I haven’t written enough here lately. The other day I went rockfishing and didn’t catch anything useful. At the moment, I’m cutting a track with a helper and plan to write about the results and experience soon. For now, check out my photography site (Luminosity Images.benisland.com).
I love my backyard. It’s huge, wild, alive, rugged, untouched, diverse and spectacular. It is the heart of my land, and a reassuring place for adventure and healing. Would you like to see more? (click here)
There are a number of reasons why people consider living off the grid. Where I live (Great Barrier Island, NZL), there is no grid. No reticulated electricity nor water. If you want to live here, you have no other choice than living off-grid. For ecological and economical reasons, it makes sense to establish a power system for your home that is based on renewables like solar, wind and hydro.
“I’ve completed pretty much all marathons in New Zealand. This one was the best! Not too technical, best scenery and best atmosphere. Thanks.” (Nathan, full marathon run 2015). It is that time of the year on the Barrier, and I thought it would be suitable to start with a quote from a very happy chap at the finish line. Continue reading Great Barrier Island Marathon – From Wharf to Wharf→
For about two years I’ve been hearing my unusually big rooster crow, often hours before sunrise. I feed him well, look after him and enjoy his company, but after an unsuccessful year of raising chicken, thoughts of silencing him have crossed my mind. This year, I had a new plan and, once again, had put my hopes into this massive rooster.
A week ago, Hellmut the pig saw his last morning. I had no intentions of keeping him as a pet and the time had come to kill and butcher him. This was not something I had done before, so I was glad that one of the local Barrier boys was keen to help out. Here is a recap of what turned out to be a quick and clean job with photos and thoughts on the experience.
Since yesterday, I have been gazing through the glass panel of my new
washing machine. Observing each different operation cycle of this beautiful machine with a happy sense of accomplishment and fascination, and monitoring how the respective washing cycles affect my off-grid power and water supply. You see, I lived without a washing machine for four years, so today is special indeed. Continue reading Clean Energy, Clean Water & Clean Clothes→
As I opened the second and last sack of pig tucker (food) on Friday, I had to think about poor, young Hellmut. His future doesn’t look bright, and for that and other reasons I let him out for a few hours. Under supervision that is….
Last Saturday was B-Day; time to butcher a couple roosters. I reckoned three roosters to five minus one* hens is not a good balance, and decided that the two new ones shall end up in a big boil up (*because one of the hens is like Houdini and therefore roams freely). Naturally, I grabbed a stick, a net, a pair of gloves, some food and went at it.