Monday, April 24, 2017

Fruit Of Thy Labour

Sue has been making jams and an Asian style dipping sauce both out of Plums.

A beautiful Plum jam went well with the fresh made scones.

Asian spicy dipping or marinade sauce and yes it has a kick.

The jars on the left are the Asian Sauce.
The garden in the back yard got a bit of a make over, as well as some lawn weeding by Sue who has meticulously and methodically been removing the Paspalum, the commercial stuff just seemed to make it grow more. The 3rd photo below shows the extent of the area she has done but thats only this section. She has also done a majority of the area towards the back fence.
The Lemon tree is at last showing signs of new growth, the addition of a Mandarin tree which is still finding its place in the yard.
The Lime bearing fruit, Sue too length to have an Avocado grow from the seed, since taking this photo last week it has grown a further 6".
The Tomato plants she put in Sue had laid down on the ground and like the vine they are one has taken hold of the Uforbia or maybe its a new breed of tomato?

The Return To Blogger April 2017

Its almost 12 months since leaving this blog and creating a new one on Wordpress. Sadly it seems the limits of content have been reached some 3,000meg? Photo & video heavy posts have to be the problem.

So we are considering return

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Logging on and Logging Off OR Sweet Cherry

Somehow I had missed posting about the Cherry stump from Jenolan caves House. Thanks goes to good old friends Dave from Oberon who works at Jenolan Caves. In February 2016 Sue and I made a trip to Oberon for the steam fest and catch up with OTGA members. Dave rang and asked if I and the boys would like some timber (originally thought to be Elm). I ended up with a small stash of logs, while the OTGA & some Blue Mountains Woodies returned during that week to get two/three ute loads and two trailer loads. Dave contacted me weeks latter to say they had finally removed the root ball/base would I like it? Hell yeh!! At that stage we had no idea of moving to QLD.
I used to work with Mark & Dave at Silverline Coaches.
Dave acquired, took it home, sealed the cut end, nurtured, stored for just on twelve months and passed onto mutual friend Mark. Mark then took the log on a Tri-state tour before it landed here.
Many Thanks to both.
Mark now has a top job driving oversized loads around the country often picking up some antique machines heading to collectors for restoration.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Laidely Heritage Festival

Laidely is about 40 mins drive into the Lockyer Valley region I think for us the drive through the road works would have made the trip much shorter without them, however they are much needed to widen the road.

We spent a good day at the Pioneer Village with a visit into Laidley proper very late in the afternoon. My only complaint was not being able to get to see the blacksmith at work due to the landscaping at the viewing windows. The wheelchair access ramps to the historical buildings are excellent.
Sue enjoyed the period clothing, lace work and company of the spinners who had set up displays.

Mean while across the road a Horse and Buggy display was in full swing.

 Outside the fence a selection of vehicles which changed throughout the day/

I thought about trading mine in but considered how it would effect Sue. Ha ha.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

March Madness

March Madness

Its been a strange month weather from 40C to Cyclone Debbie to bring us into April.
Since the previous post the flu dictated daily events some days sitting about not doing much at all others spending half a day in my workshop while Sue spent in the garden weeding the lawn or sitting in the sun doing some sort of craft.
We cancelled going anywhere one because we didn’t fell well enough when getting out of bed or fear by lunch time it could sneak up and take hold again.
At last we both seem to have rejuvenated to be able to spend more time doing things still not venturing far a field tho.
Cyclone Debbie has been and gone but be warned Cyclones are not dictated by BoM or by softwear or APPS.
Warnings had been about for days and a close eye kept on far north QLD where Debbie was to strike it missed Townsville but hit a little further south and then swept down the eastern board into NSW. To those effected be it minor or major a heart felt sorrow is shared.
We were lucky heavy rains and winds a little back yard flooding is all we got in comparison to homes being drowned, business swamped lives lost.
So far we haven’t heard of any Nation out side Australia handing the victims millions in support as Australia does for so many countries around the world. NOT that it is expected but I think many Aussies will be feeling it some who have gone through such devastation yearly.
Sue took two videos of the backyard during early stages of the day it hit hardest after dark and this torrent flowed till about 2am. The whirlpool is one of two backyard drains.

Latter in the day after a larger down pour.

Earlier in the week Sunday, Sue had attended a ” Under The Victorian Womans Skirt” a look at garments and period dress. She even got to try one of the dresses on. Sue in the Red waist coat and Dorothy right in blue.

This month saw the loss of a good friends two sons a week apart, only one of which we knew personally the other was a serving member of the armed forces. To Dave & Barbara our hearts go out in the loss of both.
I was always told when heading back to the wood lathe its best to slowly work back into it after a break and start with between centre turning so thats what I did. I made three handles out of Jarrah for two hammers and a mallet. The mallet handle was the old remains of the broken ball pein hammer, the soft blow mallet rubber ends I got off mate Neil aka Hughie some years ago. The silver painted hammer head was badly rusted and pitted so it was soaked in vinegar for two days. Then mounted in the Myford and machined back to revitalise it.

Some additional hand shaping was required after off centre turning the two ball pein handles.
Thats it other than some projects Sue does for charity of a night time.
Where ever you are who ever you are in the world remember you are never alone some one cares someone loves you there is always some one willing to listen to your deepest concerns in life. Please talk to them hunt them out or be willing when asked to share your burden to lighten your load.