Sunday, July 7, 2013

whats up with us during june - july 2013

It has been a busy few months.  Lots to report......

The hens started to lay....they are now rewarding us with an egg each every day.

Remember the  Town Hall that we bought in 2009?  We have been storing the timber since then  and this year is the time to either put the Hall back up as it was when it was constructed in 1890....

Or use the Oregon Pine and old wood - and build something different.

                                                                                                                   BA Town Hall  circa 1890

The inside of this beautiful building.  Although old and flooded a few times , we thought the timber was still pristine.  We decided to tender on the building.... were successful and we had to dismantle and remove the building from its original site.  

  We suspect that some of the timber were subjected to .....shrinkage........during storage at our factory.  At least it was under cover there , but since we moved it to the farm, it was stored in the open.....

The Hall being carefully dismantled (2009)...

It is now 2013   and    in    step    Builder James Naicker.....and his team.

Ground breaking!  And the building work started.....

We adopted Anzac and Roxy , the two adult dogs of an expat family leaving Fiji.
They were city dogs before coming to the farm - but very eager to learn!

                                                        and the first pole is up!!

Meet Mr James Naicker - our builder!

It  wasn't just building these past few weeks.....


                      it is just right to sit down with everybody.....and have a "talanoa" (talk - Fidjian)

It is 6 months since cyclone Evan.

  The broken branches are now becoming more of a hazard. The bark holding some of these branches are now dried up and the slightest wind causes the branches to tumble this case right on top of my young  fruit trees in the nursery.

Thank heavens for a

            handy man!!!

James and his team continued to make magic. 

 Claude could hardly keep up with taking photos!  Everyday a  task that James set up, was completed. 
 We are very happy with the progress. 

 Here James explained the technique of laying floor boards.....Look at the beautiful condition of the old floor boards.

and the roof is up!!!

Because we were not sure how much wood we lost due to "shrinkage" , we decided to build small cottages/rooms and see how far we got with the timber.

Yes.   We
                                    rain !

                                                   Lots of rain!

Busy as always, Claude used the wet, unproductive days to service his fishing reels.

 and the result......!

Work on the cottage stopped for a few days during the rain.

and the sun came out....and work continued.

Afternoon "talanoa" session.  All attending....hahahaha!

One of the most beautiful features of our cottage

                                                      is the beautiful  wrap around steps.
                                                                 James is busy building them here.

Remember our outside bathroom?  One morning Claude found these

                                  mushrooms in the bathroom....

James and his sons starting with cottage 2/3

Gardening is a non stop event....  an old derelict fishing boat became a garden feature.....

The cottages in progress....

and now the hard work starts for us. 
The old wood needs to be sanded down.

 The floor boards ,
                        the beams....
                                              the walls.......

Claude with another project.
                   A nearby resort replaces their Kayaks and we sure could put their old ones to good use  .......                                                               after fixing them up!

Claude's new projects in waiting!

Roof is up on cottage 2!

Our beautiful cottage.

we had  picnics with friends and neighbours....

But a farm has loads of work.  Claude has been busy with
grass slashing and tractor work. 

and removing trees from our vegetable fields.

Wesley is declaring WAR on weeds....and trees !

a beautiful pic isn't it?

The cleared was hard work and took many days....

a thought I would like to share - 

Nothing worth having, comes easy.