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Farm ♥

Poppy

Having grown up on a farm, I am conscious of providing Poppy and James all the fantastic elements of farm life.

Growing up, we were no strangers to hard work – demanding days far beyond our young years.  It was not uncommon for us to be shifting irrigators, carting hay, tailing lambs, feeding calves, riding with Dad on the Harvester or coming home from school and heading out to cultivate a paddock on our own until well after dark!  In hindsight, it was the best form of homework … hard work and independence.

When I was 17, I worked for Dad for the summer as he had paid to get the engine of my 1970 orange VW Beetle reconditioned and so we had a deal.  As a Harvesting Contractor, he required someone to escort him from job-to-job which entailed driving his truck and header front from one farm to another as he drove in the Header (maximum speed 40 K’s)!  Never displaying my ‘P’ plates for obvious reasons, as I was at the helm of an old International truck with no power steering, complete with grain bin on the back whilst towing a 25 foot header front!  I was often required to reverse this rig through narrow gates as the Farmer was standing there watching me!  Dad is still proud that all of his daughters can reverse a trailer.

These jobs certainly gave us the practical skills that I have drawn upon in many aspects of my adult life.

My sister and her husband live on a beautiful property at Bracknell with the Great Western Tiers forming a comforting, yet familiar backdrop.  I took James and Poppy up to stay this weekend, as Nick was busy working on the boat.  We fell into a comfortable rhythm that is so easily done when staying with family.  On Saturday night Janelley cooked up a Pork Roast, complete with crackling and then all the cousins bunkered down for a movie and a sleepover, after some Loom Band action!

Farm Stay

The next morning was a glorious day and after French Toast for breakfast, we went to collect the eggs, feed the pigs and cruised around the sheds.

My nieces took James and Poppy for a ride in their ‘Gator’, a 4WD buggy, and as they drove away my neurotic ‘Helicopter Parent’/’Adventure Tour Guide Teacher’ brain flashed random Risk Management Plans before my eyes!  I then realised that these girls are country girls, practical lasses that have learnt to drive tractors before their 10th birthday’s.  Girls that are like my sisters and I – a generation before.

Farm Stay

Poppy and James were ecstatic – our little city slickers had dirt under their nails, mud on their boots and smiles a mile wide … with requests to come back to stay with their cousins during the harvesting season next summer!

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Farmer James

James

Our little farmer James loved hanging out with his cousins on their farm in Northern Tasmania at the weekend, but his favourite were all their ‘pets’.  Bless. xx

James

James

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James

James

James

James

James

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Frosty Farm

Ice from the bird bath

I took Poppy and James up to the family farm to see their Grandparent’s last Thursday and Friday.  They love feeding the fish, seeing the sheep, playing with our old toys and running around the wide open spaces.  We also popped in to see the monkeys in Launceston’s City Park.

We woke on Friday morning to a white frost with much excitement about touching the ice that had formed on the pond and bird bath.  Lovely.  Xx

Icicles

A frozen pond

Frosty morning

Frosty morning

Fashion Plates

Sheep

Sheep

Little Monkey

Little Monkey

James at the monkeys

City Park

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Farm Detail

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I have just been up to Hagley to visit my family on “Mill Farm“.

Taking James ‘over to the dam‘ this morning is a walk I have done a thousand times growing up on the farm.  All those small details along the way that are so familiar, yet so beautiful in their own right – the twisted barbed wire fences, commanding silos, combine harvesters, the tractor I learnt to drive on when I was 10 (an International 434), rusty corrugated iron, post and rail fences, the historic mill, fat lambs and Angus beef cattle.

I love this land and I love sharing it with Poppy and James … our little city slickers! Xx

James on Mill Farm

James on Mill Farm

Oversize

Oversize

James on Mill Farm

The Oak Tree

The Oak Tree

Rusy corrugated iron

The Mill

The Mill

The Mill

James

James

James at The Mill

James

The Dam

Angus Beef Cattle

Fast asleep

Post & Rail detail

Shed detail

Fence & lichen detail

Post & Rail Fence

The 434

The 434

The 434

Laneway

The Oak Tree

Baling Twine

Cousin Bunny Love

Bunny Love

Bunny Love

The cousins and their bunny

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Harvest

Mill FarmWe had another visit to the family farm late last week where Poppy and her cousin Nina, helped their Nanna harvest carrots, corn and tomatoes from her veggie garden.

Such a simple task but one that reconnected Poppy with her food and her Grandmother.

Mill Farm

Mill Farm

Mill Farm

Mill Farm

Nina

Mill Farm

Mill Farm

Mill Farm

Corn

Corn

Mill Farm

Mill Farm

Mill Farm

After all the vegetables had been picked there was time for running races, climbing trees and the simple game of hide-and-seek.  Such a joy to see Poppy play in the very backyard I did when I was her age. Xx

Mill Farm

Poppy & Nina

Poppy

Mill Farm

Mill Farm

Mill Farm

Mill Farm

Climbing the Mulberry Tree

Mill Farm

Hide & Seek

…and then James was ready to take off with his Grandfather’s walking frame:

James

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Farming Faves

Hay ShedPoppy, James and I have been back up to our family farm for the past couple of days where we spent time with Mum and Dad and all of my siblings who were also home.  We ate roast dinners, picked ripe mulberries and drank lots of cups of tea.

I also took lots of photos of the farm as I am helping my brother set up his website – Gibson Ag.  Greg is a clever cookie who has won a Nuffield Farming Scholarship where he is jetting off around the world on three separate trips this year, researching the latest drainage techniques with the aim of increasing production on non-performing ground through better water management.

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Greg

Hay

Trough

John Deere

Poppy with her Poppy flower

Mulberry

Mulberry

Birds Nest