More work

I came back to the island yesterday after picking up some plumbing supplies. It was time to finish the trenches.  I installed the new pipes and got the trench sorted.  It’s not a particularly rewarding job since it’s a whole lot of dirty work but since it’s all underground, there is nothing to see for it.  Well except for the one little inspection port I left popping up from the ground. 

While I had the excavator back I had some post holes bored for a new fence. Every time I see the quality of this soil I’m amazed.  This should be farming land, not lots for houses.

When I finished up with the trenches I took a walk down to a little rainforest area near the cottage.  There was something I wanted to look at that I’d seen there about a year ago.  It’s an eerie but beautiful spot. The trees tower 50 feet above where I’m walking and the canopy of green  is so thick the sky is barely visible.

I’m told by locals that this used to be a dumping spot back in the very early days of the island.  There are all sorts of things here from old 1950 car bodies old bottles and even this vintage concrete tub.  It’s obviously been here for a long time because the roots have grown around it.  The large root in the middle actually feeds from the water accumulated in the tub.     
What brought me here was this old Lister stationary engine.  It was in a really difficult place to access and appeared to be in bad shape.  It must have been sitting here for decades and was probably one of the original farm engines.  I’ve restored an old engine before but nothing as bad as this.  

After a serious mission trying to extricate it from decades of forest growth, dodging an angry snake and almost being squashed by this several hundred kilo chunk of steel, I got it back home for a closer inspection and to determine whether its restorable.  It looks well rusted.

I soaked the head bolts and nuts with lanolin and took to them with a spanner.  Note these are decent 1 &1/8″ nuts.

With a little force they came undone.  I couldn’t believe how easy that was and I didn’t even need to apply heat.  I’ll let the rest of the engine soak for a few days before I get too carried away.


While I was walking through the mangrove forest I also found some other old things. This “Queensland Country Traders Ltd” bottle dates back to the 1950’s. I’m pretty happy with that since it’s a bit of local history.

 I also came across this old galvanised tin jug. I’m surprised it’s not completely rusted through but it still holds water.  It was almost as fun as visiting an antique store.


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