Where better to go on the fourth or fifth day of a heatwave than off inland to a hot, dry, dusty paddock to eat chillis and other hot foods! The Redback Chilli company’s annual Hot Sauce and Fiery Foods Festival — their eighth — was on this weekend out at Jindivick, its always fun, even if I can never quite remember how to get there and the websites are hopelessly out of date.
Last night’s red wine leant a slow start to the day, but somehow we dragged ourselves out of bed, through the breakfast process, and off to the markets to replenish supplies. Then all that remained was to pack the necessary items into the car, and head off into the great unknown…
First stop on the Gippsland Gourmet trail was a berry farm for an expensive, but very tasty, ploughmans lunch, and some time to sit and examine the map of the region — to best plot our assault.
I experiment. I play. I write and I take pictures. Some of the site is organised around topics, other parts are organized by date, then there’s always the cross-references between them.
Long ago it started as a learning experiment with a few static HTML pages, then I added a bit of server-side includes and some very ugly PHP. A hand-built journal/blog on top of that PHP, then a few experiments in moving to various static publishing systems. I’ve never wanted a database-based blogging engine, so over the years I’ve tried php, nanoblogger, emacs-muse, silkpage and docbook before settling on emacs org-mode for writing and jekyll for publishing. But the itch remained… I never really liked jekyll and the ruby underneath always seemed so much black magic. So now the latest incarnation is org-mode and hugo.