Forest and Friends

Glass house tiny cabin forest garden

Our forest area has really come to life with the many Bromeliads we’ve planted and the Glass House (our tiny house) is perfectly placed to enjoy the gardens.

scary garden troll woman

What garden would be complete without a garden troll -er gnome… -er scare crow? This rather scary ceramic statue watched over the forest and in fact seems to keep bush turkey and came toads at alert!

Lasso Brett Franks lookout

We’re always pleased to have friends, family, and guests stay with us… my mate Lasso came up from Byron Bay and enjoyed several hikes, much conversation, and wonderful meals together. From Frank’s Lookout, you can see we’ve enjoyed regular rain and overcast conditions which has allowed things to green and thrive.

Lasso Tinbeerwah lookout

One of my most enjoyable outings is Mount Tinbeerwah Lookout — every visit it’s different and each time it captivating. What a magical place to share with friends!

Brett Tinbeerwah lookout

Barn roof back on!

Jeff Brett install Southern roof Forest Lodge

Jeff came out with Catarina Friday arvo and wanted to come back and help — help he did… we got the barn insulation, roof tin, and ridge cap on (all secure). Within 30-minutes of him leaving, we had the BIGGEST storm we’ve experienced here to date — near 100 mills / 4 inches in 20 minutes and thunder to rattle the bowels of hell! NO leaks — yet the walls are a tad airy and need work.

Forest Lodge framing in place with roof

Goats flourishing

The goats continue to enjoy the luxurious goatel. Jam wanted to sleep in yet there was grazing to be done and she does not like to miss a bite! Clearly, she was tentative — yet ate ALL day long (as always!)

Jan leaving Goatel

All things progress…

A day of rest after Arnaud’s departure was in order (only planting a few trees and hanging out with Jaffa). I started back at the barn early and between bouts of rain, managed to get half of the roof fir strips (for the tin to re-attach to) by mid afternoon. I had to get to Frank’s and pick-up the side wall tin and a few pieces of steel fence for the compost pens before 16:00. I managed, with Frank’s helper, Hamish’s help, to get everything loaded and back before dark.

Here I am with the barn fir strips half done (and looking serious! ;<)

Forest Lodge framing nearly re-assembled

And speaking of progress… the planters, especially the tomatoes, are doing well and enjoying the heat and rain.

Busy day… but finishing at the beach!

After the last few weeks of work – Arnaud and I have accomplished quite a lot. Yesterday getting the barn framing sorted, prepped and some raised… Yet today, we pushed hard and finished.

Forest Lodge ridge beam and rafters back in place

It has been a joy to find, that even after a massive tree (over 60cm / 2 feet across) landed on the corner of the barn and it spent near 10-years in waiting… We have restored the barn as it was built — just replacing a single stud, two header plates, and a few repairs. Otherwise, it remained intact. While we saved the original tin framing brackets — we upgraded to the latest in large screws (known as bugle bolts here in Oz) so the barn is stronger and more rigid than ever.

So, after a week of active work — we (of course) went to the beach for some much needed relaxation and fun. Could not have done it without your help Aranud — thank you sincerely.

Noosa Beach near sunset

Barn floor done and first wall reassembled

After preparing the old timber. removing nails, and replacing weak pieces — we laid them out on the floor to start solving a jigsaw puzzle. The original builders used hand tools to create mortise and tenon joints and we stayed true to their style in recreating a number of the pieces broken or missing. It came together pretty well — yet at 2.9m high on top of a 3.3m foundation — it was pretty squirrel’y getting it all together.

barn wall framing re-assembled

The floor was a GREAT deal of work — yet came together nicely. I’m told it is Brush Box timber cut from Fraser Island in 1941 and shipped across to build barracks for the US military for WWII.

Each afternoon, our building inspectors come around to check progress…

goats helping Nick clean-up barn

Barn rebuild well underway

We’ve worked on and off clearing the barn to re-build it since we’ve been on the land yet with Arnaud’s help — it is now done. We disassembled the roof structure, removed all nails and fixtures and stacked it ready for re-assembly.

Arnaud barn disassembly

Of course, Jam and Joe were close by so they came over to inspect the progress!

Nick goats and Arnaud inspect barn