Farm Life: Concreting & Projects

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Nothing like waking up to an excavator out the front of your shed.

A couple of weeks back Roy had organised some concreting to start our next project on the farm. As most of you know we had absolutely nothing here on the property except for our shed that we now live in. The shed was formerly a goat shed which housed our neighbours goats at night and when it rained. We had no water, no power, no septic, no tractor – nothing.

For those of you who already live on the land you probably know that everything costs money and if you are even considering starting your own little farm be prepared for set-up costs. We have now been living at our place for almost a year and half now and saved enough money to start our next project and it’s a big one.

Right now we are in our dry season which starts about July/August and ends December/January. As we have only one tank on our property this year we have a lot more water than we did last year. 3/4 full and its a 5000 gallon tank (22700 litres) that’s a lot of water, however its only for our liveable shed and our top garden.

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So our first priority is to put another tank pad out the back of our shed so we can get another tank to capture more water before the rainy season starts again. Above our one lone tank out the back and big mess in our clay soil getting ready for a tank slab. Below the tank pad finished.

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I was at work while all the cementing was getting done, so Roy took these great photos. Roy also told me about the guy who drove the cement truck a plant enthusiast as well as no-mess-about driver. He reversed in alongside our herb garden with no trouble at all. Didn’t even run into our shed, its a tight space only enough room for one cement truck at a time. Would have been great to watch.

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The second part of our project was to get another shed in down the paddock closer to our veggie garden. It would be our garden shed and tractor storage as well as our workshop space. When there is a roof then you can not deny that it will rain. We have made a second tank pad big enough for two tanks down there to catch water for the garden next dry season. You wont be hearing me complain about not having water for the veggies. Meanwhile again this week I am finishing beds and letting them rest until the rains return. Above the proposed site for the new shed. Below Roy and the chickens exploring the patchwork of clay we have.  The excavator driver was really amazed at our soil in Hunchy, he would come across big patches of wet clay and then right next to it would be drier volcanic soil. The chickens loved digging around it for the afternoon.

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Above the marked out area of the new slab and below the new shed slab laid and ready for the shed to go on top. In the photo below you can see the tank pad below the shed slab. The far end of the shed slab is going to be an open space for our workshops next year.

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Our final part of the project is to get a veranda. Every man needs a veranda, a bbq and a couch – so Roy tells me. After last years rainy season we went a bit mad spending most of out time cooped up inside with the door closed sitting in the dark. This year it looks like we should be able to watch a storm go by without getting wet which is very exciting. The veranda is 3 meters out from the shed and only goes out the front of the part of the shed we actually live in.

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Above the fella’s from Jason Cumberland Concreting working hard on the job. They even put the posts in for the roof straight, it was a running joke that I would come home at that exact moment they were doing it and critique their workmanship. What can I say I like things straight.

How good does our new veranda look? This weekend my dad is coming over to help us with putting the roof on as he has a rivet gun thing. We are still acquiring tools, once again we started with nothing and borrowing things is what we have learnt to do best. So next Saturday night Roy, my dad and I will be sitting under the veranda with a beer to celebrate our new space. We are still yet to build the BBQ and buy a couch but I am sure it will happen in good time.

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Lizzie Moult

Lizzie Moult

Planning, cooking, chasing kids & running an online business; it might seem like there is a lot going on. Yet Lizzie is all about living simply and creating a flexible lifestyle that enables plenty of travel, adventure and quality time. A lifestyle writer and photographer for over 10 years for numerous publications, working online for over 14 years Lizzie also works as a mentor for women who are looking to create and live a life with passion & purpose at www.lizziemoult.com.
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7 Responses

  1. Its looking good, you will love having all that water! Have you thought about digging a dam as well? We have been concreting too, but on a smaller scale, just making little platforms at the bottom of each set of stairs on our new/old house. We bought a second-hand concrete mixer so we could do it in our own time, its so stressful when the truck turns up and you have to have everything boxed up and ready to go!

  2. what a great achievement for you. it makes a difference when you have great tradies – you can relax a bit.
    i love the pic of the chooks inspectign the site. i imagine they had a great time fossickign amongst newly turned soil!

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