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Bait the traps every time you leave but make sure the mechanism is deactivated. Wire the door open to be safe and keep baiting them to draw them in. Sour sweet corn is killer but theyre feral pigs as you know and a bloody old sock would probably work. If they are eating well from the scrub and farms in favourable weather periods and are in good nik the little fellas make for awesome eating! Suckling pig on an open fire..... priceless.

 

Yer, that's an excellent idea leaving the mech deactivated. Sour Sweet corn aye?. That's good to know. I heard one local say diesel, about 1/2 cup in the middle of the cage. Brings them in for miles and fools them till they get about a meter away from it. Had suckling years ago. First pig I shot. Farmer said get the pigletts if you want to eat it as they have no worms. Just cut into strips from around the bacon area and fried. My mate that was there still says the best bacon he's had. Not smoked, not cured like bacon, just cooked.

 

Rabbit numbers are way up this year. Not real sure why as there were only one or two about every year till this one. Eagles, a family of them live real close and "control" the rabbit numbers. Seen a couple of rabbits "flying" under one of the eagles over the years. This year, heaps of bunnys. Maybe the rain although it could be eagles gone from last years fires. No fire reached them but shitloads of smoke would have.

 

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The concrete is pre mixed with stones and sand I'm using so will never have no sand in the mix. I just want to up the amount of stones. Large stones could sink in the wet mix yes but will still be in the concrete. Might line the sides of the slab with some of that lovely white quartz. Just push in the quartz while the concrete is wet and there's some markers for night time. Could look nice and practical as well. Bridge was going to have a telescopic bolad set in it in the middle of the bridge to stop "unauthorized" vehicles from coming over. Gotta come up with another vehicle block now.

 

Maggots are maggots. The mongrels will find a way in unfortunately :071:

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Yer, that's an excellent idea leaving the mech deactivated. Sour Sweet corn aye?. That's good to know. I heard one local say diesel, about 1/2 cup in the middle of the cage. Brings them in for miles and fools them till they get about a meter away from it. Had suckling years ago. First pig I shot. Farmer said get the pigletts if you want to eat it as they have no worms. Just cut into strips from around the bacon area and fried. My mate that was there still says the best bacon he's had. Not smoked, not cured like bacon, just cooked.

 

Rabbit numbers are way up this year. Not real sure why as there were only one or two about every year till this one. Eagles, a family of them live real close and "control" the rabbit numbers. Seen a couple of rabbits "flying" under one of the eagles over the years. This year, heaps of bunnys. Maybe the rain although it could be eagles gone from last years fires. No fire reached them but shitloads of smoke would have.

 

The best pork I've personally eaten was out at Collarenebri in a wood fired oven. I talk about it to this day. Split the little blokes open and check the cavity, liver, kidneys, etc for parasites. If they are eating good they will taste good and have a better chance of being clean. Harvest time they are full of grain and chew well mostly

Rain equells rabbits. Simple math on that one.

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Any suggestions for cooking bunnys?. Only ever eaten one and I found it tough as a boot. If I can cook it in such a way it softens up, I can alter the taste to suit if need be. Can bake it in the woodfire oven if baking is best. I'm not destitute and need to eat what's on the land but just good to know how.

 

Roo tail stew, got that one down to pat. Mates father taught me that one. More on a roo than just it's tail though so any other ideas on roos would be nice.

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Any suggestions for cooking bunnys?. Only ever eaten one and I found it tough as a boot. If I can cook it in such a way it softens up, I can alter the taste to suit if need be. Can bake it in the woodfire oven if baking is best. I'm not destitute and need to eat what's on the land but just good to know how.

 

Roo tail stew, got that one down to pat. Mates father taught me that one. More on a roo than just it's tail though so any other ideas on roos would be nice.

 

Rabbits. 3/4 grown are the best and even kittens that are big enough so you can get a decent feed. Again like the porkers if there is good feed around they eat pretty good. In my younger days I learnt that those managing to survive in adverse conditions dont taste flash. They're living conditions definitely imparts on the meat be it any critter. I go for stews and being a wog find it easy and tasty as heck. Slow and moisture is the key. And for fudge sake do not chuck the liver!!!! Remove the bile of course out of the carcas in case it pops then you may as well chuck the lot away

 

Roo equells jerky for me but don't discount the fillet BBQ'd, front arms you can treat like lamb shanks, tenderise rump steaks, etc, etc. And yes roo tail stew is an absolutely beautiful dish. Gelatenous and tender.

 

I'm getn hungry..........

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Well more yabby taste testing. Personally, I think the sweet chilli sauce from Aldi kicked arse followed by the smoky barbaque. Didn't get to try the straight in the fire suggestion only because we had no open fire going when cooking the yabbies but I do intend on trying that suggestion.

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Went down the crossing site to see just how much bank needs to go to get down to the new height of the crossing. 3 meters is the top of the tape so at the creek bank the approach road needs to be the full 3 meters deeper.

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And come back on a slope back to the rock in the picture about a meter infront of where I took this picture.

 

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A fair chunk of dirt needs to go. Should do an explosives course aye?.

No, I'm afraid I'll be digging it out with a machine. Was hopeing on using my tractor and this ripper to break it up.

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Unfortunately haven't been able to get the lifter working on my tractor so no way to control the depth the ripper goes down. Still working on that one. Every other part of the tractors hydralics works fine except the hitch controls.

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A big surprise this time down the farm was seeing all the baby black\yellow cockatoos all around the farmhouse using the now full dam directly behind the house. Heard a bit of cockatoo noise and went outside and there were about 30 baby black/ yellow cockatoos, ( still had grey chest feathers and about 1/2 size), in the trees that surround the dam and a couple in the dam.

Not the slightest bit interested in me which is unusal. If it was mum and dad they'd of been off. They are real skitish.

 

Looked around and in the pine forest about 50 meters away there are all the parents keeping an eye on the kids. Not a noise out of them as they all looked as they had a fresh pine cone in a hand and hooking into it. They destroy pinecones but only the green super hard ones. They take a couple of chunks out of then and drop then. They sound like a cricket ball hitting the ground and when there's a flock of them, it sounds like it's hailing in that forest. I go through that forest at times and keep looking up for obvious reasons.

 

Yer, a very special time when nature puts on a show like that for you.

 

Went over my mate's place that has the peacocks to ask his advice with the tractor and have a couple of beers. A couple of his mates show up, 4 big guys in a Daihatsu Feroza. Driver sobber as the day he was born and the other 3 amazing me how you can still stand when you get that pissed.

 

A bit of translating from excessively pissed to pretty sober and I was able to get one is a diesel mechanic and would be happy to come over and help with the tractor should I not sort it but catch him before he starts drinking. It will only cost me half of what he gets out of my creek when he pans it for gold. Cool, so if he gets nothing the tractor costs nothing however if he gets 4 ounces say, I get 2 of them. Sounds like a good deal to me and just to sweeten the deal he'll bring over a bottle of his Tia Maria home brew. Nice drop and it kicks and what I suspect the boys were drinking up at his farm prior to arriving at my mate's farmhouse.

 

Come back to Sydney and grabbed a couple more solar panels. 4 X 160watt @ 18volt. Had to alter the wiring but pretty cheap and I got wiring, about 20 meters, a heap of anderson plugs and a solar regulator attached to each panel. Pretty good deal I thought. Under $600 for 640 watts. Yer they are that expencive when you get no rebate. Price coming down all the time they say, yer bullshit.

 

Doing a day trip to grab a ute load of firewood and taking down the solar panels over the weekend. May have something more to say when I get back.

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How is the bridge going to go with this rain ???

 

Bridge went in the last flood....:cry

 

Arrived this time to see the rain took out the house dam's retaining wall. More unexpected work. One thing I'm leaning about a farm and nature. Nature can be a bitch any time she wants.

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Another tree down right across the first creek vehicle crossing. This is the second tree to fall over this crossing preventing anything getting more than a 100 meters from the house. http://Q6mT6m2.jpg

 

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Clean the area up a bit so we can get in and process the tree. Can't just leave the thing here and why waste I say.

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Chop up the head and burn. That is the smoke in this picture. Cut up the big branches for next years firewood.

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Now lets see what the heart is like. You never know what the heart is like till you cut the rootball off and the top of the trunk. The heart is the center of the trunk and it can be near rotten, hollow or good. You never know till you cut it off and look. How good the heart is determines what you can do with the log.

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Pretty good. Look closely and you'll see a crack shape hollow just starting. That is the heart of this tree and there is no visible heart at the head end of the log. Grab this one for the new bridge I think. Just need to drag it over to the track and use the log trailer and along the track over to the crossing. Thanks nature.

 

6.5 meters long and around 430-470mm top to bottom diameter is what this tree gave us or the left main beam of the new bridge.:D

 

Got this tree to check out as well. It came down the same day our old bridge decided to float away and is probably a shipping hazzard in the Pacific now.

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This picture is taken from the bridge site so not far to get it here if it is suitable for a bridge beam. Just need to check that heart.

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Looks pretty good at the top.

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Took the rootball off and found this tree is a peach. No heart in it at all. Absolutely perfect. Just found the right main beam. :D

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Wanted to test the creekbed to see if we really need concrete plints or maybe just fasten the bridge straight to the bedrock. Only way to tell. Put a drill in it at multiple points and see if it's suitable for Chemsets. Put a 15mm drill in to 200mm deep and still solid with no crumbling. Perfect. Chemset some 12mm studs in the rock and attach the brackets holding the bridge to them.

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Anyway, the two bridge beams wait till next visit, had to continue burning off. Yes it's burning off season again and can't neglect that can we. Rememeber about a month earlier last year the farm was surrounded by bushfires, before CoVid and before the floods. What a prick of a year we just had aye?

Yer, so you can understand the importance of burning off around here and it in your best interests to do what you gotta do.

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Got about 10 acres on this hill to clear and it looks like this until we clear it.

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I was hopeing to have been using the tractor to pile up all the dead trees but you guessed it, no bridge so no tractor gets here so until then, job still needs to go ahead.

 

Anyway, that's about it for this time boys. Hope you enjoyed.

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Man that looks like prime deer and goat country

 

Trail cams haven't caught any goats yet but I've only trail cammed about a 1/10th of the property so far. The cameras always capture pigs, roos, wombats, rabbits and foxes though. There is a place at the back of the property I think I would have a better chance of filming goats but I'm yet to set the trail cams up down there.

 

Heaps of pig diggings around this year and what we are finding is the cleared areas definately attract in the wildlife. I think the animals feel safer when they can see around them rather than in scrub where there vision is limited.

 

A good example of this is the creek flats just down from the house. Used to be a massive field of tea tree with scattered trees and never saw an animal. Cleared the tea tree and the native grasses have now taken off. Not unusual to see packs of 20-30 roos on that same flat now.

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Am I reliving my youth and having flash backs of Puff the magic dragon or did I see you had posted a pick of a fallow deer at some point some time back? If I remember correctly I was wiping drool from my chin.....
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Am I reliving my youth and having flash backs of Puff the magic dragon or did I see you had posted a pick of a fallow deer at some point some time back? If I remember correctly I was wiping drool from my chin.....

 

That would be this fallow deer?

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That was the trail cam set up in the old creek crossing. All the wildlife use that crossing of the creek as it is the only way to get over the creek. The bridge was going to be a second way. This last flood crewed the shit out of that crossing. We had to pack in rocks about 300mm high by the width of the crossing just so we could get the quads across this visit and the errosion on the track leading away in that picture is now massive. You could possibly get a 4WD up that track that gets you out of the creek but if you slip sideways 200mm, your in the creek on your side.

 

The whole idea of building another crossing was because while this crossing could have been upgraded, because of where it is was always going to be high maintanence. At the top of that track is a dry creek bed, (most of the time), but when it rains good, that creek runs good right down the side of the track. I guess they selected that spot to put in the crossing originally was because it was not a steep drop into the creek like everywhere else but that was because water runs down there.

 

The part of the bridge that we didn't loose, (the 3rd stage we called it), was built to straddle a similar creek and that was my answer to the errossion problem, build a bridge right over it and let the water run down between the main beams.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sorry Steve, I phased out while reading as all I could think of was Venison Jerky, Venison steaks, Venison back straps, Venison, Venison, Venison, something about a bridge, Venison and more Venison........ :o
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Sorry Steve, I phased out while reading as all I could think of was Venison Jerky, Venison steaks, Venison back straps, Venison, Venison, Venison, something about a bridge, Venison and more Venison........ :o

 

Got him Tuesday night currently hanging in the coolroom

Schnitzels for the win jerky roasts and snags on the menu this weekend

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Got him Tuesday night currently hanging in the coolroom

Schnitzels for the win jerky roasts and snags on the menu this weekend

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Nice and I like the deer as well. What calibre and what scope you using?. There is a lake near the farm, some of the locals have told me you go to for deer. Not widely known of and massive numbers of deer. Gotta get out there one day.

 

Tell me, can you skin wombat?. Driving in the last couple of times, the amount of roadkill wombat on the road was insane. Had to swerve to miss about 30 live ones on the road but probably the same number dead. I'm not inclined to shoot a wombat, I like the things myself but just seems a shame to just leave the dead on the side of the road but I have never heard of anyone skinning wombats before.

 

I didn't mention in the last post the problems I had with my rear quad tires. The creek crossing we were forced to go back to using was serverly washed out but had water in it so impossible to see how big the hole was under the water and as a result popped the quad tire off the rim. Replaced it with a spare rim and tire and later that day popped the other rear tire off the rim.

 

I cleaned the beading surfaces on the rims and tires and ran a bead of silicon on them this time.

If the problem persists I think I'll have to go rim locks.

 

We did fill the hole in the creek crossing with rocks like I mentioned before but there are many other places where you land the quad on it's back wheels at high speed or you simply won't make it up the next hill.

 

I was running 8-10lbs pressure on the rears when they were popping but increased that to 17lbs and softened the rear mono shock so the machine didn't start throwing me off on such landings. Seems to have fixed the problem so far.

 

The tires are marked as 35lbs max for beading in so well within safely margine of tire rating running the 17lbs for normal use I would think.

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Nice little spiker that will eat well no doubt!

Anything 6mm and up is the go to calibres for deer Steve but a well placed shot and I would confidently suggest any of the .22 centrefires on smaller deer. Some may disagree but you would have trouble convincing me that a 22/250 in the boiler room or head will not do the job convincingly. Swift and humane being paramount. Scopes??? Best you can afford always. Ive spent more on a scope than a rifle - Schmidt and Bender - divorce has somewhat culled the luxury now on all my hobbies!!!!! :cry

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Not sure if the wombat fur would make anything useable given its fur is quite rough but never say never. Problem you may encounter is hair slip as bacteria starts to attack the hide once the animal has met its maker.

Successful hides need first to be removed as quickly as possible and salted as soon as possible. Any delay increases the likelihood of a substandard hide being produced. Road kill time line is an unknown unless of course you hit the poor bugger!

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Not sure if the wombat fur would make anything useable given its fur is quite rough but never say never. Problem you may encounter is hair slip as bacteria starts to attack the hide once the animal has met its maker.

Successful hides need first to be removed as quickly as possible and salted as soon as possible. Any delay increases the likelihood of a substandard hide being produced. Road kill time line is an unknown unless of course you hit the poor bugger!

 

Yer wasn't sure considering they are marsupials. Timeline, they seem to be marked in a day or two. Marking is a paint mark someone from "wires" has painted on the corpes to say it was checked for young. If the animal has a baby that is alive in the pouch, the person from wires takes it. Once checked they spray paint a V on the animal and it gets collected by God Knows Who.

What do you do with a shitload of dead wombats?

Always struck me as strange if someone takes the time to check and paint, why not pick up the corpse at the same time?

Not sure if the dead is collected unless it is marked already or not.

 

Another timeline marker. After two days they bloat up.

 

Probably best to leave them on the roadside I think. Be my luck I'd skin a couple and someone would find the remains and being protected animals, I'd be blamed for killing them.

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Take a few Eastern Greys on your place would be my suggestion. Time is close where you will get nice thick furs plus meat for the table and the pooch. Waste not want not........

 

You do realize its illegal to hunt Roos unless you have permission and tags. well it is in Vic any way

 

as for skinning a wombat.... you can stick that

 

Have processed that little spiker and was quite tasty so far need to make some jerky

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You do realize its illegal to hunt Roos unless you have permission and tags. well it is in Vic any way

 

as for skinning a wombat.... you can stick that

 

Have processed that little spiker and was quite tasty so far need to make some jerky

 

I think we should all know Dave as Hunter's. The way I look at it taking a couple on your own land will not even put a dent in your property's numbers let alone the continent! As long as you use the animal to its full potential it sits well with me

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I think we should all know Dave as Hunter's. The way I look at it taking a couple on your own land will not even put a dent in your property's numbers let alone the continent! As long as you use the animal to its full potential it sits well with me

 

Not worth the risk getting roos with no tags plus I rather like the roos. In my area there heaps of roos and the council know it and tags are often let out in 6 or 12 per person so I've been told, never applied for them myself but like I said, I like them in the numbers we have.

Here's a couple of fun facts about roos.....

 

1-There are more roos now than when Captain Cook arrived.

Reason being while roos can travel up to 70kms a day travelling for water at dusk, because of farmers dams that never used to be everywhere like these days, roos have been able to spread to areas pre Cook days simply weren't there before through lack of reliable water.

 

2-Kangaroos are one of the only large animals able to defer a pregnancy.

She can slow down the birth to just under 2 years when times are tough and when food is abundent, she can speed that up to one every 3 months. In good times she can have 3. One jumping along side, one in the pouch and one still developing.

 

Yer no need to knock over the roos on the farm, well not till they start plagueing up which could be next year on account of all the rain last year and this year has brought. I said to the wife the other day we are so lucky to see the farm at it's best. While you would normally see a wet year every 7, this wet year is the wettest of those wet years and they come around about every 50 or 7-8 cycles of the wet years.

Lucky to see it at the same time we own it, not many do.

 

Anyway, the farm and what's been going on between all this rain.

 

Two logs ready to slab or turn into 2400 long by 200 wide by 2" thick slabs...

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One of the areas to clear 1st week of August, (burn off week as we call it).

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So far we have 14 burn off piles ready to go the same week and this will climb. Last year we got to 42 piles before the end of the burning season.

Each pile is under 4 cubic meters in size so no burning approval required or at least not in NSW.

 

Another could of piles to burn this year, not the logs, and I tried as best I could to show exactly how steep the hill is.

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This area was covered in 6-8 foot tea trees that were cut down with the light saver and the crap gums that were never going to turn out any good were processed. This is also the same area I was most concerned about when we had fires racing up the coast in last years bush fires. That hill leads straight up to the house. Imagine if that bushfire did get the extra 2kms and reached this hill. Needless to say, it's getting done this year.

 

Seeing as mother nature, ( God of the outback), decided she wanted our log bridge more than we did last year, we have had to going back to using the original crossing until we build the new bridge. After 4 floods down this creek this year, and the first year we have not seen this creek not running, the crossing was pretty dangerous so in went 6 bags of concrete.

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Nothing special as the bags had set and we simply smashed them up back to dust, mixed with water and roughly levelled it out. I was surprised it would actually go off with no hardent in the mix and the creek running over the concrete from the time we put it in. My mate assured me the concrete would go off under water and it turns out he was correct. Been to see it a couple of times since and looks and feels perfect to me. Better than the half quad bike wheel size holes that had formed in the creekbed that we were filling with rocks after each flood until the next flood come and took them, again.

 

Front dam overflowing. The wildlife is loving it...

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The forest dam overflowing. 200mm more and the road will go under except the spillway is at this height. May raise that spillway this year so the dam holds more...

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Air hockey parts anyone?. Took the deck off and started stripping it of all the parts seeing as they are all working parts. Pity we aren't in the US where Dynamo air hockeys are more common,. I'm sure some yank would be after these parts.

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Original owner's manual and the factory warranty. Don't think they'd see the deck circular sawed into 4 pieces as a warranty claim though..

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Looking forward to seeing that air hockey disappear from the middle of the farmhouse.

 

Brought home the generator's exhaust..

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Gotta weld on an exhaust pipe adaptor so the exhaust can go through it and out of the workshop with the workshop doors closed. Tried a couple of flexible exhaust pipes but what do you expect from EBay I guess. Better to do it right once and for all so the workshop doors can be closed this winter.

 

Front wheels on the generator also need repairing, Wheels aren't supposed to be doing a leggy like they have been for the last year. Why doesn't this shit self heal?. Problem with a farm is all the equipment and machinery you need to make your life easier to save you time ends up costing you time because you have more to maintain.

 

That's about it ATM. Shitloads more going on in the background preping for the burn off week but nothing I have pictures of and I think you guys like the pictures. Better than reading pages of my ramblings without pictures.

 

Hope you enjoyed,

Until next time.

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I do like the old macropod too I cannot deny it, I just like eating them a little more!!!!! Google and watch an Aussie doco from a few years back now called "Face in the mob" If that doesnt make you love the little critters nothing will. Its a good watch.....
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Found some old pictures showing the back of the farm you may find interesting. I realised I don't have many, something to alter along with some more trail cam image Burn Off week I think but ATM, this is what I have.

You often see a shot from the house to the hill behind on the horizon like this one.....

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This is from that hill back at the farmhouse. Around a 1/4 of the way down the length of the farm....

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This shot is from near the back fence looking back towards the location where the last picture was taken....

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Best part of 68 acres of pine trees on the left of the track to the horizon in this picture and this is the pine trees in that pine forest.

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Lot of pigs and roos in this forest during the day. The pigs come in after the truffles and the pine cones the black cockatoos break off and partially eat. Either the pigs or cockatoos move out of the forest, do a crap and bingo, new pine tree sprouts up. These are the gem pine trees because they are out on there own, not in an overcrowded pine forest and they grow fast, thick and straight. Got a fair few of these such pine trees spread over the place.

 

The picture showing the main pine forest on the left of the track........turn 90 degrees right and this is what it looks like. Property now goes in this direction for about a 1km to a rockpool in the creek. Never seem that rockpool empty yet.

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This is the rockpool....

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This is somewhere between the last two pictures, only been there once as it involved a lot of log climbing on the quads to get here followed by walking. Lots of trees down with no track so you have to partially wheelstand the 2WD quad front wheels over the fallen logs and hope you can get the back wheels to climb over. Works most times. Need to get a chainsaw in here to clear a track through because it is on the back fence line and that whole fence is flattened and that fence needs to be fixed. Funny rock. It has lucky stones melted in it and it looks a bit like dirt coloured glass the rocks are set in but trees can grow in it and it breaks up with a bit of effort...Certainly not like granite and there is zero quartz here. Not the source of the gold I wouldn't think.

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Heading closer to the rockpool and the land changes again. A gum forest. Again, heaps of trees down and need to get a track in here as well. Lots of blackboys like at the top of the hill showing the main pine forest. Some monster gums in here and to think it could have all burnt in the bushfire that stopped just 1-2kms south of here that come up 50 odd KMs from Bateman's Bay under two years ago.

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This is the track down to the rockpool. 4WD only if it is completely dry and fun to "shouldn't have tried this" on a quad in the wet. No ones gone off the cliff so far but I really got to help this downhill slope and fix it soon. As far as I know this is the only vehicle track, (if you can call it that), to get down to this creek by my surrounding neighbours. Last I knew they only had walking tracks down shear cliffs and they don't have a rockpool either. The creek dries up behind there properties also.

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Front house dam after we put it in....

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Same dam a couple of visits ago...

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Now the boreing shit...

Got the generator exhaust pipe extension done. Had a motorbike header off an XR 500 here and the pipes just so happen to slide tightly on the generator exhause pipe after I welded a sleave on it. Had two ports so I got two pipes. Cut one and shaped it for the pipe to go around behind the generator and through the workshop wall and the other pipe with just a 90 degree bend to the pipe so it can go straight up through the workshop roof. Two ways means two goes at getting it right. I learnt a long time ago not to put all your eggs in the one basket with ideas down this place. Best to have backups.

 

Free to air TV......, antennas up, mounted on the peak of the farmhouse however need power for the signal booster and the set top box. After much hunting found 5vDC powered units. Just making up the 12volt, (the battery bank voltage), to 5vDC converters with DC plugs to suit the two 5vDC powered units, run the cables and should have TV. I'll let you guys know the internet recons there is no signal here. Lets see.

 

If not, back to the RPi powered media center or the one and only solar powered Taito red upright to watch things on screens on the farm still I guess. Brought the RPi back up here to throw some new movies on it and scan some content I had put on before but couldn't help myself and put in 4 USB ports in the media center front panel. I use these USBs for plugging in thumbsticks to add content and other USB shit I want the RPi to see.

Tests out perfect here so should be good to go.

 

Bought some galvanized hercules rod, (high tensile all thread). Going with this idea to bolt the L brackets into the creek bed and the L bolts to the NEW bridge along with a couple of steel gal cables fastened to the granite bolders upstream of the bridge. Lets see mother nature take this bridge actually lets not. I really am getting to fukin old to build log bridges. Last years bridge building only to have it wash away cost me a pair of hernias that get operated on after the Barn Meet if CoVid doesn't fuk things up.

 

One real project to possibly build before burn week..I want to do another battery powered video game but it uses the main TV screen we watch the RPi on. Monitor has VGA as does the 60 in one game board I have. Idea is the monitor takes care of it's own power so just a VGA cable to the game board that sits on the table. Game board is powered from two 12volt 12 amp gel cells I have. Game board 12volts comes direct from the batteries, ( doesn't need to be regulated does it?)... Just the sound amp I'm pretty sure and they can handle higher and lower than dead on 12vDC.....Correct me if I'm wrong. Don't want to smoke the board if someone knows better.

5vDC comes from a 5volt 5amp regulator.

 

Need a pair of small joysticks and I'll throw them in some jiffy boxes with some buttons. Only got MCA joystcks here. Anyone got some small, light joysticks they want to swap?

 

Batteries will probably mount to the underside of the table, they are gel cells so no spilling and also a solar regulator to charge the batteries with a lead and DC plug like I did the upright from roof mounted solar panels. Plug the lead in to a socket on the solar regulator to charge and when charged, disconnect the cable. Can't do much with the VGA cable, not pratical anyway. Can handle it going to the monitor from the table.

 

Anyone can help me with joysticks quickly?, let me know.

 

Until next entry, enjoy.

 

 

 

 

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Yearly burn off week down the farm is done. Rang the local cops about using backburning and fire prevention as a valid reason for me to leave my "non circle of steel Covid area".

Local cops thought it was but I was refered to the police area commander. His response was he thought it was a valid reason but none the less transferred me through to the state health department.

Health department offical also saw it as a valid reason but could find nothing in there written list of valid reasons but none the less, believed it was OK to travel to the farm for the reasons I gave.

Funny, not one of these 3 levels of authority would give me there name that I could use if i was checked by police on route.

The area commander and the health department offical claimed it was actually up to the policeman's discretion that pulled me over should I be checked.

Turned out I wasn't checked on route, didn't see one cop on the way down and one on the way back in the Mittagong ditch, doing speed checks.

More to come about the backburning week when I get my head around using the new forum. Stay tuned.👍

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