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  • Thanks for the reminder Deb! I’ll try to dedicate a bit of time to writing some more entries! Seasons Greetings!

  • Thanks f or the feedback Xio… I’ve twice tried replying to you and the first disappeared and the second failed to post as my session timed out! This is one of the BIG frustrations with this site! Lots of useful info and lovely people, but the toolset for the site itself is very cumbersome…. I’ll try t o write later.

  • A lot of what you want to do depends on the house design and layout.

    A wetback stove will have the hot water tank above it for thermosyphoning (unless there’s a pump here for a ground mounted tank). So with your tank up in the air, there’s little chance of doing panel radiators through thermo syphoning unless you have a multi-storey home.

    The…[Read more]

  • And on the original topic – lead acid batteries can go for 30 years I believe…. (I certainly hope to get a good run out of our’s!)

    Happy New Year to all!

  • replied to the topic Our 22 acre "See Change" in the forum The Garden Log 8 years ago

    Hiya purplehat…. It’s an optical illusion. The green is much less day by day, and the weeds are quite long and needing a dramatic height reduction right now! At this point in time, most of it is done by tractor/slasher. We have a couple of small paddocks which our fur and feather kids “maintain” for us….


    The other thing that happened…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Our 22 acre "See Change" in the forum The Garden Log 8 years ago

    Hey there jmcal41,

    After all our messing around trying to get things to come together, we ended up with a transportable home! It was built in Ballarat by Bond Homes and it came out as 2 truckloads and was craned into place.

    We took this option just so we could get to live onsite (legally for more than a month at a time) and get our new lifestyle…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Our 22 acre "See Change" in the forum The Garden Log 8 years ago

    Hi all, I really should book myself a chunk of time to add updates here, shouldn’t I? 😉

    Suffice to say that we are finally in our little home and have most of our infrastructure sorted, I’ll update with the rest of the story of our journey shortly.

    Thanks for the congrats mauzi, and the thoughts Karma. I wasn’t chuckling at the time (or each…[Read more]

  • Places like Reece, Camerons and other plumbing supplies can sell you a pressure pump. If you want it to run the taps in your house, one of the usual questions is how many taps will you have turned on at the same time. My answer (for us) was 2-3 at the most, and that meant the relevant pump for us (from the range available) was about $230. (As…[Read more]

  • I watched an episode of ‘In the wild with Harry Butler” where he was discussing native versus imports and the only way to tell them apart visually is the two top front teeth have a notch in behind them where the bottom teeth strike on native mice! The imports do not have these notches!

    We are a fair distance from town and neighbours and there’s…[Read more]

  • If you will be surrounded by vineyards and orchards, you’ll need to make sure your fencing is up to scratch before chickens or goats are added. Your neighbours will not take kindly to your goats chewing on their vine or trees (goats are browsers more so than grazers), nor will they appreciate the chooks scratching all the dirt away from their…[Read more]

  • Had a family of wallabies bounce slowly through our place this morning too. They got spooked when a car zoomed along the gravel road. There’s lots of evidence of overnight visits when I’m out walking the dog, but watching them have a leisurely graze here adds a highlight to the morning.

    If you can’t do the bending thing for laces, Keith, could…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Saffron bulbs in the forum Herbs 8 years, 5 months ago

    Was in Woolies today and noted that about 12 stamens in a little plastic tube were priced at $12.75 (The ticket suggested that was something like $1215.20 per 10 grams!) It reminded me to make sure I plant some crocus shortly!!! 😉

  • Hi all, Haven’t been here virtually at all for quite a while, so I’d best catch you all up! 😉

    Thanks mauzi. We’re totally stoked at it all! After the journey we’ve been on, having a home again is awesome!

    No Dianne, quite natural to get excited by the prospect of what is in our own future! (Stick with it, you’ll get there too!)

    Yo…[Read more]

  • Lovely to bump into you guys on Saturday eve too!

    The long and short of council decisions is that they actually need people to move in and redevelop rundown farming land. It is well known that loads of money is spent in the local community by tree changers who are prepared to work otherwise “useless” chunks of farming land.

    They have to be seen…[Read more]

  • I think as good as the chances get is if the planning department folk accept that a dwelling is required for onsite 24/7 management of whatever your farming endeavours are going to be.

  • replied to the topic pet pig? in the forum Pets and Native Animals 8 years, 6 months ago

    Thanks mauzi.

    Been for a bit of a look around your website – very helpful… Now to try and find your blog…

  • We have loads of willys visit morning and evening (and basically throughout the day too) but nothing after twilight.

    We have verandahs on all sides of the house and a couple of them seem to like trying to get through the closed windows. There’s a series of thunk thunk thunk, then the singing or tikka tikka tikka call starts again. Kinda glad we…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic pet pig? in the forum Pets and Native Animals 8 years, 6 months ago

    Any ALSers actually have pigs?

    We’re looking at getting 2 smaller pigs on our 22 acres. We expect a little more interaction than straight farm pigs, but not quite to the extent of travel in car and walk on a lead….

    We’re hoping we can get their gardening abilities to work with turning soil over and prepping an area for planting. Does anyone…[Read more]

  • Our A&A Wormfarm system has only just been commissioned. Neither impressed nor overly concerned just yet.

    We were also looking at the Biolytix but hadn’t paid any money. Their system provided primary (solids) and secondary (nutrients) filtration.

    An A&A Wormfarm is only a primary filtration system. Where we are, we also needed secondary…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Starting fresh in the forum Introduce yourself 8 years, 11 months ago

    Hiya Lisa, I always thought Shoal Bay area was lovely and holidayed there a couple of times when I was younger. I hope your move gets you away from the problems and allows you to get on with your preferred lifestyle. Sounds like all the plans are in place, now for those musclemen of your’s to get the hard work done so it can all get underway…

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