Monday, 27 October 2008
On a clear day you can see the white sand on the beach. And in the middle of this image is a kind of yellowy bush area that is full of evil GORSE (boooo). Its a prickly weed that we need to get rid of. Luckily our brilliant neighbour, farmer Bruce, is going to arrange for his cow herd to get in there and eat around all the gorse so it is easier to destroy. We just have to put up an electric fence to keep them out of our tent... Which reminds me, this is where we are living at the moment! And that is the new car/van on the left. Bruce's house is the one behind on the far left of the photo.
The tent is great. We have a large double bedroom (hidden from view behind the car), a kitchen (complete with shelves and work surfaces), 2 old armchairs and a gas fire in the living area, and a front room which stores things like shoes and water etc. Its great! Mind you I'd say the novelty of living in a tent will wear off pretty soon, but hopefully shortly after that we will have our new barn up! Electricity and phone should follow that. I'm going to say out loud on my blog that we will have the barn up in 4 weeks complete with electricity and broadband internet. Hopefully that hasn't jinxed anything, it just means I can either come back and read this in 4 weeks and laugh at my naievity... or not even read it at all because I'm too busy lazing around our lovely new barn.
Here are some shots of the neighbouring farm animals who have discovered that we aren't farmers, and as a result have rubbish fences that they can crawl under. It seems we have the best grass in the valley because everyone wants in!
This was sooo cute. The tiny lamb had its eyes closed and was dreaming about suckling, and doing the actions in its sleep. I can't think of anything cuter!!! Thats our power pole by the way.
Tasty junior, Bruce's goat. He likes wholemeal bread.
One of the calves in the paddock next door.
They LOVE a good rub under the chin. Steven is making friends with this one so that when it is a massive bull, it will be big and scary but still want a tickle under the chin from him. That really is his plan. The only problem I can see is that when we are busy building the house there will be a bull getting in the way because it wants a chin rub.
A little bbq outside the tent one evening:
And here are just a few images from our trip down from Auckland with the new car (we didn't bother stopping in the end becuase it was raining). If it was up to me, we would have stopped every half a mile to take photos. Good job we didn't though because it took 2 full days to drive back down!
Coming next: a New Zealand Wedding Special Offer! Also some very cute photographs of the Barrett family (see below) and more photographs of our travels.
Thursday, 16 October 2008
Steven has two children stuck to his arms:
Alice is such a character. Lush!
Bradley is soo cute. And already really good at art.
Alice showing me all the stuff in her little house in the garden.
We picked up the van by the way - I will take a couple of photos to put on here. It's so tall!
Tuesday, 14 October 2008
Oh, and yesterday we bought a huge tent, so when we get back we are going to camp on the land! We'll also need to purchase a nice comfy mattress and a few other luxuries. Soon I'll be cooking our first tin of beans on Steven's old camping stove, listening to the birds :)
Friday, 10 October 2008
Here I am looking back up from where the barn is going to be.
And um, here is a photo of Steven ordering a giant pizza from Pizza Hut new zealand. He is happy here because pizzas are sooo cheap. We are going to be very fat.
Oh, just while I was uploading those photos, Steven came over and told me that you can buy a wind generator for about $1,400. How exciting! We are off now to visit some alternative building guru in Dunedin to get the lowdown on putting in our Strawbale application. I tell you what, there are some great characters over here. We've been given lots of advice and told where to seek out the alternative people (anyone with solar panels all over their roof and lots of chickens really).
More land photos soon. I'll have to take my camera down to the river, it is soo gorgeous.
Louise and her friends were gorgeous, and we had loads of fun taking shots inside and in the grounds.
I'll try and post all the photos I prepared for my blog, but blogger is playing up at the moment so I'm not sure if they will render properly. Here goes!
I'm going to post some photos of the land next. How exciting!! xx
Saturday, 4 October 2008
Yesterday was the first time we saw the land we bought 3 and half years ago, just north of Dunedin outside a place called Waitati. Its even more beautiful than I remember: 35 acres of lush green grass and dense forest with a stream, a river and a pond. I tell you what, it just seems ridiculous to me! How can we possibly own all of that?! This morning we walked around the boundary, sat in Steven's future fire circle in the wood, lay in the grass under the sun, and hopped on stones through the river. I sat on a big rock in the middle of the water looking at the dappled light on the stones, the ferns and the trees and I felt like laughing it was all so good! Its spring here so things are blossoming, and the land has a sweet smell like honey and coconut. Seriously, thats what it smells like!
When you stand on the spot our house is going to be on you look down through the valley to the sea. Thats where the sun rises in the morning and its just stunning.
I would obviously upload photographs, but my laptop is out of action for a couple of days and the images straight out of my camera would take about 3 years to upload on a dial up internet connection. But I will definitely get some images up in a couple of days time.
This week we have lots to do. We need a car, and some kind of garage or enclosed barn to put on the land to store our things in and to live in until we build something else. I think tomorrow night we might pitch a tent there so that we can wake up in the morning on the same spot that next year will be our house. Maybe then it will seem real.
Oh, and yesterday (our first day in Dunedin) I had my first photography commission! Which I will blog about this week.
Here is an internet photo of Blueskin bay which is the bit of coast we can just about see from our land. We are somewhere up a hill to the right of this photo I believe: