Thursday, 7 July 2022

Wood chopping......

Who knew wood collecting would create so many questions...........I did this post as the girls on zoom wanted me to show them my crazy load of wood on the bike......... when its too wet to take the ute out into the paddocks we take the bikes.......
then some of you were asking what type of wood etc............
This is the trunk of a big old box tree.............ignore the leaves as that is from a wilga tree that is growing under the box tree..........common occurence also........
This is the same tree from a distance............this box tree is a broad leaf box as opposed to the narrow leaf one and the shape of the leaves help sort those out.......that's what we call them anyway......
these trees are very old............I would love to know how old..............
We never cut trees down as the wood is not so good to burn at that time.......
We have timber that had been down on the ground for way to many years............
the older the better..........
Its from branches broken off in storms etc..........
Where my family live they mostly use ironbark......we don't have any of those trees........
Occasionally we cut some buddah which is nice and hot but not good over all as it's too sooty.........Pine tree are good too but I only use that to start the fire..........cut up fine pieces to get the fire going..........once again burns pretty hot.........
few chops with the chainsaw and its all cut up............
we had a helper learner this day.......
Chainsaws are never used alone...........just to dangerous.........
I have no desire to use one at this time.........I am a safety observer.........I pick up most of the wood
This timber is hollow as it gets eaten out with termites.......while standing.....so you get some bits thicker and some thinner...........sometimes I can tell by the colour of the wood if it's going to burn better or not......its also funny that some is more ashy then others too.........
We cut most of the way thru until you get near the dirt and you roll the pieces over and drop the dirt and cut the rest of the way thru................sometimes these pieces will naturally split in some of those cracks..........we don't take an axe with us I can pick some pieces up and drop on another piece and split them.........for the odd big ones that won't split Mr Chooky gets to pick them up..........
This time we found a surprise........lucky the chainsaw only just touched it..............Mr Chooky had no idea but it fitted perfectly in the width of the wood cut.........
Its an old rabbit trap.............no sign of anything in it.........goodness knows if its from when boy wonder used to rabbit trap 15 years ago or from many years prior............
you push down and the jaws open and stay set open until a rabbit or fox puts there foot onto the plate and it snapped shut...........the long peg gets pushed into the ground so they don't drag the trap away but obviously this one went for a trip back up a log so maybe it caught a fox.........they love to live in logs..........anyway back to the story........
We keep some of the thicker good pieces for night time so the fire burns all night.......
It doesn't cost to much for us to cut enough food for a week or 10 days.......
1/2 this log went to another home also.........
Anyway hope that answers some questions........ask away if I missed something.......
Catch you later............
Chookyblue.......




Tuesday, 5 July 2022

thanks....


Thanks so whoever blogged about this book in the last month....... Enjoyed listening to it......I only do audio books now days..... 
I use Borrow Box and it's free thru my local library.......
Catch you later....
Chookyblue......

Monday, 4 July 2022

zoom aka Chookshed Stitchers, binding, epp.....

wow.........where do I start..............what a weekend.........
Since getting home it's been a bit busy with lots of things so I wasn't even sure what I was going to be up to over the weekend but I knew I could not do a big zoom day...........
Being harassed by Lou and someone else pleased Lou harassed me (no names mentioned J*%@&) I had emailed the zoom list late in the week to say keep an eye on the emails if I decide to zoom........
We started off late (for me) on Sat morning and went thru til lunch...........
I worked on the EPP above.....part of Miss Elizabeth......I had worked on it a bit while away.........
Zoom Sat night above..........I missed taking a pic from Sat morning.......bugger........very slack of me........
Sat night I also remembered to tell the girls before we signed off about our new name and logo.........thanks to Lou's daughter for the logo..........its on the sidebar above the names and now we are "Chookshed Stitchers" thanks to Gail for the name........
Its not an exclusive group but it very special.........
So as the conversation developed Sat night we were trying to talk Sylvia into coming to Scrub Stitchin'............
Well guess what.............
Sunday night we had a special inpromtu session as Sylvia is coming...flights are booked.......some of the girls who go to SS were also online........so that was fun............and of course Lou and Raewyn are also joining us again from NZ.........OMG how am I going to keep my excitement down.......its my special time with so many friends.........
Sandy popped in also on Sunday night and the exciting news with Sandy is we got to meet on my trip...........I was stalking her shop sending her messages and she came down and opened up.....lucky me.....
I found a few treasures below and also the binding for a quilt Fairy Girl made....(not in the pic)
We then went out and enjoyed dinner together (that was planned prior)
Was so nice to finally meet we have been friends online for a long time......many many years.........
Sunday night I ran out of sewing and I remember this quilt was on the lounge waiting patiently to have the binding sewn down........I worked on binding a babies quilt Saturday and then frustrated with a couple of corner issues on that I started sewing this one down..........its a big quilt and nearly one side is done...............
This pic is from hols - one of my favourite locations........
And finally to summarise I ended up with lots more zoom then what I thought as the weather wasn't so nice and I jammed a couple of jobs in and even lazed on the lounge both afternoons and Sunday I managed a good sleep.............
to all you girls who I know were sick on the weekend I do hope your better very soon.....there was lots.....lucky it's virtual......
Hope you had a great weekend....
Catch you later........
Chookyblue.....



Thursday, 30 June 2022

update Churn Dash SAL.....

End of June update............
Junes' been pretty hectic....Sheep work, shearing, visitors, trip north, starting a short course and sadly back to work.......loved my long service leave....Lucky I got in and got some sewing done right at the start as not much else has happened sewing wise.........
Over the long weekend I had brought the Churn Dash fabrics in and started cutting them on the end of the bench.....I got some cutting done.......they look a little washed out here they are richer in real life.......we had visitors and it was cold..........
EDIT: This pic above is pretty true to colour. Just not the first photo in this post....... 
Since I got home I thought I better bring the background in and check it then I can start cutting............
woops.........I'm not sure.........do you think the fabrics at the bottom of the pic will stand out enough.......pinks, burgundies, greens, mustard & browns.........
will it work???? might need to make one......
Of course I already shared the double churn dash blocks earlier but since it is the end of the month putting it all together in one post........
While away I got a Lucy block finished.......took me two days in between baby distractions.....
I did work on a section of Miss Elizabeth after this but missing a pic.........
One of the pics from being away.........sunrise on the Barkly......This highway is one lane for maybe 80-90% or more of it..........and we had driven 250km before we passed a vehicle which you mostly have to get off the road to pass.........we had 4 more vehicles in the next 100km...........
I'm sorry I am way behind in blog reading but trying to catch up......no mobile service where we were so I have not read blogs since mid month........I will get there just busy with a few things......I have started with a couple..........slow and steady........
Catch you later..........
Chookyblue.........


Sunday, 12 June 2022

Fabric pull........

5 tubs open to find the mess in the centre..... Churn dash cutting here I come....... Burgundy, pink, green, brown, cheddar......

Keep the love of blogging alive......

Catch you later......

Chookyblue..... 

Thursday, 9 June 2022

shearing

What a week to be shearing.........finally we have finished.......
this was to be a quick post but it very long now sorry but hopefully you enjoy it.........
Its been a cold week..........some days really cold for me and we have had some sun.........others not much sun..........some days windier then others.......poking along slow on the bike is not too bad all rugged up but if moving faster OMG.........
think most was 12 deg felt like about 7 degC
Thankfully I avoided most of the work in the shed............which is good and bad........its warmer in there but I don't like it.........its only warmer as your not speeding along on a bike............in the wool shed it still has cold wind blow threw but as your always moving it isn't too bad.........
This is the top of a wool bale that is about to come out of the press...........while the pins are still holding the wool down you pull the top flaps over.......two go one way and these top ones go the other way........bale fasters get hooked in to hold it shut...........labeled, pins released, door opened and rolled out of the press..........there is no way I can move one of these bales except to push it on it's side.........they are heavy........you have big hooks you use to move them......
Since I was in the paddocks and not the shed i made scones one day............
served with jam and cream for morning smoko..........
I have shearers in my family so this is one of my brothers (who doesn't shear much now he was roustabout this day) who hopped on to shear a couple shearing with his son my nephew who is starting out..........the nephew is going really well and getting good numbers in his days...........
Due to it being to wet we have lots of wet bellies (the wool from the sheeps belly comes off first)
Here are some now all laid out on the floor to dry......cannot bale wet wool........
Here is my nephew shearing Lamby..........see that tuff on her head.....in the sun patch.........well that got left on her..........she looks so funny.........bit of a mullet/mowhawk????
Lamby and Bridget are the fattest sheep on the property..........Lamby still lives with the cows.........
Bridget waiting for her haircut.............
Here he is about to start shearing Bridget...........

If you want to watch Bridget being shorn check out this video I uploaded to Youtube.......
Also I uploaded a golden hour video I took muster a few weeks who...........
so pretty........link here
Sheep fresh off the shears are so fresh and white they are so much easier to see in the paddocks............just moving these ones back into cover yesterday so they had protection........with the cold weather they need timber and grassy areas they can find some protection in............
yes that is complete mud slop in the bottom 1/2 of the photo.........their is still so much water lying in the paddocks..........the ground is saturated.........

Another freezing day......worse if I can say that........no sun today and not sure we are going to get any either.........
11.30am  and currently 9.9degC (49f) that feels like 3deg C (37f)
Best go put some more wood in the fire...........
Keep the love of blogging alive.......
Catch you later.........
Chookyblue.......





Sunday, 5 June 2022

Wood collecting.....

After more rain this week we were back to the bikes for wood cutting........ Both bikes loaded up......
And I didn't drop any on the way home.... Several bumpy KMs.......
We talked about it on zoom and some of you said to show the wood load.......
Chooky....

New baby......

The presents I get.......
 
Brand new..... Brought home from the yards by my darling Mr Chooky...... Not quiet what I needed but......
Freezing cold day..... He was wet and muddy but still warm.......
He's had a bath, blow dry and a feed.... Now snuggled up on my lap wrapped up warming him up......I don't normally bath a lamb but......
He's tiny so we'll see if he lives but yes he'll live in the kitchen in front of the fire this week....... It's a chilly day..... Not much is going to happen here today......woops......
EDIT sadly he died.......
Keep the love of blogging alive.....
Catch you later......
Chookyblue......