Hi all. thought we'd share a bit of what else has been done. This time Tim has made a light bar for Pam"s quilting machine. Started with research into LED strips then 18 months ago Tim took a walk in the 15 year old bluegum plantings and found the smallest diameter one for the bar. He cut the smallest one because it needs to be very strong so it can span the 4.2 metres (the slowest growing tree is the strongest). Then cut it to length, strip the bark off and route out a 20mm groove to take the LED's then rap it and put it away to season (dry)........tick tok tick tok.....tick tok tick tok.....18 months later and found a couple balusters in the shed; cut mortices in the balusters and tenons on each end of the bar. He then fitted the steal tubing to make brackets to fit at the bottom of the balusters to slip into the frames square tubing (nice of them to have a piece in exactly the right place on the machine's frame). Clean up all the timber, sand it down and fit the LED's and a switch, finish in Danish oil; done! Fit it to the machine frame. Happy anniversary Pam!!
OK: so who's checked out the facebook page? If you had you would have seen the work being done to dining rooms with a shift around and restoration of 3 sets of chairs. These have now been placed in their respective cottages.
Lots of work done but well worth it.
If you happen to be coming to the MT. on the weekend of the 27th or just looking for somewhere to go then you could do worse than stay with us and head in to town and check out the "Fork& cork, Mount Gambier food and wine festival 2015".
The City of Mt Gambier has recently opened the latest park in the city. The old railway land was given to the city and it has been refurbished. There have also (since then) been some events held there including some pop-ups. You just never know what's going to "pop up". This week it was a karaoke night. For all you punters there's the "Pacing Gold Cup" on the 27th Feb.
Yep 2016. A thought occurred to me today. Anyone sick of the heat in the city or inland. Did you know Mt Gambier almost always cools down nicely for the evenings. Just imagine sitting looking at this, in that cooolness with your favourite drink in your hand.
All the best to everyone for this season of festivities. A celebration of the birth of Jesus.
She thinks she's hiding.
Then some gardening, lawns etc. It's that time of year again with watering to be done. Keeping the place green is a priority to reduce fire risk so Tim's out shifting sprinklers in the middle of the night again. Speaking of Tim he's been doing a bit of milling again. Some redgum, Stringy messmate and blackwood from windfalls. The Redgum has been claimed by Pam for a table top. Sorry guys but this one won't be seen in the cottages. We need to let it sit for a year to make sure it's finished moving.
Now a little story: Last year at this time (flowers forming) we had a very large limb fall off one of our very large Stringybark trees. Thank goodness it missed anything important! After it fell Tim said we'll have to prune the ones that are left because there's just too much weight for the tree to support because we know that it has or has had white ants in it. You see the shed is right next to it. We were still "gunna" prune it. Well, here we are at the same time of year and guess what? Yup you guessed it. Another limb fell. We think that Pam caused this one to fall although it has an awful lot of flowers forming on it. You see; pulled the office door open then "CRASHH!!! She said it sounded like it went through the shed (NO! Not the shed!) Now we know what you're thinking "how can opening the office door make the limb fall off a tree 50m's away?" Well it just so happens that last year (at a different time) Tim opened the office door and the flowering gum in the driveway blew over in the wind. Do you see it now? That's 2 out of 2. This means that opening the office door is a risky business. We think it has something to do with the effect of wind or atmospheric pressures changing when the office door is opened. HMMMMM? Tim went to inspect and wow! It missed the shed! Phew! The limb twisted down and under itself before it fell onto the shed. This is where we say "Praise God" because if it had fallen straight down it would have made a real mess of the shed and it's contents. The only damage was to the roof of an old water tank Tim was keeping for a wood shed. It's all cut up now for fire wood with a few bits saved for making stuff and then mulch all the limbs for the garden. Another job done.
Water pump woe's today. Fixed now. Ahh, the things we do to live in a place like this.
continues to We thought we would tell everyone a little about the new Camino-Australia pilgram's walk. Over the last 2 years we've had a few visits from walkers who have been walking the trail. We're conveniently located along the walk and most walkers stop in to have their lunch in the gardens on their way through to Penola via Kalangadoo. I've pinched a bit from the net with links if you want any more info;
"The walk was developed by Sean Deany and Luke Mills, the MacKillop – Woods Way follows the journey taken by Australia’s first Saint, Mary of the Cross MacKillop, in 1866 from Portland to Penola, which is widely accepted as the birthplace of her Congregation, the Sisters of St Joseph. To read more click here.To read the Kairos Catholic Magazine online article by Luke Mills on the 217 kilometres walk he did following St Mary MacKillop’s journey please click here. To see a YouTube video of Luke Mills talking about the Camino Australia: MacKillop-Woods Way, please click here. To read Luke’s blog please click here. To read Luke’s Newsletter please click here: Newsletter 4 "
Great work Luke and Sean. We hope the endeavour continues to go well for them.
Poor old (or not) Arthur. We were rather rudely reminded that he was forgotten in the last letter. OOOPS!" Talk about spit the Dummy!" Rolling on the floor kickin' about: you'd think he had 'is throat cut. Needless to say: after a bit of time-out and a talk he decided on a couple of pics to share.
The first is at Binalong bay, Tasmania. A beautiful day and and what a lovely spot. Oh, did we mention that Tim's surgery to his thumb was done in Launceston hospital? The infection took hold on the boat on our way to Tassie for our annual winter holiday for 2 weeks. Well that turned into 4 and a 'alf weeks. We did get a little bit of sight seeing done though (between Outpatient visits).Whilst staying at one of our usual haunts in St Helens we did a bit of sight seeing and thought Binalong bay was just gorgeous.
We also Had a look in at the Sea horse world at Beauty point. All those wee sea horses! Cool. And not just sea horses. They had a petting area aswell where the children could get to hold sea creatures. A real hit with the children. We found heaps of stuff in the souvenir shop to buy. Reasonable prices too.
I know it may seem strange for some but as we mentioned; we have a winter holiday in Tassie each year now. Well this year was a doozy. Plenty of frosts up Launceston way. These pics were taken around 10.00 am. everything was still white.
We also love a bit of architecture. The water tower in Evandale for instance. A lovely job. Invokes the old saying "they don't make 'em like that any more". Then we accidently stepped into the wrong shop and found this gem. It's the old woolstore in Launceston. It's said to be the best example of high art neovou
Spring came early this year. We've had a much dryer winter aswell. I think it was about 40% dryer than the average. The grass has started growing sooner than expected as a result.
The last 3 months have been quite slow for Tin
m. He had a run-in with his Table saw. His thumb was cut but it was just a flesh wound; no, seriously. Not like Monty Python's "it's just a flesh wound". It was nasty but no serious damage to bone or ligaments. It was what happened next that caused the mess. To keep it short after treatment at the hosp. an infection set in and 2 operations later he now has a thumb with lots of damage. He may need 2 more opp's to get better movement. Let's just say he and his thumb are not real good mates at the moment. No pic's to look at. They're a bit gory for here.
There's been a lot of quilts coming in for Pam to do. She has lots of challenges with some of the custom quilts she has had to do but always enjoys the work. they always look fantastic and the customers love what she does with their master pieces. Here's a few she's done. (We only post pic's from people who have given us permission)
well that's summer gone! Puffff! Just like that. We thought we'd share some more stuff.
We've been busy in the garden areas with many more trees planted. We've put in Redgums and mallees. We've had some losses though. It just happens that because we water to keep the place green (both for you guys and fire protection), that the Wallabies want to come here. "Isn't that lovely" you might say. Well it would be but they don't just eat the grass! They love the nice soft shoots of the new trees. PFFFFFT! Need less to say we've lost some. Tim's been busy making tree gaurds. He's about half way we think? We planted about 60 trees so a lot to do.
One thing we do that hasn't been mentioned before is the timber. Tim has this little problem...he loves the stuff so much he's always looking for nice bit's. Now when we say bits; what we realy mean is logs. He loves to get them under his Lucas mill and let the chips fly. Logs are a lot like chocolate; "you never know what you might get". Those that have stayed will have seen some of it in the cottages and on your walks.
He's made a few bit's too.
Tim also sells his wood. Well except the bit's he loves to much which will go in our house. Speaking of the house; we've been doing some painting and repairs to it over the summer.
That's about it for now so 'till next time................................
Well it has been a while. Sorry to those who have been hanging out for more news.
We've been quite busy over the Christmas holidays. lot's to do in the gardens too. What with all that lawn and trees falling over and general gardening there's been heaps to do.
Two big Blackwood trees got to heavy and fell over near Rose Cottage. Tim has trimmed them up in the hope they will survive (Blackwoods are very resilient) So far so good. They are great for climbing.
Tim couldn't resist this photo of the sunset from Bear cottage. A beautiful view. (in my opinion). Note the Blackwood that also fell running from centre to right side of pic. Tim also trimmed this one up and so far it is surviving.
The swamps came up to the average level. This pic was taken in Sep.
Then late in Dec. Tim spotted this flower. Turns out it's the elusive Potato orchid. COOL! The first one ever found in the South east was in Telford scrub conservation park on Grundy's Lane in 2008. Nice find! Any of you orchid lovers need a new hunting ground. There are many varieties here in our scrub.
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