kangaroo is adorable. I join you in praying for all the people and little creatures in Australia. Happy March!

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    • Thanks so much, Diana! And kudos to you for trying to repair your vacuum cleaner! Too bad it didn’t work. The kangaroo is nearly finished just a few more touches. 😉 Happy March to you too! ❤

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  3. Hello Sarah, finally catching up. I’m sorry your research efforts on the washing machine repair didn’t work out. Perhaps you needed a whole new drum? Probably would cost as much as a new washing machine. You will know for next time. I really do think that video sharing channel is a wonderful resource of technical information and tips. Time-consuming though being a jack-of-all-trades though, eh!

    I love your kangaroo. Can’t wait to see the finished product next month. I visited your instagram link. I got to see some of your lovely work before getting the message to sign in to view. I find that infuriating, which is why I haven’t got an account there (it is owned by FB). Probably should get one so I don’t fill up my blog with photos. 😉

    Your muesli looks delicious (maybe a bit too delicious) and so easy to make.

    Take care of yourself and your mum too. I am off to ring the vet to get a supply of meds for Ama. Sensible precautions rather than panic buying. So many sensible precautions required though. I’m over it because I’m not very organised at the best of times. Clearly. As I’m already too late for some supplies!

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    • Hello Tracy, so sorry for the late reply! You’re right a new drum with tub would cost about 200 EUR – you can buy a new one for about 350 so it figures not to buy just the drum if you don’t know what’s going to break next time.

      I didn’t know that you had to sign in on Instagram in order to keep visiting posts! Infuriating indeed! But thank you for trying!!

      Hope you managed to get hold on Ama’s meds? The panic buying here continues and I stopped listening to the news as they just upset me.
      Take care, and should you land in quarantine – make some mosaics. 😉😉💕

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  4. You have such a great attitude about the whole washing machine thing. It’s funny on IG, I thought it must be your dryer you’re fixing because you had already fixed your washing machine 😀 but no, you corrected me – twas it again. Glad you got a new one. I mean, yes, it’s awesome as heck that you went charging into again, but, who knows how many more times it was going to break down, right???

    Happy to see I wasn’t the only one in a cooking mood. Granola, huh? Sounds dangerous. Hahahahaha. But something to think about for the future!

    Looking forward to seeing the progress of the ‘roo. So adorable.

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    • Hehe! I think you might be right – once you start repairing one thing, the next one’s bound to break down! 😂 Hope the new one will last a bit longer than the old one.

      The granola is dangerous indeed – I keep inhaling the stuff instead of eating it! 😉

      Going to post the progress on my kangaroo soon on IG. 😉

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  5. I’m sorry that your washing machine gave up the ghost. I admire your trying to fix it! The museli you made looks delicious, so much better than store-bought. I look forward to seeing the next stage of your mama kangaroo. Stay well!

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  6. Muesli is much easier than washing machine repairs. Good on you for having another go at repairs. In todays throw away society I am gladdened that you took the time to try. ❤

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    • So it seems, Brian! 😉 Also a lot tastier as well! 😀
      I’m really against this throw away society these days and still a bit disappointed that I couldn’t make it work, but at least I gave it a try. That counts for something, right?

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      • It does Sarah 🙂 If I get to the stage of can’t fix any more, it’s a pull apart for recycling what can be recycled and hopefully only a small amount of landfill content

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  7. You are amazing, Sarah! I can’t believe you tackled that washing machine. Very impressive! And then homemade muesli- yum! Like you, I think Australia is a bigger worry. Your kangaroo is precious. And, there’s nothing better than a real letter. My class made big ones for our community helpers. It was wonderful! Best to you!

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    • Aww – thank you so much for your wonderful comment, Jennie, it truly made my day!
      So glad you agree about Australia being the bigger worry, it’s a bit shocking how fast people’s attention seems to have vanished regarding the loss of of so many animals, and turning instead to that virus (awful as it is). We can’t really do much against it, but hope that scientists will come up with a vaccine, but we can take action against climate change and the way it affects us all. I know that wild fires are very common Down Under but the fierceness with which they hit the land this time is obviously our fault. 😦
      So happy that you teach your class the importance of handwritten letters!!

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      • Hi Sarah! I’m glad I made your day. 🙂 Yes, people can shift their attention quickly. Perhaps its because Australia is far away and the virus is hitting home. Those handwritten letters are important, and children love making them. Best to you, Sarah.

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  8. I’m sad that you weren’t able to fix the machine in the end, but full marks for determination and perseverance. Your granola looks delicious and reminds me I should make more (especially now I have some jars of preserved plums to eat with it). I add buckwheat to mine because I love the crunch — though I know lots of people don’t like it much.
    Your kangaroo is lovely; can’t wait to see the finished work.
    Hoping that spring is coming your way with some sunshine and warmth.

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    • Thank you, Su! I admit I felt a bit down on the day I had to realize that I couldn’t make it work (well, and the day after too) but in the end it wasn’t really through a fault of my own, or lack of determination, but thanks to material defect. It’s also been a good lesson of not always trying to swim against the current but swim with it. 😉
      Mmh! Preserved plums and granola sound lovely! And I love buckwheat – so crisp and crunchy! Also love the flour and use it for pancakes sometimes. There are also Japanese buckwheat noodles that go really well with broccoli for example. 🙂
      The weather definitely feels a bit like spring – sunshine in one moment, rain in the next – but I guess it will take a while to fully arrive. But I think I will risk to sow my basil seeds this week, there should be enough sunlight for that. 😀

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    • Thank you very much, Jill! I admit that my patience did nearly run out at one point, and it was only my stubbornness that kept me going! 😂

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  9. Sarah, I can’t believe what you did with the washing machine. So much work, all that mechanical skill – I’m really impressed. I know how to open the lid on mine and pour in detergent. Ours banged around for many years, like one of those old fashioned machines they love to show in commercials – something about a brick inside that eventually gets worn unevenly and must be replaced, with no guarantee that the repair will actually work. So I bought a new one, and new dryer as well, because it only worked on one heat setting – high. Getting delivered on Thursday. The new machines are full of tiny computer parts so I suspect that the days of repairing worn out appliances are ending, my friend. But I bet that won’t stop you next time something goes wrong.

    As for that beautiful mother kangaroo – so graceful and beautiful, and maybe she’s complete as is, missing her limbs, missing her joey. Still, I can’t wait to see it when you’ve made her the way you’ve envisioned. Be well, Sarah, enjoy the prelude to spring.

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    • Thank you so much for your lovely comment, Shari! And I’m afraid you might be right about the days of repairing worn out appliances coming to an end, there are indeed tiny computer parts involved these days, just like with cars, and without an engineering degree and electrical skills it seems improbable that normal people can fix stuff like that anymore.

      Now that you’ve said it, I can see how the kangaroo would already be complete if I’d let it be, but I’ve already added the legs and tail – damn! Maybe next time. 😉
      I once did a little sculpture where I left out the head and hands of a male figure which makes it kind of striking. I bet you can guess that I made it after a bad break-up. 😉

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