Just some ramblings about things and stuff, very much not tech related.

  • Backyard Birds

    24 February 2019

    Here’s some of the birds I’ve identified that I see in my backyard. Click through if you’re interested in learning a little more about them. I’ll add more to this post as I figure out what they are.

  • Finally moved to the country

    11 February 2019

    I did eventually get around to moving to the country. I bought the house in 2017 for $30,000 and have easily spent as much again fixing it up. It’s turning into quite a nice house now, but still needs a lot of work. It used to be a bakery back in 1900 or so and was empty for somewhere between 10-15 years before I bought it, the timeline is a bit hard to figure out. I’m currently trying to buy the vacant land next door so I have lots of room for chickens and fruit trees.

    The second half of last year was quite a bad time in my life and I ended up with some very physical effects from all the stress that are dissolving as I am out here in the country, spending time pottering in the garden and painting the walls. The kids have settled down a lot and their behaviour has improved dramatically.

    After 4 weeks I caved and adopted a cat from a local rescue, which puts me firmly on the path to becoming an eccentric cat lady in the bush. I have decided I have a $80 a week budget for plants from the internet and boy am I going to make sure I spend it every week. The garden looks much nicer now I’m actually here to look after it.

    But the biggest change is I now have a big white 4WD, which fits in perfectly on my street.

  • Cunning plans

    07 September 2018

    So about a year ago I was going to actually blog about these plans I have to disappear to the country and go live under a rock. The plans are taking longer than I was thinking, but aren’t really rocket science.

    They go something like this:

    1. Live like a pauper
    2. Buy shitty real estate with a high yeild x a few
    3. Accidentally buy shitty real estate in an area experiencing very high growth
    4. Wait for growthy property to growth some
    5. Sell growthy property and pay off other properties

    Clearly this is an oversimplification, and I’m still on step 4 and am going to encourage this growth by getting the land surveyed and an architect designed dwelling approved, as it’s a shitty block of land and nobody has any imagination these days for what you do on shitty land. I may actually build and sell the completed non-shitty dwelling as it is in a good location, but that’s far too far ahead to really think about.

    While I’m waiting on step 4 I should probably buy some index funds, but am distracted by trying to secure a completely paid off house to live in while doing so, and I’m not quite sure what’s happening with my current job. I also need mundane things like a chook yard, shade house, fruit trees and indoor plumbing. Baby steps.

  • Welcome

    05 August 2017

    Yeah I’m going to write something here but got distracted by css and stuff, nothing to see here, moving right along