On reflection, my decision to check on my wormery a couple of hours after returning home from a transatlantic journey of many hours, while still intensely jetlagged, furry-toothed and empty-stomached was a foolish one.
Normally I feel nothing but pride for my slithery charges, but at that moment, the sight made me want to heave.
I was rather anxious about leaving them to their own devices for a fortnight, so soon after the wormery had been set up. Put too much food waste inside and the worms would not be able to eat it all, so some would putrefy and make the worms ill: too little and somemight die off for lack of sustenance. In the end I added a couple of extra handfuls of peelings, plus some worm treat and anti-lime mix pellets as supplied by Wiggly Wigglers with the wormery (visible in the picture as the little brown nuggets).
All seemed to be well on my return - there was a lot of condensation on the inside of the lid, but there were plenty of worms in evidence.
A lot of wormery cynics are worried about the smell, but from my experience so far it's earthy rather than stinky (although we'll see what happens in the height of summer). So it wasn't the smell that made me feel sick, just the effect of the sight of decomposing food waste on an already unsettled stomach.
I've now added a second tray and a little more shredded paper to soak up the excess water. Once the weather warms up (hard to imagine at the moment as it snows) I'll move the wormery outside to the shade of the side wall, as it will undoubtedly get too warm in the garage.
As an aside, I learned from somewhere or other - possibly the Wiggly Wigglers blog - that they've started selling Bokashi buckets in Tesco. Good idea, bad idea? Discuss ...