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Well, it has been quite a cruisy week, fires every night, hmmm that’s about it in terms of cruisy; it rained a lot, but has been milder wind and temperature wise. There is mud everywhere and it doesn’t help that the sole of my gum boot has come off partially. So yeah, gotta stock up on them. I haven’t really done that much other than clearing some paths through the bush and collecting, cutting, splitting and stacking up fire wood. I’m amazed to see how fast you can cut with a conventional hand saw…
Was lucky to notice on Thursday that the heavy winds were lifting the roof off the shed, an hour or so longer and one side would have ripped off. We made two mistakes when we put it together – granted it was such shabby weather when we set it up, instructions were almost useless and it was a non-trival task to say the least -, but we had not screwed the roofs to the walls properly and we forgot to use the waterproof tape underneath the flashing.
Saturday was a superb day, it was the 5th or 6th day that I have been looking for my seeds – I am planing to get a decent vegetable garden going (prices are quite steep here for food and it is a rewarding thing to do) -, finally I found them. The new project is to get a vegetable garden going. I managed to get my drinking water situation sorted. Brought some supplies from the main land and have been boiling the stream water, however collecting rain water is the easiest option. The solution is very straightforward, but also very effective; a piece of gutter – that I found, I could use a second one though -, a 10 liter container and some rope. 20-30 min of average rain and the container is full.
I reconnected the sink, the water just drains out into my outside gutters now. Things are going well in terms of electricity as well; recharge the batteries every other day for a couple of hours (12 V home made generator), installed some 12 V lighting downstairs, my laptop runs on 12 V and I run the stereo on 12 V now as well. Listening to the radio regularly, mostly Aotea FM Radio on 94.6 MHz (this is the radio station on Great Barrier Island broadcasting from Station Rock, which is about 1 km up the hills from my site) and BFM on 95 MHz. I enjoy Aotea FM, they don’t broadcast all day though, but play a lot of blues, jazz and stuff from the 60-70s. No ads, no news; the way I like it!
I’ve started on the garden project on Sunday; here some pics….
I will keep you updated on the garden project. Finally, some random pictures…