waltzing the digger.

we had no idea how big 20 ha are. to be honest, few people we know do; like most i used to think 800 sqm were massive every time i had to cut the grass … we’ve started to do a bit of work in our new ‘garden’, mostly trying to improve areas that we…

should have gone with dark grey.

i guess ‘better than new’ was out of reach. so was ‘good as new’, to be brutally honest. but hey, it’s better than it was before, for half a day at least. it is, after all, a utilitarian vehicle, and part of it’s job is to run over things, shove things around, drag things around,…

better than new?

finally i got those missing blade extensions, and now i feel so bad for the rather beat up and battleworn blade that’s been doing all the hard work for years, all by itself. this didn’t seem fair and i decided to do something about it. first i tried an angle grinder with a wire wheel.…

xmas in july.

i got nuts! i got bolts! i got shiny stuff! we had to do a quick unscheduled trip[ to the nearest store – 160km away in launceston. i guess it could be worse. and to be honest, it isn’t the ‘nearest store’, we’re not that far in the outback, it’s the nearest settlement that has…

digging in.

i’ve been having fun disassembling / fixing / reassembling the tiny digger for a week now, and i was definitely itching to take it out for a spin. and a dig. there is one particular spot that’s really overgrown with massive kunzea, and since this is possibly where we want to build our house we…

practice makes pancakes.

i think every mountain biker enjoys just ripping down the best trails, staying in the flow. interruptions get in the way. walking back up to session a section is unwelcome. it’s also unfortunatly the only way to improve. when the trail just streams towards you the focus is always on solving that next challenge; practice…

that very nearly went horribly wrong.

remember we got this adorable new (to us) baby excavator? and because it is only new to us but other than that pretty – let’s say: experienced, there are a few rough edges. like the missing boom light which has probably run off in search for it’s equally missing frame. and the cabling is missing,…

warning!

i may have mentioned this before, but the if you wanted any proof that our little baby excavator is a mean piece of machinery look no further than the canopy. i’m not sure if there is anything the designers didn’t print a warning sticker for; just looking up there makes one reach for an insurance…

it’s not a toy.

agreed, it certainly looks like one: a pocket sized excavator. but this thing is a serious tool and can do pretty much everything the big ones can, just on a smaller scale, which suits us just fine. and we can ferry it on this new (to us) trailer, behind the disco. the trailer needed a…

all hail the queen!

there are so many religions and cults out there, almost one for every woman and man. obviously there is also one for cyclists: it’s called strava. strava is what gives us purpose, it’s what tells us who we are, and it brings us together with those other believers, via the invisible power of gps receivers.…

unreal.

today first it was sunny, then rainy and the wind wasn’t blowing (a rarity in this neck of the woods). the result was some absolutely stunning evening light. we’ve never seen the bay like this; absolutely quiet and like a mirror. welcome to tasmania. absolutely unreal.