Here’s a bit of an overview of the process I’ve been going through setting up my new moneyless, low impact home.
The little wagon arrived onsite (Martyn’s backyard) about a month ago and I’ve been chomping at the bit to get started on making my new home a home.
My very handy, hardworking, knowledgeable, generous Dad came to visit – he wanted to test out his new (second hand) campervan – and we chipped away at some jobs for a couple of days last week.
This is some of what we got up to……
The rainwater tank and stand:
built using old timber found onsite, some old bricks, hand tools, a power drill charged on solar, and this old food grade container from a friend who was no longer using it – all set up to catch water coming off this old shed roof where, previously, the water was just running out onto the grass in the paddock……
The hot water system:
built using leftover black poly pipe and a daggy old sheet of corrugated iron noone was using anymore (which I painted with a white rust proofing paint a friend had sitting around for a few years but still OK), and some hand tools and a drill powered by solar power……
built using old pallets and bits of timber found lying around onsite and with the use of hand tools – already wonderful for hanging out on with friends and family….
comprising a camp cupboard from my parents that has become surplus to their needs, my new improved rocket stove using old bricks found onsite (we chipped the old mortar off) as well as a few donated by a friend, my wood box which is filled with offcuts and scraps of untreated pine from my friend’s building site around the corner and there’s my trusty thermos (had it for years and now when I heat up water in the morning on the rocket stove I can store some for cuppas throughout the day)…..
Even the kitchen sink:
my lovely friend, Martyn, saw this on the side of the road and had it picked up by a neighbour and delivered to become my preloved kitchen sink – it’s a beauty!!
I love the feeling of adventure when, without money, I am forced to use what is available – usually waste materials. Someone once referred to me as a Womble!
My Dad did spend $12 to buy some second hand fittings for the tank which I will happily write off as a birthday present. They were, thankfully, bought from the seconds/secondhand hardware shop just up the road. We rode the bikes there – one of the main reasons I made the decision to move into town – easy access to people and places using low impact methods of travel.
I’ll keep posting the adventures as they continue. The inside of the wagon is next on my agenda. Can’t wait!