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The South of Sydney Camping trip — Day 1 (Jervis Bay)

Posted on Sunday 26 May 2013 by cjb @ 10:50 pm

With an impending house move out of Sydney that would most likely send me northwards, I made a plan to visit several campsites in the Southern Highlands that I’d long been interested in: a revisit to the Jervis Bay/Booderee National Park (that I’d bicycled to at the end of last year), the Kangaroo Valley/Bendella camping ground (famous for its wombats!), and the Belanglo State Forest (infamous for the Backpacker Murders..)

DIY NESTLÉ Coffee & Milk

Posted on Wednesday 15 May 2013 by cjb @ 3:33 am

Look at that Bastard! He’s just trying to stir up trouble with an image like that!

For my fellow Coffee & Milk (and other sweetened condensed milk) addicts, you can escape the Nescafe Pushers who are just tooling your entire life so they can be billionaires while you live in abject poverty.

…by making your own. For like 1/5th the price.

You will need:

  • 1 cup of Powdered milk
  • 1/3 cup of sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons of instant coffee

Place the lot into a small saucepan and heat gently while mixing it with a whisk. Add a small amount of water (I used boiling), and stir, repeating until you get the right consistency. Don’t let the saucepan get too hot, as things will start to caramelize on the bottom and be a bastard to clean– however you can play around with the amount of cooking time to intentionally set a level of caramelsation– but don’t let it get too thick. When it looks and tastes ready, pour into a bowl and put in the fridge. Ta-daa, Impoverished Student Sweetened Condensed Milk!

The recipe takes to changes pretty-well: I’ve used golden syrup when I’ve ran out of sugar, used 3-in-1 coffee sachets, a nice-quality cocoa powder (Chocolate & Milk! I’ll try a Chai Tea & Milk next…) And you could certain bump up the quantity of sugar and coffee if you’re making high-kcal concentrate for adding to hot water for camping or the Midnight Buzz…

The Postie bike trip to Hill End — day 8 & 9

Posted on Sunday 31 March 2013 by cjb @ 7:40 am

A full day at the Sunny Corner campground, and then returning home… (more…)

The Postie bike trip to Hill End — day 7

Posted on Sunday 31 March 2013 by cjb @ 7:25 am

The day’s plan was to leave the Wallaby Rocks campsite and actually return to the Sunny Corner site that I visited on the first day. (more…)

The Postie bike trip to Hill End — day 6

Posted on Sunday 31 March 2013 by cjb @ 6:37 am

With the ridiculous cost of the Glendora NPWS-maintained campsite ($7/pp/night/unpowered, showers extra– why would a large group of people or family even bother?), it was only the one night in Hill End. The next morning I did another explore of the area (finding an unsecured power-point), and got some more pics of the non-NPWS artifacts (which were posted in the previous day’s journal). (more…)

The Postie bike trip to Hill End — day 5

Posted on Friday 29 March 2013 by cjb @ 10:54 pm

Day 5 of the trip. Leaving the Hawkins Hill campsite for the ‘historical’ town of Hill End. (more…)

The Postie bike trip to Hill End — day 4

Posted on Friday 29 March 2013 by cjb @ 9:55 pm

I decided to stay a full day at the unofficial campsite on Hawkins Hill, to explore and tune into the place. There were a lot of ancient mining artifacts around– old access roads, some remains of a fossicking operation, and a mine. (more…)

The Postie bike trip to Hill End — day 3

Posted on Friday 29 March 2013 by cjb @ 1:35 am

At the end of the previous day, I’d been camping at Black Gate Reserve (..with the tent under the council shelter). At around 2pm the rain had eased up, and I could finally do the stretch of the track through Monogan’s Bluff– where the landslip that’d taken-out the 4WD access had occurred a few years ago. (more…)

The Postie bike trip to Hill End — day 2

Posted on Wednesday 27 March 2013 by cjb @ 11:34 pm

The goal for today was to head off from Sunny Corner, visit Bathurst for supplies (including an axe), ‘photographing ghosts’, and then hitting the Bridle Track– the legendary 4WD track between Bathurst and Hill End.
I found out about the Bridle Track, and got the motivation to do this trip, on reading that there had been a massive landslide a few years ago that was preventing the 4WDers from doing the track. I saw photos of the damage, and reckoned that the Postie could manage it– and there would also be the campsites to check out.