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HBS Guy

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Wow, some cider apples became available at very nice prices indeed! Bought two each of Antoinette and Cimetiere de Blangy—I thought I had 3 each of those but, nope, only one. Also a Frequin Rouge aka Frequin Rouge Amer, a bitter apple and one used in the production of Calvados and now CalvadOz. Next year one Blanchette, a French tart cider apple. Add some Calville blanc d’Hiver, another tart cooking/cider apple and, with the Rein des Hatives makes 6 apple varieties used to make Calvados. Not as much as the real Calvados region but not bad. Also I have two varieties of French (well, maybe Belgian) pears some of which I can add to the press to bring up the volume a bit.
 

HBS Guy

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One weird thing—might have to have my trees on my block and live elsewhere but hope not.
 

HBS Guy

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Drinking a glass of Grant Burge bubbly—the new block should be all mine right now!

Next week—will start moving to have electricity and water connected. Need to find someone will travel to erect a garden shed.
 

HBS Guy

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Reckon I can get a house approved for my block. Because of some eucalypt forest won’t be strawbale but earth sheltered, 30cm/1' soil with sedums on the roof kind of thing.

Need a wall to grow some early blossoming trees/shrubs against—place it so it protects the house against embers, etc. Roller shutters with styrofoam in the blades will keep windows from reaching over 50°C temperatures where they will shatter (outside of glass gets hot, inside doesn’t, smash—hot air from a bushfire carried by wind really quickly heats surfaces!

My trees will offer some protection. Keep grass mown really short, no weeds and no organic mulch between the trees in each row.
 

HBS Guy

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Plenty wildlife about, being a village, but found a property had a “wallaby proof fence” so will have a look at that!

Earth sheltered house tho I know houses have been built there recently not particularly fireproof, fucking councils!
 

HBS Guy

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OK started action to have power, water (&sewer?) connected. One fencer might be able to fence off the back half of the block and build the espalier, hopefully before I get there.

Much $$$ to be paid out no doubt.
 

HBS Guy

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Booked my trip! Dunno if i can go, depends how the virus spreads in Vic and SA I guess.

Excited—FIVE weeks break from caring, from the smell of piss!
 

HBS Guy

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OK, a vermin proof, insulated garden shed is on its way incl erecting the damn thing incl the little concrete slab. Be $$$ but what isn’t? I can’t do it, not even if I lived there—can’t climb on a ladder to put the roof on! Power, water, shelter. Now fencing and the espalier!
 
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