After interning from July to December at Taranaki Farm and Milkwood Permaculture, it was time to get back to Planet Claire and reunite with her. My heart skipped a beat when one of the first things I saw were two baby emus, they were so so cute. It’s the second year the emus have chosen Planet Claire to rear their young. There was plenty of water around for them to cool their feet in after a 100ml in 2 hour rain event. The place looked even more beautiful, through fresh and educated eyes, than I remembered.
The first task to be completed was to build a shed for all of my tools. Ashley, one of my fellow Milkwood interns, came along to lend a hand and we managed to construct it in 2 half days. I was pretty excited with my new 3 x 3 metre tool shed. To save money we decided not to lay a concrete slab but to secure it down driving in some star pickets on each corner and screwing them into some recycled timber I had lying around the place.
Two weekends later, Suzie came along to help out with the beehive construction. We built ourselves a Warre hive that I picked up from Tim Malfroy, of Malfroy’s Gold. All the boxes are together, all that is left is to put a starter strip of wax on the top bars and find us a swarm to adopt!
It feels so good to be back on the land, the planning is almost complete, working bees are almost organised and I am almost ready to get farming!