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When we first bought our off-grid property, we decided to run it like a homestead – which means that we do everything that we can ourselves, we aim for zero waste, we use what we have and we buy little.

Now that we have been here a while we are slowly moving toward our dream of being 100% self-sufficient and eating only what we grow, catch and forage for thus reducing our waste.

When we decided to build a wood shed to store our wood for winter, we knew that it was going to be set back in the bush, no one can see it so it didn’t matter what it looked like.

We literally just said the other day that we need to start chopping wood to prepare for winter and wondered where we could find some tin to make the roof.

We used trees and manuka poles on our property for the sides and we have a small amount of tin that we put on the roof.

Then Mark’s workmate told him that he wanted his shed pulled down so he could build something else in its place so Mark went to his house and brought all the tin home – free of charge! The tin could have ended up in the landfill had we not salvaged it and upcycled it into our magnificent wood shed!

Now that we have our shed up and the first few pieces of wood in it, we can spend the rest of the summer and autumn making sure it is loaded to the top.

The really ironic thing is that we don’t even have a fireplace yet! We are going to put that in before winter so we are toasty and warm. The winter isn’t terribly cold here like it is in other countries but it still gets cold enough to light a fire. Because we live off the grid, we will use our fireplace to boil water, cook stews and curries and other delicious hearty, homestead meals.

What is something that you have upcycled recently?

When we first bought our off-grid property, we decided to run it like a homestead - which means that we do everything that we can ourselves, we aim for zero waste, we use what we have and we buy little. Our wood shed was no exception. #woodshed #homestead #homesteading #offgrid #winter

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