When asked to submit a short introduction of myself to you, the reader, I asked if saying I was young, thin, good looking and sexy would suffice, providing I added that I am a gold medallist liar. From that you will be able to ascertain that I am none of those things.
My introduction to Bush Poetry came at my father’s knee, when he recited all the old masters, and the love of rhythm and rhyme was born.
I have been writing for as long as I can remember, and my upbringing and long association, in and with, the Australian bush, has been the inspiration for a lot of my poems. Many of them are embellished stories of actual events. Poets have the inalienable right to colour their work with a little fiction to improve the telling of the story, and I freely admit to the practice of this right.
I was born and bred in the outback of N.S.W. and spent the first 42 years of my life living and working on sheep and cattle stations in Western N.S.W., for the most part on the Darling river between Menindee and Wilcannia.
I now live in retirement in Adelaide, but the old saying of "you can take the girl from the country, but not the country from the girl" is true in my case, and there remains a lot of the 'bushie' in me.
I hope you enjoy reading these works as much as I enjoyed penning them.
“Making Biochar – With Technical Manual” was written by Brian Lewis based on the experience gained from 5 years of developing and trialling 3 different styles of biochar kilns in the Adelaide Hills region of South Australia.
The book provides a good introduction to biochar basics, distinguishes between the different types of kilns that can be used and provides detailed and practical instructions on the operation of a retort style biochar kiln together with a chapter on the economics of making and selling biochar.
The pdf version of the book includes detailed drawings of two types of kiln, the retort style and the gasifier style.
A case study on using a retort kiln by a commercial winery is included. And a description of a Do-It-Yourself gasifier kiln is also included.
This book will be of interest to all biochar enthusiasts, small landowners, horticulturalists and anyone else interested in the improvement of soils by the addition of carbon and the potential for a biochar industry to contribute to the supply of carbon credits.
This is Part 2 of the story of Luigi Da Porto, the man who created ‘Romeo and Juliet’. This historical novel is set in Friuli and Venice in the early sixteenth century and tells the story of Luigi Da Porto’s love affair with Lucina Savorgnan and the events that influenced the creation of his novella entitled ‘Guilietta, a tale of two noble lovers’. That novella was the inspiration for Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo & Juliet’. 154 pages. $9.95
This book is an attempt to redress the weakness of other English writing guides by providing 40 high quality essays (10 Academic Task 1, 10 General Task 1 and 20 Task 2 essays) that are written by an educated native speaker. Typically when IELTS students are shown these essays they are surprised by the directness and simplicity of the language. The essays provided are all of IELTS band 9 standard; however, the intention is not necessarily to allow students to reach that standard but to provide a pathway to write better quality essays that are of an academic standard and style. An important part of each essay is the accompanying notes that explain the choices made by the writer.
It is also intended that this book, although directed at IELTS students, has a focus beyond the IELTS exam so as to provide students with writing skills that can also be used in study and in the workplace. (187 pages). Available only from Amazon.
The poems that have been selected for this publication are representative of the main themes running through Ian Mudie’s poetry: viz: respect for and knowledge of the natural environment; respect for and understanding of the aboriginal peoples; pride in the Australian nation; and acknowledgement of the Australian character. However I have also included some whimsical poems that probably do not fit any of these themes. They are just so delightfully Mudie that I could not leave them out. (11 000 words).
Welcome to the work of Ian Mudie. A man well ahead of his time who produced a body of work that deserves to be kept alive. $12.99.
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First printed in 1862 for the London Exhibition the Account is effectively South Australia’s first year book and documents and describes some amazing achievements, some severe obstacles and some remarkable discoveries over the 26 years since settlement in 1836. In addition it is written fluently and critically by a quite young private citizen named Frederick Sinnett with the endorsement of the Government of the colony at that time. (158 pages). $9.99
‘Branscombe’ is the first in a series of detective novels covering the adventures of retired Det. Sgt. John Branscombe. This first story is based in South Australia at the former police training centre of Fort Largs. It covers Branscombe’s involvement in the denouement of a corrupt police officer. However the entertainment value of the story lies in the relationships that Branscombe has with police officers and ex-partners, marital and otherwise.
Of particular interest is the relationship he stumbles into with a lesbian couple which leads him into a surprising situation. The story is tinged with humour and pathos and evolves quickly and effectively in many short chapters. (110 pages). $4.99