Project Details: Location: Geeveston, Tasmania 43 degrees South. Its windy here! Status: Just getting started on 10 Ha of mostly grazing land. Putting in road and will start on house fairly soon. Objective: to make a nice environment that substantially meets our day to day needs without turning us into slaves to our land. I'm hoping the site turns out better than my drawing. Its not to scale. But this shows the basics of what we want to do on the hectare around our house site. We'd like to let a fair chunk of it revert to bush. Especially further up the hill where the hilltop it exposed. Here is a view of the larger site. The top of the picture is downhill and north. Note lack of water at top of site. Note also the slippage to the SW of the dam. On our mind now: 1.) Build the house and the road. 2.) Get some stock on the grass to prevent it turning into a fire hazard. 3.) Put up enough fencing to repair the damage we do in point 1 and enable point 2. 4.) Design a solar pergola for north and west side of house that will make the house comfortable and provide a yield. 5.) The dam is pretty broken due, I suspect, to cattle on it. The northern edge is pretty close to breaking. The overflow is blocked and you can see where earth has slid down the hill and filled in a chunk of what was once an oval shaped dam. The dam is more than 1/2 drained now and I continue to syphon water out of it. 6.) Lots of spare earth and earth moving machinery there for road making. We could use both to make a swale that redirects the water from the drain on the road. It would be cheap if we did it now. 7.) We'll put a tank some way up the hill. I have no idea if we could make a dam up there. Might not be enough catchment. Lots of people have suggested a really big tank instead. More pics at: http://davidfromoz.smugmug.com/Category/House/i-rLmjqq3 We're especially interested in any feedback on 4, 5 and 6 above. cheers, Tas PS. oh, yeah. we don't really have a clue what we're doing. but we want to mostly do it ourselves and we want to have fun doing it.