The Ultra Light Hiker

Count Dracula Had It Right

Hanging upside down is the best thing you can do for a herniated disc. I bought this machine to get some relief from the agonies I suffered for years when I had bony arthritic spurs growing into my spinal cord … Continued

Beach Burial #2: The Cat

We were ‘minded of this line from Kenneth Slessor, ‘they sway and wander in the waters far under’ when we saw a dead cat amid the sea-wrack who had fallen from the cliffs at the Wallegoe Steps, Northern Scotland on … Continued

What Tree Won’t Sheep Eat?

For years I have been planting trees in expensive guards to prevent the sheep from eating them. More recently I have started planting large cuttings in cheaper plastic guards which seems to work quite well. But I should really have … Continued

Wildlife Proof Fencing

There are many kinds of theft. For farmers (such as us) one of the worst thefts (after rules against clearing our own native vegetation on our ‘freehold’ property) is government (and others) stealing our livelihood by allowing their livestock to … Continued

Several Winter’s Fires

I have been busy building a new wood shed and stocking it with rather more than my favourite poet Edward Thomas’ ‘recommended’ ‘Fifty Faggots’. I can get the wood to this one no matter how wet the paddocks are, and … Continued

Our Valley of Plenty

Della: ‘This morning’s light frost and valley fog has left us with a glorious winter day. Climbing our hill just now to get the sheep down for their pre-lambing injections I was struck anew by our wonderful home vista. I … Continued

The Other Kingdom

This autumn we were in Scotland when our fields were alive with field mushrooms, alas. Mushroom time is one of my favourites. I always collect heaps of them, fry them up with lots of butter, onions and bacon then smother … Continued

Rich Beyond Telling

Most evenings if we go for a walk at the back of Yinnar a huge flock of yellow-tailed black cockatoos comes in to roost after spending the day dispersed sowing destruction on innumerable hapless plants all about (as is their … Continued

You Must Learn to Shoot Your Own Dog

This was one of my father’s favourite sayings, by which he meant you must stand on your own two feet and fetch for yourself. Never delegate responsibility to someone else.  So, for 40 years I have been fixing my own … Continued

Deer O’Clock

Three years ago we started to see the odd deer print on our evening walks. Then one day a fallow stag kindly donated me this nice antler. Back in February when  I was telling you about losing Tiny and the … Continued

More Power to You:

These ‘new’ lithium powered jump starters are amazing. I had been thinking of installing a dual battery system in the (’95) Discovery but it is difficult though not impossible to fit one in, as well as very fiddly. I already … Continued

Genius Strainer Post

This was one of the most interesting things I saw on our recent trip to Scotland:  I was astonished that (such a) short stay only about one-third of the way up even a tall post such as used on deer … Continued