March 26, 2007 at 1:24 pm #239641
Well, we’re here! Hooray! Lease ended today on the rental, passed the house and garden test with flying colours. Not keen to clean a 9 bedroom HUGE house top to bottom and acre of gardens and lawn in the wet season in under a week again anytime soon… :tdown:
We’ve had a fair bit of rain and have been out at the rental a lot. Otherwise into the boxes and trying to squeeze us all in to a smaller home! It’s pretty hectic.
The last 2 days have been glorious weather. We’ve explored the property more, and G has slashed some tracks through the unkept paddocks so we can wander safely. The tractor is a learning curve for him. Luckily we have several farming friends with mechanical knowledge giving him lots of fixing and safety tips!
We’ve explored the macadamias (about 50 trees, nutting right now), found some avocados, a loquat, Davidson’s plum, guavas, bananas. And LOTS of weeds. Really need to do some weed management! It’ll take awhile.
We’re planning extensions – enclosing a room, partitioning off another bedroom and adding a large verandah with 2nd loo and shower and an area for the wood stove and BBQ and eating outdoors. We need to organise heating before it gets much cooler! The nights are cool here already (for far north Qld!) Also ordered another tank (have 2 already) and a carport to feed the high-on-the-hill tank above the house. The carport will house the tractor and other items currently NOT enjoying the regular rainfall!
There are two half-an-old-rainwater-tank gardens. They have potential to be our first food gardens. Currently planted with a hodge-podge of plants by the previous owners. I have a few sprouting chokos and a heap of pineapple tops to plant out soon, as well as 2 coconut palms, some clumping bamboo and 4 paw paw trees.
The plans for the chooks, polytunnel and orchard are still a bit up in the air. I think I’ve chosen the right spot, but G keeps claiming it for other uses! There’s 42 acres, I’m sure we’ll compromise!
Looking for a sandpit site for our youngest, who has been missing his since we moved last November. I think we’ve found the spot, but wonder about shade/shelter from drizzle.
Overall, we’re deliriously happy to be here and looking forward to getting the ball rolling with all the improvements. Oh, and I’ll probably unpack a heap more boxes before our housewarming party scheduled for next month. :uhoh:March 26, 2007 at 6:28 pm #295656
It’s good to hear you’ve settled in there, Bel. There’s nothing like a move to a new area to get the creative juices flowing. I wish you all the best in your new home.March 26, 2007 at 9:24 pm #295657
Ahhh! From one paradise to another Bel. Congratulations on your new home and acreage. What *will* you do with all those nuts!?March 26, 2007 at 11:11 pm #295658
This is fantastic Bella. Certainly gets my jealous-juices flowing 😉 Sounds like you’ve found yourself a wonderful spot there, with water as well!! :tup:March 26, 2007 at 11:56 pm #295659
No wonder you’re so happy Bella. I hope you all have fun as you discover your new home. Just a touch of envy here I must say. 😀
Do we get to see more pics as you make your changes?March 27, 2007 at 4:21 am #295660
wow, bel, pretty amazing!
just quietly, i would have paid someone to clean that house! 😆March 27, 2007 at 4:36 am #295661
Your new space sounds wonderful. The creek looks so peaceful. Must say Im a little green. 😉 I hope you all have fun exploring and finding all the little secrets a new home brings 😀March 27, 2007 at 6:45 am #295662
Wow Bella! Like everyone else, I am seriously jealous 🙂 I’ll just have to live vicariously through you and your updates 😉March 27, 2007 at 8:38 am #295663
Wow Bella, what a wonderful creek. May you and your family have loads of wonderful adventures with your new property. CONGRATS.:clap:March 27, 2007 at 11:59 pm #295664
Bella, best of wishes upon moving into your new home. It looks and sounds utterly fabulous and I’m sure you and family will be very happy there.
What a wonderful place to raise children….March 28, 2007 at 1:30 am #295665
A little patch of paradise! Hope everything gets unpacked soon and you can get on with enjoying your new place!April 1, 2007 at 10:33 am #295666
Phew! Huge weekend of clearing the shed and therefore bringing the rest of the boxes inside.
Thanks so much for the good wishes!April 2, 2007 at 12:03 am #295667
Wonderful Bel 😀
Can’t wait to come and visit 😉 and play in your creekJuly 8, 2007 at 12:53 pm #295668
Well, we’ve been here almost four months I realised today. I usually feel like not much has happened, but when I look around I can see a lot of changes.
We’re gradually getting through the areas of long grass and clearing up the mess from the 2006 cyclone (previous owners just pushed it out of the way and let grass grow on it I think)… :confused: We’ve unearthed all manner of things. Good stuff and rubbish.
We’ve planted a lot of stone fruit, and a few other fruit trees and I’m waiting to get to the nurseries to buy more. The orchard area is perfect and I’m getting really good at making tree guards from chicken wire. :geek: We have 2 bunches on the existing bananas and we’ve transplanted some suckers. I wonder about the existing trees re: pruning etc. Will just wait and watch and see I guess…
We were given half a dozen bantams – the frizzy type with the feathers that curl up. So cute. We get some eggs and have on clucky one due to hatch this week I think (need to check the diary!). I bought another 6 hybrid chooks with a pure rooster and I forget the breeds – he is perhaps a RRR, which is one half of what the girls are. I got them at 3 weeks old and they’re growing so fast. G built a poly-tunnel chook house in one day using all recycled materials, what a gem! So far it has been the perfect chook house. They free-range all day.
I have the frame of a poly-tunnel greenhouse (yes, the plumber – DH – loves polytunnel building)! I’m already planning the next one…
The horses have settled well and demolished the long grass in one paddock (knocked it down rather than ate it) so they live in the house yard (3-4 acres or so?) and get supplementary feeds. They’re donating heaps of fertiliser for the gardens. I’m paying the kids to collect it. :shy:
We got the driveway resurfaced in May and bought a heap of sand and gravel and mulch at the same time, so that’s been handy.
We’ve had soooo many mice, ick. When we first came I caught and relocated them. Not now. There are just huge amounts. Everyone around here has them at this time of year, apparently. :tdown:
We’ve explored more of the block and spotted a platypus a few times in one swimming hole along the creek. There are some stunning spots along the creek with huge boulders, rainforest backdrop with orchids and treeferns and other delights – it’s almost surreal. The water is still flowing, fast and freezing! (Much faster and heaps more water than in that pic above.)
We’ve done some fence-repairs (well, hubby did) and have a bit more to do. Plus, the only neighbour has cattle and wants the fence between us replaced. We are negotiating with him. Bit miffed when he introduced himself to us for the first time with a letter, two quotes and threat of court action in 30 days if we didn’t act upon the demand! :uhoh:
I’m enjoying spotting bush-tucker plants in the forest and want to learn more about the various species and roles they play. I want to plant a heap more as a sound/privacy barrier between the house and road, so am doing my research right now.
We enjoyed the macadamias – ate them and gave heaps away. They’re flowering now and the blossoms are quite lovely. I haven’t seen the tree kangaroo who supposedly lives in there yet… There are TONS of seedling macadamias in there. I wonder do they grow the same as the trees they’ve come off? A friend did tell us the type of tree we have – some letter and number combination which meant nought to me! 😐 I have transplanted one seedling and it’s still alive a month or so on…
Amazingly, almost everything fitted into the house. I have a few boxes of books to spare and also some fabric and camping gear. I’m guarding it all fiercely with the mouse problem out in the sheds! Ick. Eight people living in three bedrooms was really not a huge issue. I wondered, after the luxury of living in that HUGE rented house, and our own previous two houses have been quite large. We did buy a caravan though, and it’s a ‘spare room’ while the renovations happen. Our eldest is now living (sleeping) out there (it is very cold – she’s mad!)… this will enable us to move people from one room to the next without having anyone camped in the loungeroom waiting for walls to be built or paint to dry… And later it may be useful for wwoofers. It is gutted and lined with ply, with minimal cupboard space and no kitchen or anything. So ordinary bed etc fits in nicely and it’s more like a room than a van. Oh, one bathroom is tricky. We have had 3 at our previous house (2 inside, 1 outside) and 4 toilets, 2 bathrooms at the rented house…. Everyone seems to need to go at the same time, sigh. And the hot water system is tiny! Brrrrrrrrrrrr. Hubby fixed that for now, and with the woodstove has plans for PLENTY of hot water!
We put in a pot belly stove and surrounds and it’s toasty warm! It’s so cute too. We use it to boil the kettle and I simmered soup on it one cool, wet day. I hate chopping firewood and am not very good at it. But I will persist. We haven’t installed the wood stove yet as the area isn’t prepared.
The renos/extensions are slow-going, but it’s okay because we’re getting a clearer picture of what we want the finished product to look like.
A lot of life revolves around the tractor and other machinery. I didn’t really pay so much attention to the expense and complexity of such things before now! Such things sure do make fast work of things though, so I appreciate them.
We have a lovely community around us. Three lots of friends within 5km, a little shop 2km away, lovely little towns (2) 12km away and so many friendly folk. We’ve an excess of citrus, pumpkins and other goodies in the kitchen, and none from our own gardens. It’s strange, as we were always the ones with the gluts giving away produce and now we’re receiving! So blessed.
We went to the local agricultural show on the weekend (five of the kids and I) and there were more cows than people, I think. It was lovely to check out the different atmosphere to the ‘show’ in our old town, and get a feel for our new community. The kids and I are keen to enter some stuff into the show next year.
Well, that’s my update. Will post pics!July 8, 2007 at 12:58 pm #295669
This is a lovely area with deep swimming holes where we also see the platypus.
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