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New Year Happenings

January 5, 2018

Hello and welcome to the new year!

Kim’s brother Paul gave us a scare when he rolled his car one morning in the Gog Pass, between our place and Sheffield.  It was just one of those errors in judgement of speed when coming suddenly upon a wet and slippery part of the road with gravel on it at a particularly nasty set of bends.  He fishtailed for a bit, almost had it under control but then had to take another sharp bend which was just too much, whereupon he went up the bank, slid along it for a way and then slowly rolled all the way over, somehow managing to miss all the trees.  The car is a write off but thankfully Paul walked away with just a scratch, for which we are all thanking God.
Rolled Audi
The car was towed back here to be added to our personal wrecking yard which is hidden away up in the bush.  We then decided that we needed to make this dead car area a bit more useful, so spent a few days removing some of the smaller trees and running the grader blade around to clear some good paths and parking areas, then we moved all the cars into accessible spots. (Tractors are wonderful things!)  The result is quite good, and has made for a wrecking yard that will be far more useful for Kim.  We do use parts from the old cars so it is good to have it done.
Wrecking Yard
Lydia’s pony Silk has been a cause for concern too, as she suddenly became lame with the onset of laminitis.  Ponies are commonly susceptible to laminitis from good feed, but Silk had never shown any signs of problems before.  We have been steadily working on improving our paddocks, so I guess they finally have reached a stage where the spring growth can cause her some issues.  It has meant that we have had to isolate her in a “starvation” pen, where all she is allowed to eat is hay that has been soaked in water to remove a lot of the sugars from it.  She is not overly impressed with her new diet, but is steadily improving which is the main thing.
Silk in Pen
Meanwhile the vegetable gardens are coming along with the promise of a good harvest of peas, cabbage, lettuce, celery, beetroot, carrots, onions, tomatoes, cucumber and corn.
I even risked trying a quick growing melon this year.  Now if it can all just ripen before the first frost of the new year….  One has to be very patient with vegetable gardening in Mole Creek!
We have been doing well with raspberries this year.  Locking the chooks out early was the trick I think, plus lots of water.
We have a friend from church who had a lot of gear and urgently needed a place to store it, so we suggested he could put a plastic carport up and keep it here.  If nothing else we do have space!  All the gear arrived last week on the back of a truck and we spent the next morning shifting it all into place with the tractor and setting up the carport over the top.  Hopefully we have selected a nice sheltered place so that the carport will last.  Wind storms will be the challenge, but we have used these carports quite a bit and have some spare parts available if anything does go wrong.  I dream of large sheds and lots of undercover areas.  🙂
JDs Carport
I extended the ramp up to the main building yesterday, to make the slope less severe for Lupo, the old dog.  We put carpet on it too which seems to have made it a lot better for her wobbly old legs.  I have to admit it has made it a lot easier for my old legs too!
The kids are looking forward to seeing some friends who will be holidaying nearby soon.  We have loaned them our little Peugeot for their visit (and are missing it’s lovely air conditioner).  🙂  However Lydia has organised a couple of weeks off so we shouldn’t need to be driving so much for the time being.
I was wondering if anyone could help me to identify a couple of plants in our yard?  The first one is a bush which can reach a height of about 2m.  It has stalk with segments which are hollow like bamboo
Bamboo Type Plant
and it has pretty dangly flowers.  It seems to be spreading slowly around the yard, which is quite nice.
Bamboo Flowers
The second plant I only discovered this year in a bit of a hidden area.  It is also quite pleasant so I wouldn’t mind encouraging it to spread a bit more.
Yellow Flowers
Well, that is all for now.  Best wishes to you for the New Year.

Early Christmas Present?

November 22, 2015

Lydia has been wanting us to consider getting a German Shepherd pup as old Lupo is not going to be around for a whole lot longer, so as a family we decided that we would keep an eye out for a young pup at a reasonable price.  Yesterday Lyd saw a pup advertised quite close in Launceston and we went to have a look.  Of course puppies are adorable and we came home with a new 7 week old bundle that we have called Okami (pronounced O – car – me) which is the Japanese word for wolf.  With Caleb and Josiah and the others learning Japanese it seemed appropriate.   We were learning German when we got Lupo, and – due to some confusion over Volkswagen having a car called a Lupo – we used to think that Lupo was the German word for wolf.  However we now stand corrected and know it is actually the Italian/Latin word for wolf.  The German word for wolf is, in fact, wolf!

Lupo has never liked other dogs at all and we figured that the only way she would accept another one was if we got it very young.


She has been pretty good with the pup so far, she knows we want her to treat it gently and nicely and she is doing her best.  She has given just a couple of warning growls to the pup and mostly just tries to keep out of her way.  Hopefully Okami will learn not to terrorise Lupo and Lupo will be patient and get more friendly as time goes on.  We will just have to wait and see.  We are making sure Lupo is getting plenty of attention and has lots of “personal space” time too.
PuppyAndLupo (1)
Lydia had Okami sleeping on the floor at the end of her bed last night and that seemed to work okay.  She woke up about dawn, but then Lyd usually has to get up at that time anyway to go to work.
Okami was very quiet and seemed a bit nervous this morning, but after some breakfast and another good sleep she got energetic and started to play.
We have been getting her to chase a ball around and she loves that, and has been happily getting to know us all.
Josiah is playing with her on the lounge room floor as I am writing this, he seems to really like her as does everyone else.  She still needs lots of sleep breaks as she is so young, and that is nice too.  🙂
Everyone seems happy with our early Christmas present!

Last weeks weather and Lupo

January 13, 2014

Summer in Tasmania can be variable!  Last Monday we woke to a cool morning with fresh snow on the mountains.  Over the day we had rain, nasty gusty winds and finished with the evening being sunny and still.  Quite a variety for one day!  The gusty winds were pretty bad, we had 5 trees or tree portions come down and one last furious gust totally shredded one of our plastic carports and also did some damage to the wood framed carport attached to the shack.  (This now has us making plans for some changes, since we have to pull part of the roof off to do repairs anyway.  We actually lost power for 24 hours as there were lots of trees down on the lines.)  Then yesterday we were all sweltering during church with temperatures around 30°C, and Wednesday is forecast for 37°C which is sure to challenge us.  🙂  You never know what to expect.


I told my dad a story about our dog, Lupo, a little while ago and he was still chuckling about it the other day when I spoke to him so I thought it might be worth sharing the tale.  Lupo is usually my shadow around the place, she likes to follow me wherever I go, which is mostly nice but occasionally annoying.  One of the highlights of her day has always been the feeding of stock in the morning which is expanded these days because we milk the cow at the same time.  She has always loved to bark a lot during the feeding, to warn us how dangerous the pigs were or to let us know that we should come out of the paddock and back to safety with her.  It was rather frustrating with all the noise, but she really did love to be there with me so I put up with it.
Every morning Josiah and I milk Twinkles into a stainless steel bucket, then when we are finished I pour all the milk into a plastic bucket with a good fitting lid and pop it on the outside of the fence waiting for me to take it all up to the house for straining and refrigerating.  One of the doggy perks of coming milking was that Lupo gets to lick out the metal bucket once I have poured the milk out.  Just recently we weaned Blaze, Twinkles calf, and started milking twice a day.  Blaze was not at all amused that he could no longer get to his mum, and he was quite agitated for a week or two, pacing up and down the fences and calling out to Twinkles constantly.  Normally I had been turning the whole electric fence off when I went milking, but with Blaze’s behaviour I was concerned that he would try to bust through the poly wire gates that we have, so I made a point of leaving the electric fences on.  Instead I just turned off the one gate that was essential to let me into the paddock myself to do the milking.
Well, one sunny morning all was going as per normal.  I had just finished milking and popped the buckets over the fence.  Lupo was indulging herself, head deep in the bucket, while I took Twinkle’s halter off and prepared to get some hay.  Suddenly there was a desperate yelp and Lupo hurled herself backwards, landed in a heap, frantically scrabbled up and took off howling, racing flat out towards the house.  Somewhat taken aback, Josiah and I ran after her to see if she was okay, but she wasn’t stopping for anything and I couldn’t possibly keep up!  Josiah raced after her on his bike to check she was okay while I went back to the paddock and realised what had happened.  In her enthusiasm at licking out the bucket, Lupo had slowly moved it, closer and closer, until it hit the bottom wires of the -very- live electric fence.  Poor dog!  Our electric fence gives a good solid hit, and I can only imagine what it must have felt like – zapping her wet tongue and face, ears and all as her head was right in the bucket.  Poor old Loop.  I’m not surprised she took off, but what does surprise me is that she has refused to accompany me for the milking ever since.  I keep expecting the memory of the experience to fade, and her to return to her old enthusiastic routine, but it’s been about 6 weeks and it hasn’t happened yet!
In other news we finally got around to making our own ham again.  We tried a simple recipe and smoked it as well, and actually really liked it.  It came out looking a bit more like corned beef than ham.  I’m not sure if that was because the pig was older or because the meat had been frozen or what, but it tasted good anyway so it didn’t matter to us.  I am looking forward to making more ham when we do our next pig.
We are also making some changes with vehicles, trying to rationalise what we have.  Just before Christmas we purchased a 2000 Peugeot 206 GTI, deciding we wanted a small economical modern car with more safety features for the kids to drive.  The Peugeot is lovely to drive but it has the misfortune of being black.  🙂  We subsequently sold the Toyota and more than covered the purchase cost of the Peugeot, which worked out rather well for us.  Then last week we sold our old kombi to a young fellow who is going to restore it, which is something we were never managing to find the time for.  It was a bit of a wrench to sell the kombi, as the prices of them are going up and up all the time as they become older and rarer, so we may not be able to have one ever again.  However we wanted to be sensible and we just do not have the time or the facilities to restore old cars and keep them under cover so that they will last.  Our hope now is to find a VW T3 Caravelle to replace the kombi.  Once that is done we will be considering whether or not we want to sell the old VW Wagon too.  There are no plans to sell the beetle though!  Kim is most adamant about that!!!
We haven’t had a lot of visitors this summer, but did have one couple visit when Lindon and Debbie came and bravely stayed overnight with us.  We worked out that we hadn’t seen Lindon for about 15 years!  It was really great to catch up with them both but they had to leave all too soon – though not before they showed Lydia how to improve her trimming of her horses hooves, which was greatly appreciated.  Thanks guys – come back again sometime!