Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Practical or Pretentious

As we will probably be spending another year in 'Ourgunyah' some more improvements are called for.
We have lovely chocolate soil here, courtesy of an ancient volcano. The lava has been eroded and laid down as alluvial mudstone deposits. The soil is really rich - just add water and you can grow fence posts BUT. . .
The deposit is really really fine and makes dust, more a fine powder and it gets everywhere.The cars stir it up, the wind blows it around and the Kelpie Express suck it behind them in a Mach2 vortex as they tear in an out.
Now that our creek has almost stopped flowing, banks of river sand are exposed each side of the causeway.
Jim collected a couple of trailer loads and spread them on the ground around 'Ourgunyah'
This seems to have reduced the windblown dust greatly. But living at ground level, when it rains, the dust becomes mud.

So on the weekend we built (from stuff other people would throw out)this.

A timber deck! It is lovely to sit on a level surface, with a table that doesn't wobble.
Then we made a .....

Fenced area for the dogs, which means we can leave them safe and sound when we go out.

So, who's up for a 'deck warming' party?


  1. Count me in. I love to come warm your deck You know, Greer, you are going to get so comfortable in the gunyah that you will never move out. What would be the point of building an ordinary home when you have this splendid and beautiful home.

  2. i am with leann - while the dust must be tiresome, this experience must surely be expanding you in other ways... time to read some thoreau? you have my deepest admiration... and i am overjoyed for you with your new deck...

  3. Thank you for posting such a useful, impressive and a wicked article./Wow.. looking good!

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