La Ruta del Vino

Wed 12, June 2013

Here it is! Our latest project from Orangutan.

Back in March-April we went down to the Colchagua valley for a 2 week shoot for the Ruta del Vino exploring the process of producing, in my opinion, some of the most incredible wines on the planet.

The actual video is one hour long however we have made it available on YouTube as 6 episodes.

Join host Rodrigo Alcalde as he explores the wine, culture and people of this incredible part of the world!

noticias del huertito del balcón – albahaca y tomates

Sun 2, December 2012

(in english y spanglish)

About 3 or so weeks ago we pruned/trimmed (i’m forgetting too many english words these days, and unfortunately my spanish isn’t getting much better!) the little branches/stems of the tomato plants to help them produce fruit (that’s the theory) y since a week ago the plants have started to have flowers!

And for many weeks we have been able to cook eggs with fresh basil!

Also something else mildly interesting is that our original box sucks up on average 7 watering cans’ worth of water (i’m guessing the can holds about 3L) a week!

Hace 3 semanas cortamos/podamos muchas de las ramas chicas de las plantas de tomates para ayudarlas a producir frutos (esa es la teoria) y desde hace una semana las plantas comenzaron a tener flores!

Y por muchas semanas he podido a cocinar huevos con albahaca fresca!

Y algo que es un poco interesante también es que nuestra caja original chupa como promedio 7 regaderas/latas de agua cada semana (y estimo que la regadera lleva 3 litros de agua)

Creo que es hora de construir mas cajas auto-regantes!

saturday morning cruise on the new bike

Sun 2, December 2012

This morning I heading out on my new bicycle to explore Santiago.
After half an hour or so heading east from our place I ended up at a rodeo.

I’m not going to try to pretend that I understood the rules of the games that the Huasos were palying at a rodeo, but I’m guessing it was along the lines of what the Charros were doing when we were up in Zacatecas Mexico – with a system of scoring and heavy rivalry! Will get back there soon with a real camera and  try understand things a little better. Only thing I could see that was missing was the presence of micheladas!

noticias del huertito del balcón

Wed 7, November 2012

Echa un vistazo a los tomates! Este es después de cinco días. La primera imagen es de Noviembre 2, y la segunda es de Noviembre 7!

Creemos que es hora de poner palos para ayudar los tomates crecer y dar frutos.

Noticias de la huerta / News from the garden

Fri 26, October 2012

Continuando desde mi post anterior de nuestro proyecto de la maceta auto-riega…
(perdóname – voy a tratar de escribir en inglés y español)


It seems that the garden is surviving and the little plants are growing!
Most of the soil in the box continues to be moist (good sign that the whole concept is working). When it rained a week ago the excess water drained out through the holes at the bottom of the box as hoped.
In the box we have basil, tomatoes lettuce, chilli and i think i put in some capsicum seeds that we’d saved from the winter (from La Vega market).
We are going to build another box but this time we are going to try to do it a lot cheaper – the bix tubs we bought from a place called Home center and therefore we’re way too pricey ($20 each!).


Nos parece que el jardín está sobreviviendo y las plantitas están creciendo!
La mayoría de la tierra en la caja continua estando mojada. Cuando llovió hace una semana todo el exceso del agua salió por los hoyos (como se esperaba).
Y en la caja hay albahaca, tomates, lechuga, ají y creo que puse semillas de pimentón que habíamos guardado del invierno (de La Vega!).
Vamos a hacer una caja nueva (una amiga nos regaló una platita de frutilla!) pero buscamos materiales más baratos para hacerla.


Planet Kapow 45 : The Santa Cruz Trek

Fri 19, October 2012

The latest video from our Planet Kapow adventure has arrived!

In this video we take on the Santa Cruz trek in Perú – a 4 day trek that begins a few hours from Huaraz in the town of Cashapampa, and gets you up to about 4750m – a record for all of us at the time.

The trek was an incredible experience and I would really recommend to any who is kind of a little bit fit (really we weren’t) and wants to see the world from up in the Andes.

Lachie as always has a very entertaining read over at Planet Kapow, which is also where you will find the video:

Self watering garden pot/box (maceta con autoriega)

Thu 11, October 2012

We have quite a bit of space on the balcony which doesn’t get much use. It gets sun from sunrise until a bit after midday (balcony faces east) and so we figured it could be a good opportunity to grow some veges and fruit.

So Carina & I built our own self watering garden pot/box to see if we could get some things to grow.

Inspired by the global bucket guys.

In the end our megapot/box was more expensive for all materials and soil than I was anticipating but on the other hand we have a box that is probably 5-6 times larger than what you get with the global bucket instructions.q

I am hoping that we used the right type of soil – the instructions required that the soil be potting mix that contained dolomite (i think i read that this reduces acidity in the soil and helps with the process of “wicking” (capillary action)).

Let’s see what grows!

Some pics:


1 year ago (mas o menos)

Tue 2, October 2012

Someone recently messaged me “Hey man how’s Perú?”

Yes the planet kapow episodes are slowly slowly getting updated. A lot has happened since the latest ep (43). These days I’m living in Santiago, Chile.

Perhaps a little catchup as I have neglected my poor old blog for way too long. (I think I’m going to start posting again on my blog to show off a little bit of this country I am starting to get to know.)


Just over one year ago (September 24 2012) Lachlan and I crossed down from the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia into the north of Chile, from one very strange part of the world into another (and this one was incredibly dry).

San Pedro de Atacama.

Bolivia – Salar de Uyuni

Bolivia – just before crossing down into Chile

It probably seemed like any other day on our marvellous adventure through latin America. New country, new currency (we had less and less of it), and my spanish was no better.

But Chile presented a different face to what I had seen in this part of the world, something that perhaps we’d only caught glimpses of back in Lima, or Medellin or Bogota in Colombia. Perhaps it was that the road from the frontera down into San Pedro was sealed and the bus ride was smooth and it felt like in Chile that we wouldn’t really need our wits about us so much. Things were more expensive than they had been in Bolivia (like $4 for a bottle of wine instead of $2 🙂 – but wine is something truly magical here in Chile and deserves a whole lot of blogging to try to explain the wonder that it is.)

We stayed at a cool little hostel on the outskirts of town and eventually went looking for something to do that night. Lachie and I were having a drink at a bar and met some German folks. We’d got wind of a secret party that was going on so we teamed up with the Germans and headed off. Eventually we found this secret party and this is where hopefully the story begins to get even more radically interesting…

It was turning into a good night, 50+ people i dancing around a fire, lots of booze, smiles, pieces of conversation in spanish. Chile had just come off it’s fiestas patrias of September 18th (Independence day celebrations).

And then the magic started to happen.

As I was trying to point Lachie in the direction to find the loo, a beautiful girl appeared across the fire and we immediately locked eyes (“nuestras miradas se encontraron”!).

It as this moment that I instantly fell in love with a beautiful Chilenita by the name of Carina. A lovely girl from Santiago who was up in San Pedro with some friends and friends of friends for vacation. She was sweet, funny and fortunately spoke better english than I. We had a great night at the party and luckily I pulled myself together (with encouragement from Lachie to do so) and called Carina over Skype from the free WIFI in the town plaza and she was sitting at a café just on the other side! The luck! She invited me out to the Valle de la luna with her friends so I had to accept of course.

Carina – close to the Valle de la luna, San Pedro de Atacama

After an dreamlike afternoon with Carina and her friends:

: Carina and I said our goodbyes and Lachie and I later headed down through Chile and headed to Argentina and caught up with our good friend Geoff Kemp for a wonderful week in Mendoza riding bicycles to vineyards and drinking wine.

But I couldn’t get Carina off my mind. I think I showed her photo to most of Argentina whilst I was there. I had to see her again. After 1 week in Mendoza I jumped a bus to Chile.

I got to spend an unforgettable weekend in Santiago with Carina as well as get to visit the seaside town of Valparaiso AND we even saw an O.V.N.I (U.F.O).

looking down calle Templeman, Valparaiso (Oct 2011)

well, we were pretty sure that thing on the left was a UFO!

Then it was back to Argentina to get to spend one more month with Mr Prior, including a few days with Lachie’s cousin Mark in Mendoza, then Cordoba, Rosario, pachanga in Buenos Aires, Iguazu falls, a quick jump of to Uruguay, and then back to Argentina down to Tandíl to catch up with our mates Hernan and Georgina from our time on the farm in Colombia (Fundación Viracocha) and then down and across to Bariloche.

Iguazu falls, Argentina

Casa Pueblo (of artist Carlos Páez Vilaró), Punta del Este, Uruguay)

Punta de Este, Uruguay

mmmmm. Parilla, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires, Argentina

I’m guessing that was the Millhouse hostel? Buenos Aires, Argentina

Lachie, Georgina & Hernan. Tandíl, Argentina

near Bariloche, Argentina

We crossed back into Chile and hung out in Pucón for a couple of days and road out to the falls at Caburgua, and headed off to Santiago.

Caburgua, Chile

Then, after 440 days and I am guessing more than 30,000km , Lachan left Chile for Australia.

It was a very sad moment. BUT, we’d just had one hell of a trip.

Some of the most amazing, and interesting, moments of my life had been spent with Danielle, Erin and Lachie whilst on the road. It is was a time that I will cherish and do my best never to forget. But Lachie and I had been on the road from the start to finish and had been through some serious shit like getting lost in a forest for 2 days walking 40km and running into narco traffickers in Mexico, climbing 6000m Huayna Potosí in Bolivia, a night in the amazon on Ayahuasca, riding in the back of a big truck with a family en route to Sucre whilst the driver was tanked on beer and honked at all the ladies that passed by.

Lachie, thank you mate.

I remember wondering to myself for months of the journey what I would do when, as all good things do, this dream adventure would eventually come to an end.
I had thought about the possibility of sticking around in Argentina or maybe Chile and see if I could get some work. But I also had a master plan to go to Australia and go pick fruit and eventually get onto doing a permaculture design course and get a little farm going somewhere. It was all pretty open.

But it’s funny how it works out.

Carina picked me up from the airport and here I am almost 1 year later!

So I think the next chapter of this story deserves a new post to itself.

Planet Kapow 43 : Mancora to Kuelap

Fri 22, June 2012

Ahhhhhh Perú. What a country. Huge, diverse and home to some of the tastiest food in the universe.
The Planet Kapow team finally made it’s way into Perú after a great time in Ecuador.
Ep43 of PK takes us first to Mancora for some seaside surf time, then we heads south to Chiclayo, Trujillo and Pimental, then we head north east to Chachapoyas and checkout the enormous Cataratas Gocta (770m!). Then we explore the ancient ruins of Kuelap.

Read Lachie’s article and watch the video over on the Planet Kapow website: