Friday

June 22, 2018

The elusive native Water-rat. 

The Rakali, or Water-rat, is one of Australia's only two amphibious mammals (the platypus being the other), about the size of a small possum and is not often seen. I have only observed them before dawn on cold winter mornings when our water channels are lower. Their shy & quick nature makes them very hard to spot and even harder to photograph. This morning I got lucky… of sorts. It’s not the best the photograph but it is one!

Thursday

Signing off...

Signing off… for now.

After 5 years, 4 months & 10 days (1900 posts) I’m taking a break from my daily photos.

What started as a year-long personal challenge on January 1, 2013 to find the beauty in each & every day on the farm extended into another year… and another….

Now I think it is time to call it a day… for a while at least.

Thank you all for being part of this journey. I am truly honoured by the level of interest in the day-to-day happenings on our farm and I thank you for your friendship, encouragement, comments, emails & messages of support over the last 5 years. Never in my wildest dreams did I think my photos would touch so many people, all over world.

Saturday

Silo Art


Last weekend on our way to the mountains we stopped at two recently completed silo art projects in northern Victoria.

Devenish Silo Art

The Devenish silo art depicts two service women 100 years apart - a WWI nurse and a modern-day army medic. Painted by Melbourne artist Cam Scale over 11 days, it was officially opened on Anzac Day last week.

Goorambat Silo Art

These silos are in Goorambat and were painted as part of Benalla’s Wall to Wall Festival by Melbourne based street artist Dvate in March over 17 days. They depict the native Barking Owl and farming life. 

The scale of these murals and the detail is quite breathtaking. They are well worth a visit. We look forward to seeing many more of these works of art in tiny rural towns as the Silo Art Trails continue to gain in popularity.

Wednesday

May 2, 2018

How lucky are we!

We received these today from a hay customer who called in to pick up mulch bales for the garden. What a delight to share a cuppa with George & Jenny of Tarra Valley Foods.

Thank you. These preserves will certainly be enjoyed.

Monday

High Country Huts


In the Australian Alps there are around 200 historic huts, some dating back to the early 1860’s. They were built by cattlemen and gold miners to offer shelter from the wild mountain weather, and more recently by foresters, skiers and bushwalkers. They are still used today as places of refuge by those hiking, riding, skiing or four-wheel driving through the mountain.

We visited 4 of the huts over the weekend.

Bluff’s Hut

Built in 1956 by local cattlemen to use as shelter when driving their cattle up to the plains in summer, it burnt down during bushfires in 2007 & was rebuilt in 2008. The evidence of the fires is still so obvious with the skeletons of the Snow Gums protruding from the new growth surrounding the hut.

Lovick’s Hut

Built originally in 1925, it too was destroyed by bushfires in 2003 & rebuilt in 2008.

Most of the huts are single room with fireplace, earthen or stone floor, constructed with timber found onsite and corrugated iron.

Bindaree Hut

Originally built by cattleman Jim Ware in 1914, this little hut was rebuilt in 1937 paid for by Mansfield Tourist Association to encourage bushwalkers to the area. Bindaree Hut sits alongside the Howqua River and is a popular camping spot.

Craig’s Hut

Craigs’s hut is probably the most famous of all the Alpine huts… but it is not historic. It is a replica cattleman’s hut constructed in 1981 for the movie The Man from Snowy River. It too burnt down in the bushfires of 2006, but was completely rebuilt in 2007.

It sits on top of a mountain, not far from Mount Sterling . The view across the mountains from the hut are stunning and it has become a popular spot to visit. 

Friday

April 27, 2018

This cute little guy is a juvenile male Superb Fairy-wren,
who is just starting to acquire his blue colouring. 

Thursday

April 26, 2018

Another dry Autumn day.

For the last 3 months we have only had 9mm rain, which is 10% of our average for this time of year. 

Wednesday

Anzac Day

At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.

Saturday

April 21, 2018

Customer approves

Photo from our truck driver who delivered hay to Cobar today, 600kms north of our farm.