Aug 282013

Had two visitors this morning (a pair of Welcome Swallows), think they thought apex of house would make a good nesting site. I will have to put gauze door back on to stop winged visitors.welcome-swallowor could end up like this…………….

 Posted by at 3:39 am
Aug 162013

After I pruned by Buddleia (very low) I descided the branches cut to length would make great places for native bees to lay their eggs. I  pushed the cuttings tightly into some leftover drainage pipe to protect from the weather. I also put some holes in hardwood offcut and will make up a pipe filled with a mix of water, clay, sand and some sugarcane mulch into which I will drill holes when its dry. Hopefully the Teddy Bear Bee will find this a good place to lay eggs. Will keep updating progress and modifications.

bee-house bee-house-1 bee-house-2 buddleia-pruned



 Posted by at 2:27 am
Aug 162013

Council finally arrived and removed the big branch which was leaning towards my house, and used to scare me every storm as it groaned and creaked. They cut the bottom big pieces into lengths to dryout for use as firewood in a year or so, the rest they put through the mulcher.

starting-tree cutting-tree treegone

 Posted by at 2:10 am
Aug 162013

Came across Nicorette QuickMist at chemist last Saturday. It is a 1mg nicotine mouth spray which claimed “fast nicotine craving relief”. I got the double pack ($49.90), finished off the last of my smokes and at around 1pm started the spray. Could not believe how good it was. Believe me when I say I have tried every other way to give up the smokes and this is the only one which really helps with those horrible withdrawal symptoms.

It will be a week tomorrow since I have had a smoke and am feeling wonderful – full of hope as well as energy. Cant stop thinking about how much money I am saving…..

UPDATE: 28th August, 2013 – Non smoker for 18 days now! Some days harder than others, and am eating more but will keep on taking it day by day.

 Posted by at 2:01 am
Aug 032013

My lovely wood man Max has fixed my fence and put in an electric fence to protect garden and reed beds then put his cattle on to eat down the rubbish :) maxs-cows-2 maxs-cows

 Posted by at 7:18 am
Aug 022013

Have been researching E-Cigarettes, a healthier and cheaper way of smoking for those who are either trying to give up, or just cant do it but dont want to keep on the analogue (real) cigarette. Got this really helpful infor from a Vapers forum:

Quote Originally Posted by Noe View Post
Welcome Belisarius & other new vapers.IMO what you want for your initial order is a 1-stop-shop, where you can get everything you need in 1 order.
Regardless of what you decide to order, this makes things very simple & means everything arrives at the same time, so you can get into it immediately you open it(well almost, make sure the batts are charged first).

For the same reason I recommend Health Cabin for first orders, they have a large range of products, they ship reliably(choose EMS shipping & you will usually have you goods in a week, 2 at most), their customer service is very good & their prices are good too. Plus they have everything you need, including nic juice to get you started.

I think the best solution for a new vaper is an entry level device, which will serve as a back up should you have problems with your mod later on, like these kits:
eGo K Vision Compact Kit V2 in 30 styles [02-F] – $18.99 : Healthcabin Electronic Cigarettes – Wholesale and Retail two of these kits will have, 2 chargers( a spare in case one fails) 2 clearomisers & 2 batteries, all you really need to start vaping minus the juice.
Next you will want some juice my recommendation is 10x 10ml, 18mg/ml, pre-mixed juices in various flavors:
Dekang E-juice/E-liquid for Ecigarette
HC E-Juice/E-Liquid : Healthcabin Electronic Cigarettes – Wholesale and Retail
Then also get some unflavored nic in 36mg/ml, 75/25 PG/VG, which you can mix later with Aussie made doublers, so 1 or 2 x 115ml bottles:
115ml HC Unflavored E-liquid [Z8 HC Unflavored 115ml] – $11.00 : Healthcabin Electronic Cigarettes – Wholesale and Retail

If you want to stop there, you can & will be able to start vaping with just what is above or if you want to try different clearomisers/tanks etc then these are some good ones to try:
3.5ml Ismoka BCC(Bottom Coil Changeable) Mega Clear Cartomizer [03-3A-4321] – $11.00 : Healthcabin Electronic Cigarettes – Wholesale and Retail
5pc New CE3 Bottom Coil 510 Clearomizers [05-C-12] – $10.50 : Healthcabin Electronic Cigarettes – Wholesale and Retail
Innokin iClear 30 Dual Coil Clearomizer with replaceable coil (Crystal Gift Box) [05-H-3-2] – $10.00 : Healthcabin Electronic Cigarettes – Wholesale and Retail
Vision eGo Clearomizer V3 (Exchangeable & Detachable)

While not an absolute “must have” these come in handy sometimes for your eGo type batteries:
500mA USB Power Adapter/Charger (US/EU/UK/AU plug) [05-A-2-2] – $3.50 : Healthcabin Electronic Cigarettes – Wholesale and Retail
A bottle of PG & a bottle of VG will come in handy if you need to dilute your juice later on & it is cheap to grab a bottle of each at the same time:
115ml PROPYLENE GLYCOL USP(PG) [Z4 115ml PG] – $3.50 : Healthcabin Electronic Cigarettes – Wholesale and Retail
115ml Vegetable Glycerin USP (VG) [Z4 115ml VG] – $3.50 : Healthcabin Electronic Cigarettes – Wholesale and Retail
Some empty mixing bottles will also come in handy, perhaps 4x 30ml & 4x 10ml to start with:
Empty Ejuice Bottle(childproof) [06-D-23] – $0.25 : Healthcabin Electronic Cigarettes – Wholesale and Retail
A syringe is also a good idea to grab for measuring liquids & refilling some kinds of clearos etc, I would grab one of each size:
E-juice Injector(1ml 2.5ml 5ml 10ml) Ejuice Injector /syringe [06-D-1-1] – $0.25 : Healthcabin Electronic Cigarettes – Wholesale and Retail
You will also want blunt tipped needles for your syringes, 4 of these, Long(XL) type:
Blunt needle for syringe [05-D-2-1] – $0.15 : Healthcabin Electronic Cigarettes – Wholesale and Retail

I DO NOT recommend v2cigs, overpriced, cigalikes for anyone!
If you want a cigalike, HealthCabin also stock them, look for a 510 manual starter kit. It will be much cheaper & perform the same as the more expensive V2cig kit but these will not work anywhere near as well as the gear I listed above.
If you decide you still want a cigalike & get the 510 kit, I recommend using these to put your juice in for vaping:
5pc New CE3 Bottom Coil 510 Clearomizers [05-C-12] – $10.50 : Healthcabin Electronic Cigarettes – Wholesale and Retail

 Posted by at 4:03 am
Aug 022013

Went up to The Rock today to a friend of a friends, who is moving, and got some great plants: Black Bamboo, Asparagus and Raspberry Plants

Black Bamboo & Raspberries

Black Bamboo & Raspberries

 Posted by at 3:57 am
Aug 022013

Corrective Services Team was up here yesterday clearing Woody Weed regrowth on my verge eg. Privet. Did excellent work as you will see.

Here are some During and After photos

During Work

During Work

After Work

After Work

 Posted by at 3:53 am
Jul 092013

Got the gardening  bug again this morning; how could you not with this beautiful sunny winter weather!


Raked back gravel out the back to clear for a Grey Garden, gravel was also useful for filling some hollows in the “carport”. Then I divided up some lambs ears and placed them each side of a proposed stepping stone pathway (photoshopped idea). Most likely not the best time to do this job but cant wait for Spring. Simon I am sure has plenty more to replace any that die. Was worried about Peppa and visitors stemming on the new plants so cut up some canes and made flags on top to place in each hole. Will be more clearly defined when I get next load of mulch from Bunnings.

After that weeded and cleanup where I store the firewood. Will have to scrub moss and wood stains with bleach before next load is ordered.


From that job I went on to cutting down the Arrowroot which had been hit by frost I will chop up the cuttings and add to vegetable garden to rot down with autumn leaves as it is a great compost starter. The two bits not cut are actually variegated canna plants which I will move to a better place in the spring, they get completely overgrown by the arrowroot where they are not.


Still going at lunchtime so started moving autumn leaves from pile beside driveway around to place on top of new garden along the house where the pergola will go. Then I attacked the dirt pile and spread dirt and sheep poo on top of the leaves. By the time spring comes should be great soil ready to plant up.


That’s it for today, its now 2pm and time for a shower followed by a nanna nap.

 Posted by at 4:27 am
Jul 072013

Spent the morning cleaning up on North side of House – dug up garden along the house too. Took a photo then got dreaming in Photoshop…..



After cleanup above, and after Photoshop below – will plant Oraimental Grapes to grow over the top of steel….have already got cuttings growing


 Posted by at 5:50 am