Weekend Notes Says It Well

It’s nice to be understood and appreciated. That is why Kevin Liepins from Weekend Notes is in our good books. You can see why if you click on this link.  

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Working With Nature

Every time I look at our Christmas Creek I can’t but help think about cyclone Dianne. It makes me think about the power there is nature, weather to wreck havoc or sow hope. At Lamington we saw both with cyclone Dianne but the positives far out-weighed the negatives. Huge rains created waterfalls where there were…

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Humming Hydro

August last year (2016) my micro hydro turbine, a Powerspout PLT, catastrophically disintegrated. I blogged shortly after ‘When Things Go Wrong’ about mistakes I had made which ruined the hydro and gave us all here at Wongari Eco Retreat a lot of hassles. It would have been worse but for very understanding guests. But, now,…

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Progressing Rehabilitation on Christmas Creek

Christmas Creek is a beautiful creek. Not big, not small but part of a bigger picture. It is part of the catchment for the Logan river and is used (sometimes abused) for irrigation. It is pristine at our point but fails long before it reaches Moreton Bay. Not an unusual scenario for all our river…

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Introducing 'the pad'

Now we are ready to go. Weather permitting. Just waiting on council approval to commence construction of Kumbartcho. You can see some of the Hoop Pines in the background. This is the Pad – or will be if you click to read more … It is all cleared with road access (out of frame).  …

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When Things Go Wrong….

A hydro system in action is a joy to behold: water turning a (pelton) wheel powers the home/cabin and then continues on its way to the creek from which it came. No harm is done to the environment but a lot of good comes form it. What is even more exciting pre-exists the turbine even…

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Bimbul in Photo

Just a few photos I thought would say as much as needs to be said about our new wilderness cabin, Bimbul, in Lamington’s National Park. Enjoy.

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Restored, Powered and Guests In

We started to build Bimbul (aka Hoop Pine) in July of 2015. We knew it wouldn’t be a quick build as we were going to do a lot of the work ourselves – that not done by our builders, Kev and Chris Moran. Nevertheless, we were hopeful that we would be in by September. We…

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Finishing Touches

On Saturday the 30th of January we were to have our official opening for Bimbul. We bravely decided this because we were so close that we thought, sometime near the end of December 2015, a month’s work would see us through to the finish. You can’t blame us for being optimistic. The build has been…

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Almost There

And now we are nearing the end of our build. It’s taken a little longer and cost a little extra but we got much more in return.  It’s at that point where just a bit here, a half hour there, another idea formed and the build looks and feels even more exciting. We have final…

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