Category: the farm

4wding fun in the mud

“Oops” said Doc. A slight downplaying of our predicament. Stuck in the mud, a 10-15 minute drive from help one way or the farmhouse the other, in the dark, with rain pelting down outside. With no shovel and the nearest tree to winch off about 70 metres away. Time for a glass of wine!

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Back on the farm

We’re back on the farm. You might have noticed the absence of stories about the farm over the past couple of years. For reasons I won’t go into I didn’t go down there for a while, and the few times I did I didn’t really feel like writing about it. It’s only in the last …

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Where to see kangaroos in Australia – and koalas *UPDATE*

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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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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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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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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