The greenhouse

Lesson learned: You shall not buy cheap stuff on Trademe. Honestly, I haven’t had such a fiddly job in years. Even without making too many set-up mistakes this took me several days to complete. Thousands of tiny 8mm nuts and endless fix and un-do cycles to add more pieces of metal to each screw for stabilization.…

 

Upcycling

Our builders got two extra pre-fabricated roof trusses that they didn’t need. We thought they would make perfect trellis for our grapes, and so we upcycled them.

 

Stronghold against rabbits

Unsurprisingly rabbits don’t belong here. By here I don’t mean our property only, but New Zealand as a whole. Some early settlers 200 years ago thought it would be a great idea to introduce rabbits to the island that originally had no mammals except bats. Lacking predators the rabbits bred like rabbits – because that’s…

 

The difference between a hen house and our house? – Windows

Until now our new home felt similar to a chicken coop. But fortunately we’ll not need to move close together on a roost to keep warm on windy days, we’ve now got windows for keeping the house warm and cosy. :)

 

Green

Nah, our house isn’t gonna be green, at least not visually. Those green boards that the builders used to wrap the whole house are called RAB boards. Since we’re located at a high-wind zone, the local council required us to use these fibre cement boards instead of simple (and cheap) building paper. Good we decided for another…

 

The roof is on!

Our house is now officially a house – with a roof on top. :)

 

More Mot scenery

Usually, there are one or two occasions for me daily to jump out of my chair, leave everything what I was doing and grab my camera. Who can resist a perfect light/cloud/weather situation building up above the horizon? I definitely can’t and the gigabytes of photomaterial in storage prove it. Here’s what was on the menu…

 

That chicken story

Last week, when I was worried about one of our Sussex hens, she seemed to be eggbound? All good! She survived! And produced an extremely big >first< egg. I bet she didn’t know what struck her when this double sized thing popped out: And we were fascinated to find two yolks in it! Thanks to everybody for…

 

Winter, Part II

The last weeks were starting to be springly, with daffodils and other early flowers and bushes blooming all over the area. Just until yesterday, when the last (and hardest) frost came: Snow covering even the hillsides on the Brooklyn side of the valley and Mt Arthur lined in a thick white coat like king winter.…

 
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