What crazy, unsettling times.

What crazy, unsettling times. This weekend, like many others, we’ve had to significantly alter our plans. It’s been disappointing, to say the least, although we feel incredibly grateful to have our health, a job and a mostly self-sufficient home that is ours and is ready to travel in when the time comes.

Last night we walked and rode bikes by the river and I came across an abundance of these fallen leaves. Which, I discovered, are from Eucalyptus websteriana, or heart-leaf mallee. ‘Eu’ is the Greek word for ‘good’ or ‘well’. And so, today, overwhelmed and saddened for humanity, and more than a little anxious at what is to come, I am taking this abundance of hearts at my feet as a blessing, if you will. May our hearts be well. A blessing for the times. Life is going to get crazily different. Do the things you should, but also: tend your hearts. ūüß°
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~ Sam.

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Parked under these river gums, out west on the border, with no neighbours…

Parked under these river gums, out west on the border, with no neighbours save three very insistent but delightful geese, who don’t seem to mind sharing their riverbank with us..
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~ Sam.

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We said our goodbyes to the beach last night.

We said our goodbyes to the beach last night. Although we’ve been planning it for weeks, it feels the right time to be heading into the outback. We’ve filled every nook of our rolling home with supplies, and as we already learn and work from home, we’re pretty well equipped to weather these uncertain times. I wonder what the world will look like in the months to come? It seems we are in for some major adjustments to this unsustainable economic system of ours. It feels time. Like it might be the shock we need to live on this Earth more gently, to rebuild our systems to support life. So, let’s begin as we mean to go on. Let’s do what we can to help each other out, especially those that are alone, already struggling, and who have no voice. There are lots of great permaculture posts around with tips for doing just this. (I’ll tag some accounts in this post that inspire me. Feel free to recommend others below.) Heed the advice, and stay safe, friends. ~ Sam.


#weareallinthistogether

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Big skies and melaleuca forests swallowed by sand. This is Dunghutti country.

Big skies and melaleuca forests swallowed by sand. This is Dunghutti country. A place that keeps pulling us back, this time while we do some serious route planning. We had to walk through a thicket of mozzies to get to these ancient dunes, fringed by wetland and shoreline, all texture and curves. The smalls had their minds blown. And then a very harsh exfoliation as the winds picked up.Such a privilege to be living this life. ~ Sam.

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And just like that, the season of slog that seemed it would never end is done, and we are underway.

And just like that, the season of slog that seemed it would never end is done, and we are underway. With our full rig: bus, trailer, car, kayak, bikes. Embodiment of almost four years’ invention, sweat, tears, sleeplessness, never-give-up resourcefulness. A lot more of it all than we bargained. So, this is what it takes to breathe life into a dream. The only challenge that remains is to make it all it could be. We’ve got a lot of rest and time in nature to catch up on. Let’s start there…

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Sunlight, tea and forest views.

Sunlight, tea and forest views. Good morning from Bronte the bus! Hope you have a great weekend!

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Friday nights in Bronte bus. It’s cold, wet and windy outside, but warm and cosy in here!

Friday nights in Bronte bus. It’s cold, wet and windy outside, but warm and cosy in here!

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Here is a picture of two extremelyexhaustedmiddleaged people feeling acceptably photogenic – because *haircuts and sunsets.

Here is a picture of two extremelyexhaustedmiddleaged people feeling acceptably photogenic – because *haircuts and sunsets. Who have just listed their house for sale!! And sold one of their cars! On the same day!! We’ve been on the downlow with our goings on, mostly because there has been so much going on. Shout out to this guy ūüßĒ @keiranlusk for all the horrible stinky grunt work over many months to get our house renovated and on the market, after spending 18 months building a bus. Shout out to me ‚Äć‚ôÄÔłŹ for starting my second new big job for the year and wrangling house jobs every weekend for the past two years. Go team @talesfromthewild! Our levels of hyper-delirium are well-founded and our departure date is not far off! *haircut for her, manbun for him

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Gaming (the old fashioned way) is a big part of #buslife for the boys!

Gaming (the old fashioned way) is a big part of #buslife for the boys!

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A weekend of birthday celebrations for our eldest boy who turned eight.

A weekend of birthday celebrations for our eldest boy who turned eight. He invited the neighbourhood kids around for a disco and campfire. Afterwards we enjoyed some quiet family time by the fire. We may be camped in the side yard of our suburban house but we can all imagine exactly what bus life will look like for us in the coming months. We imagine lots of campfires. Sam and I have declared the next twelve months to be the ‘year of the campfire’ and the boys can hardly wait! We’re putting the house on the market within the next couple of weeks and are hoping to be on the road by the end of September. Not long now!

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There’s a home made composting toilet in our bus and it’s really pleasant to use!

There’s a home made composting toilet in our bus and it’s really pleasant to use! In fact we like our bus toilet a lot more than our normal house toilet! The whole toilet set-up cost us less than $150. It’s basically a timber box with a toilet seat, a urine diverter in the ‘bowl’ to divert liquids to a tank underneath the bus and a 20 litre bucket for the solids. We start with a base layer of coconut coir in the bucket and add a handful more after each use. There’s a tiny extraction fan connected to the bucket. It runs 24 hours a day but is so quiet that we can’t actually hear it. With the fan running, there are no smells whatsoever in the bathroom area. The commercially available composting toilets usually have a hand cranked mixer for the solids compartment but alas, ours is not that advanced. Instead some lucky bloke (that’s me) has to mix the bucket and turn the compost over with a garden trowel. But I don’t mind! The toilet is very much going to be an ongoing experiment. Disposal of the composting material is one area of the project that we are still investigating. Ideally we’d love to bury the compost in a garden or around a tree, but it takes considerable time for pathogens in the compost to die off. We are planning to rotate a few buckets through the system and will see how the composting process goes. Stay tuned for updates on this fascinating subject! ~ Keiran.


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Our happy little home! We’ve been living in our bus for a month now and it feels great.

Our happy little home! We’ve been living in our bus for nearly a month now and it feels great. In fact we don’t miss our ‘normal house’ at all. The interior of our new tiny home is starting to come alive with pot plants and greenery. Although it should be noted that we don’t normally have fresh produce spread all over the kitchen bench! I was halfway through unpacking our loot from the local farmers markets earlier this week when some photographic inspiration hit me!
In other news, I’ve been busy adding some finishing touches to the bus including shelving and hanging hooks in the kitchen and a spice rack in the pantry. I’ve also installed a car audio system in the living area (we love our music) and am making some adjustments to lighting in the kitchen. We’ve still got a few interior jobs to tick off (like upholstering the seats in the dining area) and then we’re just about ready to tackle the huge task of installing solar panels and a decent 24v battery bank. Stay tuned! ~ Keiran.


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We escaped to Brunswick Heads in Bronte the bus last weekend.

We escaped to Brunswick Heads¬†in Bronte the bus last weekend. What a beautiful little coastal town! It was nice to slow down for a few days and to spend time together as a family. There were early morning beach walks, lots of swimming and even a spot of fishing on the Brunswick River. The bus travelled well and we are really pleased with how the bus feels as our full-time house on wheels. We’re back in the side yard in Brisbane now but counting down the weeks (possibly months) until we can set off on our adventures in the bus full-time!

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Snack time in the bus. One likes green apple and cashews. The other, red apple and roasted almonds.

Snack time in the bus. One likes green apple and cashews. The other, red apple and roasted almonds. I am endlessly amused and fascinated by how siblings can be so very alike and so very different at the same time!

It’s two weeks now since we moved into the bus (in our side yard) and we are all really pleased with how it feels to be living in the bus. The move has coincided with two whole weeks of school holidays, so the boys have certainly given the new space a thorough and rigorous testing! But it works and we are all loving our new home! Somehow we have managed to squeeze our entire house into 28 square metres and yet it feels uncluttered. There are ample spaces to escape to our own worlds when needed but at the same time, it’s cosy and compact. The reduced living space has literally brought us closer together as a family but it has seemingly helped to nurture a new and exciting family dynamic filled with creative vibes and a wonderful energy. I look forward to encouraging that creativity and energy as we travel slowly and explore country in the coming months and years.

Our time frame for hitting the road is still somewhat unclear. We are currently rearranging our finances to complete the final (big) steps of the project (solar panels, deep cycle batteries, inverter/charger and other assorted bits and pieces). And we are also underway in the massive task to sort and minimalise our possessions, and to prepare our house for selling. But the move into our bus has re-energised me and I am keen to tick off the final items on our big long list as soon as possible! ~ Keiran.

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It’s been a week already since we officially moved into our bus.

It’s been a week already since we officially moved into our bus. And so far, we are really pleased with how the whole space works. We are currently parked up in the backyard of our suburban house, whilst we sort out the house and all of our things. We will be selling the house, so there’s much to do. We are also planning to install solar panels and a decent battery bank in the bus before we hit the road. So we’ll probably be living in the bus in our backyard for a few more months yet! But we’re definitely moving forward slowly and finalising our preparations for life on the road.

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Our bus project is coming along and we’re excited to say that it’s nearly finished now!

Hello everyone! It’s been a while since we posted on here. Our bus project is coming along and we’re excited (or perhaps relieved) to say that it’s nearly finished now! I’ve been focussed lately on finishing off the bathroom (particularly the composting toilet) and various wiring jobs around the bus (some more lighting, a couple of fans and some much needed ventilation for the passengers when we’re driving). With a limited fortnightly budget, progress has been slow over the past few months. But we’re nearly there now!

Early next week we’re getting the gas connected and certified. To celebrate this significant milestone, we’ve decided to start moving into the bus this coming weekend! The kids can hardly wait! It’s been a long and challenging 17 months since we bought Bronte the bus and started our bus conversion project. We’re not quite ready to hit the road just yet but this is certainly an important step in the right direction. Stay tuned to see how the move goes this coming weekend! ~ Keiran.


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We’re back into the swing of things and striving hard to get the bus finished.

We’re back into the swing of things and striving hard to get the bus finished. It’s been an epic effort underneath the bus (for the past few weeks… or months) to get the water tanks installed. With custom tanks beyond our budget, we opted for a string of smaller water tanks (59 litres each) and have installed two separate banks (4 x 59 litres for drinking and 5 x 59 litres for general purpose). Each bank has a separate filler, 24v pump and mains input (for when hooked up in caravan parks or showgrounds). We have managed to squeeze the tanks between the main chassis rails and the floor above that. The tanks are secured on a ‘bed’ of formply with ratchet straps to protect them from stone damage and prevent movement or rubbing against metal. It was a revolting job hooking up the hoses, especially the breather hoses on top of each tank, with very limited working space and a tight fitting for the tanks in the space above the chassis rails. But we got there in the end and now have water on tap in the bus! Yeehah! For keen observers and/or diehard supporters of the big beard, I regret to inform you that I chopped my beloved beard off a week or two ago. But never fear, a new beard growing project is already underway! Happy Sunday everyone!

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A well overdue update from the crew of Bronte the bus.

A well overdue update from the crew of Bronte the bus. We mostly put the project on hold over the summer holidays, to spend time together as a family. The original plan was to be on the road by now and home schooling the boys. But with much work still to do and a very limited budget, we have enrolled the boys in school for now and will transition to home schooling when ready for our #buslife adventures to begin (hopefully in the coming months, not years!). In the meantime, we need to finish the bus (plumbing, electrical, solar, batteries and tow bar installation), downsize our household possessions and sort out some long-term storage, sell our house, sell our cars and buy a small 4wd and a vehicle trailer to tow behind the bus. Time to get busy! ~ Keiran.


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