Things changed, things the same: six months in Tassie

July marks six months since we moved to Tassie. Six months since we drove up the driveway to found the unlocked gate. Six months since we begun tearing out the internal lining of the bus. Six months since we begun this adventure in off grid living. We’ve learnt a lot. We’ve made some mistakes. We’ve got issues- such as mould and condensation- that we naively didn’t think about but are now so prominent on our minds that it can ruin our appreciation of what we’ve achieved (anyone with solutions please post comments, suggestions.)

We’ve had snow and rain gushing down the driveway. We’ve seen our reserve road become bumpy as the water has pooled on it. We’ve gotten blister and cuts. We’ve started fermenting veggies and other things and have bottles line all over our shelves. We’ve become appreciative of the local market. We’ve started some paths and groundworks and are beginning to design our back garden ready for summer. We’ve been thankful for our solar panels and surprised at how little power we’ve used (the lowest charge we’ve had after 2 days of no sun was 94%). But enough of the listing. It’s best to view this through a series of photos so the rest of this post is dedicated to the visual.

BUS

CLEARING THE LAND

LANDSCAPING

 

FUTURE PROJECTS

DECKING

Currently we are working on adding some decking to the bus. This has been a slow ongoing over the last month due to the weather and both of us working full-time. It’s lightly snowing today so any chance of some more work today is not likely to happen. The picture below show the footings being put in and some paper sketches that Thanasi, Deirdre’s sister Tara’s partner, drew for us. We were aiming to get it down by the end of the month so hopefully we can keep to that deadline. Although in reality it’ll be another 3 weeks. There’ll be a more detailed post on this when finished.

 

 

YOGA STUDIO

We are currently sketching and designing a yoga studio/ sewing room/ office space to be built in late spring. The plan is to build on one of the terraces behind the bus. It’ll be 2 metres by 4.8 metres in order to meet local legislation which says that you can build a non-habitable building less than 10 sq metres without planning approval.

BACK OF BUS GARDEN

With the days getting longer we’ve found ourselves dreaming more of what our back of the bus garden will look like. We tossing up the idea of having raised garden beds, wicking beds, hugelkulture beds or a combination of all three. It’s a matter of cost and the matter of what materials we can source. We hoping that come the start of spring will have a design and be ready to plant out.

So that’s about it a quick overview of the six months here. I’m tossing up the idea of writing a more dedicated post on what we’ve learnt over time. Sort of in line of the earlier design posts we did from Mount Barnett. I’ll see how that idea goes. Enjoy the reading and the visual overview.

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6 thoughts on “Things changed, things the same: six months in Tassie

  1. sounds awesome, despite the cold & condensation… What type of ‘house batteries’ are you running off your solar? Cos if they’re deep cycle batteries they like to work hard – I sometimes turn my fridge to coldest setting (even when not needed) just so the batteries are forced to work as they like, and thus preserve their longevity…. Best wishes…..

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  2. Try to invest in a dehumidifier and get the best one you can afford. http://www.harveynorman.com.au/heating-cooling-air-treatment/air-treatment/cli-mate-20m2-air-purifier-white.html
    They are worth the cost especially to your health especially one with a Hepa filter. Clean all the windows in the bus with a straight white vinegar spray and wipe off with a cloth so as you kills the mould spores and prevent new mould from growing. If you can’t afford a dehumidifier at least get some Damprid https://www.bunnings.com.au/damprid-1-19kg-moisture-absorber-refill-4-pack_p4470043 which won’t do as good a job but is better than nothing at all.Good luck with it all

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  3. We are in the process of creating wicking beds out of fridges (fridge wickers). We have 24 that we bought from our local tip shop. They have to pay to dispose of them so they were more than happy to sell them to us cheaply. We removed all of the insides and siliconed them up but then “Winter 2016” arrived and we have had to put everything on the back burner as our property has turned into a never ceasing slow running stream. We no longer have a functional driveway and it is just very VERY lucky that we have a small 4 x 4 or we would be holed up for the duration. We are waiting it out and will hopefully get some weather more conducive to siting and leveling our fridge wickers in our next lot of school holidays. You have done so very much in 6 months. Kudos on your accomplishments. I can’t think of anything to prevent your mould and condensation. We use a dehumidifying here but that wouldn’t help you as it would seriously draw on your solar. I read recently that shutters will help reduce condensation in houses as it is caused by the intersection of very cold air with warmer air inside your home. Can’t wait to see how your adventure progresses πŸ™‚

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  4. Funny, I was looking at your photos and thinking “that looks like around here” and the I read through some of your older posts and found out that it is! Whereabouts in Lucaston are you? We have land up towards the top of bakers creek rd

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