Farmdate 06/01/18 – 11/01/18

So welcome to the 1st farm update known as Farmdate going forward.

Day 1 – Let’s go get a farm dog!

So off we went trekking through windy roads and dirt tracks to look at a puppy. We headed down a long dirt track feeling very out of place and finally ended up at a gate with no numbers. In my head I was picturing a scene out of Harold n Kumar with “freakshow”.  (sorry Elsa if you are reading this)

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Fortunately we were greeted by a couple of awesome sheep and potato farmers and 4 little pups running around. So 2 hours later we got home with the newest member of Bridgenorth Valley Estate. Introducing Freddo the Kelpie x Lab/Springer Spaniel.

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Day 2 – The rest of the animal tribe arrive in 4 days. So there was lots of work to be done before their arrival. Notably the outdoor cat enclosure that needed to be built asap.

I had purchased some cat netting and planned to convert a covered verandah into a space where the cats would be safe from cars but also the native wildlife would be safe from the cats.

So of course building anything starts with a trip to Bunnings for supplies and a feed.

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So it did take 3 full days to get it done with time just flying past. Most of time consumed by weaving netting and also getting a puppy to stop biting everything. There was lots of hammering U nails, lots of weaving and lots of expletives as I tear skin from my soft supple office hands. But hearing nothing but the neighs from the horse next door and kookaburras laughing at me was incredibly relaxing and it felt … well it just felt right.

So the above picture is it completed from a distance and to be honest, I’m really chuffed with the way it has come up and from a distance it is barely noticeable. If you want to know more about it hit me up in the comments below.

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Day 6 – Animals arrive

Seeing the cats exploring their new environment was very satisfying and it didn’t take long for Twix and Freddo to be comfortable with each other.

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We end the week with a view that I will never get tired of seeing.

Kicking back with a soothing beer … both for my belly and for my very sore and tender hands was absolute heaven.

Note – Add gloves to the shopping list…. suppose that means another trip to Bunnings.

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Key learnings –

1- Respect for all labour workers. Reminder of how cushy office workers get it and I look forward to getting rough farmer hands.

2- Bunnings maintains consistency of store layout and quality of sausage irrespective of location.

3- Time flies past when you aren’t looking at a clock.

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