Farming, Home & Gardening

DIY Stun Gun:

Personal Defense: How to make a stun gun with a disposable camera. This is the guide to make a device which runs on a battery and produces sparks at tens of thousands of volts very rapidly. No doubt illegal in Victoria and many other ‘nanny state’ places, but very useful anyway. http://preppingfortheworst.blogspot.com/2012/10/personal-defense-how-to-make-stun-gun.html See Also: http://survival-mastery.com/skills/defence/homemade-self-defense-weapons.html …

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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 progress we were making with her ‘replacement’ Honey, I posted this snap to illustrate how …

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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 have one in the Defender. Anyway I realized that the main reason I would need …

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Boastful food shots:

Della: ‘I have generally eschewed these on FB, but this one is a little different from the norm, I think. Nothing flash, not the good china, not the expensive restaurant, just what I dished up for Steve and myself for tonight’s tea after a latish walk with the dogs. As a somewhat hit-and-miss vegie gardener, …

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Everyone Loves a Good Fire

Certainly Della and the two dogs, Spot and Honey do. It’s been such a dry autumn that burning off has been postponed into early winter to prevent the risk of fire. This pile used to be a large cypress that needed to come down in my daughter’s front yard in Traralgon. Nearly 60 metres in …

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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 fencing nonetheless maintained the wire at a much tauter strain than I normally apply worked …

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Hello Possums

As Dame Edna would say…Just installed some security cameras. This one shows our front gate. Pretty much as soon as it got dark our wild critters got very busy: one fox, two ring tails, two brush tails, two rabbits. Within two hours! Who know what will turn up as time goes on. So Brer Fox hasn’t …

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Della’s New Camera:

‘Trying out my new camera today in the gloriously warm autumn light. Thank you Steve Jones for the great Mother’s Day gift, and for allowing me to play with it ahead of time! The first pic was snapped on auto through the maple branches in our garden. No filter, only the warm glow of the …

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Why do I love my garden?

 ‘Well, one of the many reasons is that it is full of memories of wonderful fellow gardeners. Today’s pumpkin harvest is a perfect example! These are called “Greg’s pumpkins”, a variety developed by Greg Roberts and given to me by Claire Roberts 2 autumns ago to make a batch of pumpkin soup. They were so …

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Honey Sticks:

Young Honey loves sticks. This one clearly won’t fit through the doggy door! Spot is trying to tell her as much! See Also: http://www.theultralighthiker.com/honey/ http://www.theultralighthiker.com/some-days-are-sapphires/ http://www.theultralighthiker.com/does-spot-like-to-hunt-deer/   http://www.theultralighthiker.com/a-tiny-life/

Fuyu:

‘Our Fuyu persimmon tree is loaded this year. The birds have started feasting on them so we picked the ripest and will finish them off inside. The tree is a young one so we haven’t had enough of them to beat the birds before. They are firm but still edible at this stage, so hoping …

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Trees and Tree Guards:

This is a genius idea of Rowan Reid’s for cheaply planting trees in sheep paddocks. It will also protect them from wallabies. You can plant cuttings of willow/poplar for example in situ and clearly you will have a pretty decent sized tree in twelve months time particularly if you start with a large cutting in …

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Dragon’s Breath:

By Firequest, an incendiary 12 gauge shot-shell. Also available in .410 gauge. These things are spectacular. Take a look at their other Exotic Ammo: Armor Piecing, Tracer, ‘Triple Doom’ May not be available from local 7/11 stores! http://www.firequest.com/G12-013.html

DIY Non-Fouling Pigeon Drinker

More Bird Brained Things! I have been making Della a non-fouling pigeon waterer. Given the huge number of people who are pigeon fanciers you would think such a thing would be widely available from pigeon suppliers but we have never been able to find one. I have made up two here out of some PVC …

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Self Cleaning Pet Water Bowl:

I posted this back in 2013 but somehow it did not make it to theultralighthiker It is a self-cleaning pet water bowl. It is a modification of a small animal watering ‘trough’ which you can buy at many rural supplies stores in Australia. As you can see a timer empties the bowl (as often as …

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Eradicate European Wasps:

It is possible to bait European wasps (with readily available products eg Permethrin, Fipronil – sold as ‘Frontline’) in such a way that it does not harm anything else (bees, birds). The wasps take the poison (from converted milk bottle traps) back to their nests and kill the nests. Every wasp for 200 metres will …

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Brer Fox

I have such a love/hate relationship with this guy. We have farmed sheep here and on other farms nearby for nigh on thirty years now, (and far longer elsewhere). When we first moved here Col Francis, a (now late) friend I used to go deer hunting with came around and managed to spotlight 34 foxes …

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Fifty Faggots:

I love this poem (much as I hate the war that stole the poet from us – and that he foresaw his own death in it!) I so agree with the sentiment. It is the small acts of conservation count most. We have an archway I constructed 20+ years ago harbours many fine birds who …

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Three Stags

I just love living at Jeeralang. Every day there is something new or wonderful to see, sometimes several. On our evening walks we often see some deer. Usually I only have my phone, so I have lots of lousy shots of them. This evening I had my new camera. I had thought until recently that …

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Honey

As you have probably noticed we have a new puppy (for Spot) whom we have called ‘Honey’. We had a very unhappy ‘Spot’ following Tiny’s death in early February. We decided to do something about it quickly (this was also the vet’s recommendation) so a quick trip to Digger’s Rest and we became the new …

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