We are now house sitting again.
We arrived here 5 days ago and it has been an intense learning curve. Water systems involving pumps, dams, sprinkling systems to be shown. Power systems with cords and connections going in every direction. Discussions of what to do in the event of storms, fire and floods. (Keeping fingers firmly crossed)
Four cows needing attention, 18 sheep of various ages and that included a ewe that had twins only a few days before we arrived. Two dogs and an ancient but lovable cat.
A large vegetable garden to be cared for (and eaten!!!) and acres of native flowers to enjoy.
I am in seventh heaven I didn’t realise how much I missed the farm life. During the 5 days I followed around taking copious notes.
This morning at 4am it was D day. We went with Kim and Deidre to the airport and waved farewell to them as they flew off to America. Then brought their car back home. Arriving back at 6-30am we were ready for breakfast.
Now we are on our own (well not counting all the livestock!!!)…
First to check the ewe and lambs, aren’t they adorable…
Then to count the other sheep, one’s missing. I walk round the paddock and way over on the other side, near the dam, I find her. But she was not alone. Standing beside her was a fine, healthy baby and she was very protective of him.
With Jack’s help I separate her from the others and put her in the pen with the other mother.
Here he is only a few hours old. What a lovely start to our 4 week house sit.
I check them a couple of hours later and he has had a feed and is looking very contented.
Meanwhile Seldon the border collie watches over them.
Being here is certainly an inspiration for me, going back to my farming roots.
I also think it is a transition for me during the next 4 weeks to be back on the land.
Now it is 3-30pm and time to do the afternoon rounds of animals, gardens and dog and cat feeding.