Monday, April 25, 2016

Prepping Part #2 Foraging

Foraging for food

Over the last few weeks we have been foraging for food with friends and neighbours on road sides and down tracks and lanes.
Picking sweet plums and apples.
Most of what we picked was made into pies, cakes and slices and shared over a cuppa with friends, good conversations and lots of laughs.
The rest were made into oh so sweet jams.

This recipe is approved by Ball as a safe canning recipe.

Yellow Plum and Vanilla Jam

1.8 kg Plums pitted
1 1/2 cups Water
1/4 Lemon Juice
6 cups Sugar
1 Vanilla Bean Pod

Pit all the plums and add to a large stainless steel pot.
Add in the water, lemon juice and sugar.
Scrape the seeds from the vanilla pod and add to plums.

Bring to the boil slowly, stirring to dissolve sugar.
Turn down to a low simmer and cook 40 mins stirring till it is thick and sticks to the back of your spoon.

While the jam cooks, sterilize your jars and dont forget the lids.
Pour the hot jam into the hot jars. Wipe the jar rims and add the lids.
Check on the  National Centre for Food Preservation for your altitude canning times.
For me i water bath can for 15 mins at a rolling boil.

Happy Adventures Nicole, Andrew & Sally Girl

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Star Pickets

How to remove a star picket

I think of star pickets as temporary fencing, the reason being is they are so useful for soo many things its crazy to use them for anything permanent and at between $4 and $6 each they are way to expensive not to be a reusable item.

In the front paddock there were 20 or so pickets we wanted to remove and once hammered in can take a bit of doing to get them out of the ground.

The supplies you will need are a piece of chain, a metal bar or pipe and either a nut and bolt or as we used a U shackle.

The shackle goes through the bottom hole of the picket and the chain goes on the shackle forming a loop for the pipe to go through.

Then all you need to do is leaver the pipe and the picket will lift out of the ground.

Its not always easy as some are in further than others and if the ground is really hard like ours it can take a bit of work to get them out.
But saying that this is the easiest way of removing star pickets and you dont bend them in the process.

Happy Adventures Nicole, Andrew & Sally Girl

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Friday, April 1, 2016

Out Door Loo

Dunny, Thunder Box, Shitter, Crapper, Bog, Out House, Shit house what ever you like to call it, it all means the same.
From using a bucket in the paddock to something with 3 and a bit walls, its the ultimate luxury in the Aussie Bush.

Phillip popped over for a visit and helped out with building the frame and nailing on the floor.

At the end of day 1 we have a bucket on a platform way more fancier than just in the paddock.

We made it the extension of the shower so we already had one wall to work with.

Sometimes i actually do get photos of me working, cut and nailed all the end wall boards on.

I think Sally Girl was thinking this was her new house.

At the end of day 2 we had walls and a roof, not as draughty as the day before.

Day 3 and Andrew cut down our fire wood box that was broken in the move and now its our new dunny box, so very fancy dont ya think.

As for me i get to sand and varnish the seat so you don't get splinters in your bum.

A fancy plastic lid to keep out the flies, a plastic bucket is in the box to catch all the waste.

You must sprinkle saw dust in after you finish every time, this helps with the composting and also stops the smell. The saw dust is a by product from milling our timber.
When we remove the bucket, the lid goes on and they sit up the back in the sun to cook for about 3 months or so, they are emptied into a big hole and it is covered where it composts down even more.
There are no smells and the system works pretty good.
A peg on the loo paper stops it from unrolling in the breeze.

Added a side wall so a little less breezy and a curtain for privacy when people visit.

So here is our new just for now shower house and loo.

We upgraded our gas shower as we had a little problem over winter with ice in the water pipes.
This new system is from a company called  Joolca, Hot Tap gas hot water. This little beauty is so so easy to use and adjust and it came with easy clip on connections.
Gas in, cold water in and hot water out.
This year all the pipes will be lagged so we don't have to worry about frozen pipes and wonderful hot showers all winter long.

Happy Adventures Nicole, Andrew & Sally Girl

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