Who are we?

Blockhill is the eco-living arrangement and rural lifestyle of Olmec and Melisa Sinclair. Together, with their assorted animals and birds, they 'farm' and nurture the local ecosystem using natural approaches and permaculture principals.

 

Olmec

Olmec

Having grown up on a small organic farm in North Canterbury, I have a lifelong connection to land, gardening and ecological awareness.

In 2005, seeking adventure, I left my Wellington life and software engineering job behind and went backpacking through Australia and into South-East Asia. For 8 months I worked and travelled, gaining a new perspective, first hand, on other ways to live, different value systems and the nature of our expectations. Poor, remote villagers always seemed so happy in their simple lives and displayed an evident commitment to family, community and place.

Over the next 4 years I began looking into the consequences of human settlement and our impact on our surroundings as a result of our attempts to globalise a techno-industrial capitalist system. What I discovered alarmed me and galvanised my direction to begin preparing my life for the future I saw coming.

In 2009, My wife and I transitioned from city dwelling office workers to rural, self employed lifestyle entrepreneurs.
Since then I have been researching and implementing more sustainable ways of inhabiting the land and extracting a yield.
I still work with computers to solve problems and have taken that way of thinking about multiple, interacting, complex systems and applied it to everyday life. When I'm not running about in bare feet, I'm in front of the computer building websites. (Someone's got to pay the bills)

Gradually I am developing my understanding of natural systems and how they can support human needs while organising the assorted solutions to share with the rest of my species. I see this as the great work of our time, to reinvent ourselves and our culture for the better.
Melisa

Melisa

I grew up in the country surrounded by trees and I've always hoped to return to a rural lifestyle one day. After living in Wellington and then Christchurch, I am happy to be living in the country again and I am enjoying the peace that comes from being surrounded by nature. The Beech Trees are my favourite tree that surrounds Blockhill. And the native birds are a lovely accompaniment to the natural setting. I feel like I have returned to my roots and finally found a place that feels like home again. I've been learning many new skills such as jam making, bread baking, and food preservation as we work towards our goal of self-sufficiency.
Gibson (the cat)

Gibson (the cat)

Originally from a suburb in Christchurch, Gibson has become a real farm cat since his move to blockhill. His favourite outdoor activities include going on bush walks, hunting, and tree climbing. He also enjoys his time inside with activities such as eating and sleeping. Gibson likes to be where the action is and often will participate in chores such as gardening and feeding the chooks, though he tends to get distracted and ends up hunting or tree climbing instead. Gibson loves the country life.
Charles (Chapie) Chaplin

Charles (Chapie) Chaplin

A stray who decided to stay. I mean who wouldn't want to live in luxury at blockhill...?