Eeeeeek we are SO excited right now! We’ve just booked flights to head back to the motherland (one of them) to finally make a start on the bus!!! ✈️
Not for good - yet! We have commitments here in Australia for now, but we are planning to move to New Zealand next May to work on it full time, for as long as it takes. And then.... well, we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it. 🙃
For now, we will spend 3 weeks over Christmas in New Zealand working on the bus!
In that time we hope to: ✨remove the inner wall
✨remove the seats
✨strip the whole interior
✨replace the mirrors
✨replace the windscreen wipers
✨get a quote from the mechanic to fix the gearbox (eek...and not the good kind of eek 😬)
✨enjoy the festivities with the some of our loved ones 🎄🍷 Too much? Or not enough?
Let us know how long it took you to get through these first stages. This is our first conversion, and I guess we don’t really know if we’re being naïve and over-ambitious, or a wee bit slack. I know every project is different, but I’d be interested to hear other people’s timelines. 🙂
Heavenly sleep next to dear and good friends... 🧡
Moved into my tiny home, exited for the feng shui session awaiting on the 4'th of october, ... then I can move on with the interior design... yihaaaa 💜🙏 Life is goooood... #friends#heavenly#sleep#tinyhome#lifeisgood #❤️
Busy Bee Weekend here at OTG Life. Mr Tech checked in on our bees, at the rate they're flying in and out, we think we might have to extract soon to give them more room in the triple!
The Orchard is in and now full of fruit trees galore. Continuing with the dirt theme, Mr Tech planted some more trees to line the driveway. Including, Silver Birch and Oak Trees.
Still with the dirt, got our hands dirty in the vegetable gardens, plowing, weeding and topping it up with wonderful compost. I replanted strawberries and parsley. Preparing for our seedlings to go in soon!
Then of course a change blew in and we were nearly blown away with it! Now we're inside enjoying the lovely heater after spending a glorious day in the sun.
What did you get up to this weekend?
It’s official, everyone meet Wally! Thanks to everyone who voted on our story 🤙🏼 We had our first weekend away in a while, up in the Barossa Valley, South Australia. If you are ever these ways driving down Seppeltsfield Road is a must 👌🏻🌴
Featuring on our coffee table this week is ‘XS GREEN - Big Ideas Small Buildings’ from Phyllis Richardson, which shows exactly what it means to be green! “...Buildings that look after people can also be the ones that look after the earth.” 🌱🏠❤️
t a s m a n i a n • l i f e
it's been a long time between updates on our farm progress, but what i can say is that the past year of settling into our new tasmanian life has been big & beautiful! bear has taken up a full-time contract (first time in over 25 years!), i have been a part of opening @alcemeurbanretreat and have returned to teaching and rumi has settled into a sweet little daycare 2 days a week. tasmania has very quickly, become home. the farm & our build hasn't been as free flowing, but what i am slowly learning is that no build is. the council process continues to be long & confusing but we're getting there. we have also experienced some other issues with country living which at times have broken my heart a little however, i remind myself that there is a deeper reason for every challenge that rises to meet us and often, our challenges are a calling to see something beyond what we can currently see. so we are meeting it all with love and we're focusing our energy on our lush green land & the build of our family home....which has taken a new & exciting turn! currently, we are drafting the plans for a shipping container house (we have 1, just need another 2) and we'll start and complete the build over a few months, next year. this will become a tiny home that we live in while we build our forever home. living in the shipping container house will allow us to become more intimate with our land and how the seasons, sun & weather move through it. it will also make the build of our 'forever home' much easier considering we're building it ourselves and currently live a 35min drive from the property. plus! down the track it will become an pretty cool space that guests and airbnb folk can use. bear has drafted some stunning designs that will allow us to appreciate the beauty of living in a tiny home, whilst living sustainably. after spending more time on the farm of late, we're all feeling ready to be living out there permanently. we moved to tasmania so that we could live with nature, so a sweet little shipping container house is going to make that possible from the end of next year! stay tuned friends. it seems we have another big & beautiful year ahead 🌿
You know you're a: full-time traveler/"tiny-living"/roadschooler/fill-in the blank _______, when.......... you walk into an 1800's pen house (one room cabin house) and you definitely know you could live in it, without much problem. 😂😂😅 Amiright? .
Who's with me? .
Let's hear yours... .
▶▶You know you're a __________ when........◀◀
We are so amazingly happy with how great the landscaping has turned out! 🌲 🌳 🌲 Lori is amazing!!! 💗 installation of blinds for windows & skylights starts bright and early tomorrow morning, and landscaping will be finished by week’s end. 👌🏼 Interiors are *almost* finished - landscape lighting 💡 and a few more finishing touches left on the Tinys themselves, and then we will finally have a chance to exhale and fully enjoy 😊
Moon rise over Leanor tonight 😊 I didn't really accomplish much today, tomorrow I have a feeling I'll get a lot more done. I did have my first glass of red in the bus tonight though!!!! Sometimes you just got sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labor! 🍷🥂💪
My cute little herb planter is up! This wall is right next to the kitchen, and because we need to be very meticulous with the limited space we have, I thought this would be a perfect place to grow fresh herbs! I’m going to use two of the little buckets for thyme and sage, but I still need to select another small plant for the third bucket. In the upper baskets, I plan to grow basil, cilantro, and rosemary! What other fresh herbs are staples in your kitchen?
The other day a friends son asked if he could peek into our trailer (because it’s so small 😂). He asked where our TV was, I laughed and told him we don’t have one. He then sweetly tried to offer suggestions on where we could put one.
Not having a TV has been so awesome for everyone. No more ‘mindless’ watching the screen all the time- we were kind of bad about that before. We still have screen time, but it’s much less and more intentional. Ex. On hot days, in the middle of the day we might all pile into the clown car and crank the AC and watch a movie on my laptop or the boys kindle.
Another thing we are really enjoying being sans TV is listening to dad read a chapter from Stick Dog each night- it’s a great way for everyone to wind down.
Who said butchers don’t eat salad?! Little Sunday in the garden. Had to ask @kevinhart4real and @therock over to tackle the Jumanji garden. We had smoko and spoke about how Robin Williams was way better in the original Jumanji, but they were fine with the remake and have dealt with Hollywood not having an imagination anymore, plus they got paid loads. Kevin had a Dare iced coffee and an apple pie, and Dwayne had 2 family sized fish and chips, 2 litres of milk and the neighbours labrador... I asked him not to come back. 🥩
The current state of things... James is eager to jump back into renovations after over a week away spent traveling and with freelance work schedules that wouldn’t allow for time spent at the airstream.
Good news? Interior is gutted. Next up... in no particular order... interior skins removal, insulation & wiring removal. Patch subfloor and inspect trailer, trailer frame & lights repair so she’s road ready, and on and on from there 😬👍🏼
Transitioning to a life on the road was something I knew would be difficult for me at first.
Big, life changing events - though they may be thrilling - are my number one depression triggers.
The first 2 weeks of living on the road have been an emotional roller coaster. There were days that even the most beautiful landscapes couldn't crack a smile. There were days that the van was the last place I wanted to be. There were days when I wished I were back in the comfort of my hometown.
Part of this lifestyle is learning more about yourself. Learning to appreciate the things you may have taken for granted before. Growing as a human being.
So here I am...growing, learning, coping, appreciating, and not letting my emotions get the best of me.
Depression sucks, but depression fades. Regret lasts forever. So any struggles you may be going through, keep fighting...because "To live, would be an awfully big adventure."