Farming, Home & Gardening

Must Take a Gun With Us

On our afternoon walks. This afternoon, a fine fallow stag had just crossed the track in front of us and had dropped this excellent antler. When I have time I will have a look around his rub lines (and he must have a wallow in the gully nearby) to see if I can find its …

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Progress: it always seems more than it really is.

The good news: I did eventually finish that fence; http://www.theultralighthiker.com/fencegarden/ and today I managed to plant a couple of dozen new fruit trees in the new orchard area…and the photos prove I am only half the man I once was! The new area is not quite finished I admit. The fence is not yet quite …

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Lever Action Shotguns (and rifles)

Have been available legally since the late C19th (along with bolt actions). Most folk go with a double barrels (most side-by-side but some under-and-over) because they are lighter, yet you can still get that second shot off quickly (or simultaneously) if needed. Most folks (traditionally) used shotguns to hunt small game, especially birds where more …

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The Frogs: The Sequel.

Every dam and waterhole around here is now fringed with frog spawn such as Tiny is investigating here. The frogs are still singing their musical choruses and charmingly I thought each is guarding his/her own patch of spawn. It is going to be ‘the year of the frog’ around Yinnar this year. Listen to them …

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Repurposing Camping Gear:

The rushes which prospered astonishingly during the drought I made quite satisfactorily dead a few weeks’ back. Yesterday seemed like a good day to wipe the hill of them for good. Since Milo and Merrin were visiting everyone got in on the act Merrin starts the conflagration off. Those clumps really go up. It shows …

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A Thrush Passes:

We have lived in this farmhouse we built ourselves now for over 25 years. For all that time (and who knows how much time before?) we have shared our home with a female grey thrush. For many years she was without a mate, then one miraculously arrived. She nested three times that first year – …

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How to Magnetise a Screwdriver:

  If you have a mobile phone which looks something like this you are going to be unscrewing some very tiny screw before you can fix it. They are almost impossible to pick up (at least with my ancient arthritic fingers, and likewise to find when you (certainly) drop them – so you need to …

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Statistician Deer Hunters:

Three statistician hunters see a deer. First one shoots, 3 yards to the left. Second one shoots, 3 yards to the right. Third one exclaims “We got him!”

You Never Know When Your Number’s Up.

It does no good though to tippy toe through life so you safely arrive at death. We stroll our 10,000 daily steps somewhere in the forests around here (in this case just behind Yinnar). There had been a fair bit of rain which had created this pretty little waterfall just as a backdrop for my …

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Venery:

When I was a child who used to (illegally) trap and sell finches for pocket money, I never suspected what wonders the ‘zebbies’ were (though they did fetch the highest price). Evidently they sing to their embryos! Of course, some people will believe anything. Such as that they are warning them about ‘climate change’. You …

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Scanning 110 Negatives:

If you are my age you likely have this problem too. Tidying the shed the other day I discovered yet more photos from the ‘70s in this (discontinued) format. Remember how once we thought it so wonderful: Ah, ‘the Pocket Camera’! What a novelty and convenience it once was. We even had an SLR version! …

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Not Such a Dam Nuisance:

We were moving the (floating) foot valve on the pump inlet line this afternoon. Needed to get out one of the old Australis Bass canoes to do the job. This one has had some adventures including being trapped in ‘The Chute’ on the Thomson River (See: http://www.theultralighthiker.com/canoeing-the-thomson-river-gippsland-victoria/ & http://www.theultralighthiker.com/videos/thomson-river-canoe-trip-2006-complete/) and bent completely in half. Polyethylene …

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Her Craft or Sullen Art:

(Apologies to Dylan Thomas). We are (as you may have gathered) long since empty nesters, though our kids do still visit (at least one of them on average) practically every day. We recommend this. If you are nice to your kids they may just grow up to not hate you. Ours are unlikely however to …

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Sour Grapes:

You will recall Aesop’s fable concerning this. A young fox must have dropped this interesting ‘egg’ in our paddocks yesterday morning – found as I was going around the lambs. It must have thought it such a prize having carried it for a number of miles carefully in its mouth, doubtless salivating over the tasty …

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‘Great Oaks From Tiny Acorns Grow’:

Apparently all acorns are edible: “‘Sweetest’ Acorns, meaning lowest in tannin: East Coast White oak, the Emory oak of the Southwest, the Pin oak of the South, the Valley and Blue oaks of California, the Burr oak of the Midwest, as well as the Cork oak and the well-named Bellota oak of Europe. All acorns …

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‘1 in a billion’ police shooting: Cop’s bullet jams suspect’s gun:

I have seen this on cartoons so many times. I guess it was only a matter of time before it happened in real life: ‘Jefferson County Deputy Sheriff Jose Ramon Marquez in an apparent attempted robbery last winter, they just need to look at a photograph of his weapon. The photo shows Marquez’s bullet, which …

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A Dam Nuisance:

We have spent the last week or more trying to save one of our two dams. We had some sudden very heavy rain last week which broke our newly rebuilt bottom dam and threatened the spillway of the top dam (we worked for over a week in the summer building) and the integrity of the …

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Lost at Fromelles:

Just like thousands of other Australians I lost a relative at Fromelles a hundred years ago today. Private Joseph Leslie (Roy) Martin Number 1584, 30th battalion AIF, an ex cadet, single labourer from Grenfell NSW, an uncle who would never be – disappeared that day aged just 20 – and has never been found since. …

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Kymera Jet Powered Body Board

Interesting new toy if you have the loose change: http://www.gizmag.com/jet-powered-kymera-body-board-first-ride/43919/

Jeeralang Snow:

Other people are always posting pix of the wonderful places they are visiting (and Facebook daily reminds me of places we have sometimes visited too) but we do so like home. If you don’t you are living in the wrong place! We were just putting off a visit to far North Queensland due to having …

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