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.        

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:    

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…

Views From NineRocks

One day I will replace my DSLR that I left in the rain, until then my phone camera will have to do…

Water tanks and box trailers = awesome

Water tanks and box trailers don’t mix, not when the water tank is a rather large (and heavy) 25,000L unit. We bought the water tank a couple of years ago but at the time the “driveway” into the property was not suitable for the delivery truck so we had it dropped off on the road-side….

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)

Originally posted on life, in recipes:
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.

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…