One thing that has fast become a tradition here at Reimann Ridge is having bonfires now that the fire ban has been lifted. Claire has been leading the charge with weeding our 1 metre high thistles and huge rollie polie round prickle bushes and heaping them ready for lighting.
One of the added benefits of bonfires is that the kids run around pulling up and collecting weeds and putting them on the bonfire for us!
There is so many more weeds to pull up…. we could have 5 working bees and there would still be more to go!
It’s also a great way to tire them out so they sleep well (and us adults too!).
So bonfires are definitely a tradition already here at the Ridge. Who knows, if you drop in and stay for a bbq at the right time of year, you might get to experience one too.
Wouldn’t that be a treat?
Our Big Bakers Oven from Nectre (A South Australian made wood heater range www.nectre.com) has been fantastic as the temperature has been dropping. The other great thing is it heats up our hot water, and we can use it as an oven!
We got it installed by Mike and Matt from Waikerie Mitre 10 who are also a local supplier of Nectre heaters and Brenton was able to watch how they did it. The idea with that was so he has a better start for when we move it over to the house once it’s built!
It was a bit disappointing discovering on installation day that we couldn’t light it up until we had the wet back (water booster) connected to water… which meant we had to wait until we had our solar hot water system delivered and installed!
So about 3 weeks later it was an amazing day one Saturday afternoon after the hot water system was all plumbed up and connected to the wood heater when we could light the fire and feel it warm the room for the first time!
It was just in time too, as we have started to drop in temperature at night lately (although
nothing below zero degrees yet so no frosts so far!). The wood heater is the main focus of our open plan living area, and Claire has already been experimenting with the oven and so far has cooked biscuits, a chocolate self saucing pudding, a beef roast and scones.
The only challenge is that we’re going through our wood pretty quickly, so another wood cutting day will need to be scheduled with my dad and mum sometime soon.
Another thing my dad, Adrian, has done is build us a wood box for storing our wood out of the rain, ready for putting into the fire. Here’s a photo of it which doesn’t do it justice at all – it’s been fantastic!