Taking the opportunity to visit the Cape sustainable development at Cape Paterson highlighted we were aiming to meet similar objectives - good looking homes that were designed according to sustainability principles, along with a desire to encourage a sense of community amongst the future residents.
After much discussion, we decided to remove the mature Ash from the north eastern corner of our property. It was infested with ivy and would cast long shadows over the third unit during winter. Removing a tree this size was quite an event. Later this year, several native canopy trees will be planted as replacements.
The recycled timber delivery was an important event. Getting ready for the delivery meant clearing out the garage, creating another parking spot for the Golf and organising appropriate storage materials. After the timber was craned off the truck, it was all hands to the wheel so each plank could be safely stacked inside the garage.
The weed war began with a nudge from serendipity. I had been thinking about attacking the weeds that were gradually taking over the bare patch near the back fence. However, a series of fortunate events ...
How does Paris COP21 and our plans fit together? Do our designs stack up with the ideals and intentions announced at the conference? We were interested to compare our plans with what the international community had agreed.