Posted on July 26, 2014
I have just finished moving home and workshop ... for the second time in six months. In fact, I was at the "interim" location for such a short time, that I didn't unpack very much ... which, in hindsight, was very fortunate ... nor did I get around to blogging about it. However, since I envisage staying where I am now for a much longer time, it's appropriate to scribble out a few lines.
I have moved onto the property of Sweetwater Lodge in Julatten (Far North Queensland, Australia) ... a 160 acre rural paradise owned by my friends Glenn and Wendy. The land is ex-farmland in the process of being partially re-forested and backs up to the wilderness forests of the Great Dividing Range.
Sweetwater Lodge ... passionately managed by Wendy ... is an operating guest accommodation property with two private cabins set amongst forest overlooking Hunters Creek and the mountains. It has one of the best private swimming holes in the region and spectacular views.
Glenn is a furniture maker (Julatten Joinery) specialising in rustic and modern solid wood furniture ... and early settler-styled complete kitchen fit-outs. He uses local timber cut and dried in the region and regularly also utilises recycled wood and other materials including corrugated iron roofing and steel sheet.
The relocation procedure was completed just last week with the transport of my storage and workshop containers to the site. In the next few weeks, I'll get my workshop space set back up although I've had a temporary work area under a tarpaulin for the past few weeks ... got to keep the wheels moving; it's not the first time I've worked in a tent.