Before I jump back into the making of the aquaponics system, I thought I should catch you up on the work that went into making the solarium (where the aquaponics is going) into the enjoyable space it is now. All of this was done in the later Fall and Winter months when we couldn’t work in the yard. Several Brothers and Sisters of the Order and our dear friends put in a lot of back breaking effort to make it what is. To give you an idea, since I don’t have a true “before” picture, this solarium was floored with old, peeling, molding linoleum. Before we moved in, the solarium had not been cleaned for some time (we’re talking years) and the layers of dirt and grime were astounding. Before we could do anything, the floor just had to go! After a good solid weekend and some hefty chemicals and hand scraping, we got the linoleum out!
We batted around a lot of ideas for replacing the flooring, including stained concrete or decorative ceramic tiles. In the end, we discovered decorative rubber tiles that were made from recycled tires! How cool is that?!? Not only green and recycled, but soft on the feet and relatively easy to install. Josh and I managed to knock out the whole floor in one weekend. In the end? Pretty damn happy!
Our antique, late 19th century statue of the Blessed Mother has even found a good home in the corner by the door going out into the back gardens. Eventually she’ll have a small pedestal on which to stand, but one step at a time.