Tuesday, July 28, 2009

What is the Jondaryan Woolshed?

What is the Jondaryan Woolshed?

Jondaryan Woolshed is the centerpiece of Jondaryan Woolshed Historical Museum and Park that was established in 1975 to present the history of Jondaryan Station and its role in the development of pastoralism on the Darling Downs.

Located in the heart of the Darling Downs, Jondaryan Woolshed is of great historical interest. Easily accessible on a day trip from all parts of south-east Queensland, Jondaryan Woolshed is of particular interest to people fascinated by our rural heritage.

Why is this here?

Because of this, that's why.
The 33rd Annual Australian Heritage Festival
Some of the info on the web site seems out dated (like 2008) but if you are interested they have a new brochure for 2009 they should mail out to you.

If you find yourself in the vicinity between the 22 - 30 August 2009 you might want to drop in.

There is supposed to be a big steam component this year as well as a German theme on the first weekend in a salute to the German settlers and immigrants of the time in that part of the world.

Monday, July 27, 2009

The boat that I row

I must be having a lulu day (maybe It all this reading for uni), but I can't have one Lulu song without the ultimate Lulu song (for me anyway)

And for those of you who can't get past 'To Sir With Love' as the ultimate Lulu song, then I've included it too.

Anyone have a Favorite Lulu song they'd like to share? Then just drop it in the comments, I'd love to here what it is.

Have a great Lulu day

Hands up

Hands up if you remember this one.

I'll know how many times you have been around the sun if you put your hand up.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

it's a bit hit and miss isn't it?


Hi all, I needed to give my mind a break from all this maths, and as it tends to do it mind went for a wander.
Where it went I'll never know but what it came back it wanted to know about the expression 'Hit and Miss'.

This started when I went up to feed the chooks this morning. It started thinking that their egg laying is a bit hit and miss atm (but at least they are laying).
Then it started wondering if the term hit and miss had anything to do with the old hit and miss 4 stroke engines that I loved to listen to as a kid.

Therefore I now find myself writing about the phrase 'hit and miss' usually prefaced by, it's a bit hit and miss isn't it?

Well after about an hour searching on the web the only reference to the origin of 'hit and miss' I could find is with Dictionary.com which says origin 1895-1900 which places it at the same time as the appearance of these engines.

So I'm now probably none the wiser on the origins of hit and miss but I did enjoy watching the videos of these old engines and after all thease years thanks to the first video now know how they work.

If you are really keen on hit and miss engines then Wikipedia (hit and miss engine) has lots of info for you to look at.

Here is another one just for fun.

Cheers and bye for now

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Just when I thought it was safe to go to the mail box

Just when I thought it was safe to go to the mail box, uni send me more study material.

Mathematics teriary preparation level A (anything but level A.) If I wasn't in a panic before, then I am now.

I start Friday at 9.00am. I'm oscillating between sheer terror and pure excitement.

Once I get through day 1 I'll settle down a bit. (I hope)


Well D-Day has arrived.

I start my first class of my Tertiary Preparation Program on Friday at 9am.

I've currently got my head stuck in some study material they have sent me and so far so good.

As for the veggies, well they are doing very well atm, just watering weeding, and some mulching and eating.

I'd like to say that post ing from here on might become irregular but I'll see how I go. Maybe if I make good use of my time I'll be able to get some stuff up.

I know I have a little lettuce story I want to post so I'll see how I go with that one.

The rose is called Ebb Tide and now resides in my veggie garden.

The National Rose Trial Garden of Australia had this to say in 2005.

Award: Certificate of Merit
Name: Ebb Tide
Type: floribunda rose
Habit: a purple double with exposed yellow stamens that age to cerise pink
Breeder: Weeks, Chino CA, USA
Exhibitor: Swane's Nurseries, NSW



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Monday, July 20, 2009

My favorite pumpkin soup recipe

I'm about half way through making this my favorite pumpkin soup recipe so I thought I'd post it. The recipe that is, I think the soup would end up a bit messy if I tried to post it.

Ingredients (serves 6)

  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 leek, white part only, finely sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1kg peeled pumpkin, diced
  • 1 large potato, peeled, diced
  • 1L chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) thin cream


  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over low heat, add onion and leek and cook for 2-3 minutes, until softened but not coloured. Add garlic and spices and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Add pumpkin, potato and stock and bring to the boil. Turn heat to low, cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Allow to cool slightly, then blend in batches.
  2. Return soup to pan, stir through cream and reheat gently. Season and add a little more nutmeg if desired.


delicious. - April 2004, Page 63

Recipe by Valli Little

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

'Violet Sicilian'

I grew this!

First year I've grown these.

'Violet Sicilian' Cauliflower, looking good to me.

Jamie Oliver had a recipe for beer battered cauliflower on one of his shows and I've been dying to try it out.

Just been waiting to grow some cauliflowers and now I have some.

A high mineral content is responsible for the colour.

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Monday, July 13, 2009


Here's some interisting thoughts on weeds.

What do you think?

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It's a girl

My Bantam laid her first egg today. Happy about that.

Now I have two Isa browns (Bill and Ben) and a Bantam (Shirley) laying eggs. Now if I can just get these lazy Light Sussex to lay!

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Saturday, July 11, 2009

Friday, July 10, 2009

California Dreamin'

Hi all,

as you can see it's pretty slow in my veggie world at the moment.

I did manage to plant some Purple Dragon carrot seeds and a few more lettuce and spring onion seeds.

But apart from weeding and watering there's not much happening.

But what did happen was my first flower on my purple podded peas which I grabbed the camera for to take photo of. Then I noticed all of the flowers in the garden and started thinking that for the dead of winter its a pretty showy place around here and proceded to take photos of the rest of the flowers in our garden.

Here's the purple podded pea flower that started all this flower photo taking.

If you have gotten this far down then I like to share with you a song I always tend to sing to myself at this time of year.

aaarrrgggghhhhh, blame it on triple j.

I've been listening to the triple j top 100 of all time and yesterday they pranked their listeners by announcing this song as being in their top 100 songs.

Thankfully they didn't play the whole song and let us know it was a prank, but I'd heard enough of it to get it stuck in my head. Hopefully posting it here will mean it moves out of my head and into someone else's.

Thanks for nothing triple j.

Go on, play it, I double double dare you!!

Monday, July 6, 2009

It's Rhubarb not Brain Surgery

Edit 8/8/2010 New planting of Rhubarb 'ever red'

That's right, planting Rhubarb is as easy as falling off a log.

A/ Gather what you need. In this case a digging fork (I use a fork rather than a spade because I don't want to cut any of my wormies in half), 20l bucket of compost, 10l bucket of bulls*&T (cow manure) and two recently purchased Sydney Crimson Rhubarb plants.

B/ Spread the compost and cow manure evenly over the soil surface and turn in to the soil using the digging fork.

C/ Dig yourself a little hole the same depth as the plant you have. You can test it buy sitting the pot in the hole and see if it's to deep or shallow.

D/ Knock the plant out of its pot sit it in the hole and back fill to the same height as the potting mix it came in. Firm down into the soil gently (but not to much) to help the plant adjust to its new surroundings.

* I won't be adding any fertiliser at this stage. I'd like the plant to begin establishing a root system first and then apply a half strength fertiliser.
Maybe even a week liquid fertiliser in about four weeks time.
The main reason for this is I don't want to take the risk of having any new developing roots being burnt by to rich a soil base.

E/ And finally some recently raked out of the chook pen straw mulch and a good bucket of water each and Bob's your Auntie, Rhubarb planted.

Till next time, cheerie bye and happy rhubarbing.


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