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HBS Guy

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Wow, some cider apples became available at very nice prices indeed! Bought two each of Antoinette and Cimetiere de Blangy—I thought I had 3 each of those but, nope, only one. Also a Frequin Rouge aka Frequin Rouge Amer, a bitter apple and one used in the production of Calvados and now CalvadOz. Next year one Blanchette, a French tart cider apple. Add some Calville blanc d’Hiver, another tart cooking/cider apple and, with the Rein des Hatives makes 6 apple varieties used to make Calvados. Not as much as the real Calvados region but not bad. Also I have two varieties of French (well, maybe Belgian) pears some of which I can add to the press to bring up the volume a bit.
 

HBS Guy

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One weird thing—might have to have my trees on my block and live elsewhere but hope not.
 

HBS Guy

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Drinking a glass of Grant Burge bubbly—the new block should be all mine right now!

Next week—will start moving to have electricity and water connected. Need to find someone will travel to erect a garden shed.
 

HBS Guy

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Reckon I can get a house approved for my block. Because of some eucalypt forest won’t be strawbale but earth sheltered, 30cm/1' soil with sedums on the roof kind of thing.

Need a wall to grow some early blossoming trees/shrubs against—place it so it protects the house against embers, etc. Roller shutters with styrofoam in the blades will keep windows from reaching over 50°C temperatures where they will shatter (outside of glass gets hot, inside doesn’t, smash—hot air from a bushfire carried by wind really quickly heats surfaces!

My trees will offer some protection. Keep grass mown really short, no weeds and no organic mulch between the trees in each row.
 

HBS Guy

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Plenty wildlife about, being a village, but found a property had a “wallaby proof fence” so will have a look at that!

Earth sheltered house tho I know houses have been built there recently not particularly fireproof, fucking councils!
 

HBS Guy

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OK started action to have power, water (&sewer?) connected. One fencer might be able to fence off the back half of the block and build the espalier, hopefully before I get there.

Much $$$ to be paid out no doubt.
 

HBS Guy

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Booked my trip! Dunno if i can go, depends how the virus spreads in Vic and SA I guess.

Excited—FIVE weeks break from caring, from the smell of piss!
 

HBS Guy

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OK, a vermin proof, insulated garden shed is on its way incl erecting the damn thing incl the little concrete slab. Be $$$ but what isn’t? I can’t do it, not even if I lived there—can’t climb on a ladder to put the roof on! Power, water, shelter. Now fencing and the espalier!
 

HBS Guy

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Well, that shed deal fell through—no installers. Have lined up another shed AND installer so no probs. Power and water on the way now trying to find a fencing contractor for fence and espalier.

I have got someone to slash and rotary hoe the back half of the block, make it much easier to plant the trees!

At lunch with sis & bil he suggested buying a big barn/lodge which is something I had looked at, always possible STCA (subject to council approval) the shell of a house for like $50K. It includes a second storey.

They had put in a new kitchen/dining room with one wall just floor to ceiling windows—needed a special safety glass, laminated. More expensive than ordinary glass but not much more. That plus flat roller shutters should give me my conservatory. That or have the big front windows at an angle so they form part of the roof as well as windows—do tend to leak tho, sloping windows.

Steel gabions filled with rock will make up the bottom part of the wall and no need for council permission. Stand some big black plastic drums on the rocks in the gabion, fill them with water—nice high wall to protect tender trees from frost and act as more fire protection. Dunno where the rocks will come from, probably the local creeks etc.
 
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HBS Guy

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Just paid Taswater over $2200 for a water meter to be installed. Ouch! But at least that is going ahead as is the power, shed and slashing/rotary hoeing of the block. Just the bloody fence and espalier are the problem.
 

HBS Guy

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Neighbor is a very long distance away, basically two blocks between me and her. Across the road might be a bit closer but I dunno, a hose across the road doesn’t strike me as being problem free.

Good: A fencing contractor actually made contact! Hope he can do the job. DAMN this real estate boom! Need to get some trees cut down. Not 100% sure they are on my block—how do you find unethical tree loppers? :biker:)
 

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Neighbor is a very long distance away, basically two blocks between me and her. Across the road might be a bit closer but I dunno, a hose across the road doesn’t strike me as being problem free.

Good: A fencing contractor actually made contact! Hope he can do the job. DAMN this real estate boom! Need to get some trees cut down. Not 100% sure they are on my block—how do you find unethical tree loppers? :biker:)

Get the block surveyed.
 

HBS Guy

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Well, there will be survey pegs. Just hard to tell from Adelaide what trees are on my block, which trees are just outside it.
 

HBS Guy

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$1500 to cut down trees on the block. OK! Now to hear from the fencing people!

Water, power, shed, tree clearance DONE!
 
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