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  Craig Dunsmuir said ... February 26, 2015 at 07:33AM  
  Hi Derek
Recently came across this rather fascinating innovation that I thought might interest you.

  Derek Marusich replied ... March 2, 2015 at 07:15 PM  
  Thanks Craig. This invention seems to have created quite a stir in the beekeeping circles. It may even work, but the "purists" are taking a rather sceptical view of the inventors' tactics, and especially their pricing. But one thing for sure, it's demonstrating the power of "crowd funding". Here's some related links if you're interested:
Root Simple - The Flow Hive: a Solution in Search of a Problem
Keeping Backyard Bees - The Flow Hive: Worth the Hype?
  Alex Gibson said ... January 19, 2015 at 07:19PM  
  Hi Derek
I have not read your life story yet but the place looks great, now cannot wait to come out there next month to see what you have done.

  Derek Marusich replied ... January 20, 2015 at 09:05 AM  
  Thanks for your comment, Alex. The plan is to drop quietly and unnoticed out of the rat race and hopefully slip from governmental and municipal interference. Look forward to showing you what we're doing to get there.  
  Ann & Peter Ralph said ... December 24, 2014 at 09:17AM  
  Hi Derek
It looks really beautiful out there and you've achieved such a lot in a relatively short space of time! Hope you both have a great Christmas.

  Derek Marusich replied ... December 29, 2014 at 12:51 PM  
  Thanks Ann & Peter for visiting our website. Best wishes to your for the festive season as well.  
  Lynda Radyn said ... December 4, 2014 at 03:04PM  
  Hi Martie and Derek
Wowie, what an amazing journey you both have achieved thus far.
I really take my hat off to you both. WELL DONE TO ALL!!!!

  Derek Marusich replied ... December 4, 2014 at 07:23 PM  
  Thanks Lynda. Now going into our third year of building (we've had the farm for four years) and starting to feel the pressure. But still very determined to get there.  
  Kathy Barrable said ... August 6, 2014 at 05:40PM  
  Wonderful to read a truimph story in the making! You are living and thinking RIGHT! I would like to put our retreat centre on your contact list as a sacred space for individuals or groups up to 70.  

  Derek Marusich replied ... August 8, 2014 at 08:30 PM  
  We're not there yet, Kathy. I just hope we are on the right track, though. Kathy runs the
St Benedict's Retreat Centre if you need to get away from it all for a few days.
  Niki Marusich Peel said ... July 26, 2014 at 10:04PM  
  The farm is looking great dad, can't wait to see it xxx  

  Derek Marusich replied ... July 28, 2014 at 08:30 PM  
  Thanks Nix. Be great to see you again but try leave it till spring - only a month or so away now. It's so dry and dusty out there at the moment and making it worse we've dug up just about every square meter around the house area to get the levels right and build the retainer wall. But even with all the dust the air is still cleaner out there and now we've got our own sparkling water. Love you lots.  
  Veronica Luke said ... June 23, 2014 at 04:30 PM  
  Hope you and Martie are good. Love your site ... what a massive achievement.  

  Derek Marusich replied ... June 30, 2014 at 03:28 PM  
  Thanks for checking out our our website and the kind words, Veronica. We update it regularly, so you can keep up to date with activities there any time.  
  Craig Dunsmuir said ... June 7, 2014 at 08:29 PM  
  Dear Derek (and Martie)
What an amazing journey - and thanks for sharing it with wonderful insight and humour (and excellent pictures). Strength to you both as you see your dream become reality.

  Derek Marusich replied ... June 9, 2014 at 08:35 AM  
  Thanks Craig. We are enjoying the journey thoroughly, even though it has put a good few extra stresses on our lives. And we still have such a long way to go.  
  Ana Veza said ... April 5, 2014 at 08:17 PM  
  Hi Derek and Martie
Thanking to renovation my flat, I become "the expert" for the handling with hammer, as well the painting of the walls. You can give me a job and I promise that I shall not make a big mess.

  Derek Marusich replied ... April 7, 2014 at 10:53 PM  
  You must please send us some pictures of your work, Ana. It gives one such great pride when one does things like that yourself - and not to mention the money you save.  
  Ana Veza said ... April 5, 2014 at 08:09 PM  
  Hi Derek
I see that you were very busy last few months. When you expect to finish all buildings?
Do you need to have permission for the building, namely what are the regulation in South Africa?

  Derek Marusich replied ... April 7, 2014 at 10:37 PM  
  Thanks for your comment Anna. It has been a very busy few weeks and with the Easter Holidays, May Day and our Voting Day long weekends all coming up soon, we're expecting an even busier next few weeks. We are getting very excited to see our dream house taking shape and we're getting close to a very big (and expensive) step - the concrete slab between the ground and first levels. We will probably slow down the building on the house now as we have many other smaller projects for the builders while I take my time on the important planning of the slab and getting all the materials for the slab out to the farm. We need to build a small retainer wall along the front of the house to prevent the water from getting to the buildings when we have our regular summer cloudbursts, we need to build the small wall for the veranda on the driveway side of the house, and we still need to finish the floor screed and windows on the garage block. We have no idea when all the buildings will be finished - there are factors beyond our control (mainly the weather and our labour force) that prevent us from setting accurate time targets. We just keep working as best we can every weekend and so far have been very happy with our progress every week. We will be doing all the finishings (cupboards, tiling, painting, etc) ourselves so we will probably end up moving in before everything is properly finished off.
With regard to building regulations in South Africa, I will send you some information in a personal email.
  Jacques Buys said ... March 25, 2014 at 09:02 PM  
  Hammerite is amazing. Did a job with white and just brushed on over rusted joint. Lasted 15years+ in full UV outside... Worth every penny.  

  Derek Marusich replied ... March 27, 2014 at 11:37 PM  
  Hi Jacques. We're doing a lot of research into finishing materials (and spending a lot of time in hardware stores). There's so much cheap junk around - doesn't brush on well, doesn't last and doesn't look good. And I agree, the price is not even a factor when you find such quality in a product.  
  Rina Hird said ... January 29, 2014 at 09:21 PM  
  Wow, so much has been happening since we last saw the farm. The house is taking shape, the grass has been cut, although it looked stunning long in December. How about a photo of your supplier. He is so involved in the project, he even supplies the furniture!  

  Derek Marusich replied ... January 30, 2014 at 18:45 PM  
  Hi Rina. I've just got the website up to date to the end of January. We've had a big productivity surge during the early part of the month. Slowing down a bit now so we can catch up on our normal work (and try and make some money to pay for the building).
I'll try and get a photo of the Jadas team - they're so busy - it's difficult to get them all in the same place at any time.
  Jacques Buys said ... December 27, 2013 at 10:41 AM  
  What a nice month of progress. Glad to have helped in a small way. Enjoy what is left of 2013.  

  Derek Marusich replied ... December 29, 2013 at 10:30 PM  
  Hi Jacques. Thanks again for the help on the roofing. December 2013 is not finished yet. We are still hoping to lay the first bricks for the house before 2014 arrives.  
  Jacques Buys said ... November 5, 2013 at 08:40 PM  
  Gr8 start to Nov...  

  Derek Marusich replied ... November 5, 2013 at 09:20 PM  
  Hi Jacques. A long 5 weekend month ahead, hope to get the house all up to floor level and the floor slab on so we can start real building in December. Let's see how it goes ...
Regards to all.
  Lynda Radyn said ... November 1, 2013 at 03:00 PM  
  The dogs must have enjoyed playing in the mud - your place is starting to really look like home. I'm sure its going to be rather cosy after all.
Looking forward to reading the next chapter.

  Derek Marusich replied ... November 5, 2013 at 10:15 AM  
  Hi Lynda. Thanks for keeping up with our progress. The first November post is up. Sorry it's a bit boring at the moment if you're not interested in building. We're still doing lots of farming stuff research - hopefully be able to post on some farming activities soon. But at the moment can't take my eye off the builders. Turn your head and they're dumping building rubble on the grass areas or worse washing their wheelbarrows over a colony of ant lions! Got to check on them every minute we're there.  
  Ursula Renkel said ... September 26, 2013 at 04:13 PM  
  What a wonderful project you and Martie are handling. Having known you only as my 'IT Saviour' for so many years I am truly amazed!
Have fun while carrying on and good luck with everything you tackle!

  Martie du Toit replied ... September 27, 2013 at 11:39 PM  
  Hi Ursula. Thanks for visitng our website. Derek enjoys being "hands-on", has been up and down the roof while putting up the trusses. I'm the official water-fetcher and do my bit of hard labour. I helped the young ones digging foundations, load bricks, etc.
Hours of research went into this project. I've learnt about the different strengths of concrete, steel reinforcement, to different sizes of lintels, ground levels, etc.
I've treated the fenced off gardens with compost and couldn't wait to dig into the soil with my fingers. We are having so much fun!!!
  Ana Veza said ... September 5, 2013 at 09:26 PM  
  Hello Derek and Martie,
I remember when there was nothing but trees and grass.
You've done an excellent job.
I think I'll have to come back in S. Africa to see how it all looks.

  Derek Marusich replied ... September 5, 2013 at 11:39 PM  
  So good to hear from you Ana and thanks you for visiting our website. You know you are very welcome to come out and visit us any time.
Our best regards to Rajko and the family.
  Jill Clarkson said ... August 23, 2013 at 07:32 PM  
  Wow, what a wonderful project you're working on, I'll have to visit in the summer. Wishing the two of you loads of success and blessings on your journey!  

  Derek Marusich replied ... August 23, 2013 at 08:20 PM  
  Hi Jill. Thanks for your comment and we would love you to come out and visit. Hopefully we'll have water and ablution facilities within the next month.  
  Lynda Radyn said ... August 19, 2013 at 04:39 PM  
  Wow, what an awesome picture - it looks like an oil painting!!
So so tranquil!!!

  Derek Marusich replied ... August 19, 2013 at 05:00 PM  
  Hi Lynda. Not sure which picture you're referring to but the farm so far is a very tranquil place, even when the builders are there. Thanks so much for checking out our website.  
  Gottfried Knell said ... July 12, 2013 at 10:17 AM  
  Looking good.  

  Derek Marusich replied ... July 12, 2013 at 11:00 AM  
  Thanks Gottfried. We're working hard at it and we see progress every weekend we're out there.  
  Izak Theron said ... May 27, 2013 at 01:10 PM  
  WOW! Truly inspirational. Loved the story about the water diviner :-)  

  Martie du Toit replied ... June 13, 2013 at 06:00 AM  
  What an amazing journey this is. I've gained so much knowledge while planning and building the house, lost litres of sweat pulling tree branches and planting poles.
Can't wait for the next experience: planting/growing fruit trees and growing vegetables in growing tunnels.