Emerald Men's Shed
Hills Hub, 400A Belgrave-Gembrook Rd, Emerald, Vic
0490 851 835


Australian Men's Shed Association







Emerald Men’s Shed Members: As Peter Bos is currently incapacitated, here is a quick and basic Newsletter from the contributions he received from some of you.


May have to keep decking off cuts could sell a few of these come Christmas. And keep a look out for old hand saw blades for trees cheers Mark

Editor’s Note: Hey Mark, these look good and will be a great ‘seller’ at Christmas.
Shed Guys, please remember to keep the old saws for Mark.


Our household is travelling ok & we’re keeping out of trouble.
Heather’s been recuperating  from a small operation so I’ve been the cook, cleaner & washer-upper.
Also been busy as follows.
..  sharpened blades for large chipper & installed. Now cutting beautifully.
..  lots of gardening, including the cutting & removal of huge branch down in front yard. Our esteemed member Ken Hill was kind enough to help out with his chainsaw & then took the cut logs away for firewood.
..  just commenced cleaning the garage. It is rather messy & will occupy me for a day or two.
..  ripped the back of my hand open after slipping. Should have got it sutured but it’s healing ok. Will have nice scar.
..  have finally picked lots of tomatoes & heaps of beans which have been superb.
..  received new dentures which look so much better & the top denture doesn’t fall out when I talk or sneeze. (wonderful).
Plenty to do to keep us amused, (maybe not amused,) but certainly busy.
Regards, COOKIE.

Editor’s Note: Is there any part of your body that does not have a scar!!!! – Keep your fingers out of the chipper. #tag FINGERS

Peter M

Gabby’s Easter gift on Good Friday. It’s actually going to be our venture into hydroponics.

Editor’s Note: If you decide to grow something else - like a tall weeds that burn… I know some people that will be happy to come around and remove it for you, wrap it in paper (cigarette paper) and burn it!!!!! "


All’s well with the Hills. Fixed up a couple little bikes, busy washing the walls down outside. The good wife made chutney from Graham's tomatoes. Looking forward to when it's all over. All the best Ken
Editor’s Note: Good to hear you are still working on Bikes, we have already had enquiries about when we are expected back to providing bikes.  Did you make enough chutney for ALL the membership???


Putting our bin out, we are self-isolating and doing well, looking forward to getting back to the shed. 

Editor’s Note: Is this what happens when in isolation is too long.  Looks like a looooong driveway

Peter B

It started as we all know many weeks ago And initially we all thought, we can do this!

So perhaps like me prepared the list or white board  (see photo included )where I quickly worked out not to do all the jobs, select only one a day.

This means pacing yourself split between games of cards keep in touch with kids on face book or similar and hit the Netflix hard.

Food delivery from Woolworths free of charge making sure the beer and wine fridge is filled to a max.

One other change has been have introduced , what was the evening meal now becomes the lunch time meal, it tends to fill in the day and you just have a light dinner.

Editor’s Note: Wonder how far into the ‘To Do’ list, before slacking off in Hospital??


The Workaholics: Episode 1
Sometime near the end of last year the 'better half' found an article with pictures in a House and Garden magazine. This featured a different style of floor lamp saying "we need a new lamp for the corner of our family room once we have completed the renovations". "No problems" said I, "to easy".

The renovations, which started Boxing Day consisted of Part 1: a fully retiled and refitted ensuite including making a 9-drawer vanity, upgrades to our WIR, and painting throughout the master suite.

After finishing in mid-January to recoup for a few weeks, Part 2 began and we replaced all the floor tiles in the entry, several hallways, kitchen, family, laundry, powder room. In total we replaced 110 sq. metres of tiles and I spent about 15 days on the knees. The entire area was also repainted (walls and architraves and skirtings which also had to be re-fixed).

The job turned out great and with work complete and after recuperation, which was desperately needed, guess what the good lady said? You got it "a floor lamp for the corner" and here it is. 
Episode 2 coming

Editor’s Note: Thinking ‘mmmmmm’ do you need to go back to the Shed for a rest – we promise not to work you quite as hard.

John R

Building a new bench in the garage which kept me busy for about a week.  Managed to get a new roof on the carport.    Worked in the garden, etc.  I don’t know about the rest of you guys but I find it very relaxing.  Less traffic.   
Everyone seems to be more helpful.  More courteous.  More people walking and exercising.   They say something good always comes out of something bad.  It feels like that’s happening. 
I am missing going to the Men’s shed but at the moment I have plenty to do. 
All my family got on Zoom on Easter Sunday.  A first time for us and found it fantastic, something we will do again in the future.
Hope you all had a good Easter and keep safe. 

Editor’s Note: Does anyone know if John’s garage has ever been this clean??


We were just talking about what we could do whilst in isolation. Just happened to mention that the house could do with a new paint job. So, what happens a 15L bucket of paint turns up next day. So, for the last three weeks I have been transforming the house from Cream to Light Grey.

The Russell Project.



Editor’s Note: After all these years of wisdom gathering, you (like most men) have not learned to keep your thoughts to your self.  Having said that – the house looks good.


I have been thoroughly enjoying this lock down.  Have been catching up on movies and TV programs, reading books (with real pages) and have gone back to one of my passion's: Jigsaw Puzzles. 
Here is a photo of my latest completion a small (only 1000) piece puzzle, but it does not come with a picture to work from. You have to assemble the puzzle, read a small booklet and work out ‘who done it’ It is a murder mystery

Editor’s Note: Maybe okay at jigsaw puzzles, but useless at detective work -  got the murderer wrong

Here is an additional contribution from Peter M

Half of us are going to come out of this quarantine as amazing cooks.
The other half will come out with a drinking problem. "  
 I used to spin that toilet paper like I was on Wheel of Fortune. Now I turn it like I'm cracking a safe.          
I need to practice social-distancing from the refrigerator.        
Still haven't decided where to go for Easter ----- The Living Room or The Bedroom "   
Every few days try your jeans on just to make sure they fit. Pyjamas will have you believe all is well in the kingdom"          
Home-schooling is going well. 2 students suspended for fighting and 1 teacher fired for drinking on the job"   
I don't think anyone expected that when we changed the clocks, we'd go from Standard Time to the Twilight Zone"         
This morning I saw a neighbour talking to her cat. It was obvious she thought her cat understood her. I came into my house, told my dog..... we laughed a lot."   
Quarantine Day 5: Went to this restaurant called THE KITCHEN. You have to gather all the ingredients and make your own meal. I have no clue how this place is still in business "
My body has absorbed so much soap and disinfectant lately that when I pee it cleans the toilet."    
Day 5 of Home-schooling: One of these little monsters called in a bomb threat."          
I'm so excited --- it's time to take out the garbage. What should I wear?"         
I hope the weather is good tomorrow for my trip to Puerto Backyarda. I'm getting tired of Los Livingroom."
Classified Ad: Single man with toilet paper seeks woman with hand sanitizer for good clean fun."  
Day 6 of Home-schooling: My child just said, "I hope I don't have the same teacher next year"... I'm offended."     
Better 6 feet apart than 6 feet under

Household matters in Lockdown
 Just be careful because people are going crazy from being in lockdown!
Actually, while drinking coffee, I've just been talking about this with the microwave and toaster!
All of us agreed that things are getting worse.
I didn't mention anything to the washing machine as she puts a different spin on everything.
Certainly not to the fridge as he is acting cold and distant.
In the end, the iron calmed me down, as she said everything will be fine, no situation is too pressing.
The Hoover was very unsympathetic...   told me to just suck it up,
but the fan was more optimistic and hoped it would all soon blow over!
The toilet looked a bit flushed when I asked its opinion and didn't say anything but the doorknob told me to get a grip.??
The front door said I was unhinged
And so, the curtains told me to ........ yes, you guessed it ??.....

Glenn W



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