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

A Bit more background and before and afters

Since we are being a bit slow in clearing the front yard because of the rain, I thought I would elaborate more as to how we bought our property.

Brodie's mum lives in Montville, QLD and just around the corner she had an ex work colleague who had fallen on hard times. He was heading off to rehab and needed someone to look after his dogs and cat. We had a look at his place and decided to take it on. From the beginning his plan was to sell when he came back.

We had to spend many weekends cleaning up so we could move in. I don't think he had realised how bad it had gotten and thought it was ok, but it really wasn't! We didn't do a lot of outdoor work while we stayed there for 6 months, as we weren't sure if we could afford/he would sell to us. We also had plenty to do in the house. When we were able to buy it, he agreed to our offer and we were very excited! There aren't many 1 acre blocks up on the range, and none for the price that we got it. There is a catch though - there is a LOT of work to do. I thought I would post some before/after photos from when we moved in for real (March this year) to now.

This is from the street. Me looking very pleased and ready to work.




From the driveway towards the house


This is the driveway when we first started house sitting. After one day Brodie and his arborist mate cleared the whole driveway so we could get down the back.











































I have more photos but not really good before and afters. This weekend we are planning on finishing clearing the front yard so we can get a pad ready for our water tank which is due to be delivered in early December. Lets hope for a nice clear and cool weekend.


Kat

(More) Spring Rains and Mystery Tree??

Over the weekend we had even MORE rain! After it eased up on Sunday we went down to the creek to check out how it is going after the wet start to spring. We found lots of interesting things.

Running like a dream!

We found these cool mushrooms growing up near the fence line.

This one was really fleshy


We also have our mystery tree to contend with...would love to know what it is if anyone can help! I will put lots of photos here just in case someone has seen one before.





We also got some creative jobs done on our very hungover Sunday. Brodie made this really cool rake - tilther thing to try out on his farm.


It ended up being too heavy, and he chopped it in half! While he was doing that, I was preparing our dining table for restoration. I have sanded the legs and most of the top now.

Restoring the op shop find

And Benny was tired over the weekend so he slept in all sorts of weird places.

Sleeping in the esky drawer of our camping set up
Next weekend we hope to finish clearing the front yard, ready for our new tank to go in in the next month or so.

Have a great week,

Kat

One of our azaleas which loved the rain

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