Category: the farm

Sep 25 2015

The burning bush. A story of a bloke, a jerry can of petrol and dead blackberry bushes

I finally got away for a weekend. No work, no nothing. After a winter of working just about every weekend, with only enough time out to go 4WDing one day, we had a whole weekend to ourselves. Doc took Friday off, and we went out to stay on a property in rural NSW. Just us, …

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Jul 19 2015

How to burn a stump from the inside

On our last visit to the farm Doc decided to try out a trick he heard about burning a log from the inside. If there’s one thing we’re not short of on the farm, it’s old logs. So we got one that we had lying around for the campfire, stood it upright, cut grooves into …

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Apr 06 2015

Sunset, full moon and a big campfire

This is my favourite part of the day. I’m the only one up and it’s very peaceful. I’ve thrown a few twigs onto the remains of last night’s fire and brought that back to life. The coffee pot is sitting on the coals, there are crimson rosellas in the tree watching me, and a swallow …

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Jan 28 2015

Where to see kangaroos in Australia

Kangaroos, koalas, wombats, echidnas, platypus(es??? – platypodes?), emus, wallabies, and more kangaroos. Everyone loves Australian animals. What’s not to love – they’re cute, cuddly, and they sleep in the shade all day – or swim in the case of platypus. And as long as they’re not spiders, snakes or crocodiles, or octopuses or some fish, …

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Jan 05 2015

Somebody prowling around our remote farmhouse at night

The last thing you want when you’re almost asleep at a very remote location is to be rudely awakened with a hand across your mouth and somebody whispering in your ear “Sssh.” That’s what happened to me last night.

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Jan 02 2015

Kangaroos. With photos

It’s my first blog of 2015 so I feel this should be something ‘important’. So what better than kangaroos?

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Dec 30 2014

I think we’re headed for a drought in NSW

According to Doc we’re in for a spell of dry weather at the farm. “A spell of dry weather” is country bloke talk for “drought”, and apparently the signs are there.

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Dec 28 2014

We’re going on an adventure

“Let’s go on an adventure” Doc said. Those words can mean so much – a harbinger of doom or exciting times. Rarely something in between, and never boring. “There’s a track I want to explore” he said. Given that Doc’s been coming to this farm for around 12 years and has done a lot of …

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Jun 16 2014

Men make the worst patients!

I think I’ve mentioned Doc recently had shoulder surgery. And that means recuperating time.  At home. Where I am. 24 hrs a day. Men make terrible patients!

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Jun 12 2014

It’s not a photo session without macro photography

It wouldn’t be a photo session without some macro photography. One of the things I love about photos at the farm is the fences. Not only are they great in long shots, but there are always opportunities for amazing close ups. Spiders particularly love the barbed wire on the top fence wire, and use it …

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