Bushcraft, Bacon and a Brew in the Bush

Aussie123

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I did a couple of day walks to enjoy the warm spring weather. I’ll lump all the pictures together:

Lets get straight to the bacon.
A lovely big fry up with a buddy. We were both feeling a bit overwhelmed by the end of it, but "rather be sick than waste it" was our motto, so we ate it all:
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The Brew: Coffee. I was experimenting. I’d found some “tea and coffee” bags (sold empty, ie just the bags themselves) in a $2 shop,
So at home I added a scoop of coffee to each bag. To make the brew, I dropped a couple of bags in and boiled they for a few minutes.
Worked well. Good brew, and no messy grounds in the pot to cleanup:
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Bushcraft. There were a couple of projects I wanted to test out. Firstly a new pot hanger design. In my head it was “the ultimate” post hanger ever, ever.
In practice it wasn’t quite what I expected … so I’ll work on it a bit more ….
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More successful was the fork. I made 3 vertical saw cuts at the end of a stick:
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Then split the stick (so I have 2 fork “blanks”).
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I thinned down the halves, then sharpened the tines and tidied up the shape.
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They were no work of art, but quite quick and functional.
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I had selected a particularly bad stick, a eucalypt which was full of sappy growth rings and a twisting grain; and not particularly fresh (it had started to dry out had harden).
At least if I can deal with that, I’m fairly confident I can deal with any stick !
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The Bush:
While exploring around a nearby, favourite spot I was surprised to discovered a “new” gold mine.
The area is covered in shafts and adits, but I hadn’t seen this one before.
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The tram track is still there:
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Plenty of fungi about:

Including this lovely coral fungi (Ramaria spp):
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And many others. Here are a couple:
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I love wombat poo, but after all the bacon I couldn’t fit anything else.
This was very fresh and beautifully illustrates how wombats manage to balance their poo on top of things.
Square poo doesn’t roll:
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Here’s a kill site (or at least a feeding sight). Probably a local cat has eaten a bird:
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Thanks for looking.
 

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Great trip report. I am however, wondering where the "Spring" weather came from. :_lol:
I'd also like to know where the mine is. I love visiting old mine sites. Somewhere nearby might be a good spot to place a geocache.

Cheers,

b.
 

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A geostash for the Zombie Apocolypse - nice.
 
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Good trip report! How far did the mine shaft go in???
 

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Love your food motto!

Why do wombats balance their droppings on stones?
 

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Sounds like a good wee day out, thanks for sharing.
 

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Love your food motto!

Why do wombats balance their droppings on stones?
The higher to poo the better the scent will travel. The square bush nuggets are square so that they dont roll off the rocks. The wombat has an abnormally long digestive tract and one of the driest poos in the world. The result is a firm scat with anti-roll properties.
 
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