July 2020 Another Photo Essay

Nola is partial to her lamb formula: licks it clean for me whenever she can
the farmer on the deep ripping plough, pulled by me and a landcruiser, cutting a water channel in to allow a paddock to better drain away (we hope)
the party chef’s birthday cake by myself.
shifting rocks from the paddock to the container for make a sort of level entertainment area
pre-sunset show
that fog though
there were a kazillion ladybirds on this branch. 11th July
a mini planting day
an offering of pruned old man salt bush for the local cattle to taste test… they approved.
river salt bush, Kindly delivered form the south by a long distance sister ready got the adopted mother to have the pleasure planting.
sorting the sheep: marking our lambs. 13th July
Educating a new acquired poddy lamb as the benefits of taking a bottle and being part of my herd. His mother got sick of him and decided not to come get him. Sometimes, after sheep have been in the yard, they lose track of their lambs and then decide they’d like to be lamb free going forward.
made Nola a winter coat. I don’t think she like it just now. 14th
The oats are this tall. 20th July
another gardening day on the farm a regular Tuesday institution here. but just look at the skies
Amazing skies -21st
feeding cattle; this is Moo Moo
sunset 21st July
Lam-Lambs eating pastures
a foggy morning
a tray of home grown seedlings for planting today -25th July
I feel that this might possibly be the best way to respond to the tragedy of covid-19
an orange marmalade cake I made for the family planting day.
when spreading straw, or going our in Melbourne, wear a mask
Straw spreading at the upper salt patch today
Lam-Lambs with full of grass bellies
While wheat is bagged up for sale (we’re not at brookdale farm here) I enjoy some amazing cloud colouring as the sun sets.

June Part two

More lamb learning, I have four surviving now. Lots of salt bush planting, we have more than two hundred to plant. Very glad Parkers mother could grow them for us in her little backyard nursery. A peak in the container that Parker and I will be moving into soon. And a lamb adventure to the other side to feast on some barley straw.

June in review part one

A long time has past since the end of May.
I got a lung infection and had to manage that with a basic phone call from a nurse who loaded me up with antibiotics and asthma meds. The crop is now in the ground as you are about to see. And I have begun educating myself in the art of lamb rearing.
The following are photos from the first quarter of the month of June 2020.

27th May 2020

Good morning Wednesday! It’s a fresh brigh and early morning. And we are taking the seeder to the other farm to sow the wheat seed
the oats are all in. And they’ve had a Drink too
Rock-it and Cowpurnia would like you all to know that there actually isn’t sufficient feed about yet, that they are hungry, inspite of the bale in their pen still uneaten, and all of the green shots along the creek line.
Nola giving them a talking to…
A hearty lunch to cope with incessant waves of rain. Not much in the gauge but always damp about. Chicken noodle soup and curried cabbage and zucchini

26th May 2020

Today was another first. We have been in restricted living for a while now. However, finally the family was able to come to the farm to plant some saltbush and prune some big ones for the sheep to eat.
Saltbush is a good stock feed. So this year the aim is to get 200 into the ground!

24th May 2020

Trip to the shops with Sebastian the cat (sisters cat not mine)
we had a major dust storm
it’s raining!!!! Hooray!
Sunday roast lunch
In the evening I let the cattle out of their small paddock so they can get some shelter. It has been super windy and dusty all day and the rain is icy. They need to be able to shelter in the storm or I risk them becoming sick from exposure.

21 mm of rain today. Most of it over night. So pleased right now!