Sunday, 7 December 2014

A Busy Day!

It was a busy day on our little farm yesterday. We have had 12 or so old cypress pines and the old shearing shed removed. The cypress pines have been dropping limbs in every strong wind for the last few years and were getting dangerous. And the shearing shed, although a lovely old building, had not been maintained. 
So now I have a lovely clean slate to work with! Hopefully by next year, I will be able to show photos of this being turned into a productive garden.

Lots of work involved though! First, I will be sifting through these enormous piles for useable bits and pieces - I'm thinking garden benches, garden bed edgings, rounds of little stools, all sorts of ideas are swimming around together in my head!

Apparently Whirlwind is the Statue of Liberty!
And this is what the cypress pine turns into!

With the help of this!

With big thanks to Ian from Hotspur Park Milling. He has done a wonderful job (and he will be back tomorrow for more).

This timber is destined to be the new playground at the boys school, Tarrington Lutheran School. The plans look amazing and I cannot wait to see it built. 

The rest of the cypress will be for shelving, weatherboards and floorboards to refurbish a shed, a post and rail fence for the garden, and whatever else we can come up with before the timber runs out.

There is also some lovely blackwood that we salvaged from a neighbouring property which will become desks for the boys.

I think hubby is obsessed now and wants to mill everything he sees!

Thanks to my daughter's very talented boyfriend, who is doing a building apprenticeship through school, I now have a lovely new chook shed. It is too nice for the chooks to dirty up though! 

A friend wanted to know if it was a roadside stand with that lift up section. I hadn't thought of that, but it does look like one. Definitely a project for when I get my garden up and going! I could keep him busy building for years with all the ideas in my head!

And the boys had a ball playing on the tractor that we borrowed to move the huge logs around.

All together, a very productive weekend on the farm. I will keep you posted with photos of the progress from a pile of dirt to, hopefully, an area bursting with life and productivity. 

Wish me luck!

Linking with Darling Downs Diaries for Good Morning Mondays.


  1. This looks great what a wonderful blessing the timber will be.

    1. Thanks - we hope to get lots made with it all. And very pleased we could help the school playground be built.

  2. It's always sad to see a tree die... but I totally understand. My parents had a similar problem years ago with a pine tree, was getting too dangerous and had to be removed.
    Hope you have a wonderful week and lots of happy knitting :)

    1. Yes, I don't like removing trees. But we will be replacing them soon with a mixed native planting so it should grow up to be wonderful and supportive of the local birdlife.

  3. Hi Jayne, just wanted to say thanks for sharing this at Good Morning Mondays. Blessings

    1. Thanks! I enjoy reading all the other posts - there is such a wide variety of information there.