April 7, 2018

Bit excited to come across this little guy on my farm walk this morning.

It is a juvenile Buff-rumped Thornbill
… well that’s what I think it is. I am happy to be corrected.


April 6, 2018

Just a hint of a fog this morning;
the nights are cooling down but the days still warm and dry.


April 5, 2018

Across the district rice harvest is getting underway.

We farm in the Riverina, southern NSW which is where rice is predominantly grown within Australia. We have many rice farmers around us but we don’t actually grow rice on our farm because our soil types are not suitable; rice requires clay based soil and we have sandy loam soils that are instead perfect for growing lucerne (alfalfa).

Our climate makes it ideal for the production of high quality medium grain rice. Australian growers produce more rice per hectare than anywhere else in the world with 50% less water than the global average.


April 2, 2018

Byramine Homestead celebrated 175 years this weekend.

Built in 1842 this 4 bedroom home has a unique central octagonal shaped room, called the fortress, which was designed to provide a view of all angles in case of attack from bushrangers.

It is located near Yarrawonga in northern Victoria alongside the Murray River.


April 1, 2018

Bilbies are rare, we only see them on our farm once a year.


March 17, 2018

A Veteran Car Rally passed the farm today
… not the sort of traffic we usually see.

The rally was for 1 & 2 cylinder vintage motor vehicles built from 1900 to 1914.

What a delight to see! 


March 10, 2018

 Today a local engineering firm in Finley, our local town, celebrated 125 years of business;
a family business spanning five generations.

What an awesome achievement! 

 What started as a foundry in 1893 building horse drawn wagons, sulkies and water carts, moved on to make disc ploughs and farming implements and then graders for constructing the irrigation ditches when irrigation came to the area in the late 1930’s.

Today JT & EN Close manufactures ute trays and stock feeders amongst many other things. The original façade is still in tack. A new modern shed lies behind the old shed, but in a corner of this original building is a treasure trove of old tools & equipment used in a time gone by.

The history is pretty incredible.

There are also hundreds of documents including original invoices, wage books, handwritten letters, newspaper advertising dating back to the early 1900’s.

Such a pleasure to see so much local history preserved.


March 8, 2018

Trucking out 2016 season lower grade oaten hay.

Baled December 2016, stacked using Hay Caps on top & ground sheet on bottom the day it was baled. 730mm rain over 16 months since.

Coming out beautiful!