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I think the gods are conspiring against me lately! I unlocked the front door as I do everyday & as I pulled the key out the tumbler assembly came out & half a dozen pieces flew out :shock: I'll have to find out if just the barrel tumbler can be replaced or I have to buy a new handle assembly.
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I got out early yesterday and finished off the job of cleaning around Gael's studio and carport yesterday. 10 minutes in I was aching from the day before but kept at it and pretty much finished all I'd planned to do. Tried to recover enough gravel from the pile in front of the shed but there wasn’t enough there so I guess thats another $300 to $400 for another load.

State elections here today and the sitting party has been in for 8 years, an Australian record for any party. That might well end today if there is any blowback from the heavy handed way in which the Covid lockdowns were handled? We travel to Bruthen a small ex timber town some 10 kilometres away to vote as thats our nearest settlement. Lovely little town and the gateway to the high country.

Voting is mandatory in Australia which is just as well knowing our apathy towards politicians as nobody would vote. There’s a new business in Bruthen specialising in honey products but has a cafe too so we might grab a bite to eat and try it out. Voting in a small town like that is nicer than the bigger centres because we know a lot of people after all these years and they are all friendly anyway.

We will be wearing masks as Covid is more prevalent than it appears here.
 

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I looked online at the make of door we have & they do a tumbler lock replacement but there are three different types/sizes & no way of knowing (to me) which one I need :frown: so I got the local locksmith out who sorted it out in 10 mins, New barrel with three keys for £100.

Another heating engineer turned up yesterday to look at the boiler & it needs a new inlet water valve, They're going to ring us a quote for that job on Monday.
 

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Hopefully the adage “things come in 3’s” doesn't effect Lancastrians!

Encumbent state govt. recieved a record 3rd term and the voting process was slow. We started in a group of about 30 people waiting to go through but there was only one person taking registrations.

My theory about a blowback from Covid restrictions mustn’t have meant a thing as Labor doubled the opposition vote.

No cook at the honey shop cafe so I had a waffle with blueberry sauce and ice cream. I don’t usually expect dessert for lunch but there was little choice.
Waffles..awful things full of sugar and cloying! Yuk never again!

Locals were as friendly as ever.
 

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Hopefully the adage “things come in 3’s” doesn't effect Lancastrians!
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LOL I'm frightened of touching anything else.

Missus went out to one of the old cotton mills that's been turned into business outlets yesterday as it was a sales weekend & came back with nothing :shock: I asked her if she wasn't feeling well as that's never happened before. :D

We had seven of these monster cotton mills on our doorstep when I was a lad but there's only two left now. You could hear the hum of machinery going 24/7 all over the town in the 60's. The silence was deafening when they all closed down in the late 60's early 70's. The rest of them were demolished for building land.


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I went to see the last one getting demolished & watched them taking out the flooring to vbe reclaimed, Not sure what type of hardwood it was but the underneath of these huge planks were like new, The floors had been down over 115 years with constant 24 hour working shifts & still good as new.

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Quiet weekend here. Put a few items up for sale locally and two have sold so far. Just moving on from things I don't use any longer. Gotta do that every once in a while and it actually raises a decent amount of cash.

It's my granddaughter Rylan's 5th birthday on Monday. How time flies. Seems not at that long ago I was holding her in my lap giving her a bottle. Today I'll probably do some laundry and watch a football game or two.
 

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Waffles..awful things full of sugar and cloying! Yuk never again!
Them’s fightin’ words! However, my waffles aren’t sweet until I bathe them in maple syrup. I do not put powdered sugar, whipped creme, fruit, or really anything except butter and syrup. Occasionally we do the fried chicken and waffle thing, and it’s quite tasty! This, I wouldn’t eat and find this sort of waffle presentation disgusting.
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You can have my share!

Spent time working on the veggie frames yesterday as some herbs were overwhelming other plants so some got thinned our and cut back, then the material composted. Ran raspberry canes along wires to get them out of the way. Bella and I went for a walk down near the dam and scooped up some lovely sloppy cow manure and added water to make liquid fertiliser. Smelly but worth it’s weight in gold for the garden! Gave the veggies a good feed and a water in.

I made up a jumper wire and removed the switch on the misbehaving pump on my spray pack on the old tractor then and bridging the wires, found that the switch isn’t the problem, It’s the motor! I might have to buy a new motor this morning.

I also checked problems with my PCP air rifle as the rabbits are thick again. It seems the pressure in my SCUBA tank is at the bottom level of 200 Bar.
The only filling site was and hour away and he’s been shut down for supplying contaminated breathing air. He’s the local police sergeant in small rural town and that leaves me up that well known creek without a paddle. I’m heading into the gun shop this morning to see if they can suggest an alternative and if not I may consider trading the PCP in as it’s no good if I can’t fill it. It would make the system too expensive if I had to buy a compressor to fill the gun myself. Not sure what to do ATM.

Into town by 9 to pay for Gaels birthday present, a new iPhone.

As I’m going next door to the Kubota dealer I may have to sneak in and look at a Kubota Sidekick side by side...Shhhhhh!
 

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Those wabbits are doing to be in your veg patch in no time if you don't get that rifle fixed :D

I got some more compost out of one of my compost piles yesterday that I haven't touched in around three years :shock:
There is some excellent material coming out of it from the bottom of the pile that I will mix with last years used potato compost along with some 6X concentrated fertiliser. Really good stuff, you only need handfuls instead of spadefuls.
I got about 120 litres out of the pile before my back say stop :frown:
 

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Been busy as!

Did heaps yesterday culminating in cleaning up and pressure washing the verandah and patio which total about 16 squares. I did the patio furniture too and hopefully it will stay looking OK for a while. Shawn was here and he got a lot done for us including stacking the red gum he split a couple of fortnight's ago. There are some 400 pieces and thats the start of firewood for 2024 and there are numerous piles of trees to still be cut up, split and added.

This morning its mowing and we have family coming after lunch.

Lovely bright sky with a slight mist over the property at about 0600.

I dropped in to see the Kubota dealer the other day to find out he dropped dead in January. JIm was only 56 and I really liked him. It was a shock! You just don’t know whats ahead, do you?

6 months delay on side by sides according to one of the owners of the dealership! I spent time getting to know Jennifer and I think it will be time well spent for future dealings.

Got to know the manager of the only gun trader in town (new owners) also the same morning and that appears to have given me a lead in getting access to a compressor to recharge my SCUBA tank for powering my air rifle. I'm going to a hand gun club meet on Saturday to see what I can talk my way into as they have a compressor. FIngers crossed. Contacts make all the difference in a country town!
 
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Big day mowing yesterday but it was perfect conditions and the ground was even dry for a change. Grandaughters here today for Gael’s 78th birthday and officiallly the first day of summer.

I’m expecting the Tesla solar battery to be installed today.
 

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Hope the Tesla install goes well, Pics needed. :thumb: Getting that compost out of the pile the other day has aggravated my back again :facepalm: It just wont give me any respite at present. Not much on today apart from going to my local clinic for my next three monthly hormone injection. Exciting life I lead :D
 

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Hope the Tesla install goes well, Pics needed. :thumb: Getting that compost out of the pile the other day has aggravated my back again :facepalm: It just wont give me any respite at present. Not much on today apart from going to my local clinic for my next three monthly hormone injection. Exciting life I lead :D
Your wish is my command!
They left my shed in a heck of a mess so thats this morning's project.
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Now we’ve got to wait for the electrical inspector to sign off on it before we can access the storage. There’s another big box attached to our freestanding meterbox outside that handles all the routing and switching of power. If we have an outage the box switches over to the battery seamlessly they tell me and it handles, demand, storage and feeding back to the grid.

Now all I’ve got to do is work out how to get the Tesla app into my phone...Sigh~
 
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Thanks for the pic,nice one Rob, Looks like a very neat & tidy job installed on the wall. What a great piece o kit to produce your own energy with all sunshine down there.

I can imagine trying to get your head around that app, bloody mobile phones, I hate the things, I've got 9 voicemails on mine & not a clue who they're from or even bothered to opening them :shock: !!! I'm not bothering with them as they're usually a scam or some sort.
 

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Thanks for the pic,nice one Rob, Looks like a very neat & tidy job installed on the wall. What a great piece o kit to produce your own energy with all sunshine down there.

I can imagine trying to get your head around that app, bloody mobile phones, I hate the things, I've got 9 voicemails on mine & not a clue who they're from or even bothered to opening them :shock: !!! I'm not bothering with them as they're usually a scam or some sort.
I don’t do voicemails either! If they need me badly enough I’m sure they will ring back.
 

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Uh oh! The dreaded Christmas decorations was mentioned yesterday :wow: The neighbour across the street has started to put them up & my missus saw them & said Is our tree still up in the attic?

Yes I said & I don't know who is fit enough to clamber up through the hatch to get them. :thumb: The ceilings in this old house are over 11 feet tall & with my tall set of step ladders it's still a heck of a job to pull yourself through the hatch.
 

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I'm only too happy to say my days of hanging lights along the eaves and around a 20' tall Ponderosa Pine tree in the front yard ended long ago.

The kids have decorated their house nicely so I'll just share in their Christmas cheer. I have zero room for a tree so there won't be one here and although some of my neighbors have decorated their patios with lights it's not worth the bother or expense to me.

Christmas is mostly for the young and I do have two young granddaughters nearby with whom to share it. It was also Rylan's 5th birthday this past Monday and Sunday is her party so I'll attend that. rylanat5.jpg
 


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