360 Photos Road trip Canterbury to Nelson

360 Photos Road trip Canterbury to Nelson

Here are a few pictures from our travels over the 2020-2021 holiday season.

First we visited Conway, stayed overnight near the beach and watched dolphins. The next morning we traveled up the east coast to Mapua, stopping along the way taking photos and 360 degree video.

The bulk of our time away from Canterbury was in the Nelson and Mapua area, with five nights in Redwood Valley and 3 nights at the Mapua camping ground.

We saw New Year’s Eve in at an off the grid log cabin in Glenhope on our way back to Canterbury. Two fantastic nights and lots of river walking! Simply beautiful territory.

Water catchment

Water catchment

Having arranged the water storage for garden use, I noticed that there were other down pipes that could possibly reduce the amount of water caught. If I could reduce run off without increased chances of flooding, we should be able to collect more water per down pour.

The idea is that if water could be dammed at two points, we could increase the volume of water able to be drained into the barrels.

The catchment area is approximately 150 square meters.

The spouting is 5cm deep before it overflows into the house, and the dam wall is 2cm, which means that in a significant rain event the water can spill over.

Waiting for the next rain event to test system…

Water storage

Water storage

With our summer looming and the cost of domestic water increasing we have been increasing the amount of water collection and storage.

We have a water diverter on one primary down pipe that first fills a 1000 lt tank, this over flows then to 4 x 200 lt barrels. Additionally we have a 300 lt barrel that collects water from our shed.

The black barrels are gravity feed from the larger tank, via a 13mm plastic pipe that only starts filling the black barrel when the 1000 lt tank is 75% full.

The two black barrels are connected together and have plastic pipes that drip line to fruit trees at key points. Into these barrels a nutrient mix is added.

The two blue barrels have taps on them to manually decant water for buckets. The two blue barrels only fill when the primary tank is full.

Crop planting

Crop planting

It’s October and I have started planting out a row of various crops at the Springston patch. Thinking of the harvest and how different plants grow, I have planted:

  • Sunflowers to either cut and sell as flowers, or to cut and feed birds late into next winter when they are hunting for a feed. Sunflowers I noticed last year are quite frost hardy, and they protect other plants beneath.
  • Red, yellow and green runner beans that will climb the sunflowers.
  • Peas that also enjoy something to climb.
  • Zucchini of various styles, curly, zephyr, and more traditional ones.
  • Pumpkins if various types, orange, grey, big and small.
  • Luffas that will be cut up and used in washing.
  • Zinnias to add a burst of colour and possibly as a cut flower for sale or at least to freshen our house.
  • Broad beans as these fix nitrogen and also have great leaves for eating. Brilliant in a summer salad.
  • Crimson clover to help keep the nitrogen up and a crop that can be mowed between crops giving a valuable mulch.
  • Yarrow common white to increase pollination and to encourage bird life. Also for potential medicinal products.
  • Tomato’s in yellow, red and black.
  • Potatoes, ready for Xmas time
  • more to add.
Nibbles is molting

Nibbles is molting

With the change of seasons our little Netherland Dwarf rabbit is molting. His mood has changed and he’s become slower and looking more annoyed than usual.

He still loves a brush and enjoys our company even through these otherwise intolerable times. There is fur everywhere in his hutch and no matter how many times we clean it, the space fills with fluff within a day.