Permaculture Design Course

These past two weeks I have been away in Maungareeda in Kin Kin, QLD. It is a permaculture property belonging to Tom and Zaia Kendall of Kendall Permaculture. I wanted to do the course there as the climate is very similar to ours and they live, work and play on the property. They produced 95% of the food we ate on site, which was really amazing to experience. It really made me think about the capabilities of my property and what grows best in our shared climate.

In the morning we fed chickens, goats and milked cows before breakfast. It was enlightening to see the healthy diet that the animals are feed rather than just the grain I usually see in rural supply stores. We had lots of class time every day with delicious food breaks in between.

The part I was most excited about seeing was a semi-established food forest. Tom went through the process of how they set it up, which is exactly what I want to do on most of our property, especially the semi-steep slope down the back. A food system that requires a chop and drop once a year and provides large amounts of food?? Count me in!!

It was a really incredible two weeks and I made some really great friends. This experience has changed me and I couldn't recommend the PDC at Kendall Permaculture more. I am looking forward to going back there someday and hopefully bringing Brodie to check it out with me. As I was having so much fun, I forgot to take any photos! But I did get this one snap as I woke up one morning. This is overlooking the food forest.



Looking forward to getting cracking on my own property.

Till next time,

Kat

Our 2017 ‘Ta-Da!’ List

I read recently about the concept of a Ta-Da list, where instead of making a To-Do list you write down the things that you have achieved instead. It is so easy to get wrapped up in the future things to do that we forget to reflect on all we have accomplished this year. So, here it is!
We started off the year with a month long trip to Canada.


Then we got the keys to the property in mid-March.


We installed new front steps.


Got a new electrical board installed.
We cleaned and painted (most of) the inside of the house.


Installed a fireplace.


We built a new pool fence.


We chopped down the Leopard tree.


We adopted sweet Benny boy.


We cleared the front yard.


We chopped down the big Candle Nut.


We installed a new water tank.


It is hard to believe that we have only been at our place properly for 9 months now and we have achieved so much while still working full time. I am very proud of us but now it is time to slow down. Some of our plans for 2018 are:

  • Getting an excavator in to dig up stumps and level our front yard in January
  • Starting some vege and herb gardens
  • Start planting trees!
  • Paint or do something to the outside of our house, not sure what yet
  • Pay off some debt
  • Attend Permaculture Design Course in January!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am excited to have a bit of a slower pace as we have spent most of the past year frantically trying to get things done in time for this or that. I am happy with where we are at right now and things that we have planned are more want to dos rather than have to dos. I think we also need a bit of aesthetic love outside, as we have been chopping A LOT of stuff down and not replacing it!

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,


Kat

The tank is in!

So all the hard work we have been doing in the front yard over the past couple months has been toward the end goal of installing our new water tank. We decided to add a new one as the current tank is very old and has developed some cracks. Now we have increased our capacity by 50% to around 60,000L, which will be useful for when we have young trees in the ground that we will need to water. Now we need to fill it up!

We built a pad last weekend and it was delivered on Tuesday. Brodie has been struggling with a work related injury recently so I did a lot of the moving of the crusher dust.

The pad before the crusher dust


The tank coming off the truck after that big storm in the background rolled through


The tank in place!


Another thing that happened on the weekend, Brodie's best mate the arborist is back from living in Japan for a while. He was full of energy after not working last week due to the rain, so he decided to come to our place and burn some. So he chopped down our candle nut tree! It was very large and cast a lot of shade onto the house and clothesline during the winter time. Very glad for it to be gone.

This is the best before photos I could find. It was a very large tree. The second photo is after was started to be cut down.





And after.


The backyard feels much more open now and the lounge room has more natural light. Now we can see our beautiful native Flindersia which was hidden behind the tree a bit, and we are noticing the birds flying straight through the open area. It wasn't a very popular tree with birds (or with us) so we are glad it is gone!

I think we might take it easy for a little while now! Until at least after Christmas. I have nothing on order or anything urgent we need to complete. Plus I am poor from purchasing the tank!

Have a good one,

Kat



Clearing the driveway

Last weekend Brodie got a bit excited and wanted to use his new chainsaw chain. A couple hours later and the area along the driveway is now clear...here are the only before and afters I could find. The first photo is from the day we moved in.





The new pool fence makes it look a lot neater too. Here is another before and after from next to the carport.





From the bottom of the driveway



This is the pile behind the fence



Massive!



The chipper is due to come on Thursday, and about time! Our front yard is almost totally full with piles of branches.

Brodie's brother also came over to play with their RC swamp boats. The big race is next weekend...lets see how that goes.



I have also finished a project that has taken a few weeks. My new restored table. It had previously had a clear varnish on the whole thing that had turned an orange colour, kind of like the colour of the floor. I love the look of it now and it matches my chairs.



Next weekend is the party of Brodie's 30th, so not sure how much work we will get done! Until next time,

Kat

The front yard is complete!

On Sunday afternoon Brodie and I cleared the rest of the path to the new water tank pad. Here are some before and afters from the day.

From the kitchen window




From the front steps




Looking along the deck




And this is looking towards where the tank will go, just near the other one next to the house.



We are a little bit more exposed to the neighbours now but that side of their house is quite private so we aren't too concerned at this stage. The plan is to grow a native hedge/windbreak along the fence line to keep the local birds and us happy. The next step will be digging for the pad! Fun times ahead!

Until next time,

Kat
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