Orchard Planting

Griff in the Orchard

Anne and I (with the help of a bunch of great people from St Stephen’s) arranged and helped plant 77 fruit trees at our Totara Valley property.  Most of these are apples – and most of them are heritage apples.  We enjoyed a great week after the rain of the planting day!  Some pics will make their way over the next few days… this entry has one of the hound (Griff) with apple trees etc in the background if you look closely, and a (wet) toast to the new orchard with the planters – apple cider of course!

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for better or worse we make the cover of the Timaru Herald

The reporter and photographer rolled up yesterday while we were doing lumberjack work ahead of next week’s orchard planting… we wonder if we wanted the publicity… but front page news we made!

You can see it here: http://www.stuff.co.nz/timaru-herald/news/8723407/All-set-for-religious-conversion-project

Please understand that the religious references were not made by us!

more shack work

the kitchen area with plywood walls installed!

the kitchen area with plywood walls installed!

We had a good go at the shack over the last couple of days.  On Saturday Anne and I got dropped off by a friend who was visiting her niece who lives nearby – that enabled us to strip the ceiling and wall linings in the spare bedroom and put insulation in and put some wallboards back.  Then on Sunday evening we went down again with our friends Geoff & Dale and we put ceiling panels in then lined some walls – especially in the living room behind the kitchen bench (pictured).  A lovely sunny day in what has been a dull wet week.  We also had visits from the carpet guy (who will cut the carpet we have salvaged from Christchurch and lay it), and the digger guy who will pull out some old and new stumps and rip the strips where the orchard will be planted in a few week’s time.  Another busy but lovely trip to Totara Valley!

the stripes in the grounds where the orchard will be planted

the stripes in the grounds where the orchard will be planted

Totara Valley shack progress

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Anne and I had a good week’s work on the shack building interior… with help from our buddies Geoff & Dale Olsen we managed to get the new internal doors installed, curtains made, bedroom stripped, and ceiling insulation and plywood up, and then we worked on the rest and entrance wall… we had some nice people visit along the way.  A great week with lovely Autumn weather – the insulation helps as we only had to have a heater on twice for half an hour each time.  The portaloo was a welcome luxury!

 

a content Griff!

a content Griff!

Gordon, Johan, Amos & Ezra Dalkie, Vina & Keith Moir

Gordon, Johan, Amos & Ezra Dalkie, Vina & Keith Moir

Anne with Geoff & Dale - heroes

Anne with Geoff & Dale – heroes, in front on the new doors

Jane Davis, Micah and mates came by

Jane Davis, Micah and mates came by

kitchen before bench and insulation

kitchen before bench and insulation

and after

and after

entrance wall before

and after

and after… tongue and groove, my pride and joy!