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Cleaning up with fire

by cjj on September 5, 2011

burning off the side of the road

Burning off the side of the road

Last Saturday morning a few locals got together and tidied up the side of the road outside our place with fire. The grass was very long and thick. It hadn’t been cleared in anyway since it was last burnt 10 years ago. The smoke was quite spectacular, and they did a good job, keeping it under control, and not doing too much damage to the living trees.
On Saturday evening we saw a whole lot of quail walking across a cleared area towards our house yard. It was a shame that they also saw us, and they flew back into the long grass in the paddock. We have never seen quail near the house before. We thought that maybe they had lost their home in the fire.

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That time of year again

by cjj on May 13, 2011

Basil, hit by our first frost

Bazil, hit by our first frost


Besides being very tasty to eat, I like having basil in the garden because it tells me when we get the first frost. That’s because it’s the most sensitive to the cold.

So, that’s my news, we’re into the frosty season. Woopee!

At least our slow combustion fire is keeping the house warm. We have a fan on it this year, and the warm air is spreading right around the house. So there is plenty of inspiration to cut fire wood. J has already cut up some thick wood, but we have a ton of smaller branches that fell off trees in the stormy season. I don’t mind that chore, it’s exercise, and I can listen to stuff while I’m doing it, so it’s not too boring. And if it’s a cold day it is certainly a good way to warm up.

Pile of fallen branches and a load of fire wood

Pile of fallen branches and a load of fire wood

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Cooking in the back yard

by cjj on May 8, 2011

cooking in the back yard

Cooking in the backyard

I love this time of year. It is not hot, and not yet too cold to spend our evenings outside. Last week we had our fire burning all day so it was just natural to want to cook on it.
I have a bit of trouble when I cook. I don’t use recipes, I just look at what food I’ve got and throw a selection of it together. So sometimes it works, but other times it is a bit strange. Luckily, neither of us is too fussy.
I’m also not very good at cooking a meal until I’m hungry, so of course I want to cook it quickly. That might be why I’ll eat anything. I’m hungry!!!!

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cleaning up with a portable fire

by cjj on April 17, 2011

Hibachi

J's hibachi is about 40 years old and still going strong

J has had this hibachi since before I even knew him which was a long time ago. It has lasted that long! I just love the face on it. We used it today to burn a little bit of garden rubbish. We can do this because we don’t have any neighbours!
A short note straight from wikipedia: The hibachi (火鉢 “fire bowl”?) is a traditional Japanese heating device. It consists of a round, cylindrical or a box-shaped open-topped container, made from or lined with a heatproof material and designed to hold burning charcoal. The traditional Japanese hibachi is a heating device and not usually used for cooking.

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