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Why New Zealand

Suz and I had discussed the idea of moving to New Zealand for a couple of years. During that time, Suz had taken a week each year staying with her twin sister on the south island. After Suz telling me about her time with Vonnie, Simon and Hannah, a difficult period at work and the kids spending 50 hours a week at school the decision was made.

We researched the local industries and which drove us to try purchasing the Lumsden Sawmill that was built around 1904. Unfortunately the old bloke who owned it put a high monetary value on sentiment and even more value on dodging tax and safety.

We were not deterred and found ourselves buying a 'renovators dream' which, like always, became a 'renovators nightmare'. It has however kept me very busy and given me a vast project.

A new country. A new home. New schools. New friends. And now, we are up to New Zealand year two...

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Hollyford Track

Hollyford Track

  Eglington Valley. Hollyford Valley. Humboldt Falls. A little while ago, my wife and her twin sister celebrated a milestone…
Renovations to Winter 2018

Renovations to Winter 2018

  House construction We have now been in our 1945 built home for about 18 months. Our home started its…
Renovation Triage

Renovation Triage

  The history of our home We have now been in our 1945 built home for just over 12 months.…
The renovation precursor

The renovation precursor

I still remember the day we left Australia for New Zealand. We woke up at Ken and Maureen’s house ready…
Science of sunrises

Science of sunrises

The science of an amazing sunrise This is something that I understand well but I’m not sure if I can…
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