Saturday, December 15, 2012

Introducing our River Retreat

Up at the river retreat - looking down over the paddock and dams, toward the river side cottage that's hidden in the trees.
The makeshift bush shower. A simple luxury showering under the stars.

The make shift kitchen. The delight of smoky breakfasts and camp oven dinners.
Family, friends and flying the kite.
The mighty make shift throne.
The simple things. Thunder box love.
Cooking fuel, night time light and warmth for those cold wintery nights.

Our river retreat is a temporary bush dwelling among the lemon eucalyptus and cypress pines on our 20 acres of river side love. On the long weekends and holidays the river retreat is our home, until we move permanently into our river nest (our river side timbre cottage) that is occupied by our family while we live up north in the Cape York wilderness. 

The things I love the most about our river retreat is the simplicity of cooking on an open fire, doing the washing up out of a bucket and showering among the trees under the stars. For now we sleep in a tent under the shelter of an old tin shed and wake to the sound of the bush and birds when the sun rises each morning. 

Over our Christmas break, we look forward to putting in some more permanent structures which will eventually make this river retreat a second home with the long term plan of being the WWOOFer's  quarters (who will help us maintain our self sustainable dream). Our main goal with this space is a combination of hard junk, recycling, and using existing junk, trees and odd bits already laying around our property to build the perfect space.

I look forward to sharing the slow and steady transformation of this space with you. 
As well as some of our inspirations for the final masterpiece. 
For now, it's all about getting the basics established and dreaming things into reality.

Until the Christmas break we will make the most of our lazy weekend and continue adding to lists of things to pack for our much needed end of year break.

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