Around the farm

I’m sorry it’s been so long between posts!

Posted by on Apr 27, 2015 in Around the farm | 0 comments

  I’m feeling like my world is very busy.  And I’m certainly not saying that because I think I’m the only one who has that feeling.  In part I’ve decided my world is busy by looking at the to-do list of jobs for this week but also because I can’t quite believe it’s been over twelve months since I posted a blog. I’ve written a few blogs during that time but never published them ……for one reason or another. For some of my writing, I wrote and then wasn’t quite happy with it. It’s a hard thing, I find, to be happy with...

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Aren’t we lucky.

Posted by on Jan 21, 2014 in Around the farm | 0 comments

We live in a weatherboard farm house.  The kind of house that started out as four rooms and a verandah but has had that verandah enclosed and rooms added on over many years.  This is the wood stove in our kitchen, still in its original position.  Two big bakery-style doors on each side and the wood box in the middle. It hasn’t been used for a few years now, primarily because it needs some internal repairs, but we wouldn’t dream of removing it.  Generations of Harrington’s have cooked on it or stood on the hearth to warm their bones by it. I’ve thought about this...

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The English backpackers.

Posted by on Dec 2, 2013 in Around the farm | 0 comments

Today we said farewell (for now) to our most recent travelling couple, Ben & Carly. With us for just over 4 months we have very much enjoyed getting to know them and working with them, doing many of the everyday farm jobs and some special projects too (check out the pic below of our marvellous new chook palace, home of the Fosterville Four!). Instead of me telling you about their stay with us, I asked them to write a blog post about their time at Fosterville. We wish Ben & Carly safe travels on the next part of their Aussie adventure. Enjoy!   Sitting just after Christmas,...

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If it has a name, it has a story.

Posted by on Nov 25, 2013 in Around the farm | 0 comments

  A few weeks ago I wrote a blog post about mustering & droving sheep home along the road in preparation for shearing. In the blog I referred to a paddock we call Mooreheads and a hill we call O’Dwyers. The other day I was talking to someone who had recently read the blog and they asked me “who are the Mooreheads and the O’Dwyers?” A perfectly reasonable question. To answer it requires some further explanation, because in thinking about it, everything around here has a name because it also has a story. Lets start with our farm. Divided into paddocks, as most...

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It’s a long walk for little legs.

Posted by on Sep 20, 2013 in Around the farm | 0 comments

We started shearing today. It’s made this week a busy one as mobs of ewes and lambs have had to be brought home to the paddocks around the house, to the yards, drafted and put in the shed to ensure they are dry for the shearers. While some mobs have been trucked home, others have made the trip home on foot. One of yesterday’s jobs was to walk the mob home from Mooreheads – a paddock down the road, about 4kms from home. There was a time when Tim’s dad would have done a job like this on his own, on horseback, with a dog or two. Yesterday we did it with three people, two...

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How a bag of manure can make you cross.

Posted by on Sep 5, 2013 in Around the farm | 0 comments

It’s perhaps not the first time it has happened but today it has really made me cross. In the bigger picture of all things farming, in fact of all things life, it is probably not that high on the list, not even near the top, but has made me cross nonetheless. And I am not one to get cross often! As those who have ‘surfed our website’ may know, we sell bagged manure at our front gate. It started as a bit of a lark just over a year ago. We bought a caravan (I call it a vintage van because it is nearly as old as I am) in the hope we could get away for a few short breaks...

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