SA Hunter: 20.4mm rain so far this week. Unfortunately a lot of places in SA didn't get a drop.
May 2, 2019 19:12:56 GMT 10
spinifex: Fingers crossed for another 20-30mm in the next week! At least its enough to get some paddock feed germinating and some early sown oats and canola up and running. We have some adult chooks that have never seen rain before. They are confused.
May 2, 2019 19:49:17 GMT 10
spinifex: If you listen carefully you'll hear a couple hundred thousand collective horsepower of tractor and the whine of air-seeder fans running thru the night.
May 2, 2019 19:55:14 GMT 10
SA Hunter: Yeah, they are madly seedling atm. How are you? Hiya Rem.
May 2, 2019 19:56:37 GMT 10
spinifex: Peachy. I've been impersonating a vampire today. Sucking blood out of livestock for testing.
May 2, 2019 20:02:14 GMT 10
SA Hunter: Hope your teeth aren't too sore?
May 2, 2019 20:15:06 GMT 10
SA Hunter: Hi all - we have added a new thread "How Are You Travelling"? So, how are you all travelling?
May 6, 2019 21:20:50 GMT 10
WolfDen: Hello everyone. I hope your week is going well!
May 7, 2019 9:48:37 GMT 10
SA Hunter: Hi all - another 10.2mm rain, more coming. Hope you are all keeping well.
May 9, 2019 10:41:49 GMT 10
spinifex: over 40mm in 10 days. Green feed now up. Happier days ahead for farmers and their livestock. (In our district)
May 10, 2019 8:43:20 GMT 10
Joey: Supposed to rain for 4 days where I am starting tomorrow. Will be interesting to see how much rain I get out of the TC Ann by the time its effects reach the Qld coast
May 12, 2019 19:00:13 GMT 10
SA Hunter: Got the weekend off, so, 15-18mm rain forecast. Oh well! Guess I'll get wet at my bol!
May 14, 2019 22:46:13 GMT 10
WolfDen: Have fun SA haha
May 15, 2019 8:53:39 GMT 10
spinifex: Wild mushroom season has started here. Surprised any have come up given the long dry spell we've had.
May 18, 2019 16:46:49 GMT 10
jonasparker: Looks like you all had a really good election down there!
May 19, 2019 3:16:23 GMT 10
WolfDen: Yep and it was a good result in the end
May 19, 2019 9:05:12 GMT 10
spinifex: power failure here for the last 15 hours. I must have pre-visioned it as I actually had my gen set out yesterday morning giving it a run for the first time in perhaps a year and doing some critical maintenance on it so it starts first pull.
May 19, 2019 9:55:21 GMT 10
milspec: Great timing Spinifex
May 19, 2019 10:35:21 GMT 10
spinifex: Spent an hour getting an elderly relations gen-set running. New B&S engines are less tolerant of old fuel than 20 year old Honda engines. Required complete fuel drain before start. Now ready for a night with high wind that might cause more black-outs
May 19, 2019 13:59:01 GMT 10
WolfDen: I hope everyone enjoys their Friday! Looking forward to the weekend! Hope everyone has a good'n!
May 24, 2019 10:26:13 GMT 10
Last night I realised I had forgot to run my back up generator for a long time. Possibly a year. Got it out this morning just to give it a run. Took a bit to get it going and ended up cleaning the spark plug. Not a task I want to be messing with in a pressing situation where I want the thing to run on the first or second pull of the starter. Next task is giving my 6hp rotary hoe a run. It's been idle for probably 4 years. Did a big clean-out of old vegetable seed as well because I had stocks that were upto 15 years old and would have very poor germination. Trying to decide how much of each variety to re-stock.
My issue seems to be less about having stuff and more about keeping stuff maintained.
I't seems like the 'forgotten things' might apply at some point in the future when I get to a point where I think I've bought/built all the gear I figured we'd need when we started this journey. For the present the shopping list still exceeds the funding line.
It has been my experience that as a 'throw-away' society we place a lot of cred with obtaining and not maintaining...I have always been in the situation where I often couldn't buy new or the latest/greatest so 2nd hand became the norm for larger prep tools (gene's and such)...the trick being to find well maintained gear or older school kit built 'soldier proof'...
this was born out when I worked for a hire firm where the average person hires goods, treats them like utter shit but expects 'as new' work from their hired stuff...good regular maintenance and cleaning would keep gear running admirably well passed what the average person would consider as a 'used by' date...
Always hunt out the 2nd hand dealers, farm sales (new and auctions), garage sales etc...and always look at the previous owners...funny story, when I managed rentals and was looking to rent a house to a person I always tried to get a look at the condition of their vehicle; a bit of dust, wear etc was fine, filled with rubbish and broken appointments was not i.e. no maintenance and no 'pride of ownership'...
Might pull out the generator this week and fire it up, should put my deep cycle batteries on a charge cycle as well. One of them (century battery of course) won't hold charge anymore so will have to one day look at replacing it when some extra funds become available.
By failing to prepare you are preparing to fail. -- Ben Franklin
Smart luck is when you work your arse off, so when the opportunity presents itself, you don't have to pray for dumb luck.