Archive for October, 2013

Driveway Delight

October 27, 2013

We are very excited at the moment to see our driveway being fixed, or in some cases re-run.  The driveway has always been windy and bumpy and fills with huge puddles over winter.  Some of it was all but impassable when we first arrived, and only judicious work with mattock and shovel making drainage ditches alongside the worst areas made it passable.  Even so it remained very rough and our cars were prone to bump things on the way up and down the 400m length.  Visitors were often worried about driving up and some of the deeper puddles were just getting worse as time went on.  However things are going to be different now!


The initial part of the driveway is being made quite wide, up to the site that we have decided would be best to build a new house (one day maybe).  In the first photo you can see the old driveway on the right hand side of the new one.  It is great they could move the driveway over in that spot as the old one ran directly under the power line which is hanging down lower than it should.  (Aurora are supposed to be coming and putting in a new power pole to lift the lines up, but it has been months with no sign of them yet.)


The rest of the way up to the shack is just a normal car width, but with fresh gravel on it to fill the holes and level it up.

In sad new Josiah’s old mouse died this morning.  We got those young ones just in time!!!!!

Odds and Ends

October 19, 2013

We finally had a warm and sunny day today!  So far it has been a cool and damp start to Spring so it was a lovely change to have some warmth.  No doubt we will be complaining soon that it is too hot, such fickle folk we are.  However today was nice and even Sam and Caleb got outside in the sunshine for a little while despite their bad health.


Since it was such a lovely day I laid out where the chook house / fenced garden extension is going to go.  Then Kim and I worked out where the post holes need to be.  This week a bunch of timber was delivered, almost $600 worth, that should make the 12m chook house extension, a smoke house that Lydia has planned and also cover the back of my greenhouse.


In the process of building we can try out our new post hole digger on the tractor which should be interesting.  Of course we have to get the tractor into the paddock first, which entails going through the boggy pig paddock on the way.  I am hoping that the ground will dry out a little before we have to take the tractor in, but there are showers forecast for next week again.  We are not terribly experienced tractor people and I really don’t want to get it bogged.  We have too many uses for it at the moment to have it out of action. Kim only just got it running again after having to install a set of adaptors to change it’s glow plugs to a new sort of plug that are readily available and much cheaper. We missed it while it was out of action!  It is amazing how many uses you can put a tractor to.  We have a carry-all for it now which is being very useful.


My first attempt at camembert was interesting.  It didn’t age very evenly and ended up too soft on the edges and not matured enough and too firm in the centre.  My research makes me think that I didn’t keep it cool enough when I aged it, so hopefully my next attempt will be better.  Having said that we are still eating it.  It is VERY strongly flavoured.  I actually quite like the harder centre which I find reminiscent of parmesan but I find the soft stuff way too strongly mushroomy flavoured, but Kim really likes both parts.  It was an interesting first try anyway and was fun to watch the penicillin mould grow.


Josiah and I were busy over the school holidays turning a bunch of pallets, and other assorted building materials that were lying around, into a mini hut.  It still needs more external wall lining put on, but we are almost finished and are quite pleased with the result.  I’m not sure what purpose it will be put to in the end, but any undercover area is worth having around here.  Josiah wants to paint the inside green and use it for making movies with a green screen background!




Speaking of Josiah, he is now the happy owner of another two mice.  Mice only live a couple of years so his original three had reduced down to one, and that one is looking rather old and frail these days.  It seemed like a good idea to get a couple more young ones before the old girl passed on.  It can be difficult to find mice for sale when you want them.  We only know of one pet shop that sells them, and they only have them occasionally.  However a lady in Launceston breeds them and advertises sometimes on Gumtree online and she was selling some when we were having to go to town anyway, so it worked out well.  Josiah absolutely adores his mice, plays with them every day and looks after them well.


Well, that is about all I have to say right now.  Oh, I should also report that our apple and pear trees have all been ringbarked by some rotten critter who obviously managed to get through the electric fence!  The fruit trees live on the other side of our creek which had swollen hugely down at the crossing so we couldn’t get across until recently, and then we found the poor things dying.  We will have to put in more protection for the other trees there (cherries and plum) soon, and then will have to put up a better fence around the whole lot before replacing the apples.  The big fence will a good sized job I fear, so I’m not sure when we can get onto that.  I guess we should have known that a simple electric fence would not be enough to keep out the multitudes of wallabies and possums here.  Sigh!  Never mind, we can chalk it up to experience.