Just planted a bunch of Chili plants in the garden and knowing that I am going to have way more chilies than I will be able to eat before they go bad I started looking to ways to preserve them and came across this great recipe for a fermented chili paste. HOT! (in both senses)…

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Do you like things a little bit spicy?  I’m not sure when it happened for me, but for as long as I can remember I have liked spicy foods.  Loved them, actually – even as a child.  It was like a badge of honor if you could eat spicy…

Lawson Park

If you’re ever in Mudgee and the sun is shining grab yourself some food for a picnic and head down to Lawson Park.

Widden Brook

Found a bunch of photos on an old hard drive the other day, including some from an overnight hike me and a mate of mine did with our boys back in November 2010. We hiked down into the upper reaches of Widden Brook in Wollemi NP and camped over night under a large sandstone overhang….

Talerwin Forge

Just wanted to plug my local blacksmith Alex Sheibner of Talerwin Forge in Rylstone NSW. While I’ve not been lucky enough to have had Alex do any work for me personally, I have seen quite a bit of his work first hand at several exhibitions he’s had at a local gallery and it looks pretty…

Ghost in the smoke!

After going through my campfire photos looking for some to add to my previous post I found this one. It looks like the smoke is forming into a ghostly figure (far left), but of course it was just one of my mates who briefly came into frame while the shutter was open. Pretty cool I…

Campfires, simple pleasures

I just turned 37 and we spent the weekend camping out at our bush block and had some friends over to celebrate. It had been a little while since our last camp out and It was great to be back sitting by the campfire. It’s one of those simple pleasures that I just love. Nothing…

Indian Paintbrush and Our Lake

A few years ago (wow, I really can’t believe it’s that long ago already) I travelled to Montana in the USA to visit a good friend of mine who lives right on the Western foothills of the Rockies. I was only there for 10 days but wow, what an awesome time and place. I’d highly…

Building Our Bush Cabin – Part 3

After a chilly night in the bus we awaken to a beautiful winters morning. The cabin will be post and beam construction, so time to find some nice straight trees that are tall and wide enough for our posts. Luckily our hundred acres is pretty much all bushland, although choice trees for posts are not…

Building Our Bush Cabin – Part 2

Part one left off with me having a beer and enjoying an evening by the camp fire after finishing off the ground floor bearers. I can sit for hours staring into the flickering flames, perched under the stars with a beer, or perhaps a port if it’s chilly, in hand. Some time went by before…

Gotta Love PETA

Oh no, not the animal rights group, they’re kinda, well, disturbed… This is what I’m talking about

Building Our Bush Cabin – part 1

We’ve been camping on our bush block almost every available weekend now for a few years and have gradually progressed from cheap dome tent (above), to nice big canvas tent (which you can kinda see in the background of the other pics) and now an old 1969 Bedford bus converted to a motorhome (I might…