Replacing Wonky Old Workshop Doors & Deck

Posted by Nick  | 20 Oct 2020  | 0 comments

They’ve been a long time waiting, but our workshop doors we built a year ago have finally been hung! Out with the old, gappy, rotten, dragging doors. We did away with the equally shite deck as well, and build a slip-free one on top of the still-sturdy bearers. Looks a bit too nice for the old workshop – but we tell ourselves that one day we’ll take off the old tin, too, and replace it with some sweet board-and-batten.

Check out our video of our deck-build to see how tricky it is customising for wonky old buildings. Good practice for our upcoming house build. The wisdom of trial and error! We love this kind of stuff, can’t get enough of it.

We’ve also built some stairs for the deck – stay tuned for the next video!

From Paddock to Plate: Humane Homekill

Posted by Nick  | 27 Sep 2020  | 1 comment

This was our second homekill, which we documented a little more closely this time. We find the process fascinating and rewarding raising our own weaner to maturity. Not only were its needs overseen and catered to by us for its whole life, but we felt more at peace giving it a good death, happily grazing in the paddock, none the wiser.

The following video features the whole process (minus the butchering), from slaughter through skinning, to gutting and dressing. Afterwards we weigh the meat to compare to grocery store prices, and make cat food from the offcuts and organs. There’s an opportunity in the video to pause and skip the more graphic parts.

Testing for Asbestos

Posted by Nick  | 27 Aug 2020  | 0 comments

As we gear up (finally) for our extensive cottage alterations (taking everything back to the studs and adding an extension), we must first find out if any of the suspicious materials we’ll be demolishing contain the dreaded asbestos.

In this video we sample four of the aforementioned suspects and send them off to be tested at a lab. The results are in…