Mens Shed Needs Handy Men (Things Need Fixing)

There is a bloody big shed down the back of Wauchope Showgrounds that quietly fills with handy blokes each Tuesday and Thursday who band together to fix a range of things that need fixing, all in the name of charity. Ok, perhaps it is not completely for charity, I mean lets face it, there is something quite [...]

The Wauchope Wire

The Wauchope Wire

Wauchope is the most magnificent and friendly country town on the Mid-North Coast and in 2011, my wife, two small children, family dog and I relocated here and we absolutely love it. This website seeks to showcase what it is that makes Wauchope so special. I hope you enjoy it…. Country Roots..  Like many Sydney-siders, [...]

Doug Cairn Blacksmith

Doug Cairn Blacksmith

There is a mischievous streak a half mile wide in Timbertown’s resident blacksmith Doug Cairns. The twinkling eyes, the checky grin, if it were not for the grey hair, you would swear you were looking at a school boy let lose in a toy factory instead of a man with 30 years smithing who delivers [...]

Wauchope Farmers Market

Wauchope Farmers Market

One of the best things about living in Wauchope is the quality and abundance of locally grown food and there is no better place to sample the local wares than the Farmers Market which operates at the Wauchope Showground on the fourth Saturday of every month. On offer are inexpensive home grown fruit and vegetables [...]

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Hunger Is My Friend

The physical sensation of hunger is unpopular. Hunger doesn’t feel good, it can feel like a pain so it’s influence on the individual is striking. A person struck with physical hunger will act swiftly to allay the experience and the usual remedy is to eat something.  Early last year I did what I call a ‘fat-burn phase’. I ran [...]

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Sweet Potato Is Sweet To Grow

  The leaves of the sweet potato plant form a  thick ground cover. They grow on vines and need to be trimmed back regularly. When the leaves start to die like this, as is the case with regular potato, the tubers are ready for harvest. The leaves are easy to remove; the network of vines has [...]

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Today’s Basket – Winter 2014

  25 June 2014:  Broccoli, fennel, carrot, leek, sweet potato I planted the broccoli in autumn and thought I may have missed enough heat but have had beautiful crops. What I did miss (thankfully!) was the white cabbage butterfly. One of the joys of brassicas (brocolli, cauliflower, brusselsprouts…) in the cold is plants that have [...]

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Today’s Basket March 2014

  Basil leaves, eggs, eggplant, roma tomato, cherry tomato I’ll make pesto with the basil leaves. The eggs are collected every day but I’ve put them in the picture today.  3.3kg of roma tomatoes all from one plant, some previously harvested and still many more growing. I’ve found that when a tomato plant is not staked and allowed to grow [...]

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What’s Mine… Is Now Yours?

Stealing is stealing, however marvelous an anecdote it might make. Here are some anecdotes about stealing.  A man was driving on a remote road when he happened upon a small fishing boat sitting on it’s trailer on the side of the road. A wheel on the trailer was missing and from that, we might surmise [...]

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Pumpkin – Storing Up For The Winter

Pumpkin is a crop that stores well for months and for that reason I give more of my summer garden space to growing pumpkin. My family loves eating pumpkin and they’re a versatile vegetable in the kitchen. When you plant pumpkin seeds, build a small mound of compost and manure and plant the seeds in the [...]

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Program Yourself To Be A Conscious Human

On Tuesday afternoon I had time to sit and read while my car was being inspected by a mechanic. Across [...]

Garlic? Too Easy…

Gorwing garlic is easy and being a compact plant, with just 1 or 2 square metres of garden bed you can easily produce [...]

Follow The Rules, Except When You Don’t

People have a propensity for conformity. It seems to be part of the human condition, a useful characteristic some would say. [...]