Archive of ‘Farm Life’ category

Fire

Autumn fire

Weeks of rain has soaked the hills of our farm, washing away summer’s parched earth and replacing it with a lush green buffet for our little herd of cows. Autumn, the second season we’ve seen here, is a riot of colour. Our paddocks are brimming with verdant pasture offset by explosions of red, orange and […] Read more…

Chickens

Things I have learned since moving to the farm

We’ve been out on our 11 acres in the hills on the edge of Melbourne for just over four months now. Here are a few of the things I’ve learned so far: 1. The country really is the best place in the world to grow up. Four months into our country life and the kids have developed a freedom and […] Read more…

Murray Grey cows

With a moo moo here…

Tonight we will become the proud owners of four Murray Grey cows, with two more baby calves due for “hatching” in September. We came across a sign on the side of the road advertising these cows for sale. After our unsuccessful foray into the world of goat herding, O has been talking about getting some […] Read more…

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Autumn at our place

A coil of mist spills into the hollow and snakes along the road to our dam. As I walk to our hen house the air is tinged with wood smoke and the promise of a hot dinner around a cosy table. Mushrooms grow in the pine needles at my feet. The kids laugh at the […] Read more…

Dog and dead snake

Early days on the farm

So much to do, so much to do. Four months ago we moved to our 11 acres of serenity on a hilltop on the edge of Melbourne. Then two months ago our third child was born. So I’ve been pretty incapacitated for, oh, forever now. First with a ridiculously large third-time-round baby belly that contained […] Read more…

Pregnant and waiting at 5am

It’s 5am. I sit in the dark listening to the soft, reassuring, husbandy rhythm of O’s breath. The first glow of sunrise hasn’t yet ventured from behind the gum tree canopy around my house. Every morning I gaze upon a horizon of eucalyptus as I listen to the bush wake up around my home. Through […] Read more…

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