After four days of torrential rain, thunder storms and gusting winds, it’s so great to relax on an extremely quiet and very sunny Sunday. Other than acknowledging and enjoying the peace and serenity, I worked on my garden projects. I’m expecting to yield about 50% more produce than last year. Basically, it’s really easy:
Sunday morning, Tryhena Harbour, Great Barrier Island and I am naked. Naked as in worn-out, tired, exhausted. I cleared a few small trees to allow more light to shine on a small orchard. This is not a fun job. The terrain always being uneven, rocks and small boulders hiding underneath thick kikuyu grass and no openings for the felled trees to fall on. After cutting the trees into manageable pieces, dragging them and cutting the canopies off, there is of course no open area to stack the logs nor the canopies.
One thing is for sure, my next chainsaw will be electric and it I don’t need a 52 cc engine.
It’s been a while since my last update. Apologies for that, but lately I just didn’t feel like turning the computer on in the evenings. Mainly because there is unusually much happening in my life. Work is great, really enjoy working for the kids and youth, but there is, unfortunately, lots happening in the background which just chews up my time and energy. I’m still running the Wharf to Wharf Marathon from Port FitzRoy to Tryphena. I’m preparing for it by eating lots of raw food and eating less in general.
I had some help on BENIsLAND from my good friends, the Fantastics, and from a pair of surprise visitors, whom I believe to actually be BENIsLAND groupies (they heavily denied it, but well, denial is always easy) during the last two weeks. On top of the good company, they helped with various projects around the place. It was comforting to see others do some of the daily jobs like preparing and stacking fire wood, tidying up the gardens, the drive way and pruning the plum trees. I shouldn’t say it, but I could get used to it… hehe
I’ve been meaning to give composting a go for a while but procrastinated mostly thinking that I don’t have much organic waste, hence not being worthwhile. But I’m also seriously sick and tired of gardening with poor, compact and non-friable soil. In terms of top soil I drive around with the quad and find areas where soil had been moved some time ago, most likely for the purpose of creating the tracks around the property, put it into fish bins and drive it up on site. Then I mix it with some sand and ash from the fire place, thus turning it over and aerating it, and then use it for my garden. Continue reading Compost
Daylight saving has officially begun last week and it is starting to get a bit warmer over here. We’ve got strong southerly winds at the moment though and it feels much colder than it actually is. I went for a fish last Saturday, the forecast sounded good and I went to my ‘new favorite spot’. There was a big, rolling easterly swell coming in, but I only noticed it when I was right on the beach and hence decided to go ahead fishing anyway. But before going into the fishing, have a look at this.
Well, it appears I have been a bit lazy posting but then again I haven’t been up to much lately. Things are going well at work and I will be working 4 days a week now. If I were to sum up ‘what work is like’ I would say: great atmosphere with a lot of strong characters, very amusing, you’ve gotta think on your feet and always have a comeback ready, it builds up the confidence level because I’m working with and around heavy machinery and fix stuff (it’s a great feeling to fix things, things that are actually needed), challenging and at stages exhausting. I’ve mentioned it before but I like to do so again. It’s a great feeling working in an environment, in which people don’t think they are better than others and don’t constantly think: me, me, me.
What a great Labour Weekend it was. The mighty All Blacks won the 2011 Rugby World Cup yesterday by beating the French in the finals 8-7 at Eden Park, Auckland. This is the second time New Zealand won the Rugby World Cup since its inauguration in 1987, which was then also hosted in New Zealand. The game could have gone both ways but the All Blacks – with the entire nation behind them – played strong and smart, and didn’t let the game slip away. Although it was very nerve-racking at stages. The match-winner was in my eyes Stephen Donald who stepped up to kick a match-winning penalty, after a few kicks were missed. The most valuable player (the MVP) is without question Ma’a Nonu.
I put this little glasshouse together, made of tea tree, a door and polyethene film. It is about 2m long, 0.9m wide and 1m above ground. I am going to use it for the germination of seeds and growing the seedlings. Hope, the crude construction withstands those gusty winds. Continue reading Glasshouse
First things first, this week I tried every day getting an Internet connection going, but it appears that with all the overcast weather, rain and wind, that I shouldn’t bother trying. It only seems to work when we have clear skies.
Yeah, tough week for Beni, I can tell you. I worked Mon-Fri at a renovation site, at a nice lady with manicured, beautiful gardens. In return, I get to take some double doors, windows and some odd, left-ofter building material like planks, copper pipes etc. And a 4×4 truck to bring things onto my site. Continue reading No wind; I’ve got Internet again…