Lichens at NineRocks

I spent last weekend out at the block for Father’s Day and took few pics of some interesting lichens growing out there. The mobile phone did a surprisingly decent job with these quite close-up shots, really missing my DSLR though… anyhow, enjoy: Advertisements

New Milling Saw, Makita DCS9010 – It’s a Dolmar!

Though my trusty old Dolmar 111i tried it’s best, at just 52cc and 2.4kW it just wasn’t quite up to the task of ripping Australian hardwoods. It was slow going and the little Dolmar worked very hard and I was afraid I’d soon kill her. It was time to start looking for a bigger saw…

Begginings of Our Orchard

Something we should have started a few years ago, but better late than never; we finally have some fruit trees in the ground! Ten apple and two pear trees of various heirloom varieties (no two are the same). We picked varieties known for both eating and cider making qualities (hiccup). It was great to see…

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…

Building Our Bush Cabin – Part 4 – Chainsaw Milling a Log

It has been a while since I’ve posted anything on the cabin progress, so first up a quick update: roofing and guttering is on flooring is down some walls have external cladding The dimensional timber I’ve used so far I have milled with the help of a friend and neighbour who owns a portable mill…

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….

Spring time BBQ’s – This is Living (just bring the fire extinguisher!)

It doesn’t get much better than this. I love spring in the country, that golden late afternoon sun bathing the gorgeous natural surrounds in rich colour, the greens greener, the yellows and oranges of the sandstone cliff faces turning gold then a svelte pink-orange. The warm(er) days and cool evenings. The open expanses soothing the…

Roo-gan Josh (Rogan Josh with Kangaroo)

I love my curries. I like them with a good chili kick, but the missus, well, not so much so we usually have to go with something on the mild side and Rogan Josh is a tasty Indian style curry with not too much heat so not a bad choice for those with chiliphobia. Well…

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.

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….