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HBS Guy

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Well, fuck me! Just as I was resigned to the block I had chosen and had sent of the title to the George Town block to the conveyancer another agent (one I rang about a property that had sold long ago) rang a couple hours ago: a bigger block in a better area has just come up, a fraction too dear (after bloody stamp duty etc.) Love to buy it, will see if I can raise a $10,000 mortgage.
 
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johnsmith

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Well, fuck me! Just as I was resigned to the block I had chosen and had sent of the title to the George Town block to the conveyancer another agent (one I rang about a property that had sold long ago) rang a couple hours ago: a bigger block in a better area has just come up, a fraction too dear (after bloody stamp duty etc.) Love to buy it, will see if I can raise a $10,000 mortgage.

if it came up after having previously 'sold' the seller might be getting desperate. Offer what you can afford and then wait a while. If the owner is desperate you won't have to wait long.
 

HBS Guy

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Been working on my block, cleaning “rubbish” when I decided it was lunchtime.

Walked to the front of the block, in front of the dense growth of trees where other councils would have a side walk—a 2' black snake was wriggling into cover. Thank fuck for heavy, steel toecapped work boots eh? Snake would have heard them and decided to go in the direction of away, not be sitting there when I paddled along in slip ons.

Likely it was what Tasmanians call a whip snake and not that harmful but who knows?
 

johnsmith

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Been working on my block, cleaning “rubbish” when I decided it was lunchtime.

Walked to the front of the block, in front of the dense growth of trees where other councils would have a side walk—a 2' black snake was wriggling into cover. Thank fuck for heavy, steel toecapped work boots eh? Snake would have heard them and decided to go in the direction of away, not be sitting there when I paddled along in slip ons.

Likely it was what Tasmanians call a whip snake and not that harmful but who knows?

Snakes are deaf. ..they can't hear shit. He would most likely have felt the vibrations you made when you were walking. Good idea when in snake country to stomp your feet as you walk that way you give them the most notice and time to move away.
 

HBS Guy

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I think it was a red bellied black snake, venomous but cowardly. Fucking council won’t do a damn thing about it. Ah well, not my problem from next week. Saved some time and hassle—landscaper will come and pick up my trees, look after them. Excellent! George Town has enough rain I do not need to irrigate my trees, new place much drier.
 

pinkeye

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Council couldn't be bothered with a snake FFS.! They're everywhere, just because you don't see them. Snakes are everywhere in the Bush, AND the suburbs, in OZ. Maybe less so in Tasmania, but still...
 

HBS Guy

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Council couldn’t be bothered doing anything much, apart from charging the highest council rates in the state!

But that road reserve is choked with trees, weeds and blackberry vines, needs tidying up.
 

HBS Guy

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Lifted the cider apple trees no problem—this is the bit I worked on the most. Lifting the pear trees—yucky sticky clay. Yet the cherry and apple trees did fine in it! So did some pears.

Biggest problem is fungus—too wet in George Town.
 

HBS Guy

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Still some nice blocks available for a reasonable price in Tassie. Cheapest block is $8.500 on the west coast.

Not that I am looking at it but VERY advisable to get a mining search done prior to buying, never know what is under the surface of the block there!
 

HBS Guy

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Hah, courier rang the bell, left a package—the real estate firm that sold my George Town block sent me a nice book about Tasmania. Nice touch.
 

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While doing food shopping recently, I look at the fruit juices and see Nudie have a limited edition watermelon, lychee, pear and lime drink.

the price is more than the usual Nudie range.
It was $8.50 for 2 litres.

I must say it was worth it... so yum... and then I think... it’s cheaper than a bottle of wine!

I have actually paid $10 for a 2 litre bottle of freshly squeezed orange juice from our local IGA as they have this machine that juices the oranges, and an individual fridge for the juice.

So yeah.... love these :)
 

HBS Guy

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As long as the pulp of the fruit is in the juice then finem healthy as well as nice.

Fourteen 250ml jars of apple butter, yum!
 

HBS Guy

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Winter is approaching so I bought a box of rolled oats and made some porridge for myself for breakfast. Wonderful with a a spoon of apple butter!
 

johnsmith

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porridge? I only ever tried it once when I was about 8yrs old .....I've never had anything as disgusting as that since ..... and I've had tripe
 

HBS Guy

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Chinese style tripe I can eat a bit of, porridge sounds yuck yet is a good breakfast for a winter day. I add some dried fruit, sultanas etc, and the apple butter goes with it a treat!

I was force fed this as a child in Holland, swore off the stuff, but somehow developed a liking for it. Good for removing cholesterol from arteries. Oatmeal stouts are godly!
 

HBS Guy

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Hmmmm we went for a drive, ended up in Strathalbyn High St, home of four antique shops {honestly don’t know how that happened, Siri must have influenced the satnav) I saw a “waterfall” kitchen dresser, 1300mm (≈ 4') and fairly high.

Waterfall means the top shelf is deeper, the next shelf not as deep, etc. Quite high so tho not that wide can still put a fair bit of stuff in it. The cabinet underneath can serve as sideboard. $1950, depending on how real estate developments in Tassie go I will buy that soon. Because it isn’t all that wide can have pan and broom cupboards etc. As often happens, the lower shelf of the cabinet has no floor. Can rig one up easy enough. Shopkeeper happy to keep the dresser in her shop as display shelving until I move to Tassie,

That was nice. Next stop was when the sweat poured out.

Shop is closing down yet there was new stock—stuff from her house now can fit in the shop.

She has one of these steamrollers where you can put water in the tank, firelighters in a tray that shuts—steamroller eventually rolls under its own, errrr, steam. $600 and I WANT IT! LOL! Be cool tho!

First shop I went to has two chimney pots, easy 1.2m/4' high, decorative rim, put on either side of path into back or front garden (cement in place I think) put a big pot inside with some plants in it—look nice. They are a bit fragile tho “chalky” and I would buy these in Tassie. Second shop had two iron pot holders, 1/4 the price of the chimney pots. Might get them.
 

HBS Guy

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Have to replace a few trees died or I thought not worth moving.

Looking through cider apples, have ordered two each of the two apple varieties used to make calvados. Give it a go, why not? I lost a Yarlington Mill bittersweet cider apple but had included a spare in the order last year. Will buy a beurre bosc—both trees I had looked too sickly to be worth replanting. My neighbor scored well, the shelves from the garden shed, two beurre bosc pears and a sturmer pippin apple and a peach tree. And a Green Horse perry pear—they preserve well. Added a couple multipurpose apples, cider and eating incl a Hubbardston Nonsuch and a Kingston Black cider apple.
 
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