Category Archives: Horses

Country Diary for fortnight ending 16th September

I haven’t posted for 2 weeks as we were busy with our new arrivals, Rose and Crumpler.  Of course, this post is mostly about baby goats because they are so cute, but in addition to all the excitement around the birth of twin girls, the chickens are back on the layMama Hen went broody, the Guinea Fowl started laying, I got Flash back into work , we sprung into spring then lurched back into winter.

With all the bad weather Brad spent some productive hours in the shed and recycled some materials to make a flip-flop hoof-stand and a butcher’s block milking stand.

Our oats have “headed” and the coral vine is running rampant through the forest.  I caught a couple of sunrises before the clouds came back.

Most of the posts are about the baby goats, and I have included some video of them getting to their feet for the first time, first feeding and first pronking.   Poor Midge injured the left side of the udder, so much of the activity last week has been managing that.

Just click on any of the pictures for the full story.

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Country Diary for week Ending 2nd September

The last week of winter was wet and windy, but we managed to get some building work done for some seating and the wood fired pizza oven.    The first day of spring was announced with an asparagus spear punching out of the ground, where it was promptly munched by some red-legged earth mites.

I missed most of the sunrises this week either because it was cloudy or I slept in.  The welcome swallows have finished their new nest and feathered it with the black and white spotted feathers of the guinea fowl.  We turned over the compost bins and planted some shrubs to mark the graves of some of our birds.

The horses were out and about doing their thing, and I photographed 2 very common yellow flowers, one a weed and one a native, and caught the metallic sheen on a hover fly.

Country Diary for week ending 5th August

It definitely feels like the coldest of the winter weather has passed and spring has sprung.  The morning temperatures are hovering around 10-12 C (50-55F), so no jacket required when mucking out the stables.

There is a riot of yellow down near the dam with the various wattles in flower. We found the first Pink Fairy Orchid in the forest about 3 weeks earlier than last year and six weeks on, the Midge orchids are still blooming.

I took a different track for photographing the sunrise, Bowie is following a different path to avoid the goats, water baby Auspicious took a bath and sort-of-farm-dog Shorty found some rats in the rockpile.

The week was all about increasing our food production.  We fenced in some of the vege beds, the chickens helped with the cultivation and we assembled a greenhouse.

Just click on any of the pictures for the full stories.

Country Diary for week ending 29th July

It was a wet and windy week with over 70mm of rain taking us up to 150mm for the month of July which is slightly above average.  The east of the property is under water for the first time in 4 years.

I got my first pictures of a family of red-tailed black cockatoos and a large flock of ibis, and some more pictures of a family of kangaroos.

We made good progress with the new oat paddock with the neighbour ploughing it for us.   I was pleased to see the richness of the soil and almost wept with joy that there were almost no rocks to pick up.

I am continuing my love affair with the sunrise, catching a beautiful silver sun and also caught my first sun setting over the horizon.

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Country Diary for week ending 22nd July

I am still in awe of the beauty of this place and taking photos everyday, which even helped me discover a new view.  I got a special two for one sunrise package – with bonus streaker  – and  faced a watershed moment when I decided that an image I took of the sky before an actual sunrise was good enough.

Mama is back to full strength and a few days after admiring her healthy plumage she laid her first egg in 2 months.   Chicken is still being cuddly and Flash is getting fit by jousting with Auspicious.

On the farm, we are thinking ahead and preparing a new paddock for the oats next year, so were busy over the weekend slashing weeds and picking up rocks….again……

Just click on any of the pictures for the full stories.

Country Diary for week ending 15th July

A couple of days after our first frost, we are having warmer than average nights and above average rainfall.  I am still a slave to the sunrise, loving the colours, and trying to capture them all.

The Oats are looking lush and are tempting the horses, which may happen as apparently it is good to graze the oats to “tiller” them and increase the yield.

27 yo horse Bowie was distressed at the start of the week, pregnant goat Midge is starting to show, and young Roo was home alone, then reunited with the others.

I found our first earthstar fungi and our first snail orchids of the year, but the best first was seeing some baby goats being born.

Country Diary for week ending 30th June

This week I got up close (well close-ish) and personal with some kangaroos, spotting a big male one day, then mum and bub pretty close to the house.

We had a couple of light rain days with 8mm each time, but mostly it was a calm and sunny week.  The Oats are loving the combination of sunshine and rain and are looking good.

I captured some beautiful images of raindrops and reflections. The Guineas are courting,  the horses were relaxing in the sun and I bathed a chicken for the first time.    I found some large Laughing Jim mushrooms which are sometimes hallucinogenic.