March 26, 2008 at 11:37 am #331320chesterMember
Council’s main concern is normally toilet and bathing, if you can deal with toilet esp then you really should have very few problems. Waste disposal is another. I find a dry place to sit is normally the hardest, DH is finally building a outdoor kitchen area which will make life easy. Might think of getting one of those camping washing machine, no power only a handle you turn.:)March 26, 2008 at 8:31 pm #331321
We have started to go through all of our ‘stuff’, I cannot believe how much junk has been collected in just 2 years:tdown:. When we first moved here we didnt unpack about half of our stuff, as there is no storage here and we knew it wouldnt be for ever anyway.
Didnt make a difference, still have managed to hoard a new house full. I have pulled things out of their nice neat piles and now the place looks like chaos-before-the-light 😆
This is what my kitchen looks like this morning, after last nights crazy mission of ‘lets unpack and see whats there’. I now have 2 days at work (12 hr shifts) and then we are putting yum cha breaky on Sat morning at 8.30 am. No way we are going to be ready for guests :jawdrop:
(edited to add: I first took a photo from the other end that had the sink in it, no way anybody is going to see that :rip: I want to wash everything before we move.)March 26, 2008 at 9:56 pm #331322JenahMember
What a great thing to do, follow your happiness!
Congratulations on your decision!March 26, 2008 at 11:05 pm #331323RobyneMember
Don’t look back. do it before it is too late, to be able to do anything.
There’s lots of books ,sites, and some shops that sell 12 volt stuff or the Rainbow power company to make things easier later on.:D
My dad used to say give it a go as you will never know if you can do it:D
I saw on a programme from England, about wasters going to a place in Wales and they built a bath, with a fire place underneath. Wash you, your clothes etc. I thought it was a great idea,March 27, 2008 at 8:32 pm #331324
We have a gas powered camping shower on layby, to make getting clean easy and for doing the washing and washing up.
I have always wanted an outside bath so the ducks will have to give up their pond. A mate is going to help build a donkey heater that we can run to the tub, Im a little scared of directly heating the bath water while Im in it :rip:March 27, 2008 at 9:25 pm #331325kimmysmumMember
Oh Shelle wish we had a jealous smiley.
Go girl good luck and when you pass by an internet cafe drop in and let us all know how you are going.:hug::hug:March 27, 2008 at 10:45 pm #331326FishdejourMember
A few lessons that we learnt when we dropped out;
Baths use too much water when you are carting water in drums, we made a gravity feed shower (can shower in 3 L and end up very clean by soaping well with water off!!) Water is really hard stuff to move around, use it wisely and collect as much as possible to reduce the amount you need to cart.
Washing up in buckets etc is a pain in the bum after a few months. We got a sink from the tip and I mounted it on the outside of the bath shed for washing up.
We got a cheap instant hot water system on ebay for about $200 when we first did the drop out. Hooked it up to a swap and go gas bottle and gravity feed water supply (200L olive oil drum) and away it went. OVer a year later it is still going like a ripper mounted on the outside of the bath shed (has a pump off the tank now). WE use a gas bottle about every 3 months.
Keeping food (milk, butter etc) cold is a problem, we lived with a top of the line esky that keeps ice for up to 10 days but it adds up buying ice. In summer it was a real drag, winter was ok.
We used a gas BBQ for a lot of cooking, a good thing. We had an old wood stove but getting enough small wood took a lot of time and energy when there was so much els to do. In hindsight i wish we made our wood fired oven early on.
Try make it comfy for yourself as it is really hard to go cold turkey on the lifestyle your used to and your mental well being is directly related to basic comforts. The joy of adventure only lasts a liittle while if your uncomfortable.;) It’s a blast though.:mad:
SteveMarch 27, 2008 at 11:00 pm #331327colliegirlMember
Ah ShelleBelle great to hear you are taking so a courageous step. Many of us dream only of doing it. I congratulate you and wish you all the best. Hope you picked up enough tips from ALS to keep you going and living a relatively comfortable lifestyle.
I think it is great. Good on you!:clap:March 28, 2008 at 3:34 am #331328robatclareMember
SteveJ – I just read your post and got deja vu (didn’t I just say that?)
Our path also took us from camp shower with bag heated by the kettle -> $200 instant gas heater, we use a BBQ a lot and have built a cob oven. But we have had electricity on site throughout, meaning we didn’t really rough it so much.
Having a fridge, electric kettle, radio/tv/dvd really eased us into it.
ShelleBelle – the type of gas heater we bought is similar to:
We run ours on gravity (with about a 10 metre head from the tank on the hill, measured in my mind). If you don’t have a tank on a hill, a pressure pump will do the job, but you need water first…April 1, 2008 at 7:30 pm #331329
Keep up the advice guys, I love it 😀
The shower we have on layby is especially designed for camping, no gravity feed just a bucket of cold water on the ground. It is gas heated and will pump up to 2.4 metres with a $279 price tag. Its expensive but will be worth it.
Will post a picture when we get it.April 1, 2008 at 9:17 pm #331330ChookasmumMember
congrats on making the the choice Shellbelle and good luck to you both, please keep us updated with your plans and them when you move, did I read in July? please keep in touch and tell us of your adventures.
When we moved here just over 10 years ago with 4 teenagers, the other 2 moved into town because they were both working there, we lived in caravans, went into the kids house to shower, bring home drinking and cooking water,but it was still an adventure esp with teens who played a lot of sport al over the state.
CheersApril 1, 2008 at 10:17 pm #331331FishdejourMember
That’s the hot water system we got!!! It’s a ripper (once I sorted the weird plumbing connections and had a good laugh at the chinese/english instruction:D). Your ahead of us on the oven though as I am still building ours.
I think we are living parrallel lives Rob, I bet your Meg is wonderful too. I might change my name to Rob2??
SteveApril 6, 2008 at 6:36 pm #331332
Spent a fabulous day on the block yesterday chopping down trees that will hold up the roof of the hoochie while Ms. B tended the new vegie patch (all seeds religiously choosen from the moon planting guide). Also got most of the corro needed for the roof from the dump for $30.
We have been offered an opportunity we cant pass up. My folks are going to build the house for free, we just have to pay off the land. This will mean a compromise on the sustainability of the house, but this also means we are not living in the hoochie for ten years.
Off to see the solicitor on Thursday to work out an agreement that will stop my money hungry sister from taking us to the wall when my folks shuffle off this mortal world. Mum and Dad are taking the line that if we are going to care for them in their mature years then we get the benefit of a super nice house.
Will be a bit of fun learning to live together again, but will be good for us all as now we can take holidays without stressing about animals.April 6, 2008 at 9:20 pm #331333osakasuzMember
That’s great news! A lovely arrangement. I hope that you can all sit down and get the best of what you want out of a house. Good luck:tup:April 11, 2008 at 3:19 am #331334chesterMember
I was going to suggest you get a washing line up asap. Just love an old fashioned washline with sheets flapping in the wind, or maybe a whole line of colourful nappies…..;)
Wonderful news about your folks helping but don’t get bulldozed into not having what you want for your home …. eco friendly and all. I had both my Dad and Mom with Boyfriend living with us for 6 months before they found their own place. They were divorced about 10 yrs, and everyone got on real well thank goodness.
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