Nov 13, 2020: Arts Trail Open House

This weekend will be the second and last weekend of the Southern Highlands Arts Trail for 2020 and we will be opening the renovated house next to the Greeny Flat from 10am to 5pm both Saturday and Sunday. Cintia will be showing and selling her lovely ceramics and I will be here helping out and answering […]

Oct 2, 2020: Another Year of Living Positively

We’ve now had the solar power system on the roof of the cottage next to the Greeny Flat for more than a year and we’re very happy to report that the house is now officially ‘Energy Positive’!

At the time we had the solar installed we also installed a new smart meter which has recorded […]

Sept 18, 2020: Virtual Sustainable House Day on Sunday

As many of our readers will know, the Greeny Flat has been open for Sustainable House Day (SHD) for five of the last six years. This year we were planning to open both the Greeny Flat and the upgraded house next to it for SHD. However, the Covid situation has meant that SHD has gone […]

Sept 11, 2020: Back in Mittagong

I’m now back in Mittagong and starting to put the final touches on the energy retrofit of the old fibro cottage next to the Greeny Flat.

As much as I enjoyed spending the winter in Port Macquarie and working on the garage conversion to a granny flat, it’s good to be home. I had to […]

Aug 28, 2020: One More Week in Port Macquarie

I have one more week in Port Macquarie before return home to Mittagong so we’ve been hard at work on the granny flat project. The owner managed to enlist a couple of extra helpers this week so we got a lot done including…

Completing the cladding on the north wall with some of the […]

August 21, 2020: Progress Report

It’s been another busy week in Port Macquarie. We ended last week’s report with the walls insulated and the windows installed ready for gyprock. But first I needed to do some work on the floor. It’s strange but convenient that the old garage had a timber floor. It’s strange because most garages have concrete floors […]

August 14, 2020: This week’s progress report

As with last week’s Newsletter I’ll let the pictures tell the story of this week’s progress on the Port Macquarie project.

We started the week the way we ended last week… with more rain turning the red clay into really sticky mud.

So we worked inside installing special mineral wool insulation in the […]

August 7, 2020: Port Project Photos

In our most recent Newsletter on July 17th I gave an update of the project I’m currently working on converting a garage into a passive solar granny flat in Port Macquarie. It’s been a busy few weeks so I thought I’d give another update and this time I’ll just do it with some photos.

July 17, 2020: Port Macquarie Project Progress

In our Newsletter on June 19th I gave an overview of the project I am currently working on in Port Macquarie to convert a garage to a granny flat. Click the previous link to see a photo of the existing garage plus plans for what it will become. Unfortunately we barely got started on the project […]

June 26, 2020: All Electric Workhorses.

Long-time readers will know that we have been enjoying the many benefits of owning an electric vehicle for almost five years now. For more recent subscribers, here is a link to some of the articles we written about our Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid SUV.

Our PHEV, of course, is not a full Battery Electric Vehicle […]