We Are Jacks Of Many Trades






G’day all from Paradise (you know, Cooktown-Queensland, Australia).
Brad here again.
We’ve been busy little folk these past couple of days, trying to earn our keep and put food in us, Jack the dog & Jimmy the 4WD. It’s weird. If we don’t pour diesel in Jimmys tank, he goes on strike and won’t take us anywhere! And Jack…well if we don’t keep him fed he starts eyeing us off like we’re rump steaks.

On Wednesday we went out to ‘Farmer Johns’ and picked a heap of off season Limes and Lemons for him. Sounds simple, but due it being off season, and due to the Wet season restricting access to the property, it wasn’t.
Off season means the fruit isn’t that abundant. Well for the Limes at least. Also, a lot of it was too ripe or blemished for market demands. Then there is the ‘tangle weed’. This stuff grows like mad through The Wet, covering anything that’s above ground. The Lime trees had a blanket of weed on them, making it extremely difficult to find the already sparse fruits.
The Lemons were another story. There were basket loads of beautiful, juicy Lisbon Lemon fruit on the trees. I mean juicy. One average size fruit will half fill a cup. I can make a litre of really tasty juice with just two Lemons & some water & a bit of sugar. Problem is, the market demands clean, unblemished Green fruit. Yep, they want their Lisbon Lemons Green. Apparently, they become too sweet when they turn Yellow. Tina and I tested this theory. No. Lisbon Lemons do not go sweet! Well not to our taste buds at least. Unfortunately, most of the fruit was too ripe or blemished, so the entire day yielded onky eight baskets of Limes and Five of Lemons.

We also discovered that Lime trees have stealth thorns. Lemon trees have big-arse spikes that impale you if you’re not careful. But they stick out like proverbial dog balls! You just can’t miss them and so have a fighting chance to avoid them. Limes on the hand are sneaky buggers. Lime thorns are small and hide in places on the tree where you just don’t expect them to be. Like the branch you reach past to get at that perfect Lime inside the canopy. They slice clean and you only notice that you’ve been cut when you look at your forearm a few minutes later and see a mixture of fresh flowing blood, sweat and a few flies gorging on your vital fluid.
The only saving grace is that citrus has antiseptic properties. So when you do end up looking like something out of a slash fest flick, you know you won’t end up with some incurable infection.
We ended the day tired, scratched up and sweaty. But we worked, which means we’ll eat again. We also got a few bags of Lemons and Limes to juice and cook with. I think I’ve had more Vitamin C go through my body these past two days than I have in the past year!

Today I started prepping a boat for a new mate. He bought it down Bloomfield way but it needs some work and some modifications before it’s ready for the water. The pointy bit, that’s the technical term for the ‘Bow’, had been filled with expanding foam filler under timber. The wood is rotten so the lot needs to go. It also needs a light sand for a basic paint job above the waterline, and a bare metal sand along the  side bits (Gunnals). The owner wants to take it to the aluminium welder next week so I hope to get it all finished for him by tomorrow arvo.
I threw a new jockey wheel on it today, and got rid of the dead timber and some of the foam. I also managed to do some sanding.

When it’s ready, it may well have a 120HP motor on a pod hanging off its arse ( the stern). Considering it isn’t much longer than 17 feet, I would expect it will go like a shower o’ shit.

Anyways, this was going to be a short update…we will have a cool post tomorrow. Tina has been patting a Crocodile!
We didn’t get pics of the farm yet. Maybe Sunday when we go out. I did take a couple of the boat part prepped though.



  1. twistyman said,

    April 14, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    Thanks for updates….

    the gang says hi and miss you both..

    be safe, and lucky…


    • Tina said,

      April 15, 2011 at 12:25 am

      Hey my friend. I’ll send you an email. Gotta figure out this gmail video chat thing so we can say hi. Also need to find out how you are.

  2. Jodah said,

    April 15, 2011 at 7:44 am

    Hey Guys,
    All sounding like an interesting ride. Thinking of you.

  3. Nikki said,

    April 15, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    Wow! You are so handy aren’t you! One day Luke and will have to enlist your services for our bus to motorhome conversion project. Being nomads will be much easier when we have a house on wheels. As you well know!

    Only 3 weeks now til we hit Aussie shores. Will be in qld with mum for a while and will try to figure out a way to get up and visit you. Although even hervey bay will be too hot for us after living here, any further north and we may just melt!!

    We hope Tina still has all her fingers after her crocodile patting craziness!


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