Day 3 – rain only adds sunshine to the Happy, simply community project!

Day three a wee wet but not in the sense of community, learning, sharing and building!

AAEV Day 03 (3)

From midday we moved indoors to the lovely community shed space of Aldinga Arts EcoVillage (AAEV) to complete the two smaller end wooden frames…

A day of calculations, cutting, re-calculations, re-cutting and some wall skeletons!

AAEV Day 03 (4)

To be continued tomorrow and everyday until completion! Be sure to come out to see us and join in…AAEV Day 03 (1)

The wonderful thing is seeing the Happy, simply family continued to get closer and happier with conversations, thoughts, laughs, perspectives and connections. This is the part of the project I like best as it is a wonderful ecosystem of learning, doing something together and wanting to be there for all different reasons but with one simple common goal..

AAEV Day 03See you tomorrow…?

Back to the Build (tomorrow)!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHi Folks and a Happy, simply happy day to you all!

We are back building again tomorrow. I have to say we are still struggling to find all the bits and pieces but at least know where we can buy them as we need them… so still keep an eye out for materials – see below but in particular plywood sheets, insulation and roof rafters.

Building will now be everyday till completion (hopefully June 9!). Tomorrow and for a couple of days will be putting the wall frames together and then we move into wrapping the building with our amazing gor-tex like wrap from Laros. From there is it a matter of outside cladding, roofing, windows, doors, insulation, inside cladding, solar and more…!

A reminder of important info for volunteering:OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

  • Start time 9am at Clematis Walk at the Aldinga Arts EcoVillage (AAEV)
  • Days are usually 9-4
  • We have an empty house in Willunga for people to stay (with electricity and water) just need to bring your camping gear (bedding) with you and let me know if you are staying so I can keep track of how many
  • We have heaps of soup and bread for lunch each day (vegetarian) but bring other food if you need/want and snacks and stuff if you need/want
  • Bring tools with you if you have them
  • Bring gloves, safety glasses, ear protection, closed shoes, suncream, etc with you if you have them – shoes and gloves as a minimum
  • Call out if you need a lift from Adelaide and see if others can answer your call

Let me know if you still have any more questions and keep up to date with the Facebook page and/or blog and did you see the youtube clips Mike has been putting up:

Take a look at the wish list below and get in touch if you need more info or have any questions!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Looking forward to seeing you there tomorrow and beyond!

Happy, simply


The Wish List! As at Wednesday 28 May

Need Have Wish list







3@2700x90x45 (got them I think)

7@2400x90x45 (got them I think)









2@2100x90x45 (got them I think)


16@2400×120 or greater x35 or greater


9 – 16@2400×120 (or greater) x 35 (or greater) (need)

Roof battens



6@4800x70x35 (or 45) (need)

Lintels – Think if needed can use random lengths of 120×35
Noggins – Not sure if what is left to be enough. But if not we need 13.2m of 90×45  

13.2m of 90×45 (got them I think)

Ply bracing



OR 14@2400x1200x5-11


2@2400x1200x5-11mm (need)

8@2700x1200x5-11mm (don’t think they exist in 2700 so extra 12@2400)

Ply ceiling



4@2400x1200x5-11mm (need)

External battens

22@2700 70×35

10@2400 70X35


22@2700 70×35 or smaller section (need)

10@2400 70X35 or smaller section (need)

Insulation Floor only Need for walls and ceiling (need)

14 L / U shape brackets



14 L shape brackets or U shaped brackets 100mmx50mm (need)

Bolts (galvanized)



46 washers

None (need)



Bolts and washers mush suit brackets

Bugle screws

Box 100@100mm

None Bugle screws (need)

Box 100@100mm

3x bugle driver bits None 3x bugle driver bits (need)
Big box 30mm galvanized clouts None Box 30mm galvanized clouts (need)
3x roofing screw driver bits None 3x roofing screw driver bits (need)
Big box of 90mm galv nails None Big box of 90mm galv nails (need)

Nuts, Bolts and Extra

  • Grey calking for corrugated iron around windows and doors
  • Whirlybird to extract hot air from roof
  • A single window that can open, dimensions 200mm x 600-800mm (or something similar) basically a longish horizontal window, again we will try and find second hand
  • 4 x axle stands 1500kg or above and best if second hand
  • Solar adaptor and converter
  • Solar batteries – 7amp closed cell batteries
  • Masks
  • Disposable suits for insulation
  • Chalk line and some chalk for chalk lines
  • Some more drills
  • Hand saws
  • Squares for drawing 90 degree angles
  • Misc drill bits
  • Spanners/ shifter for bolts
  • Straight edge 3m long

Day 3 – Community Comes Together

After a few days of being rejected by most of the calls and emails I have put out in the world to lighten the burden of landfill and get leftover materials for the build – today was a wonderful day!

AAEV Day 01 (1)
Around 12 of us came together to spend the day together and also do a bit of building and in the end we have a floor to build a home on!

AAEV Day 01 (9)

It was a brilliant day with a mix of learning, thinking, sharing, interacting, trying, conversing, helping, doing, watching and the perfect atmosphere of strangers coming together to learn and share.

AAEV Day 01 (8)

AAEV Day 01 (4)

For me at least this is primarily a community project than a building project and day was a huge success in that regard. A bonus was it was also a great success in a building sense!

AAEV Day 01Julian stepped into the frame as main builder and teacher who shared his knowledge and experience with others allowing them to use drop saws for the first time or for all us produce a sub floor on an old caravan trailer.

The photos tell a story as will the time-lapse cameras once we have extracted what they captured today!

For those following this from South Australia please note the build is postponed until Friday 30 May next week till we get more materials and I’ve had a chance to see if there is a big pile of leftovers out there waiting for us! The new timeline looks like we will finish up on probably Wednesday/Thursday 11/12 June not Monday 9 June as first thought so reset your clocks for that timeline.

It’s a beautiful day to be with a group of people building a Happy, simply home! Seeya Friday 🙂  ???

Big thanks to all the volunteers today and the cooks, donations, support, tools, advice and more!

Day 2 – Trailer passes bill of good health

Unfortunately the Heathfield High boys on this day weren’t able to push the caravan off its base and other such slightly dramatic jobs but they again did a top job of getting in and doing what was needed in preparing the trailer for construction to start on the weekend.

02 pre build day 2

02 pre build day 2 (3)Groups of students worked on a variety of jobs. One group pulled apart the shell of the caravan stripping the metal from the vynal and styrofome cladding – which gives me hope that whatever we build will be stronger than that! Another group set about framing windows and the last group were on trailer detail of getting all the dirt and muck off the trailer and then applying antirust paint.

02 pre build day 2 (1)

We turned the trailer over onto its back to have a good look over it and also had a visit from an engineer who gave the trailer a general all clear which was a big relief. With the trailer on its back we gave it a good scratching on a few rust spots as well.

By the end of the day we also had a few frames measured and put together for the outside shelter for the toilet that will go on the back deck.

Again see the time-lapse of the day below and starting Saturday 24 May(tomorrow) we will have our band of building volunteers preparing the dance floor and start the building up!


Come join us for a look or get involved and see the Facebook page for more detail:

Day 1 of Demolition!

Enjoy the wonderful videoing and editing skills of Mike for the video of day 1 of deconstruction!

Yesterday marked the first day of the Happy, simply project in Aldinga, South Australia after the successful community Happy, simply build in Aotearoa New Zealand last year.

01 pre build day 1 (2)The day was known as D-Day or demolition (the caravan) day. Luckily we had a keen troop of 15 year 10 students from Heathfield High School to come and assist with the deconstruction!

01 pre build day 1 (1)The students lead by builder Phil and teacher Kieran had the boys deconstructing intricately at first bolt by bolt and eventually by sledgehammer.

Luckily key volunteer Lindsay had safety signage up on the site and adding her keen and careful eye on proceeding with the sledgehammer, except for accidentally tapping the ball of the ankle of the builder with the sledgehammer.

The aim of the day was to get the tin shirt off the caravan leaving the trailer exposed as the base for the Happy, simply home – as you will see it was mission complete with the next day being a day of preparing the trailer for getting a building onto of the old caravan frame.01 pre build day 1 (4)

But as was the case of the Happy, simply home in NZ the best part of the day were people coming together, sharing skills, knowledge, laughter and community which is the main aim of the Happy, simply project along with a small self-sufficient home.

Enjoy the wonderful videoing and editing skills of Mike for the video of day 1!

Poster – Call Out for Support

A poster I have been sharing with volunteers, the community and anyone who might be thinking about supporting or we are asking for support… Share around anywhere in Aldinga, Adelaide, Australia if you think someone might like to pitch in and help out…

Happy, simply – A sustainable lifestyle model and education project

100_1455 (12a)Tiny house, community living and where just enough is plenty!

Want to participate in a community building project?


We are constructing a small, self-sufficient 10m2home that is ‘off the grid’.  A similar project was done last year in New Zealand with great success and we are doing it again, this time in South Australia!

When: 24 May – 9 June (approx. 2 weeks total build time)

Where: Aldinga Arts Eco Village, Port Rd, Aldinga

How: Using volunteer labour and recycled / donated materials

Why: To learn, share and participate in a community project that demonstrates how people can live a happy, simple life in a sustainable, self-sufficient home

If you can contribute any skills, time, materials, support, please contact:

You can also see the build grow daily on the blog:

Ideally what we need…

•     Builders, Designers, Skilled Tradespeople- especially students, retired or passionate sustainable builders

•     Volunteers keen to participate and learn new skills

•     Leftover building materials – timber, cladding, insulation, etc…

front page photoPlease feel free to come visit us on the build site to see what we are doing and join in! Once finished the Happy, simply home will be available for all to spend a night or two to have a taste of the Happy, simply life!

Any and all contributions are greatly appreciated, acknowledged and broadcast with the greater community (if you wish)!

Moving closer to D Day (Deconstruction Day)

This is more specific to those involved in the build in SA but for others it is a pretty good guide for one of the parts for anyone who might want to get a group of people together to do a community project to build a small self-sufficient home!

Great to be back in Adelaide and actually helping with the project whilst physically here!

It was a great meeting yesterday morning with most of the dedicated daily volunteer team in prep for the pre-build and build!.

Things are looking great with a few more materials and human resources to be on the lookout for but we have a wonderful group of volunteers ready to go and the caravan is ready for an extreme makeover! IMG_1482

At this stage the key dates are:

  • Next Tuesday 20 May when we start to deconstruct the caravan for the week (join us if you wish but work will be limited)
  • Then starting the building process from Saturday 24 May till built Monday 9 June (in theory)

A few key materials we are looking for from here on are:

  • Plywood sheets for outside cladding and maybe weatherboard for the toilet
  • Rust removal and rust prep paint for the trailer as well as wire brushes and clean up the trailer
  • Frosted glass door or glass door for the front door
  • A couple more sheets of gyprock for interior cladding
  • Structural wood for framing
  • Solar converter and batteries and someone who might like to give a solar DIY lesson
  • There will be plenty more but this seems to be the urgent ask so far

Good news is it looks like we have some sponsors for food in the lovely Dough stall at the Central Market! we have access to an empty house for volunteers to stay in Willunga! and I am so impressed how wonderful people are who are chipping in everywhere!!!

Hope you can join in and be sure to see all the detailed info from last blog.

PS it is never too late to join so if you are in Aldinga (close to Adelaide, in South Australia, in Australia!) and another builder would be a bonus!

Did you want some information and inspiration for yourself or others on the Happy, simply idea… please feel free to access all the google docs that contain the ideas behind the emails and docs than then form the output of a self-sufficient home!

Happy, simply home SA – FYI Volunteers!

An email to the people who have already put up their hand to help out or who might be keen to help out!

I am sad to be back in Australia after 5 weeks living in the wonderful Happy, simply home in Aotearoa New Zealand, but happy to be building another one in Australia!.

Here is the big update for the Happy, simply home on how the building schedule will look (more or probably – less)!

The essential idea of Happy, simply is not necessarily the end product but the process it is built so please see the schedule as a rough guide and an atmosphere of learning and sharing. This is not a professional workshop but more a chance for everyone to have a go and build a home together (with a few wise and experienced hands about the place).

Your efforts are going to be greatly appreciated and I can guarantee your learning and happiness will match your help and more! Plus once finished the Happy, simply home is open for all to experience a night or two in happy, simplicity!

See below for more details! Also keep in touch on the blog:, the Facebook page: and the Facebook event page:

Cheers, d’Arcy. (Beau, Lindsay, Sam, Charlie and more!)

So here is the nitty gritty of the building component of the Happy, simply home in South Australia. However I do have to point out that the nature of a community project like this will mean materials will vary, plans will change and the outline below will probably not be exact to the day. But no matter what we will have some kind of home built by 8 June!

See below for timeline, logistics, skills you will acquire and more… and please keep in touch with the blog the Happy, simply Facebook page, share this with others who might be keen to join in on the Happy, simply Facebookevent page and see the short youtube clip from last year’s Happy, simply building project in Aotearoa New Zealand :

What people will learn! An outline of what people will learn and what they walk away with. What can they expect?

Keywords and interests here are: building, design, architecture, sustainability, simplicity, community, self-sufficiency and where less is more and just enough is plenty!

But really this is a building and design project to learn why and how to design and build a house in the most simple step-by-step way with maximum sustainability.

Proposed Schedule Day by Day Outline of the Build (subject to change)

Day / Date Build Stage Description
Fri 16 May Meeting Get together the core team to thoroughly plot out the course for the build and get it happening! All invited – just let me know so I can pass on details
Fri 16 May – Fri 23 May Sourcing materials It will be an action packed week sourcing all the materials for the build! Help here is greatly appreciated…
Tues – Fri20 – 23 May Caravan Deconstruction We are building on an old caravan trailer but at the moment there is still an old caravan on the trailer! We need to get it off, salvage as much as we can and prep the trailer to be the platform for the Happy, simply home!Keep in mind school students are involved on Tues & Wed
Sat / Sun24 / 25 May Start Building! Days 1 & 2 Starting from scratch – site prep, set-up platform on trailer for homeStart plotting frames, doors, windows and roof
Mon – Fri26 – 30 May Skeleton Finish framing, stand framing and join, weather-tight, insulate & prepare for cladding. Keep in mind school students are involved on Tues & Wed
Sat / Sun – 31 May / 1 June Big Build This is crunch time to get as much done with lots of folks on a fun w/end!Finishing jobs from weekdays, prepping cladding and solar, lots of little projects and tasks to keep everyone busy
Mon – Fri2 – 6 June Finishing dwelling Filling in all the bits – inside lining, interior aspects, outside additions, solar, eaves, decks, all structural work mostly completed. Keep in mind school students are involved on Tues & Wed
Sat / Sun7 / 8 June Outer & final touches Very important weekend to get a good idea of all the work involved.Outside and finishing touches – attach & adjust. Hook up solar, water capture, eaves, compost toilet, interior planning
Mon / Thurs9 / 12 June Final bit & clean up Last remaining touches (if any – I’m hoping not), the clean up and last polish! Painting, interior sourcing and designing, the little touches
Fri 13 June Happy, simply home PARTY Come see the final product, cheers to all involved and a community celebration!

Logistics: Date, times, location, etc

  • Location: Aldinga Arts Eco Village, Aldinga (40km south of Adelaide), South Australia map:
  • When: Anytime from planning this Friday 16 May to party 13 June (with the major building period 24 May – 8 June)
  • Days are 9am-5pm as much as possible
  • Cost is free, thanks to generous builders and carpenters and donation might be welcome to them if you feel you want to…
  • Food – we will try and get donated food as much as possible but please be self-sufficient as well
  • Accommodation: we have a few spots for longer-term volunteers at homes and caravans in the Village – so let us know if you need, spots for camping, a few spots away from the build site in Willunga and surrounds, and local caravan park, etc…

What you need to bring

  • Gloves, hat, covered shoes, eye and ear protection if you have them
  • Warm clothes if cold; suncream if hot! Lots of layers to transition from cool mornings to warm afternoons
  • You will need any tools you might have access to (plus makes you look legitimate) – hammer, powered tools like a powered drill, etc
  • Fun and learning attitude! – Happy, Simply.

Learning and Skills You are Sure to Gain:

Depending a little on which stage of the build you choose (or ALL of it!) you will learn/do:

  • Tiny house: Pros and cons of a small dwelling
  • Passive design concepts: how to get a better energy efficient dwelling
  • Choosing the right spot and orientation
  • Starting from scratch: adjusting design according to recycled materials available
  • ‘Set-out’ of the dwelling: Obtain reference point, boundary lines, site levels and understand ground conditions
  • Learn basic timber-framing: measure, cut, squareness, level, bracing, fixing, etc.
  • How to erect a wooden structure
  • Install openings in walls (windows and doors) and seal the joints
  • Third Skin: How to achieve a breathable, insulated and waterproof dwelling
  • Install your own solar system and water collection
  • Handy tricks for DIY – like stair making, eaves, toilet and shower shelter, bike shed, etc

Then you’ll be ready to build your own Happy, simply lifestyle model and 10m2 studio!

Contacts: d’Arcy

And finally…

Support and a little wish list…

We are looking for the following if possible to help the project along:

  • Materials! I will send a list of specifics but in particular at the moment we are looking for: plywood sheets, internal cladding (gyprock, etc), structural beams, structural timber and screws
  • Food – anyone who might want to help in making and donating food to volunteers or leftovers from bakeries, cafes, restaurants, etc
  • Media outreach – papers, radio, online, etc…
  • Sharing the project with others so they can come and have a look and interaction with the concept and reality – community groups, schools, anyone!

Happy, simply home SA Design!

Thank you to a couple of designers who have put up their had to put together a design for the Happy, simply home in South Australia… As you will see these are real designers and not just someone using colour pens on a piece of leftover cardboard (see my attempts here)!

I love this element to the project. It gives such a lovely and important aspect to the project for people to build in their minds what it may (or may not) look like!

Take a look at the pics, appreciate them and we will see if we end up with anything like this by this time next month!

How cool does this look! Only thing missing is a little shelter on the back deck that will be toilet / shower and a smaller one that will be the bike shed

How cool does this look! Only thing missing is a little shelter on the back deck that will be toilet / shower and a smaller one that will be the bike shed

This looks like it is important... Maybe for the builders? :)

This looks like it is important… Maybe for the builders? 🙂

The simple floor plan - this one I think I understand!

The simple floor plan – this one I think I understand!

A range of floor plan options but likely to change depending on what becomes available...

A range of floor plan options but likely to change depending on what becomes available…

Happy, simply home NZ – Booking Process

This info is permanently on the pages menu ( but thought it would be good to give it a push through the blog posts as well…

This is the booking process for a night or two in the Happy, simply home in Paekakariki, Aotearoa New Zealand. It is also the same premise and model I am to have for the Happy, simply home being built soon in Aldinga, South Australia… Hope you get to have a night in the Happy, simply home soon!

Below is the simple two step booking process for the Happy, simply home in Paekakariki, Aotearoa New Zealand. There are also a few notes about what there is and what to expect in the way of amenities (or lovely lack of!). Hope to see many people get to experience the Happy, simply life! Note. stays are for max two nights unless negotiated as we want lots of people to have a Happy, simply experience, cheers!

Kia Ora and welcome for your stay in the Paekakariki Happy, simply home!

This home was built in two weeks by a group of wonderful volunteers in Feb 2013. It is one component of Happy, simply – a sustainable lifestyle model and education project (blog)

The Happy, simply home is on a beautiful person’s front lawn – Justine. She has very graciously allowed me (us) to have the home here and we should give her the same respect, kindness and hospitality with our stay here (drop her some chocolate or wine if you want!).

Please see below a few features to take note of, then once inside the Happy, simply home be sure to make yourself at home (esta casa es para todos casa – this home is everyone’s home) and feel free to use things but leave them when you go or maybe replace things you might have used for the next person. Also make sure you have a look at the green folders with info on the building of the home and the features and pictures! Take a look at the clip of the Happy, simply build from last year and then book below!

Happy, simply home booking process:

1). Check the Happy, simply calendar for the date/s you want: 

2). Email to request the dates you want to stay and we will put them in the calendar and get back to you to confirm

Enjoy your taste of the Happy, simply life and please leave a note in the guest book and a koha (donation) would be appreciated to go into maintenance, gardens, gas for the cooker, replace solar batteries and improvements.

Happy, simply,            d’Arcy.

Odds and ends to take note of: (note these are not the full details as we will send all details in a personal email when a booking request comes through)

– Contacts

  • d’Arcy – usually overseas working in remote areas in aid and development and never too far away from email – or if he is in NZ: 022 410 8988
  • Nicola – usually in Wellington and is the occasional caretaker (omit)
  • Justine – who’s property it is  (omit)

– Keys

  • (omit)
  • Green key: catflap door (upper lock not handle lock), purple key: large sliding door, other two keys: bike locks

–  Toilet

  • The composting toilet is not yet ready for use, we hope to build a small shelter on the back deck with extra door into the home but alas not yet! Take on the project maybe?
  • Until it is ready you have two options for number 2’s (faecal matter [poo {shit}]):

o   Public toilets – park a few blocks to the right towards the beach and soccer ground; either end of Wellington road (road Happy, simply is on) – left, until the main road (Beach Rd) on the corner on the right hand side; or – right, go all the way to the end to Queen Elizabeth park or opposite the holiday park;

o   Compost toilet at the back of Justine’s car shed in emergencies;

  • As for number 1’s (urine [wee {piss}]) you can do in the blue pee pot inside but make sure you dilute with lots of water and spread out in the garden where there is lots of carbon (leaves, vegetation, not the lawn)
  • Remember over a billion people don’t have access to a toilet and shitting into drinking water is a pretty crazy concept, hope to have the compost loo ready soon!

– Water

  • The blue rainwater tank is clean and beautiful rain water. I also put a little waterguard solution in once every 6 months just in case but it is much cleaner and better for you (and the environment) than tap or bottled water.
  • Feel free to put bubbles in your water with soda machine!
  • If you happen to run out of water (why?) there is a tap near the footpath with safe water but there shouldn’t be any need for it unless there is a long drought or overuse!

– Solar / electrics

  • It is only one smallish 95W solar panel on the top feeding onto a series of 7amp batteries in the home (stats for the solar nerds).
  • There is a converter so one power point can be used and two USB chargers and a car socket charger

o   Only use electrical items that draw less than 100w (basically simple electronics – phones, laptops, etc but nothing that produces heat.

o   LED lights will keep you going all night and a torch or something might be needed for the loft

o   Best to charge laptops and things during the day when charge is the highest, trying to charge laptops at night can draw on the limited amount in batteries

o   The green indicator lights will be 5 when the sun is out and at full charge, it will drop to 3 lights quite quickly but don’t worry you still have enough light for probably the entire night!

o   It will then slowly drop to 2 and one and eventually red-ish colour which means you are on your last legs

o   If it runs out then light a candle and enjoy the atmosphere!

– Cooking

  • There is a gas bottle and stove under a bucket under the outdoor kitchen wooden thingy, just light a match turn the knob and you are cooking with gas!

o   It is safe to use inside but do it on a piece of carpet or slate

o   If you run out of gas you can get more at the Paekakariki general store – $5 but it will take a day

o   If you have used the burner then please leave some koha for the gas

  • There is also a small alcohol burner (you can also use methalyted spirits), just be very careful not to knock over this stove or you will have a fire to deal with

– Heating

  • There is no heating currently in the home – due to insulation, the home stays a few degrees warmer than outside and if very cold boil some water, have something to eat and do some push ups 🙂
  • There is a thick down duvet so it’s toasty at night and extra blankets in the couch/bed

– Showering

  • There are a couple of pallets at the back of the home – that is the showering area
  • There is a solar shower (black bag with hose on the end) fill it about half full put in the sun and have a shower just after the hottest part of the day

o   Use a hook to hang the solar shower bag from the window seal of the highest window then put the hose into the hook near the wire hanger, turn on and you will get a shower effect! It will be fresh no matter what but invigorating and I personally enjoy it. When it is cold out go for a walk, run, ride get a sweat up and then take a shower and cool off!

  • Alternatively: go and ask at the caravan park for a shower and they may get you to pay a few dollars; heat up some water and bucket shower; go to Paraparaumu to the pool for a swim and a hot shower; or swim in the ocean – I think it counts as a bath!

– Food waste, Worms and Chooks

  • There is a tiny worm farm under the house – give them coffee and simple food scraps – no citrus, onion, meet, diary or bread, those and lots of food scraps can go to Justine’s chooks – down near the shed.

– Bicycles

  • There are (usually) two bicycles available if you are keen for a ride. I love and use them a lot so please look after them but still ride them as hard as you like!
  • I’m 6ft1” (183cm) and they both fit me but can be lowered to fit shorter people and youth as well
  • There is some bike stuff in the bottom self on the tall shelves in the home – pump, repair kit, spare tube, chain oil (you only need a little)
  • The bikes get used by the community from time to time so there is no guarantee that one, both or any will be there but they are usually there – just ask in your request
  • Use the locks and there are keys with the home keys

– Garden

  • There are two gardens: one in front of the sliding door and another up by the footpath
  • Depending on season, who has been there, who has time, etc there is often a lovely little vegetable garden and some flowers
  • Help yourself to what the garden has to offer – herbs, tomatoes, silverbeat, beans, whatever, but leave some for the next person
  • Please give it love and attention if you want and add any veges, flowers, herbs, etc – flowers really brighten up the place and it’s a nice thing to pass onto future visitors

– Mozzies

  • There are heaps when it is warm and a few when its cold – please be careful of the mozzie net above the bed as it is hooked onto some tiny hooks on the ceiling and can tear easily
  • There is a citronella candle (in a blue bowl) good to burn for an hour at dusk when they come in hungry

Lots of maps in the desk as well as books, reading, card game, atlas, snakes & ladders, etc…

Please feel free to make little adaptations and smart ideas – we love it when we see little touches that make a difference. If you have a bigger idea that would be great too, just check with us first… Above all enjoy your stay and I hope there are some ideas you take with you!?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????