New life for an old sink

What better way to spend a rainy Saturday in Illinois than to clean the basement?

Unlike most 100-year-old farmhouses, ours was built with tall ceilings and several windows, making it quite usable. However, like many 100-year-old farmhouses it has water issues, so even with this project we couldn’t escape the reminder that rain was wreaking havoc in our house and in our fields (yes, we currently have “lake front” property on what should be a corn field).

In the process of tossing out junk and installing new shelving, we rediscovered an old concrete sink that was begging for a new life. We decided it would be perfect for washing garden vegetables, or just washing up after yard work, and created a spot for it next the garden shed and the pump.

A load of gravel and a couple of old limestone slabs made the perfect foundation and our loader bucket and Alitec pallet forks made the maneuvering easy. Another “easy button” — spacing calculations and precision leveling thanks to they guys’ smart phones.

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2017-05-20 12.20.12Our next challenge was to figure out how to get the concrete beast up the basement stairs, through the laundry room, and out to it’s new home. A few text messages to our strongest, young friends and a heavy-duty dolly solved the dilemma. (I think I held my breath the whole time they were muscling the load up the stairs.)

We replaced the rusty metal frame with stacked cinder blocks and in a couple hours, we re-purposed a forgotten treasure into a practical garden feature.

And, as soon as it quits raining, we’ll actually be able to dig in the garden so that we have some vegetables to wash this summer.

AKL

What’s for lunch?

Whether in Brazil or North America, it seems that the challenge of feeding thousands of tradeshow visitors knows no boundaries. Lines! Lines! Lines!

Brazil is known for the quality and cut of its beef, so standing in line for an hour for freshly grilled carne is worth the wait. 


This is the scene at Mimi Express, “tudo para churrasco” (everything for barbecue). It’s a popular lunch spot here at Agrishow in Ribeirão Preto. And, apparently elsewhere since their marketing proclaims that they serve more than two million event goers every year. 

That’s a lot of beef!

AKL

Ola, Agrishow!

This year marks our third exhibiting at Agrishow, one of Brazil’s largest farm shows. Set in the hills of the state of São Paulo, near Ribeirão Preto, Agrishow hosts 800 exhibiting brands and more than 152,000 visitors.


I’m here representing the Woods brand with my Brazilian co-workers and enjoying the challenge of practicing Portuguese (Eu falo um pouco de Português) without frustrating potential customers (O Português é difícil).

AKL