Time for an intro, plus some photos from a small firewood collection, ute involved for car content.
Short version; Male aged 42, married, 2 kids. Self employed, works from home on an old farm. Likes most cars. Owned some cars I regret selling. Lives in country Victoria, Australia, hill billy/recluse in training.
Long version below, including some photos.
Disclaimer; I'm not great at writing and know I will make many errors in all aspects of this. Knowing this I'll gladly accept any constructive criticism aimed at helping me correct crappy spelling/grammar/etc..
I'll try and keep this brief.(failed) I stumbled upon Jalopnik via a news feed on my iPhone around a year ago. This is how I found Opposite lock and all the other sub blogs around the kinjaverse. After a few months of reading the stories and then the comments I wanted to join in! Although I'm 42 years old I have never really gotten into the whole social network or blog type thing. Not sure why, just been busy with other crap for the last few years and never really sat at a computer after work(even rarely at work). So as I said I'm almost 42 yrs old but mentally I'm still stuck in my late teens early twenties, that's what my wife tells me anyway. Oh yes, married for 5 years(I think it's 5 yrs) to the girl I met at a friends house, I think it's 20 yrs ago this year? and have two kids a girl (7) and a boy (2.5).
Started my own small business just over 10 years ago from home, moved the buisness to a factory for a few years before buying an old vinyard/farm 4 years ago and shifting back to working from home again. As I work from home and my work is sent to me via email and materials/finished goods get delivered I have sort of become a recluse. Working long hours from home(not for Google and no BMW)means that there are times where the closest I get to civilisation is putting out the bins or retrieving them each week, sometimes I don't even put them out. I've got friends that drop in and I do go out so I'm not completely cut off but it can feel that way sometimes. I think that's why I wanted to become part of this vast community.
The area I live in is around 1.5 hr drive from Melbourne in Australia. It's a heavily forested, hilly area with dairy farms, orchards and vinyards dotted around along with timber mills that process the near by forests. There's some very nice national parks surrounding the area with a lot of off road tracks to explore. Wildlife is over abundant judging by the fresh daily roadkill trophies along the road. The worst things to watch for when driving are Deer, Kangaroo and Wombats, listed in order of damage inflicted, Deer being the worst.(hit one).
My love for cars started early like most kids with matchbox/hot wheels and anything that could move pretty much. My mum did some pinstriping on trucks at home in as a side business on the weekends so I saw a lot of different vehicles up close as a small child. Dad had an early landcruiser from new that I think was a 1970/71 that I wish I had now. Got my first car at around 13/14 yrs old, it was a rusted out 1965 vw beetle. The body stuffed but it was a daily driver up to the day I picked it up and the mechanicals of it were sound. I spent a few months driving in paddocks(fields) and occasionally take it into some thick scrub and use it like a bulldozer, pushing tracks through the vegetation. Some times it would get so thick that the entire front of the vehicle would start lifting off the ground, being a beetle it was well suited with no radiator to get damaged plus it was light up front. Eventually the mechanicals of this car got transferred into a buggy frame and had a blast in that until selling it once I was old enough to drive legally.
I've had a few cars that I regret selling including a near mint 1956 beetle and a 1971 Holden Monaro coupe. I'll post some photos of these and some other cars that I've owned at another time but they are 'analog' photos from a time of film in camera technology. I can feel a mid-life crisis coming on as I've been looking at getting a play car again. I've got three paddock cars at the moment but I want some kind of old car that is not pristine as I have a lot of gravel roads to drive before reaching sealed roads so it has to be usable. I have a broad range of criteria so there's a lot of choices. Really anything from 1900 to 1975, leaning more to the pre 50's era mainly.
Ok, that's probably enough or even too much info but there you go. Below is a series of photos I took on my property while collecting firewood a couple of days ago. It's getting cold already this year and the fire in the house is the only heating apart from portable electric heaters which are only used as a back up.
Here's one of many tracks in the forest on my place.
I was told this hole was dug to conform to some regulation to do with making wine. It was never used but it was supposed to be a place to dump the waste products from wine production, while he did make wine he never used the hole. It's going to be part of the next track I make for off roading. If you look carefully you can make out wheel marks going up the wall just left of the center of the photo, one day I'll get up to the top. I got over half way in the D40 Navara(Frontier?) on a drive with the kids one day, the girl wasn't impressed but the boy wanted more, ending with both in tears over it for opposite reasons. Can't win them all.
This is my 2012 Navara. It was brand new when I got it, scratched it's rims off road with in a week. It was bought to be used offroad so it's not a concern although I don't intend to damage it it happens sometimes.
This tree fell down and will keep us warm for a month or two. It's been standing up dead since before I moved here and I've been waiting for it to fall as it was right on the edge of the hole and not easy to fell safely.
Got a small sample load to try in the heater.
This track gets a bit steeper than this and is a lot of fun to drive in the wet.
If you got this far thanks for reading.
Edit; Thanks to Party-vi(?) for authorship on oppo