My name is Brian Smaller. I live on a lifestyle block in rural New Zealand in a place called Ngaturi which is in the picturesque Mangamahu Valley. This is in the North Island of New Zealand. I have been a war-gamer since I was about seven years old. The hobby has kept me company, with a few long periods of inactivity, for 45 years.
The Woolshed is an actual woolshed that was used for decades on a large sheep station called Oeta. The Farmstead itself was built by a man called Jimmy Hunter, who rose to fame in New Zealand as part of the 1905 Originals – the Original All Black rugby team. On their famous tour of the United Kingdom and France, as Second-Five, he scored 44 tries in 22 games he played in on tour.
The Map above shows the relative location of the farmstead and the Woolshed. It is about a hundred metres from the house. Adjacent to it is a 400m2 covered stockyard. That large roof area is the main rainwater catchment for domestic consumption. There is a bore that feeds the troughs, outside taps and, importantly, the toilets. The previous owners of the property were going to convert it into a farm stay accommodation block. It was a project they started but never finished. One day perhaps….
The Woolshed is my ultimate man-cave. A space that I have not begun to utilise but fully intend to as I grow into the property.
For some interior photographs of the Woolshed see this post:
Cheers and thanks for dropping by.