|A year ago...|
- introduced 15y.o to District High Schooling...a school bus comes to pick him up at the end of our road (there is no public transport/shopping centres/movies - but there IS internet connection YAY)!
- Husband successfully coordinates and manages the first private psychiatric ward in Launceston.
- We started to purchase farm 'stuff' including an old tractor
- I took a big breath and joined playgroup with 2y.o and...I found a group of women who are artists, viticulturalists, farmers and full-time Mum's!
- Painted the inside of the house - it was dark, dark blue. Even the light switches and power points were painted blue! Got rid of curtains, pelmets and light-fittings!
- ripped out, chopped back and slashed the whole front garden. We found a platypus in the creek,
a couple of tiger-snakes, and started the 'relocate-a-possum' program
(17 possums later and we are still moving them on LOL).
- USED to walk to the mailbox, now we drive to it - just not enough time!!!
- Built chicken mansion...
we got our lovely chickens...and they escaped...
over and over again...staying out all night...we finally have a chicken-proof ranging area - the whole half of the back-garden! We can now see each other from the deck and the kitchen window (where I can pull the window up and throw them a scrap or two).
- we gain two little steers, who cry all night and eat out of a bucket. They trash the fencing, and we discover a new world of electric fencing! We gain four more bigger steer, and they jump the fence - electric and all!! I have to 'surf' the fence to try and lower is enough for Daughter and Husband to chase the (stupid) cow back into our paddock. That was a lot of cow running at me...we fix the fences AGAIN.
- Daughter and I research Alpacas, and we are bought one each for our respective birthdays - Hamish and Sherman. We had decided that they would be good pets and we would get them fixed and they would eat grass and just walk around looking cute. Well...
- We then saw an ad online for a couple of pregnant alpacas, and went to see them - hello Vodka and Malibu! They were in poor shape, long curled toe-nails, two-year fleeces, never seen a halter... but we just couldn't walk away :(
- Alpaca woman gives us (and the Alpaca's) a crash course in husbandry.
|Hamish - May 2012|
|Sherman - May 2012|
|Big boys - Dec 2012|
- Daughter takes a make-up chemistry course at uni, and gets into a pre-med course in Hobart.
- Little one turned two, still wasn't talking much...still isn't with only 60 words!
- We lost Bailey - our first cria, but we gained Poppy the second cria.
|Malibu & Poppy|
- Burnt the fence-lines, then two days later they re-lit and I was left to put out a fire by myself - very scary!!!
- We ripped out all of the veg gardens and made our own raised beds.
- We lost our grey cat Mavis to a snakebite, then we were adopted by a black kitten who had been dumped on our road with his sisters and brothers. Welcome Jasper!
- We got used to showering in pond water, drinking rain water and in drought...looking for bottled water whilst digging out the dam.
- We had to kill our first tiger-snake :( Too risky with a 2y.o
- (Husband) dropped the tractor in the dam!
- Turbo chickens eat all our veg seedlings in the raised beds, but the orchard yields buckets (and buckets) of apples, nashi pears, pears and more apples.
- We learn about Alpaca mating first-hand, and complete our own husbandry tasks.
We can't believe a year has gone, we still have lots to learn, but wouldn't change it for the world!! :)
What makes this place heaven? The fresh air, the space, the changing weather, the return to simplicity and what's important.
Our little one can collect eggs every morning
and stroke a chicken,
feed an alpaca
and eat fruit straight from the trees.