I've had a of of trouble with gun clubs lately, one closed, then another decided
that you have to be fully jabbed to attend. But I found that the Biggenden Pistol
club doesn't care about such things and have joined that. All good for now,
and it's back at my old range, hence all the photos around Biggenden in this
Meanwhile the never-ended story of building stuff around the house and improving
the actual house facilities.
Till next time then, and remember,
Don't Dream it, Be it!
Fri 18 Feb 2022
A light fog here at Wallaby Ridge this morning.
|#35133 - Dead tree and solar panels in fog, Wallaby Ridge, QLD|
|#35134 - Gum tress in the mist, Wallaby Ridge, QLD|
Here are a couple of photos of the new stepping stones that form a path from
the Zen garden to the landing in front of the power shed.
Sat 19 Feb 2022
Having my evening beer when old mate wanders passed.
|#35135 - Goanna on the hunt, Wallaby Ridge, QLD|
Sun 20 Feb 2022
Out and about around Biggenden again.
|#35136 - Trees in field, Biggenden, QLD|
|#35137 - The butcher and pub, Biggenden, QLD|
|#35138 - Old shed, Biggenden, QLD|
|#35139 - Old fuel bowser, Biggenden, QLD|
Fri 25 Feb 2022
A few days ago I picked up nearly a meter of garden soil in the trailer. No
time to unload when I got home so I left it there for the next day.
Then we got 6" of rain.
Then I had 3/4 of a meter of mud in the trailer which took ages to get out
using 15-litre paint buckets.
We've now had a brilliant idea (well 'Er Indoors had) which will massively
reduce all the double handling...more about that later.
PS. If anyone has seen my other sock please don't attempt to approach it, just
let me know the location.
Tue 01 Mar 2022
Bundy supermarkets yesterday.
The trucks have stopped for 2-3 days and just look at this.
This tells me two things...
1) We are buggered without trucks
2) People NEVER learn
If you HAVE to run to the shops every time there's a flood or a lockdown you're
doing it all wrong. It will happen again and again and again.
Stock the heck up.
Meanwhile as promised here is a follow up on the other day's muddy-Rob post.
Because I was shoveling the mud into buckets to transport to the job site
Chris suggested that if the buckets were already in the trailer when it gets
loaded they would automatically get filled.
So for this load I organised 31 buckets in the trailer, the loader guy baulked
when he saw them but I explain "my" brilliant idea and he was suitably
There is of course a lot that falls between the buckets and a lot that heaps
on top, but of the total number of buckets in 3/4 of a meter of dirt 31 got
auto-filled and another 18 still had to be filled by shovel.
That saved a lot of work.
Fri 04 Mar 2022
Yay it fits.
A couple of weeks ago I bought a concrete laundry tub from a friend here in
Bundaberg (Don), it's a small one and I was a bit worried that my mangle (AKA
ringer) wouldn't fit but as you can see it does.
This is a genuine ACME mangle, I bought it 25 years ago, unused and still in
it's original packaging. It had a flat spot on the rollers and some peeled paint
but otherwise was/is like new.
For 15 years while we lived on the road it was part of our regular wash routine
because we didn't have a spin drier.
It's been ignored for 5 years or more now but will soon be put to use again
when I get the tub mounted.
Sat 05 Mar 2022
We get the laundry sink in place today. it took a lot of huffing and puffing
and a few swear words but eventually we got it done.
The sink just about ready to tip onto it's support.
Sun 06 Mar 2022
Cupla photos while out and about.
|#35142 - Water tank and bush, nr Biggenden, QLD|
Thu 10 Mar 2022
I've needed some nice coarse river sand for some time so I can finish off my
wicking beds. Normally I get it from a nearby creek crossing but with all the
rain we've had lately I thought I'd go check it out before taking the trailer.
Yeah nah, won't be getting my sand any time soon.
Fri 11 Mar 2022
A week or so back I promised photos of the new paving and rockery henceforth
to be known as the Zen Garden, so here are some pics.
I've built a cave, maybe a critter will call it home one day.
I thought I'd better photograph the plants before they all die as I don't have
the greenest of thumbs. The rocks should be safe enough though.
Our new AGM batteries get home, 600kgs (~1300lbs) of off-grid goodness.
And in other (unrelated) news, we're hosting a BBQ tomorrow, BYO food and
drinks and also a hernia belt as I might need a hand with moving some stuff.
Sat 12 Mar 2022
The new batteries are in place, thank you to Adrian for the extra muscle lifting
these monsters. I had 2 in place before he arrived so we could disconnect all
the rest and not kill the house power. Then he and I did the remaining 6 of
Now don't rag on me for the wiring, it's still a work in progress.
So far so good, even after running the gennie for hours the old batteries
would drop to 23-odd volts overnight. Last night, with only 6 of the 8 connected
and no gennie used we dropped from 25.2v at bed time down to 25.2v when I got
up at dawn. That's no drop at all, not sure how that works but I'm not complaining.
And speaking of the old batteries, 2 of them are totally stuffed, 12 of the
remaining 14 might be used to build up a backup system. Meanwhile they will
live out in the garden shed.
The Zen garden as it stands, still some work to do.
That vacant area at the right will have a smaller version of the main rockery.
I just need to harvest a few rocks from the drive way.
Fri 18 Mar 2022
Holy hernias Batman, I'm gonna be sore tomorrow.
More BARs (Big-Arsed Rocks) moved and placed today, I'm buggered, time to
hit the sack. If I'm not on deck tomorrow you'll know that I had a back problem...couldn't
get it off the bed.
Tue 22 Mar 2022
Actually I was expecting 25% more wine, but I like frogs as well.
Sat 26 Mar 2022
I finally got the first wicking bed done today. I planted some corn in it because
that's what I had ready but it's a bit late in the season for corn.
Who knows if this wicking bed will work but if it does I'll do the other three.
Sand in place for the reservoir.
Geomesh in place and starting with the dirt.
The sweat corn.
Water level indicator.
Thu 31 Mar 2022
Andy and I put up his windmill yesterday, things went great for about 10 minutes
until the winch failed, then it took the rest of the day to wind it up manually.
Here we see it almost at the tipping point, when the weight changed I lowered
it slowly using a rope wrapped around my bull bar.
Hours of fun for the whole family.
Sun 03 Apr 2022
We normally only buy food when it's on special, for example one of our favourite
foods is normally $2.50 but the other day it was down to $1 so I bought about
60 of them. Heck there's no use-by date so why not?
Which brings me to today's "special".
Corned beef for $12/kg, yikes! We have never paid more than $8 before. Now
this might be cyclic, but with the way things are going these days and the problems
with the food chain it might just be permanent.
That's a 50% increase, can your budget handle that sort of price hike?
Wed 06 Apr 2022
From an off-grid group I'm in.
The group is growing in leaps and bounds, mostly I think because the last year
or so has made many people realise how fragile the supply chain is and also
how much the government can screw with your life.
Even off grid of course the problems still largely exist, but you can minimise
things by getting out of the matrix in areas where it makes sense to do so.
Fri 08 Apr 2022
We didn't grind wheat at all last year, mostly because I was just too slack.
But with winter approaching we will have an oven again (part of the slow-combustion
fire) and I can smell some oven-baked bread not far away.
But we're probably still a couple of weeks from lighting up the fire, so for
now we'll get back into the groove by using the bread maker.
Wed 13 Apr 2022
I had business in the tiny town of Cordalba today, nothing to do with photography
but I (nearly) always have a few cameras in the car.
On entering the town I spotted the fantastic old pub building, so later on
leaving I stopped to take a quick panorama of it.
It has been closed for some time, never to reopen I suspect because apparently
it's full of termites.
The other photo is of a house in the main street and follows the old photographers
maxim, which is "If you can't get it right get it red".
|#35140 - The old pub, Cordalba, QLD|
|#35141 - Colourful facade, Cordalba, QLD|
Thu 14 Apr 2022
Kangaroos photographed from my new Zen garden today. We see a lot of wallabies
here but the roos prefer the open ground on the nearby flats and they seldom
come up here.
The action shots are a bit soft, I was caught on the hop with the wrong settings
on my camera.
On the hop...get it? Never mind, I'll see myself out.
Sat 16 Apr 2022
Many years ago we bought nine plant pot hanger things, they haven't been used
for ages but the other day we decided use them to hang some recently-cloned
spider plants on a vacant wall.
It looks a bit sparse now but when they all grow I think it will look OK. So
then we decided to extend the array with another seven pots.
Trouble is Bunnings no longer sell the hangers or indeed anything like them.
So what's a gun fabricator and wannabe blacksmith to do? Why make his own of
course. They aren't the same visually, that was too much work, but they will
perform the same function.
And then I channel my old job as a product photographer and have some fun with
They need painting, then I'll mount them tomorrow.
Yeah I know, the shapes don't exactly match and the welds and aren't quite
milspec, but they are fit for purpose and good enough for the bush.
Sun 17 Apr 2022
I need to plumb in the drain from the newly installed laundry tub. As it happens
there is an existing drain not far away but the trouble is it's pretty much
immovable so no way to insert a T.
Solution, cut the T fitting in half and about two inches of material from the
existing drain, then clamp the T around the drain and apply copious amounts
T fitting cut in half.
And in place ready to be clamped and glued.
This would not work in a pressure scenario but should be just fine here.
Wed 20 Apr 2022
I've made a start on the new corro wall in the laundry area and I need to cut
a housing in an existing post for a rail. The trouble is that there is a table
leg right next to the post and it will be very inconvenient to move the table
because the offending leg is embedded in the dirt.
There's not enough room for a normal saw, yes I could use a keyhole or a pruning
or a reciprocating saw or something similar but the ones I have don't have aggressive
enough blades and would take all day.
So I hit on the idea of removing the blade from my bow saw and replacing it
through the gap between the post and the leg.
Worked a treat.
Later, while having my evening drink I noticed the light on the spider plants.
Thu 21 Apr 2022
The soils I've been using for growing our veggies is full of small bits of
crap and even old nails. So when I spotted some wire baskets in Bunnings the
other day I bought one thinking that it would make a good sieve.
Turns out it's brilliant, and now one of the sections of this raised bed has
beautiful friable soil, I'll do the others in time.
I've cut the handles off the basket as they just get in the way, but I won't
bin them as just about everything winds up being useful one day.
Fri 22 Apr 2022
One of the gardening success stories we've had, in fact the only one really,
is the Mandalay Spinach. A few months ago a friend gave me three seedlings and
they have done well. So much so that I've had to cut them back.
They have also produced a heap of seeds, two of which I planted in small pots
a while back.
They have sprouted so time to plant them I think.
While at it I planted an off cut from one of the parent plants and another
two seeds. This is an experiment to see if the seeds will grow directly in the
dirt and also to see if a cutting will grow.
Sun 24 Apr 2022
Camera club meeting today. I'm demonstrating macro gear and techniques and
in the process actually get a reasonable photo.
A bit creepy really, reminds me of the "Alien" movie.
Mon 25 Apr 2022
The new corro wall in the laundry atrium area is finished.
Behind that wall is one of the rain-water tanks. This corro is genuine old
Lysaght material and some of it still has the logo.
So I've tried to give the three sheets with logos pride of place. One thing
I've never noticed before is the "Not for curving" instruction, maybe
some sheets were thicker and not suitable for making tanks, bull-nosed roofing
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