Man at work – Paracas national Reserve
This post taken from DearNeighbour.com.au’s online shop
Nosey board – A fun, karma giving plastic sign that just wants to tell your neighbour(s) “Hello, I am here and I am looking at you!” – all the time.
The board is made from tough, durable polypropylene plastic (same as Coke platic bottles). The image printed on the sign is one of an angry neighbour with a rain cloud over its head. Every day is a rainy day for this neighbour. You will also notice the sticky beak/pointy nose that can’t help itself from poking over the fence… tisk tisk.
Ever tried to send a clear message to your neighbours without initiating pointless conversations and arguments but didn’t know how to? With the new Nosey Board, you’ll have your neighbour scratching his (or her) head. A Nosey Board is a tough, durable and weather proof plastic sign that has an image of a nosey neighbour printed on it (our very own DearNeighbour image). The nosey board sits on the fence, or on a post, or on your car and constantly and incessantly looks over the fence and keeps an eye on your neighbours. It is sort of like Karma – you look at me, I look at you, I look at you looking at me, and round and round we go.
We can send you the rectangular board so you can cut it yourself, or we can cut out the profile as per your request.
The Nosey Board can be cut and drilled in many different configurations so it can be attached to structures such as your front fence, side fence, other side fence, rear fence, a pole or post, motor vehicle etc… etc… You can even hang it from a tree or stick it in your window. The possibilities are limitless.
Check the product gallery photographs for ideas.
*** NOTE: Dog, rope and brick not included ***
Nosey Board Product specifications:
Nosey Boards are made from tough, durable and weatherproof corrugated polypropylene plastic.
Dimensions are: 4.0 mm thick and 686mm x 457mm in size.
Price includes GST and postage to your address.
If the Nosey Board is too much for you, try one of our friendly Nosey Neighbour postcards.
Dear Dickhead Neighbour ,
I sometimes feel compelled to expose you for your wealth of ignorance, primitive demeanor and plethora of stupidity. I sometimes also want to show the world your lack of integrity and limited intellect.
I then take a moment and think “let sleeping dogs lie…”. But this is not possible, you see. It is not possible because you, Dear Dickhead Neighbour, have a strong, false sense of pride and are too moronic to know when you’ve lost and it’s time to “let it go”. Perhaps you should watch Walt Disney’s Frozen and learn a thing or two about life and how to treat others.
I always thought villains such as Adolf Hitler and Osama Bin Laden hold their rightful place in the history books. And, it would be absolutely justifiable and necessary for someone to create a “shrine” in your honour – the shrine of Dickhead Neighbours. Where anyone could read about the moronic stories of the incredibly dull imbeciles.
The key is to turn something lackluster, petty and vile, into something worthy, enjoyable and beautiful.
Some awesome individual has done exactly that, created a shrine where all the Dear Dickhead Neighbours from Australia and around the world are worshipped in all their glory!
NOTE: If you are after the bamboo and shitty neighbours story, you can read everything about it on the ‘dear neighbour’ website.
Well, it’s been a long and winding road, full of potholes of despair… but after more than 4 years, I can finally say I have learnt how to successfully propagate Gracilis Bamboo from cuttings.
Here is the proof – this is a cutting that I successfully managed to root at the end of 2014, early 2015. See the roots coming out of the bud?
I have since managed to successfully propagate 8 out of 8 cuttings this year. Once you know the trick, it is quite easy to grow your own cuttings of Bambusa Textilis Gracilis.
The two diagrams below show in detail 1) When to take a Gracilis cutting and 2) How to plant the Gracilis cutting.
- Make sure you take a cutting from a mature culm, one that is over 12 months old.
- The culm diameter is important in the sense that it will hold water to feed the new cutting while it attempts to grow roots to survive. Use a culm where the inner diameter (the hollow part of the tube) is greater than say 7mm, so it can hold plenty of water.
- Take the cutting 3 to 4 inches above and below the culm node.
- Make sure there is one main branch coming out of the node and the size of the “bud” is large and looks healthy as this is the point where the roots will grow from.
- Take the cutting around the full moon phase. The moon affects the earth in many ways. In Bamboo, the moon’s gravitational pull draws sugars and starches from the roots and rhyzomes up the culm to help new leaf growth. These nutrients provide energy for the generation of leaves and fresh branches at the node of the cutting.
- Remove all small branches and leaves from the node – but leave the main nodal branch as this will be the cutting”s lifeline once it grows leaves.
- Plant the culm in a large pot with potting mix (large pot is good to avoid disturbing young plants during transfer).
- Use root hormone on the bud.
- Place the culm almost parallel to the ground (approximately 20 to 30 degrees to the ground) and ensure the main branch sticks up out of the soil, but the bud is well placed under the soil.
- Place the pot in a shady spot. I placed some pots at the base of the parent plant so its “new” environment hadn’t been changed.
- Water the pot on a daily basis for 4 weeks.
- Make sure the inside of the culm is full of water at all times.
- This process should completed during the warmer months to give your bamboo the best chance of growth.
- All that bamboo wants to do is survive and grow, this will best be achieved when there is high humidity and warmer temperatures.
One of the keywords that constantly keeps popping up in my statistics is “Gracilis Growth Rate”.
I would also like to crush any and all myths about this and set some facts straight.
- When planted from a cutting, Gracilis will do pretty much nothing the first 12 months. It will be sorry looking stick in the ground growing roots and a few small branches and leaves.
- The following 12 months, it will send some new small culms up – these will be the diameter of a pencil (maybe even smaller). The culms will grow to a height of approximately 2 metre or so and still look a bit sorry.
- After the first 24 months, things become interesting, and gracilis now throws some culms up to approximately 3 metres in height – but this depends on factors such as the size of the container, how much fertiliser/nutrients have been provided and how much water has been provided.
- Now you have a thick and dense Gracilis grove… the next year, you will see new culms that may reach the maximum height. The lower half of the plant will start to defoliate as the upper half grows most, if not all of the leaves.
- Gracilis is great for “all-round” privacy the first couple of years, but once it has matured, leaves only appear on the upper half of the culms. So it is great to block out a two storey window, but not ground levels. That is why I am planting some Malay dwarf bamboo in conjunction with my Gracilis… So if you want ground floor privacy from your dear neighbour, I would suggest looking at a different type of bamboo.
Anywho, that’s all from me for now, follow these guidelines, good luck and let me know how you went!
I look forward to hearing from you :)
Henry Gomez aka Papa Gomez.
Making homemade wine using homemade wine press – that is the name of this story.
A few years ago (7 years to be precise), I planted a number of red Muscat cuttings that were taken from my parents’ residence. Fast forward to 2016, these plants have endured the 2011 floods, the 2014 major hail storm, Indian Myna bird attacks and a number of dry seasons. I built a trellis so the vines could grow and provide much needed shade. I also added a number of other varietals including Muscat Gordo Blanco, Ribier, Shiraz, Flame grape, and Globe Grape. The only crop that has really been fruitful is the original Muscat. Maybe the other plants are too young to bear fruit, but I will give them a good trim this winter to encourage further growth.
I picked 100 litres of Muscat grapes this season, and put them in two 60ltr vats and let them ferment for 10 days. The ultimate objective is to make homemade wine so I had to make sure that temperature and fermentation speed was closely watched.
I also bought a French Oak Barrel made from French “full grown oak” timber – the oak gives colour, flavour, tannin profiles and texture to the wine as it ages. I know it’s the real deal because it has this stamp:
I also built a wine press from scratch, and saved myself over AU$700 in the process. The base was made of concrete which I poured into a 44 gallon drum. I used an old Acrow Prop to make the threaded shaft, and a Stainless Steel hollow bar as the spout for where the wine comes out of when pressed. It needs some legs and a ratchet mechanism which I will be preparing before next year’s harvest…
The timber staves are made out of Merbau screening timber, and I used 40mm x 3mm galvanised flat bar for the frame structure. The gap between the staves is very important – if the gaps are too tight you will have difficulty pressing out the must, and if they are too far apart, the pomace will ooze out the sides of your homemade winepress. M6 cup-head bolts were used to hold everything together. The homemade wine press worked like a charm and we were able to squeeze out approximately 75 litres of burgundy gold (this left us with roughly 40 litres of pomace).
The process of making homemade wine is quite simple, and you don’t need a lot of fancy machinery if you’re doing this at home. The grapes already have the sugar and yeast that you need for fermentation to take place. It does make the job easier if you have some “machinery” and measuring instruments, but it’s not primordial. I have to say that this was a lot of fun, and I’ll be doing it again next year – I also feel a great sense of pride in continuing an old family tradition. I’ll provide an update once I have tasted the wine in a few months – hopefully it doesn’t turn to vinegar!