The Caravan Project
We have a caravan and annex to use as a "site office" on our land while we build. "Free to anyone who moves it", and then you find out free is expensive in time and effort!
We arrived on day one to start preparations. First we moved the make-shift car port so we could park next to the van. The job took fifteen minutes under the abuse of a happy-holidayer 'it's a good job I don't have to go out.' We had parked four metres away from her car - you could have driven a bus out. We figured she was not having a good time!
First we had to clear the annex
Then get on the roof - some timbers had rotted.
The roof of the annex (from my view) was full of water and weighed a tonne!
We transported several loads to our land and used the dumpy level to find a level-ish bit of land for the caravan with fall to septic.
Professionals! The roof sheets (polysterene insulation) fell (pushed) off the top in a perfect pattern (and luckily didn't break a window)
We made a mess!
Left in good order for the evening. All this was done, by the way, in ridiculous humidity that sapped every last skerrick of energy.
Our trailer earned its keep.
We now had to move the bathroom. We wanted to keep this as one unit.
So we did what any (in)sane people would do....
...and loaded it up as one unit! I wanted to sit a mannequin on the toilet to give the other highway-drivers a laugh!
Now we have a bathroom on our land!
And it has the best view!
I don't know about you, but I'm exhausted.... next blog is the Pacific Highway journey with the wobbly caravan on a truck.
Glutton for Punishment
First there was the barn... now the caravan
If you've been following you will see how we recently turned this.....
Now watch as we attempt to turn this....
Into our new - temporary - "site office", here....
Then we'll turn this......
Back into this....
Then, eventually, we'll build something like this...
Are you following this? Not sure I am either, but stay tuned to see what other antics we get up too.... Oh! and big count down until I get the horses back! Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
Shout Out to Nowra Tilt Tray Company
And an amusing video - where Noel....
I couldn't finish the Barn episode without a shout out to Nowra Tilt Tray Company.
Dave (read last post) - came along and loaded the dismantled barn in just a few hours. He whizzed the load south to Brogo and swiftly, deftly, and gently off loaded it.
We couldn't have asked for a more professional, hardworking driver.
The pricing was fair and we were impressed.
Note: His name wasn't Dave, but our memory has been blotted out as it does after a traumatic time, we now call him Dave because, well, see last post (scroll down!)
And the last post goes on the barn adventure goes to me....
No I didn't forget the video, click here to have a squiz at our roofing antics!
What's the next adventure?
Well, slow down, let's get the barn done first!
Can you believe THIS....
.... turned into THIS......
I know! Ridiculous isn't it?
Still, now it sits on our land, with an electric fence around it to keep the cows off. It all looks so easy looking at the pictures, but grab a cuppa and have a squiz through the gallery below.
Take a slurp of tea as here's more (perhaps wine is more appropriate!)
We all went a bit dotty by the end of the project. Noel kept calling new people he met 'Dave'.
So to help his poor old memory Colin and I called everyone and everything 'Dave.'
We had a 'Dave' for every occassion:
"Oh Daayve, where've you put my hammer?"
"That's DAve's fault!"
"Wish Dave was here to help!"
"Dave would know what to do."
Even the wildlife was called Dave.....
Okay, we're almost done on the barn - just one amusing video on the next installment. I was supposed to be the STAR showing my roof top skills, but somehow Noel stole the show..... coming soon.
Dismantling our next house - perhaps!
So, the work continued (see previous post below). The barn was slowly becoming, well, um, 'bits' of barn.
Together with Noel, and Noel's brother Colin we spent a hearty, heavy, hard two weeks together. Noel's daughter, Mel popped in for one day of fun too.
But it was Teeko who was the main entertainment.
The plan? To put this on our land, we thought about living in it while we built our house, but then it would probably just become our house..... finally, I had several stables marked out within the barn, with hay storage on the mezzanine floor... shhhh, don't tell Noel!
Look out for our next update - you'll be amazed at what the standing shed turned into by the time we finished.
And if you click here, you can watch a video of Teeko enjoying life - it'll make you smile! (If it's not the first video, just scroll down my timeline to view).
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Selling Our Boat
Time to buy another boat? Or
Time for something different...
We've sold our 1920s Dutch Barge in France. It took just four months.
We've not had time to miss Rouge Corsair or the lifestyle as our next foray in this life-long adventure has just begun.
Within our first week back in NSW Australia, we'd purchased a car, trailer and barn. Yes, you heard that right, an American Barn.
The back-story of this barn is quite tragic. A land owner promising a couple they'd have no trouble getting building permission - a temporary home built - no permission granted - a demolition order.
This led to three people working two weeks to dismantle the barn.
Despite collecting bruises a professional rugby player would be proud of, I loved this job. My body ached so much each night that at times I skipped dinner.
But I felt alive, my flabby arms became tight, my skin glowed with outdoor life. My new career move of recluse-farm-girl became one step nearer.
The mayhem continued after this project.... if you follow this story you'll be introduced to Dayve, the bucket toilet, and our dithering minds.
Any why did we buy this barn..... you'll find out soon.
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