We’re slowly but surely (doesn’t having a kid slow things down!) establishing our property as an abundant homestead based on permaculture principles – a place dripping with food, family and fun.
In late December 2012, we (and the bank) became ‘owners’ of 1300 square metres of land with a 90 year old weatherboard home on a sunny, NE facing hillside (with top soil to boot) in central Hobart. Of our 1300 sq metres, approximately 900sq metres is able to be cultivated and we’re well on the way filling this space with our mixed fruit orchard, a young edible forest garden, annual and perennial vegetables, ducks, chooks and bees.
In 2016 we bought the neighbouring weed block which means our property is now around 3000 square metres. So now (2017) we’re busy expanding our gardens and dreaming of getting milking goats – stay tuned on that one.
Here’s our home in the 1920s, originally built at ‘higher altitude’ to escape the polluted town. The giant sign, made from rocks painted white, says ‘Heaven’s Blessin’ (not sure why), these days it says ‘Keens Curry’ (a left over advertisement from the company) and is a heritage site. That hillside our home is on (and most of the one behind it) is now well and truly covered with houses.
These days it looks something like this….
You can read a bit more about our homestead over at Retrosuburbia.