Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Sheep Work

We have continued with the busy theme and been ploughing through a pile of sheep work lately! Drenching, foot pairing, vaccinating and treating, crutching, moving and feeding out! Phew! 
Mickey & Cooper have benefitted from the large amount of work and are starting to get the hang of their jobs. A way to go yet but a vast improvement from only a couple of weeks ago!

A local beauty at the new farm! Stunning!

Very cool cloud formation over the new farm!

George & Lewis are doing just fine and are great fun to play with! They've accepted a sick lamb into the yard who follows them around and seems to love the company. Lamby is much improved and we'll move her back to her wooly mates soon! 

Charlie remains tolerant of the day time shenanigans on the farm!
Everyone loves riding on the bike even when it's not going anywhere!

A new shipment of ewes in lamb. Funny to see the red dirt on them! They look positively orange in the paddock!

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Busy busy busy!

Good things come to those who wait and last week I was lucky enough to have a few days with my mum at the Port Fairy Folk Festival! 
Many fantastic acts to see and I particularly enjoyed Ash Grunwald, The Good Lovelie, the Stray Sisters, The Pigs (very funny!), Breabach, Altan, Lunasa, Glen Hansard and so much more! 

This week it was straight back into the thick of it. Scanning ewes on Monday and Tuesday. Two of the most tiring and long days. Ewes did not like moving into the scanning set up and we pushed them all up all day! We were wrecked buy the time we got in that night! 
It was rather cool checking out the ultrasound images of tiny baby lambs! There was a couple of heavy passing showers that drenched us, but we soon dried out!
Thursday and Friday have seen us crutching again! 
First time crutching on our new farm. Did I mention we bought our neighbours place that is just over the drain south of us? Beautiful neighbours we are so so sad to see move away (but they're not going far!), and we'll see them often with all the community fun we have!

Mum came over after the Folkie for a few days to see how farm life is going at Shepherds Way. It's been 12months since she last saw it and 12 months since we moved in! We've been working her hard!!
Cooper and Mickey have been coming along in leaps and bounds this week! Working really well in the pens and even moving sheep down the lane! Very proud of them! 
Not much crafting going in this week!!
Righto! Back to work! More crutching to do!

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

George update

Here's George and I posing for our photo. He's looking great and finished his injections. Chasing me up and down the yard with a gallop and a skip as he tries to get more milk! 
Wanna dig a hole in the garden? Ask a kelpie to help you!!! Great work Mickey!!

This weekend is the Port Fairy Folk Festival! Very excited to be seeing such a great collection of acts, enjoying the fun atmosphere, food, market stalls and bumping into loads of wonderful Warrnambool friends!! Plus my lovely mum has come all the way from Canberra to enjoy the weekend and catch up! A big thanks to my gorgeous husband for managing without me for a few days. Very, very, appreciated!! 

Sunday, 2 March 2014


Little George is surprising us and looks better each day. Two more antibiotic injections to go. He's drinking well and skipped around following me tonight. He bellows when he's hungry and inbetween slurps makes me dizzy by walking around and around me looking for the teat again. Very cute!

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Bulls & cattle dogs

Bull sales are fun! A great chance to catch up with locals, swap ideas and gossip, admire great bulls and lovely country hospitality. We've bought 3 bulls this week and they are fine strapping lads!!
We are also welcoming to the Shepherds Way family, our neighbours lovely kelpie 'Malcom'!! Very friendly and full of beans. This is 'TJ', on the left and 'Malcom' on the right. 
Little calf George has made it through the night and after some antibiotics and hand feeding seems to be ok, but he's still not real crisp. Fingers crossed he continues to improve! 
Now I'm in town doing a list of jobs for the boss. Car service, pick up lick blocks,  fix drill, get parts etc!! Better get going! 

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

February Happenings

As usual the year is flying by and I wonder what I do with my time!? How can I fit more in? There's so much I want to sew, create, develop and cook! 

My Goddaughter turned 8 this month (gorgeous girl!), my brother turned 40!! We had our 12th wedding anniversary, calves are starting to drop, the garden is happy the hot hot days are behind us and we are looking forward to a busy March (Port Fairy Folk Festival), shearing begins and travels with my cousin in April! 

I'm sewing a quilt to enter in the Royal Adelaide Show this year! To mark the special celebration of its 175th Birthday (1838-2014), quilters are constructing their own version of the 1932 Farm Life Quilt competition! Open to your own interpretation, the idea captured my imagination and fired my inspiration! Loosely based on the original 1932 quilt and using the gorgeous 'Terra Australis' fabric by Emma Jean Jansen, my plan is to use blocks made up of Terra Australis, alternating with embroidered blocks of Australian farming images. 
This is the fabric washed. Wonderful colours and graphics! Stay tuned for the next stage! 
Mickey supervising my vege patch facelift. Scrapings of dirt from the cattle yards full of cow manure ready to spread, followed by sheep manure collected from under the shearing shed, a spray of seasol and finally a new layer of mulch! That should get things kicking along!

One last show and tell! My latest card. Inspired by a challenge from my fearless Stampin' Up friend Sam! 
Again, using the Owl Builder punch to make the rose! Such a versatile punch!! I'm not sure how to rotate it on my iPhone blog, you'll have to tilt your head till I figure it out! 

Tomorrow we are off to a bull sale! These auctioneers are always entertaining! We've got our eye on a couple of strapping young fellas to help our Hereford mob! 

Better stop blogging and get some sleep!! Night all!!

Monday, 17 February 2014

First calf

Our first Hereford calf was born last week! We love this time of year when these beautiful creatures drop! Very cute and very protective mothers. One of our young dogs decided to bark at calf today and chase it around. Big mistake! Mummy cow came running and attacked puppy (6mths old puppy), who dashed back to the ute and flew on, very scared! Let that be a lesson little Cooper!