We are underway with our project to build a sustainable off grid lifestyle as a counterpoint to our city lives - the lifestyle we want to have versus the lifestyle we have to have.
After Christmas in Auckland we left the house in the care of Hannah and Zane so they could continue their summer jobs to finance their university studies and have spent a week at Tāne's Rest to get the ball rolling.
Taking a trailer load of fencing timber and posts with associated paraphernalia we have built and erected a set of gates to begin our fencing programme. These are the first post holes that Grant has dug since he was a student working to finance his own university studies by spending summer fencing in the Marlborough Sounds.
Time with a chainsaw has also established Marie's first orderly firewood stack and made a small dent in the piles of log offcuts. It is clear that we will also need to incorporate a wood fired pizza oven in our plans as this will allow us to cook outside, to eat delicious food and to put at least some of the wood debris to a productive use. We also have the spot for an oven worked out as we have begun to level the site for our caravan.
It is a New Year and a new beginning, both for Tane's Rest and our family as we look towards a more sustainable future.
This blog is the ongoing story of our piece of paradise on the East Cape we have named Tāne's Rest. Visit our About pages to read more about our project, and feel free to leave a comment on any of our posts.
Uawa County existed for 45 years from 1 December 1918 to 1 April 1964 before merging with Cook County. Click on the map to download a copy.