Turns out, the design is flawed. You can’t cut biscuit dough with that wombat cutter, but you can stamp it!

So wombat stamped choc biscuits it is.

We have 3D printers at work, so I now have a small Wombat shaped biscuit cutter.

And the #Photo album of some #Bird #Photography is now online.


All four of these animals were awesome to work with.

Link goes to album, photos here are just teasers of the 4 birds at the link.

First test of my new Suntek HC900A trail camera last night caught one of our resident Swamp Wallabies in the yard having a feed.


I recently bought a camera trap/trail camera/wildlife camera off eBay. This morning I positioned it to watch the bird feeder to see what's been popping in to eat the sultanas.

It turns out, it wasn't a King Parrot or a Rosella as I thought it might have been, but a Pied Currawong!

Our area made the national current affairs, although not for great reasons.


A story on the woeful state of the National Broadband Network in the Samford Valley region.

I came across another duck family this afternoon leaving work. This one consisted of 6 fairly new ducklings and two fairly laid back parents (usually Papa duck will hiss and run at anyone close, but this one didn't mind me being about 3.5-4m away).

#bird #duckling #AustralianWildlife #AustralianWoodDuck #photo #nature

A heads-up that Sunsetting of Python 2 is definitely(?) going to happen on Jan 1, 2020.

"That means that we will not improve it anymore after that day, even if someone finds a security problem in it. You should upgrade to Python 3 as soon as you can."

#Programming #PythonLanguage #Python2 #Python3


Beef Stew
1 - 1.5kg of Skirt steak
1 Onion
2-3 cloves garlic
1-2 sticks of celery
1 large carrot
6 large button mushrooms (or Swiss Brown)
1 can of tomotoes
salt and pepper to taste
1 tspn dried basil
1 tspn dried rosemary
2 teaspoons paprika
olive oil
Cube the skirt steak into cubes the size you want in your stew (about 1 inch sqaure worked well). Brown all sides of the meat in a very hot pan (I used a cast iron frypan, and some oil). Browning the meat seals in the juices and improves the flavour. Dice all the vegetables.
Now put some oil in your slow cooker, and add all the ingredients, stir, place the lid on, and set on High for 5 hours, or low for 8-10 hours.
Just before serving you can thicken the stew slightly with 1 Tablespoon of cornflour (corn starch), dissolved in a little water.
Serve with buttered toast (a good dark rye bread works fantastically, but any toasted bread would do).


Head's up people, Google is now charging per 1000 views of maps on your site.

Previously they were charging for API access but they've changed policy to charge for map page views now.

So, what are the alternative, *good* map services out there ?

Stacey at work returned from a conference in Singapore and brought these odd confectionaries.

They taste fairly bland, but the packaging is all sorts of wrong.

Marketed as an Oat Choc, and branded Danish Dreams, there’s is no chocolate in them at all, and they’re made in China not Denmark.

Birds around the yard this arvo. Still blowing a gale out there, so a lot of the birds aren't out in the open, but I found some Sulphur-crested Cockatoos, Crimson Rosellas, and a Little Wattlebird.

#bird #photo #nature #AustralianWildlife

Hmmm, looks like the fire is getting bigger:

Rural Fire Service Advice:

STAY INFORMED: Cedar Creek/Samford bushfire as at 3pm Sat 7 Sept
Bushfire warning level: ADVICE
Currently as at 3.30pm Sat 7 Sept, a bushfire is burning in the vicinity of Belinda Pl and Mayfield Rd, NW of Samford.

Properties are not under direct threat at this time.

Response Date: 7/9/2019 1:37 p.m.
Vehicles on Scene: 11
Vehicles on Route: 0
Last Update: 7/9/2019 3:39 p.m.

While checking on the fire situation (we're in no danger at the moment), I took the opportunity to shoot this panorama looking back towards home, and Mt Glorious in the distance.
As you can see, the dust storm from out west is definitely making itself known.

Vegetation fire down the road (the [I] on the map). We're not in direct line of it (we're the blue dot), but the only road in and out of the valley is, if it spreads down the mountain (the wind is blowing towards the north-ish).

Fire fighters are on the scene, so hopefully they'll get it under control quickly.

If someone has lit this (and the other fires around the state), may they be caught and awful things done to them.


I wonder if spammers realise that by all sending from .pro domains I can easily delete the spam on receipt?

I guess, they'll move to another domain eventually, but it's good while it lasts.

Bobbing along, singing a song (well, ok, cheeping a song).

The ducklings were out on the lake yesterday afternoon when I left work.

#duck #duckling #nature #photo #photography #bird #birb #AustralianWildlife

In other news, probably no posts this weekend as we're under a Total Fire Ban all weekend.
This ban doesn't actually prevent me from lighting the forge, as it's enclosed, and that's allowed, but why risk it ? After all I live in the forest, and fire is always at the forefront of my mind as we head towards summer.

The source of the mailserver disk space issues has been discovered! Someone (*cough*wife*cough*) had 30Gb of log messages (emailed to her from her sites she manages) dating back over 10 years.

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