Treasures and tripping hazards

Many things are happening here at Silver Birch now. The pathways and clearing of new tracks (for both vehicle access and walking) are all coming along.  We’ve had a number of people out metal detecting on the property, which we are happy to do at any time.

The only conditions we put on this, are that all finds are declared, and we have the option to keep items related to the long history of the property. We discovered just recently that we had stables here at one point. As you have already seen from the photos, we also had a new addition arrive this week. An eight week old, four legged tripping hazard, (Springer Spaniel) that we have named Samson.

We will also be using one of the backpacker programs here in Tasmania quite soon. This will enable us to get a lot more of the cleaning up and clearing done over winter. We have finished the guest room in the main house, and should have the first guest room done in the Bird House (the outbuilding) in the next few weeks. We have also ordered everything we need to refit the main bathroom, as this will initially be the bathroom that guests use.

Our wood heater and satellite internet are also going in over coming weeks.


Bird Life

These are just a few of the birds we have seen so far here at Silver Birch Homestead. We are more than happy for guests to add photos to this album, and we will also be starting a wall of bird photography in the ‘Bird House,’ (where the first guest rooms are).

Heat Pumps & Pastie Rolls

I discovered a few weeks ago that there is a minor language barrier here 🙂 In conversation, someone started talking about ‘heat pumps.’ Well, not wanting to show my ignorance, I continued the conversation, assuming that this expression would eventually fall into place and context. Thankfully, it did. In Victoria these are called split system aircon 🙂 A week later, in a cafe, several people came in and ordered ‘pastie rolls.’ I had to sneak a look to find that the humble pastie had an additional name here 🙂 I will keep you all updated as I endeavour to master this new language 🙂


Birds & Gadgets

Here at Silver Birch Homestead, we are slowly getting around to buying new things that we need. We left a lot behind in Victoria, so there have of course been items to replace. There is also a growing list of items we simply didn’t need on a suburban block, many of which we are slowly accumulating. For example, a chainsaw, a chipper/mulcher, a spotlight (not just for getting around the block, but there is huge potential for night photography here), and walkie talkies (have you tried finding someone on ten acres?). Sophie has been busily cooking up tomatoes for sauces, and we have also planted about three hundred bulbs (Belladonnas and Daffodils).

I am beginning to get photos of various birds around the place finally. They aren’t fantastic images yet, but it’s a start.


Updates and Internets

Birds are finally in their new home, after weeks on a trailer or in a bathroom. The workshop is slowly beginni g to take shape, as is the study and the loungeroom. The gully behind the workshop is going to be a picnic area/ quiet place to relax.

The entrance way and study still have many more books yet to be unpacked, and we have started planting Canna lillies along the driveway.

We finally have wifi again, and subsequently have catchup tv, and almost have ‘normal’ tv. We had to order a specific set top box as we are outside of the coverage area.

Just a week.

In just over a week, we have made huge progress in the main house. Let me know what you think of the place so far.

The laundry and entrance way are finished. The study is three quarters done. We now have distinct lounge room and dining room spaces. 


The floating floor has started. The entranceway is coming along nicely. Tomorrow all the bookshelves will be built and placed in the freshly painted study, and the workshop should be well on the way by the end of the weekend as well. 

Day Four. Exploring the options.

A tad frustrated today. Its difficult to use the right tool for the job when most  of them are still packed. I did manage to reassemble the two outdoor tables for the pergola. I also cleaned out and levelled the right hand side of the shed, which will soon become the tool shed/work space. I cant wait to get all the shelving in and the tools put away, then the huge list of projects will progress faster. 

I saw my first striated pardelote today, and also my first green rosella in the wild. Photos will follow when I’m quick enough to capture a decent photo of them. 

Wandered to the top of the first rise (behind the driveway) this arvo, and discovered what may be an old stone/concrete water tank. Not sure of the exact dimensions. Huge diameter but only seems to be about four feet deep. It warrants further investigation once the snakes are sleeping.

Day Three. A place to call home.

What a long day. We left our lovely host’ beautiful home at around 8am. Thirty minutes later we arrive at our own (potentially) beautiful home. An hour later, the sound of a truck coming along our winding road, and finally all of our worldly possessions arrive, two weeks after we last saw them. 

During the four hours it took to unload, i saw my first Scarlet Robin. This evening just before tea, i heard an unfamiliar bird cry, then it multiplied many times over as a large flock of Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoos settled in for the night in the state forest around us. I watched them for a while, lost count after one hundred and fifty of them.