Rob and Deb Kane, Tanjenong Cottages

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We moved to Tanjenong from Canada at the beginning of 2006. Tanjenong is the property where Deb grew up and Rob is a Canadian who has lived much of his life in Sydney.

When we arrived much of the property had been neglected so there was an incredible amount of work to do. Our background in house renovations helped us restore the abandoned cottages on the property in keeping with both their history and the environment.

We have had extensive experience with media and arts industries in Sydney and that design element is very strong in the aesthetics of all the cottages.

We have set up the Tin Shed Gallery, which is something of a nod to the  Tin Shed galleries that Deb frequented in her third year of studying Fine Arts at Sydney University

We are working towards making all the cottages self sustainable using solar energy and rainwater. Our third cottage,  Koorakai, finally finished at the beginning of 2015 was a redesigned lambing shed and is built entirely from local materials, rock, clay, timbers etc. Our ambition is to create self sustainable systems for ourselves and our guests.

Deb grew up here with five brothers and sisters. Back then her family ran cattle and sheep on the property and much of the stock work was done on horseback, particularly helpful in country like this which is so stony and mountainous.

We have always had dreams of living on a piece of land and being completely self sustainable. Raising our own animals, growing our own vegetables, using all natural materials and harnessing as many forms of natural energy as possible. These ideals, while being very exciting require an incredible amount of work. We have been helped by the generous efforts of over 40 wwoofas (willing workers of organic farmers assoc) These international volunteers come from all over the world and help us to create this wonderful place. It all seems to be worthwhile when we see just how much people get renewed by their visit to us. The solitary walks in the bush, the simplicity of life out here can be incredibly rejuvenating.

 

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