I started building the lower swale around Easter, it was more work than I expected (as everything always is), but we finally got it finished and planted.
As we generally do, we headed out to the block for the Easter long weekend.
We had a good plan for what needed to get done. But, as is always the case, the plan never survives contact with reality.
On Saturday 24th Feb. We drove to the block with 3 grand children in the back seat and caravan towed behind. About to start a new venture completely off the grid.
Our caravan has all the mod cons. So it’s not extreme. We have solar panels for lights and tv and water pump. Gas for fridge/freezer, cooking and hot water. We also have a small generator for back up. Continue reading
I didn’t get as much time out there this year as last, but I still had 2 nights to get a few jobs done.
As friends and family already know, I’m starting a new job in about 3 weeks time, we’re moving from Perth to Collie, we will be about 90min closer to the block, so I’ll hopefully get more time out there. It also means that I need to curb back a few of my hobbies, our neighbour got our chickens (so that we can still get free fresh eggs until we leave) and someone should be picking up my breeding pair of rabbits in the next week or 2.
In preparation for moving I loaded up the trailer with as much as I could, I also finally got up the effort to add the tool box to the front which gave me even more storage space, everything I could think of that I don’t need at home and that could be handy at the block. A fair bit of wire, wood, Jerry cans, concrete, render, blinds as well as a tonne of recently collected sheets of tin.
We had Christmas at home and then with family in Bunbury, on the way past Mandurah I swang in and grabbed a Christmas present for myself (semi block related) a compound bow, rangefinder, kukri and a few other hunting toys. Continue reading
Thanks to a quickly arranged meeting in Collie on Monday we decided to double up and have a second weekend in a row down the block.
My main goal for the weekend was to get a few stumps out along the driveway, I spent a good 5 hours on Saturday morning with the mattock, shovel, chainsaw, sledgehammer and tractor. All for a grand total of 1.5 stumps removed. Continue reading
It started off a fairly standard weekend, heading down out with a loaded up trailer on a Friday afternoon.
But this time turned out to be a little different. About half way there we were stopped for one of Nics many toilet breaks. I was going over the nights to do list in my head. Then suddenly I realised.
I didn’t have the keys to the caravan. Continue reading
The long weekend was planned to be a team effort with a fair few people to help get the roof over our van.
The weather however had different plans. A few days before the trip we were forecast to get up to 45mm of rain over 3 days. That put a bit of a dampener on our free labour lol.
By some freak change in the weather we only ended up getting about 15mm of rain (almost all on the Sunday night), so it actually ended up a nice weekend. Continue reading
My dad was over for a couple of weeks to see all his new grandchildren, we decided to put him to work on a few jobs while he was here. Continue reading
It was a busy time leading up to Easter. I managed to find a 25 year old lemon tree that needed a new home.
We got a lot of cheap apples, pears and lemons (from the tree) so we did a lot of canning apple pie filling, apple sauce, apple and pear pie filling and lemon butter as well as both lemon and lime juice. I did n’t actually get a chance to get a pick of all the food together, but there was a lot, we actually had to buy more jars.
My sister, brother and his wife decided to fly over for an extended weekend to see the couple of new arrivals on this side of the country.
We also managed to get out to the block 3 days in a row. I call it a family block weekend, but by the third day it was just Andrew, Kelvin and me. Continue reading