March 18, 2019

Here's another photo from our weekend away:

Walking across the salt pan of Lake Tutchewop.


March 17, 2019

The Murray River near Red Cliffs 
(river distance of 970kms downstream from Tocumwal)


March 11, 2019

Yesterday we attended the Lost & Rare Trades Fair at Kyneton, in central Victoria. 
The 2 day fair celebrated and showcased over 100 traditional artisans and makers who are reviving old trades. 

The fair was held at the picturesque Kyneton Racecourse. 

Here’s a little of what we saw:

Olivia O'Connor hand carves traditional wooden rocking horses.

Pete Murphy is a luthier, a maker of handmade guitars and ukuleles.

Jeff Donne calls himself a spoonsmith and makes wooden puppets and spoons by “axe and hand”.

Combining Australian cattle horns with fine Italian pewter is what Ross & Gill from Crofters Craft do, handcrafting them into spoons, drinking vessels and walking sticks. 

 Metal cookie cutters shaped by hand by Daryl of Bisk-Art.

 Young Max Tucker, the blacksmith. At just 16 years of age he was one of the youngest artisans. Max was making fire pokers with an intricate rams head on top.

Samantha Fray of Wood Duck Press with “Miss Daisy” a 114 year old letter press.


March 10, 2019

When the Murray River Rod Run comes to Tocumwal with a Saturday Cruise Night the streets are filled with classic cars and plenty of admirers.


March 5, 2019

Is this the food of the future? 

Chilli & Garlic Crickets

followed by Ant Candy
and yes... those black dots in the lollies are ants.

Available from the Edible Bug Shop if you are tempted.



February 19, 2019

Lesson #1: don’t sleep under a windrow of hay. 

I did umm & ahh as to whether to share this photo that was taken whilst baling hay early this morning. 
It’s not pretty. 

Foxes are a major pest in Australia having been introduced in 1871 when shipped from England for the purposes of sport hunting. They have decimated our native wildlife and continue to cause much harm. As you have probably gathered from my blog over the years we love our native wildlife here so we really dislike foxes. But a living thing is a living thing... he wouldn’t have known what hit him & it would have been very quick.


February 17, 2019

Artwork at the local pub

This mural on the wall of the Tuppal Hotel in Finley was painted by Wagga Wagga born street artist Damien Mitchell

It depicts a merino ram and woolshed which pays homage to the pubs namesake, Tuppal Station and the importance of agriculture in our area.


Valentine's Day

Spreading some country love... because we all need a little love in our lives.