Friday, 23 January 2015

The salvaging has begun...

The salvaging has begun.

We've now had three loads of  awesome pre-loved 'stuff' arrive at our place, on our driveway, in our yard. It's taking over! Already.

First up are these Pine and Rimu weather boards which we saved from going to landfill.

We'll be removing all the nails, will choose the best ones and they'll eventually become sarking for the ceiling. Exciting.

Thursday, 22 January 2015

We're building a tiny house...

This will be no ordinary house. It is going to be tiny. Off-grid. And made of almost 100% sustainable materials.

The materials will be natural and made of stuff that lasts. We will have to salvage and scavenge, seek out every nook and cranny, every crevice and corner that we can, to find our materials. You see our budget too is tiny. But our dreams, they are big.

Want to come on the journey with us?

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Massive 4 day line-up. Want to be a part of it?

The 4 day festival is going to be fun fun fun this year!  We have a great line-up organised.

Want to be a part of it? Come along to the volunteers meeting next Wednesday. You'll hear what's planned and how you can get involved.

A big shout out to Rhys Taylor, Sarah Johnston, Jill Roberts, Trisha Reader and all the other volunteers who are helping make this festival happen. Great work. It's going to be fun fun fun!

Full brochure of the 4 day line-up will be on the Future Living Festival Website early February, or visit our Facebook Page.

Monday, 19 January 2015

Never seen this before

If you're like me you will have never seen a carrot in flower. Now you have. Simply stunning.

Friday, 16 January 2015

Never have I grown something such as this..

Red Gooseberry in all it's glory
The Red Gooseberry (Ribes uva-crispa). 

Unlike the everyday green gooseberry these bear fairly large morsels of sweet juicy sun-reddened goodness. 

I've never had the joy of growing nor eating one of these until now. These little beauties are as tasty as any other berry but with a very full flavour and are more like a thick skinned grape. 

If you can find one of the red varieties don't let their spikes put your off. Their flavour and heavy crops make up for it. As does watching the green berries slowly change from the slightest pink through to the most incredible deep red almost black colour.  

This one pictured was about half way through ripening and still had a good few weeks left on the bush before they turned an even deeper red. Just amazing. You have to try one!

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Dandelion dew...

We're on strict water restrictions here right now, so there's nothing like taking a stroll early morning around the garden, after some much needed overnight rain...

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Monday, 5 January 2015

Crimson delight

Crimson Clover

These were grown from seeds given to us by a forest gardening friend. The best kinds of seeds come from friends.

Beneath the soil clover happily fixes nitrogen, and feeds the bees up top, so is always welcome around here.

The colour and shape of this plants flowers are so alluring, it's difficult to pass by without a closer look. Divine.