Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Checklist time ....

 so ..... let's run through the check list.

as previously reported .... the caravan is on site.  check

 first (of many!) water tanks in ......


water tank filled ...

power pole delivered .....


power brought on to site  ....
(yes, need a post on why we are on grid vs solar right from the start)

kids being ever so cute and very, very helpful

i reckon there is a six-pack developing on that boy!

ok mum .... time for a break!  let's get muddy!

so some big ticks in the done box this week ......

next .....

  • getting the amenities shed up
  • fitting out the amenities shed so we have a working loo and shower!
  • getting the caravan up on bricks and stabalized ....then we can put the annex up and start moving our stuff in
i reckon we are still about 3 weeks away from moving.  as long as it is september i am ok with that.  that will leave plenty of time for spring planting .... i have heaps of things to plant .... tomato's / leeks / artichokes / beans / greens / onions are all ready to be planted out .... so biding my time .... but barely!  i'm really ready to start rockin' in the veg patch BIG TIME!

Monday, August 20, 2012

... update

so, the caravan is now on sight.

yep ... still needs to go up on bessa bricks and have it's final anchoring .... but it's there ... this will function as our sleeping quarters and wet/cold weather kitchen.  we will have an annex attached which will be
our living room.
the tent will go up as the kids playroom (or our bedroom in summer)

the water tank pad is in .... tank delivery and fill scheduled for this thursday.

the base for the shed is in now too .... grateful for friends in spite of a high wind day 
that meant the shed couldn't go up.    
the shed will house our loo, shower (got a great deal on a solar hot water unit 
w/ panels on ebay!), laundry and a small bit of storage.

power is supposed to be on this week too (going on grid for now .... just, well, cheaper!)

outdoor dinning / relaxing area yet to come .... have seen some great ideas that we will modify to work on this sight.  it will incorporate an outdoor campfire ... for which the kids have become our own junior version of "time team" as they dig up rocks on the property to put a ring around the fire.  man ... who woulda thunk it would be so hard to find rocks!  
but the kids are having fun digging them up!

where we are situated on the block will actually be the future hard core processing / storage area for our broilers, veg and flowers.  in addition we'll have great guest/woofer quarters already set up!  also keeps us well out of the way of the builders when the house starts (nope .... not doing owner builder, we just don't have it in us to do it!).

and in the meantime i have heaps of artichokes, comfrey, tomato's and leek seedlings that are just about ready to plant.  and i'm dreaming of having the irrigation system in to get the beans going, the strawberries have taken as have the blueberries ...and we are weeks away from ordering our first set of Plymouth Rock chicks .... our heritage breed of choice at this point.  

so .... the REAL countdown will start from when we have power on site.  we'll give our notice in our rental at that point and will have no excuse to not be powering forward .... 
excited ... check
terrified ... check
anticipating the adventure ... BIG check!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Coincidence? I think not!

just a short update today ..... but me-thinks it is no coincidence that as soon as we get the excavator out to start leveling an area for the caravan / shed / water tank .....

that life seems to be blooming in earnest at JustEarth!  have a look at the first broad beans, true edible and planted by yours truly veg at JustEarth ....!

and amazing .... the ducks have returned .... and they are having a ball!

JustEarth is truly coming alive with the 
sights and sounds of our Father's amazing Creation!


Monday, August 6, 2012

Countdown ....

 four weeks to go ... it's done and it's happening.  September 1 we will be on the farm.  so this is week 1 of 4, counting down to us living at JustEarth .... we may still have a few odds and ends to clean up at the rental after that date.... but we will be on the property by then!  i can't begin to describe the underlying sense of bedlam, mayhem, chaos and excitement that seems to be coursing through us right now.  and yes, utter terror also finds its way into that as well.

the best way to combat the terror is to get on task ... gett the mojo shifting.  so we've got our rough schedule of minor tasks for the week.  noting that i can do more running around than scott .... so a lot of that has to fall to me.  and that's ok .... cause that is what a team does!  i have to get the bobcat / auger organised, scott needs to order water tanks and a few other things. 

the biggy for me though is to start sorting ..... AGAIN.  

gee ..... i just wonder how much stuff we will be able to sluff off as we compact our lives yet again?  i wonder if i will feel a sense of freedom or loss?  i reckon there will be a bit of both.

and in the meantime, it was another weekend on the property .... 

Another gorgeous little green tree frog ... truly
can't get enuf of these little creatures.

a break in the mayhem ... let's go for a ride in the back of the trailer!

will have to write a whole blog on this .... the start of the
bush n berries maze .... 6 blueberries, kerriberry and
raspberry all happily ensconced in their little earth cocoons ...

ha!  gotta win over the neighbors .... we borrowed a friends ride on mower
and made sure that the front of the property was neatly mown...
already having dreams of our own country version of Costa's
Verge Community!

the princess isn't afraid to get her hands dirty .... planting tagasaste seeds ....
great legume tree's ..... both for soil and for fodder for animals!

and i saw this sign at the old Yorklea Community Hall out near us and was very excited .....

it's truly becoming a movement up here .... finally in our area!  the word on the street is that the Lock the Gate group is trying to find someone on each street out in the country who will work with the group and the neighbors to try and declare the street "CSG FREE" ..... gee .... might have to get a sticky beak into that one!