Entrance Gates

One of the big issues that we have faced here is signage. Not as simple as it seems mainly because whatever you do you have to be happy and live with for a long long time. Tony and I decided that at the front entrance we needed an impressive statement so decided to build Gabion Walls. The process has however taken some time, in fact these have been in the planning for 6 months but we had to finalize our logos and decide how these walls would look. So finally we have started, but not without hiccups! We dug foundations but hit tree stumps and I had to get a stump grinder, then construct the cages and assemble the gates ready to fill with stones. Gabions are beautiful walls and hope our will do the lodge proud. My brother is making our signs so I will post the finished walls in a later post. I hope you enjoy these pictures!...

Sorting out our water problems

Since we moved to the farm we have had issues with the water and the pump. Before we moved in we had noticed  that there was a large dead tree near our water storage tanks but what we didn’t see till we moved in was the extent of the damage that the tree had caused. Over time it had been loosing limbs and one had fallen on the poly tank and had crushed the top in! Once here other things over took the tanks and the tree and till nearly 9 months later Tony comes down the stairs saying we have no water and the pump was running dry. To cut the story short, the outlet bend on the concrete tank had perished and cut the flow of water some months before so the house had been using water only from the poly tank, which had run dry! We sought the services of a professional commercial tank and pump man. Dror came to our rescue but set us on an expensive path of repair and reconstruction. First a temp line was run to the concrete tank to give the house water, then we had to excavate all the pipework to reveal the valves only to find the tanks were incorrectly connected and they had used garden hose plus the wear on the old pump meant we had to invest in  new multi phase pump. Again Dror helped us through and we purchased a Lawarra pump which will give the property good pressure and save us up to 40 percent on power. So now the new pump was in we...