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Outdoor Barby Table


My saw mill has a slab cutter, so we slabbed up an old stringybark tree to make this bush table. It was just out the back under a tarp and it came up a treat. We’ve had 100’s of meals with family and friends at the bush dining table.

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Dog Tips

It’s no secret that I love dogs. I’ve had a dog since I was born. Barney, Buffy, Clarie, Lizzy and Rosie. Rosie is still going at 12 and Lizzy is stuffed and sitting on the stairs at home.  Training a dog to me is very important for t ... [read more]

Splitting Firewood

Mudgee is a cold place, so firewood collection is a big job that needs to be done on a regular basis. We’ve got plenty of fallen timber all over the property. So up the mountain we go in a couple of utes and a couple of chain saws and of course ... [read more]



Nothing like getting free materials from the bush. The whole family got together. We got about 4 ute loads of reasonably flat river stones and bush rock and together as a team we paved the BBQ area with natural stone. It looks sensational.





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Book Shelves

I always wanted a wall of books in one room, like a library room. So down to the workshop to knock them up. Veneered board with hardwood trim. A two tone bookshelf. I like them. [scotty_sign] [display-posts id='1751,1733' title= ... [read more]

Lucas Mill

A few years ago I bought a Lucas Mill. It’s a portable saw mill which you build over the log. We head up the top of the mountain where there’s plenty of fallen or dead trees; stringy bark, red box, etc. I drag the barrel of the tree out in th ... [read more]

Follow the Build – Mudgee Part 15


This outdoor BBQ means a lot to the family. So that’s why we kept it and the deck and built the new house around it. All of our family memories have been around that fire. I laid 600 bricks to build it and the hot plate is a 8mm plate weighing about 250kg. The cooking surface is 6’ x 4’ so thirty odd T Bones are not a problem. Only problem was from time to time it would smoke the deck out, (hence the goggles), so after years of copping the smoke while cooking and eating I decided to put some doors on and a chimney to draw the smoke.






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Follow the Build – Mudgee Part 16

Every bush house needs water tanks for all your water for the house but you now also need 25,000 litres purely designated for fire fighting. The two tanks at the house are for the house. The 40,000 litre tank at the shed is our designated fire ... [read more]

Follow The Build – Mudgee Part 14

It’s always good to start fitting the house out – bathrooms and the like but it’s the kitchen that’s always fun. I love wood stoves and Rayburn still make the same wood stove they’ve been making for years. So I ordered one with a smalle ... [read more]

Pork Crackling Recipe


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There’s nothing quite like some nice crispy pork crackling. My whole family loves it and it’s the perfect centrepiece to any Christmas lunch or dinner. Follow the instructions below to find out how to cook up some ripper pork crackling like mine.

Step 1: Massage oil and salt into the skin like you love it.

Step 2: Have your BBQ on super hot.

Step 3: Cook with the lid down for 40mins.

Step 4: Turn heat down to normal cooking temperature, time will depend on size.

I do mine on a rotisserie that I have on my BBQ and it turns out a treat.

This is mine last Christmas.

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