While it remains dry in so many places, we have to be very mindful to keep our eyes pealed for the beauty that is there!
We have four new additions, Soot, Northern, Nay Nay and Pigz....... and they are!
Merlo is a poddy calf we are raising on powdered milk. Now that she is bigger, she likes to butt people to get to her food... arhhhhhh
A wild storm huffed and puffed and blew our shed over!
Absolutely loving our home-grown delights!
While the grader put in a trench to bury the poly up the paddock, it also uncovered some yams for dinner!!!
This year we welcomed some extra help to the mustering team and the rumours are true... many hands really do make light work!
Winters are for camp oven and fire cooking... but when the days are full of jobs... a slow cooker and a fresh loaf will do just fine!
A mild winter and no frosts meant we had an ongoing battle with the insects but we were able to grow some out of season specials as well! Lucky us!
It's another harsh winter for the bees as they continue to recover from the drought. We are supplementing them with sugar water and are not expecting to add a super and harvest until well into Spring/Summer.
Need a frame to swing a billy... or camp oven? All you need are some star pickets and ingenuity!
Socially distancing is not an inconvenience when it is normal practice on the farm!
We put the cows in the crop and now we cannot find them!!!!
A few modifications to the new buggy to try and keep the grass seed out of the radiator!
... we had performed our rain dance only weeks before on bare earth...
We are running out of room and will have to make more garden beds before winter!
Getting the last swim in before it starts cooling off... and the cattle come down for a drink!
No time to waste! The sorghum crop got planted and received 9.5mm of rain the next day... lucky cows!
...Finally one day the storm clouds came, the lightning crashed and then the rain...the grass-growing, dam-filling, beautiful rain!
... January 2020 another Farm Hand/ Gate Opener is inducted to the farm!!!... and she brought THE RAIN!!!!
... we will have the cleanest paddock in Queensland...
When the concrete float cover is too heavy to move by yourself... but you have a ratchet strap!
Prepping for when the rain does come... clearing the paddock of rocks before planting!
Not a lot of grass left now =(
... trying to keep our frown upside down!!!
We are teaching the young heifers how to behave so they grow up to be beautiful, quiet breeders!
We are hopeful for a good season and welcomed another two bee families to the farm!
The spring crop of calves are here and they are CUUUUUTTTTTEEEE!
Front paddock ripped up and ready to receive!
We have started singing "Rain Rain come today, stay a week, don't go away!"
Our new 'alarm clock' and his ladies...
They wake us up at 5 am and then give us fresh eggs for breaky! Brilliant!
The poddy calves with human parents : )
Looking after animals is an important part of growing up! This little joey was found down the paddock next to it's dead mother and was rescued and kept safe until we were able to find a wildlife carer to take her in!
Peas, cabbage, coli flower and tomatoes are all well on their way in our beautiful veggie patch! Eating the peas is almost as good as eating the dirt apparently... almost!
Cleaning out dams, ripping paddocks, stockpiling gravel for farm roads... it is action stations here preparing for when the rain comes! Fingers Crossed it will be soon!
Putting in a new laneway to help muster the cattle into the yards.
To keep the cattle healthy and productive, we have decided to supplement feed them with a special lick and blocks to help them get through what is left of winter!
We love eating the vegetables that we grow!
Making a plan for our veggie patch!
We have changed our walking route and have started collecting cans and bottles from the sides of the road to take to the local depot. $$$
Finally it has rained... Oh to be a frog at McFuddle's Farm!!!
We are looking forward to getting to know these guys better in a few weeks when we wean to give their mothers a spell!
The beginning of the permaculture garden... from little things, big things grow!
Finding inspiration in the farm yard for the next children's book!