Our daughter and son in law sold their house, so our lovely old "retired" ewes went to live with another family on a small acreage with good feed.
We brought their ram "Vlad the Impaler home here to the farm.
He is a lovable big boy, always wanting a pat or scratch every time you are near him, he has fitted in well.
It has been a harsh winter, with many big frosts ,many mornings dipping well into the minus figures. We have had our water pipes burst a couple of times.
While there we visited a dear old friend who was ill in hospital.
We had a great week with lots of farm activities, egg collecting, cooking, feeding the sheep, craft activities, tractor rides, caught up with cousins and had several bonfires.
We Travelled to Wollongong to return our granddaughter home and were able to attend an early 8th birthday for her at the Botanical gardens.
By the time we returned home our other daughter and three grandchildren had arrived at the farm for a three week visit while they were between the sale of one home and the purchase of another.
We had a wonderful time with them, doing lots of activities with a few other special outings thrown in along the way.
During this time we still had our usual volunteer jobs, rail barracks cleaning, campground facilities cleaning and the compilation and printing of our local monthly paper.
During this period our friends up the road were on holidays and we helped out by feeding stock and pets, chickens and garden watering.
Brian helped his brother with the drenching, tagging and marking of his sheep and lambs.
He had to build it which kept him busy for a while.
We had a large family/friends gathering here at the farm , with a pig on a spit and a help yourself buffet dinner.
Sadly we had to make a sudden trip back down to Newcastle as our dear friend Vic passed away and we attended his funeral. Vic was the very first person that we befriended when we first moved to Newcastle nearly 40 years ago and we have remained friends ever since. He made many trips to the farm over the years helping Brian with many projects.
The farm is just ever so dry,Brian put the drone up again last week.
We have had horrible dust storms, the hand feeding
We took a couple of days to have a small break away and travelled to Stuart Town to catch up with some old friends., we saw many, many kangaroors, wallaroos and wallabies on the road both dead and alive, more than I can ever remember seeing in my whole life,
Our friends that we caught up with are struggling to feed their sheep as well but they are trialing a system where they are growing their own green fodder.
They have a "room". heated,with lights, and timed misters that "grows" their fodder over a 7 day period.
Barley seed goes into trays on day 1,
They chop them up into smaller pieces,
We then continued onto Dubbo and enjoyed a day catching up with my Mum.
I did a bit of a cull of my precious things. The cupboards were crammed full and I had to make some tough decisions( I just can't keep everything), the cupboards now look a little neater.
Last weekend we once again hit the road and drove to Newcastle to attend the 60th birthday of one of our old neighbours that we lived near for many years.
We called in to see our other daughter in her new home on the way back and stayed a night there also.
On our return Mother Nature finally decided to be kind and we had 7.5 mm of rain late in the evening, then the next morning
A storm passed over with another 5.5 mm falling without washing soil away.
The sheep headed up on the hill during the storm but all came down later to look around.
We really enjoyed the session and maybe in a few years we may repeat it to have an updated photographic record of the family as it grows and changes.
We have had a huge 2 months and it seems that it will continue to be that way.
There is always something that needs doing, or somewhere to go, life is just busy, but in a good way.
So until we catch up again with you all,
Take care of yourselves and each other,
Jane and Brian.