Category Archive: the farm

Nov 16 2013

Cactus flowers and a quad bike adventure

We’re back on the farm. It’s only been 2 weeks since we were here last, but Doc wants do more work on our country dunny. And in the spirit of our gendered division of labour – while he’s been digging, levelling and concreting, I’ve been out taking photos.

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Nov 11 2013

Life’s good .. and the days are long!

Days go so slowly when you get up before sunrise. After going to bed before dark, unsurprisingly I was up this morning to watch the sunrise, and a beautiful one it was too. The countryside with its open spaces and trees makes for great scenery. Dead gum trees with branches reaching for the sky make …

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Nov 07 2013

As spring moves into summer, the wattle is replaced by bottle brush

Aah, back on the farm. A bit late, but we’re here. Usually we come down on Friday night after work, but Doc had the 7 year old for a sleepover. By the time he went to his mother’s and we packed up, it was almost lunch time before we left, so we didn’t arrive until …

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Nov 04 2013

From flood to drought (and back again?)

Below are pictures showing the changes in the dam at the farm over time. The first was taken in June 2012, then Christmas 2012, August 2013 and the last one in November 2013. That’s big changes in a short time.

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Oct 16 2013

Sunset and champagne

When talking about the most photographed icons in the world, sunset is rarely mentioned. Yet I think there are more photos of and more blogs dedicated to sunsets than to anything else anywhere. Whether watching it with the love of your life, with friends, or alone, a sunset needs nothing more than a glass of …

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Aug 13 2013

Farm life – a weekend in the country, with mud and wattle

We went to the farm this weekend, and even though we made a conscious decision that we weren’t going to do anything except relax, it started off very rushed. Doc didn’t get home from work until late Friday, so by the time we were packed up (and I got disentangled from the ratchet strap that …

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Apr 27 2013

Underground in the limestone cave

For somebody who gets claustrophobic in the M5 tunnel, I’ve done my fair share of exploring deep, dark places. And not all inside myself! The area between Yass and Wee Jasper has quite a few limestone caves, and there are a couple on the farm. When there’s a lot of water around the caves can …

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Apr 26 2013

Walking on the bottom of the lake

“Torches!” Doc exclaimed as we were driving down the Hume Highway. “I forgot the torches.” Those of you who follow this blog regularly will know that just about every time we come to the farm we forget something. At least torches aren’t essential – we always keep a couple of spares down there and there’s …

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Mar 04 2013

Tom Roberts shearing sheds … who needs the Royal Easter Show?

I watched shearing today. Not at the Royal Easter Show – real shearing. In a shearing shed. In the country. Six sweaty blokes doing bloke work. I’ve never seen shearers at work before, and there were a few surprises.

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Mar 02 2013

Is this an official drought?

We’re back on the farm. Last week when Doc rang the farm manager about coming down, he said they were feeding sheep – they were in drought. I was gobsmacked (I love that word). I didn’t think there was any part of NSW that wasn’t now flooded, and in Wollongong I almost can’t remember the …

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