Reimann Ridge

Screenshot 2015-06-21 18.44.08We’ve agonised over a name for our piece of heaven, our block, and have pretty well settled on “Reimann Ridge”. Although we haven’t made a driveway yet with a main gate, so who knows, things may change yet.

Another suggestion has been “Reim-moor-ridge”, which combines Reimann, Moorook and Ridge!

A couple of weeks ago we received Planning Approval for our house from Loxton Waikerie Council. It was very exciting to receive this letter, and there aren’t very many conditions on the approval so that’s great.

Before we can start building we need to apply for and receive Building Approval, which is a bit more complicated as we need to decide on our wastewater system, get soil samples and who knows what else.2016-05-08 16.49.52

Getting planning approval also meant we could apply for and receive a Rural Property Address, which came through last week, and that in turn meant we could get council to deliver a general rubbish and recycling wheelie bin, and we should have our first rubbish collection this week!

And added to all this it looks like we can now apply for NBN fixed wireless internet connection – YAY!

My data on my phone plan account is fast running out.

2015-12-29 14.13.45So in this area we’re certainly further ahead than what we were hoping for by this time.

It’s been interesting trying to proof our address for centrelink and changing over our licences etc. We don’t have a power bill (off grid power only), water bill (rain water and irrigation water only), phone bill (except mobiles) with our address on them.2016-06-01 10.12.24

We are really enjoying the ability to live with less of a ‘footprint’ on the earth with off-grid power generated from the sun, low power LED 12 volt lighting, a wood heater that we can cook with and heats up our hot water, and a solar hot water (no power needed).

We’ve started a compost bin and a small vegie garden – it’s been an emerging dream for the last 7 years or so to get to this point, and it feels deeply satisfying to be here, even at this early stage.2016-05-08 17.09.12

So far we have planted over 60 trees, shrubs or ground covers. It’s been great to start an orchard too, with 4 fruit trees so far – a lemon, two peaches and an apple tree!

It’s great to be starting to fulfill our dream of creating a more sustainable future for our family.

Let us know if you’ve got any other ideas for names for our farm!


Taming terrain

2016-05-08 17.09.12Our block isn’t just flat or perfectly level, and we don’t have any workable tracks on it yet, so this last week has seen us taking the new ute (the Red Baron – a 1987 Nissan Navara twin cab 2×4) out now that we’ve had a bit of rain to do some trail blazing!

Just last weekend the kids and I weeded along our eastern boundary and drove up and down a few times to start making a track there.

Then the other day when I was home with Caleb we both went down and started a track through the middle of our property up the western boundary which included pulling out a box thorn tree/bush which even with heavy duty gloves meant a few thorns through the skin.27072015 Some Kangaroos Visiting

We also have had a few irrigation plumbing jobs to do – our block has whirly gig sprinklers all over it, but we’ve needed to get some leaks sorted up near our main irrigation outlet.

Our block also has huge thistles and big prickle bushes all over it, along with innocent weeds and calthrops. These are taking a lot of blood, sweat and tears to get out but together we are slowly getting them out and piling them up to burn them on one of our bonfire nights.

Every little bit of the ground we tame means we can use our block as we hope to.

A couple weeks ago we weeded and cleared the area that will be roughly where we are hoping to build our home.

It’s exciting to be able to stand on that patch of ground and look around and try to imagine where our house will be and what it will be like to have it finished and be able to move into it.

Baby steps. Baby steps.


Rain on the Roof

Pitter patter, pitter patter….

…gee I love the sound of rain on a corrugated iron roof!

And bet2016-05-25 10.09.59ter yet for us here at Reimann Ridge, it means the rain water tank is filling up, and our vegies are getting watered plus our now nearly 60 trees, shrubs and groundcovers are getting a lovely drink.

Thankyou God!

We’ve had 3mm of rain since early this morning, and it looks like for the first time this autumn we might get a good soaking rain today.2016-05-25 10.09.31

This also means we will hopefully be able to start some post hole drilling and get some fences up around our farm.

It’s been great getting to know how our wood oven (a Nectre Big Bakers Oven) works. I have it ticking over in the background because it’s pretty nippy here in the shed today.

Last night we tested out the oven part of the wood heater by cranking it up – we got it up to just over 100 degrees Celsius and warmed up some meat pies (our kids are into meat pies currently) as well as cooked some M&M biscuits which was fun.2016-05-24 19.13.012016-05-25 10.10.20 A couple pies and biscuits got a little black around the edges, but you can’t have everything perfect when using a wood oven for the first time, can you!

We can’t wait to try out our oven more.

What’s in a name?

Some may be wondering what the name of our blog means.

Well it’s actually something that’s at the core of who we are and what we are wanting to do with our lives.

“Seek First” is a reference to several passages of Christian Scripture, but the main one being Matthew 6:33 (New International Version):

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

For Claire and I, we are committed to seeking first God’s kingdom – where His will rules. And trusting that He will provide us with all the other things we need physically, economically, emotionally etc.

In The Message version of the Bible it comes out a bit more like this (Matthew 6:30-33):

If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.

I love the way The Message often brings a fresh look at Scripture.

So as part of seeking first God’s Kingdom, we want to work on steeping our lives and the life of our family in God-reality, God-initiatives and God-provisions.

It’s not easy, but over the years of our marriage, and before we had even met, we had both been on journey’s where we were seeking to love and serve God.

And we have both discovered in our own ways, but now increasingly in a shared way, that seeking first in this way is the only way to have a meaningful and fulfilled life that is abundant in every sense of the word.

Thanks for listening.