Building the rock wall

From February 19 till March 30 Tony and I closed the lodge for major earth works at the eastern end of our property. What started an exciting project quickly blew into a full scale job. We had secured a contractor in November and 4 days before they were due to start we were contacted and told due to damage to one of their diggers they couldn’t start till the end of April. We couldn’t wait and had blocked the six weeks out specifically for the job so we broke the work up into parts and set about enlisting company’s at short notice.It took some time but we are finally getting there and are trading through the last part of the works. Thanks to all involved, its been a big effort on everybody’s part. Enjoy these...

Christmas at the Lodge 2017

Our decorations went up on December 1st but we have been busy all through the month and have only just got to posting photos. More decorations this year from My Christmas and decor gifts from close friends. From all here at the Lodge have a wonderful and safe Christmas and a fun and prosperous 2018′ Tony Grant Tully and Missy...

The First Harvest of Honey

As I recently reported, we now have our first hive at the Lodge and the bees have settled in really well. David and Peta came this week and harvested the honey from the hive for the first time onsite. The honey was actually harvested from the previously but we moved the hive almost full. It took two trips to collect and replace the panels. David informed me that on the fist trip they harvested 13 kilos, amazing! We are now looking forward to the next harvest when the honey will be truly from our part of paradise, enjoy these...

There be Bee’s at the Lodge!

Recently a new friend and neighbor, offered us the opportunity of having a bee hive here on our property. Of course we jumped at the opportunity and on Monday with an early start and a lot of hard work from David, the Bee’s have arrived!!!! They look splendid and once installed all went to inspect the new residence including a very inquisitive Missy, who is now quite sore and sorry! Sorry there aren’t more photo’s but I was the second hands however upon your next visit you can see them up close and personal, enjoy these...

Removing weed trees from the property.

Over the last 2 1/2 years we have been slowly removing the introduced and unwanted growth on the property. Back in 79′ when the property was first developed Stokers was an open area of grassy plains which are still evident in many areas however over the years introduced species  have really made a mark on the landscape destroying the more natural growth which is really sad! Part of our journey is to return this property to its original condition, removing the pine and camphor laurel (huge job!) On Saturday, our friend Dennis arrived to continue the removal of these weeds from the orchid. In the last 10 years some of this growth has grown to tree like proportions, thanks for all your help Dennis! Enjoy these photos!!...

Kitchen Renovation Pt3

As you know we have been getting our kitchen reorganized and really now finishing of bits and pieces. One of our good friends asked us about the new hood and was it plumbed. The answer is yes and is fully completed, also we had our new pot rack for installation, which looks amazing. But lastly and not originally on the original reno was our new coffee machine. As some of you know we had a Delonghi, which was a fantastic machine but dated and on the day it was re-plugged in, it got sad and spat all it’s “O” rings into my cup, did a big wee all over the floor and died!!!! So after a small ceremony we have bought a new “Breville Oricale”, rated very highly by barristers and we think will service our customers and us well. All we have to do is figure out how to use it! Enjoy these...

New Kitchen Pt2

A few days ago I posted the first photos of our kitchen in progress. Here is the finished product less pot rack and stain around the cobi microwave/convection ovens. Thanks to all the trades, marble tops, equipment electrics and plumbing, all amazing people!...

The New Kitchen

It’s been some time since I posted a blog but with some good reason, ever since we moved in we have been planning and re-planning the kitchen at the Lodge. Finally after all this time all the planets lined up and after planning and blocking out time our new kitchen is finally here. The cabinet maker, electrician and stone masons have worked hard to deliver a quality product which both Tony and I are very proud of. The renovation started with ordering our appliances and organizing our trades. Tony the cabinet maker arrived and removed the first of the cupboards to make way for the new semi commercial Glem Stove then Scott our sparky rewired the area to make ready for the new cabinets and equipment. Then Tony returned to place the reworked cupboards in the center to create the full island. Then Scott returned and added power and lights to the center island and finally Joel from Dunn and Sons fitted the new stone tops and splash backs. We thought long and hard about this renovation and wanted to be respectful to the original cabinets. The end result is amazing!!!! In this first blog I have the preliminary photos then in part 2 I will post the finished product, enjoy!!...

Autumn is here!

When Tony says that it’s time to light the burn pile you know it’s Autumn! After cyclone Debbie we thought the pile would be saturated and would not burn, how wrong we were!! The good news is it burnt in next to no time but oddly Tully and Missy didn’t care at all!! Enjoy these photo’s....

Cyclone Debbie

It’s been a while since our last blog as we have been busy cleaning up after Cyclone Debbie. Whilst we ere high and dry (and safe) there were those around us who did not fair so well! The cyclone hit South Murwillumbah badly and the aftermath was heartbreaking. I don’t think people who live in cities realize how well insulated they are by government and recovery bodies but here in the Northern Rivers it was community and bare hands digging cars out from under houses inundated by swamp grasses from the tidal creeks before the smells of decay begins that you realize just how isolated you are! I have not included photos of other peoples heartache as that would be ghoulish but I have put photo’s of our beautiful creek, which for a few hours became a monster, now we move forward and...