Farming, Home & Gardening

Hidden Worlds: Nocturnal Ants

We have lived in this house for 27 years yet still there are things which surprise. Tonight I was taking the puppy (Honey) out the front door for her ‘Goodnight’ toilet stop. (She is making progress) when I noticed for the first time that there is a nest of these 1 cm+ golden beauties right …

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A Tiny Life

1st May 2000 – 8th Feb 2018 – a good innings. Over the years you will have noticed many posts which featured our beloved Jack Russell Tiny, (who would have been 18 this May). During that long life, these ‘Tiny’ paws covered a lot of country. It all began like this when my son Bryn …

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It’s that time of year again.

Della: ‘There are not enough hours in the day to pick and preserve nature’s bounty from our garden. What we don’t use, the birds will certainty appreciate. And because I am a total fruit loop, we are about to take some containers with us on our afternoon walk with the dogs to grab some of …

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Another World: 2,000 Days on Mars:

Stunning Pics: Perhaps you can understand why Elon wants to go there: https://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2018/01/2000-days-on-mars-with-the-curiosity-rover/551984/ I will forever only be able to wonder what it would be like to ramble across this astonishing landscape. Others will leave their footprints on it.

Drone Hunting:

My son had a lot of lazy money so he bought one of these DJI Mavik drones I had been talking about for some time. What an amazing little gadget it is. It is only a question of time before they are banned. He brought it round one day in Spring when we were having …

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Ultralight Gardening:

I bought one of these mini picks for Della. The handle was a little short, so I cut it off and welded a longer one on (her length). I have been out in the paddock hoeing thistles with it (It weighs less than a kilogram) and it is just marvelous. I will get another and …

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Bright Sky at Night:

If you have spent as many nights sleeping under the stars as I have (literally years) then you will many times have encountered nights when it is bright enough without a moon to safely walk through the bush without a torch even if it is not bright enough to read a newspaper with as it …

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Tick removal: Spot’s First Tick:

This is the very first tick either myself or one of my animals has acquired in Southern Victoria – even though I hunted with hounds here for over thirty years and have owned as many as a dozen and a half dogs at a time. I used to see tiny ticks infecting the ears of …

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Never Lose Your Hearing Aids Again:

After playing around for some time with some Dyneema fishing line and a micro cord lock to secure my hearing aids when I am in the bush or canoeing (which by the way worked well) I am delighted to learn there is a commercial alternative which whilst not so secure, is a lot simpler. These …

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The Fast Hiker

I know I certainly don’t look it (and I confess I am not), but the site had been dreadfully slow. Didn’t bother me – I am in no hurry to meet my maker. But I know many of you have better things to do than waiting for pages to load…so i am working on speeding …

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Hein’s Taxidermy:

Della just loves stuffed animals which is maybe why she has kept this particular stuffed old animal around for nearly fifty years! It may be a family trait. We have this wonderful family photo circa 1903 of her grandfather as an apprentice hairdresser in Hawick, Scotland outside Richie Law’s shop. As you can see the …

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Rusty the Dusky Lorikeet:

Della: ‘‘Death, that hath suck’d the honey of thy breath Hath had no power yet upon thy beauty’ (Romeo and Juliet). Welcome home to our Rusty, the dusky lorikeet! You were our special, devoted clown, and have earned your ‘Forever Home’ with us. We will never again hear your voice saying ‘I love you’ and …

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Are You Beautiful in the Buff:

This will keep your nose warm at night! Obviously you can’t tuck your nose and mouth (unlike the rest of your face) in your sleeping bag otherwise it will become saturated from your breath and no longer keep you as warm. Until now I just put up with it. Recently though I discovered this wonderful …

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Second Air Bead Locks:

  If you have ever seen how much traction is improved by deflating your tyres (or installing wheel chains), you will not doubt the usefulness of these devices. In my opinion they are a better priority than adding a winch or diff locks (and cheaper at about A$200 per tyre), though you might add the …

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A Fair Chase:

I see it is two years since I first posted this. As a result of my experiences of the last two weeks (http://www.theultralighthiker.com/the-silence-of-the-deer/ & http://www.theultralighthiker.com/avon-river-walking-track/), I feel that it needs a revisit: Moose Country, Fiordland NZ: Looking down over the Jane Burn into the Lower Seaforth Valley, the Dusky Sound in the distance. Only about ten …

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Miniature Weapons – The Toothpick Crossbow:

Miniature weapons are great fun for young and old. You might start your collection with this delightful ‘toothpick crossbow’ which is bound to annoy your friends and fellow workers: https://www.thisiswhyimbroke.com/toothpick-crossbow/ Specs Handmade Material: Stainless steel Shoots toothpicks, Q-tips, matches and other small projectiles Range: 10 – 15 m (33 – 49 ft) Length: 4 in …

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EyeQue Personal Vision Tracker:

EyeQue Personal Vision Tracker: This great little device is available here http://www.eyeque.com/home from US$29.99 (July 2017) You can use this device to ascertain your correct eyeglass prescription. Repeated self-tests will make you more and more accurate. Users report it gives as good or better result than their optometrist. It is very handy for on-line ordering …

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Leatherman Juice B2

Leatherman just keep coming up with entrancing products to separate us from our hard-earned. Here’s a nice example, the Leatherman Juice B2: ‘Sometimes, all you need is a knife. The Juice B2 has one serrated and one straight-edge knife made from high quality steel and backed by our 25 year warranty. Closed Length 3.2 in …

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Black Diamond Storm Waterproof Headlamp

A year ago I thought this was the greatest head torch ever: http://www.theultralighthiker.com/let-there-be-light-great-new-head-torch/ Now, Black Diamond has a new model which blows it out of the water literally – being waterproof! Their new model boasts an incredible 350 lumens though it uses an extra AAA battery (4 rather than 3). It still has superb run …

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Weather Lore

An infallible weather forecast, if a change of weather is coming up: ‘Wind then rain. No pain. Rain then wind, stay in!’   In plain words this says that when rain comes first without wind then expect a long period of bad weather with high winds and heavy rain. But when wind comes first and …

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