A winter dawn

This winter hasn’t felt as harsh as usual, with the first month of winter seeming more like the first month of spring. Then come July we started getting our well-below-zero mornings on a regular basis. Here are some photos I snapped on the way into town on a cold (-8 I heard) and frosty winter…

Photography at 500px

Check out my photos at 500px! Pretty much exactly a year ago I finally replaced my original DSLR that was ruined after I left it in the rain after only having had it for about six months. There were about four long years between ruining my original, and long dreamed of, DSLR and finally holding the…

NineRocks YouTube Channel!

After much procrastinating, I’ve finally kicked off on the NineRocks YouTube Channel! Here’s a sample (cool Echidna content!): Subscribe for great content on remote bush living, bushcraft (I’m learning but happy to bring you along), wildlife, self-sufficiency and other bush adventures.

Twenty Years and Thirteen Chicks

So we are on the cusp of ticking off the seventh month out here on the land, and we don’t have a single farm animal! What on earth are we thinking! This unsatisfactory predicament must be remedied immediately! So I grabbed the laptop, flipped open the lid, opened Firefox and brought up Gumtree. As soon…

Snow at NineRocks

We’ve just experienced our first snowfall at NineRocks! Snowed for several hours. Was quite beautiful sitting in our little cabin by the fire watching the snow fall amongst the Aussie bush.        

Proper BBQ Steak

For all the advances in technology, that supposedly make our lives better, many things truly were just better in the past. One of those things that the passage of time has ruined for most people (along with helmet free bike riding and cracker night) is the humble Aussie BBQ. You know those shiny things they sell,…

Gone Bush (For Good)

So, yes, we finally did it! We’ve moved from town and onto the bush block. It didn’t happen the way I had imagined it, you know, the packing and planning and trips back and forth and all that stressful stuff. We simply came out to spend our Christmas break here and never went back. I…

Bearded Dragon

Beautiful big Bearded Dragon out at the block the other day. From nose to tip of the tail I’d say he was a good two feet long:    

A Flush of Spring Wildflowers

Just spent two weeks out at the block and was blessed with some of the most glorious spring weather I’ve experienced. To go with the gorgeous weather there was also a flush of spring wildflowers of the like I don’t recall seing out here before. To those who say the Australian bush is boring, I…

Dodgy Makeshift Bush Antenna Mast Means Internet at NineRocks!

Wanting just a little bit better phone reception and perhaps even a little internet for checking on the news and weather I decided I needed give my yagi some altitude. Not having any masts lying around I made do with an old length of hardwood that hadn’t exactly seasoned straight (it was more like a…

Building our Bush Cabin – Part 5 "Bathroom, almost"

Two weeks leave from my job and beautiful spring weather; the perfect recipe for getting some work done on the cabin! Job one: Kitchen window installed and exterior wall cladded. The one day of rainy weather we had prompted me to complete this unplanned task. Nothing flash but does what it’s designed to – keep…