The drinking water for our house is stored in a tank up the hill behind the house (10m above the roof line, so we can run sprinklers on the roof in the event of a big fire and simultaneous power outage). We catch the water in a smaller tank below the house, then use a... Continue Reading →

New Heritage Fruit Orchard

In July and August 2014 we had several huge days creating our heritage fruit orchard with over 100 different, bare rooted trees.  We'd arranged, with Manning Landcare, a workshop to have Pete the Permie and his wife, Sylvia come to Wingham for several days in July. As a result of that visit, we bought an... Continue Reading →

Energy Slaves

Some years ago, the peak oil proponent Colin Campbell suggested that the oil being used to do stuff in the world at the time was producing the same levels of output as 22 billion human slaves would have done in the past. Digging holes for apple trees over this past week has given me a... Continue Reading →

Anguem ex machina

Snakes are a regular hazard around the farm. So far, we’ve only seen blacks and browns around the place (we’d love to see a carpet snake or python, to keep the mice down without endangering the dogs, but there it is…). We just found one in the water tank for the engine that drives the... Continue Reading →

Gully Raker

We were in Sydney for a reunion of our old woodworking class on the weekend. We really enjoyed it, but while we were away there was a real gully raker came through the farm - over 30mm of rain in less than 30 minutes. While it was really nice to get the rain, this sort... Continue Reading →

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