It’s the beginning of the New Year for 2015 in Australia and we are going into the New Year, I am sitting at the beautiful home-made Kitchen table – made by my husband and an older friend of his (before my time) in my exercise gear (as I plan on doing a 5 km walk) now that my partially ruptured Achilles is better and thought I need to start the year committed to my farming blog. I’ll get to my walk later.
I sit in the kitchen often as that is where we get good internet, living rurally you have to sometimes chase the signal in order to get to use it. Mobiles are worse since they shut down the analogue system. The NBN satellite really isn’t as good as it should be, all that money for rural people who need it the most to get an inferior service despite having to pay as much as those that get fast speed broadband in the city.
It can drop out on a windy day as can satellite TV, I know sounds crazy doesn’t it, in fast speed times people who need it are the ones that have to put up with inferior service. When we had the fire last year, we lost our land line for over 6 weeks, we weren’t a priority I was told despite the fact we still had fire burning around us. It is nearly a year since that event and we are hoping it is not going to happen this year.
Kitchens in most farm houses are the main rooms, as they are in most family homes, it’s where you all eat together, share a coffee with stock agents, and generally entertain those that come to your home. My ‘new kitchen is now 4 years old and I still love it as compared to the 70’s style with open feet that the mice use to get in and out of. This is lovely though white doors need washing down lots do to spills and dirty finger prints.
From my kitchen I can see out side where one of working dogs is sleeping under his Ute, waiting for him to come back out and jump into it. Pete the dog is sleeping on the sliding door, as that is where I put him after he made a smell that indicated there was going to be poop that followed (as he is arthritic he can not get up quick enough to go outside these days) one of the other working dogs is sleeping under the grape-vine facing the Ute & the other is out the back sleeping in the sand in the car port.
It’s a quiet day at the farm, he has gone around and checked everything, it is warming up and maintaining troughs, water, food and stock is a full-time job. he takes his breaks when he can and watches either the cricket or news channel. He has finalized his rain records for the year and we hope this year the rain falls a lot more than last year. He has records that go back over 50 years for this area, created first by his father and continued on by him, I will be printing them up later.
We wish for all of you is good rains, great crops, increased stock sales, no fires and all the joys of a successful year. Here are some Christmas biscuits I made with Australian Made Cutters, bought at a field day, no gingerbread men in our house, cattle, rabbits, kangaroos, Koalas and of course the Golden Retriever.