Sunday, 29 May 2011

Farm Day............

It's Farm Day in Australia.............well the weekend actually.............we have hosted 2 families in previous years but a bit too busy at the moment so I didn't host any city slickers this year...........
the idea of the day is to promote
 FUN, FRIENDSHIP and UNDERSTANDING between city people and farming people............the city family can come and spend a hands on day on the farm and see what our day to day life is like...............
anyway since I couldn't host anyone as I was watching Sunrise (morning show) on TV and the weather man was at a farm talking about farm day...........I thought well I could take pics and share our Sunday on the farm with you...............
presently we have cattle out on the road since we have been so dry this year..............we are running out of feed for stock and the grass is better down the road so we took all the cows down there......................for those of you who have followed my blog from the early days we had cattle out on the road for several months back in 2007..........it is a constant job as your supposed to have someone with the cattle most of the time when they are out of the "break"................and these are the signs you have out at either end of the road area the cows are allowed to out at................
oh and just so you know the cows have the right of way..............
this is the break.............the cows get held in here for the night...........you can just see 2 white tapes in the photo..........the tapes get electrified and the cows don't like to touch it...........(you can touch it but it gives you a little jolt and frightens the daylights out of you)
Anyway Mr Chookyblue had to go and let the cows out early this morning and me and the kids stayed at home for awhile...........
...later in the morning I went down the road to the cows and Mr Chookyblue came home and we were due to feed the sheep.............the kids help muster the mobs in with their motorbikes and you fill a feed bin with oats and drive out the the paddock and open the little shute at the bottom and the feed runs out in a line as you keep driving along...................
they like the oats..............once you have been feeding them for awhile you only have to drive out in the paddock and they come running...........
some green grass would be good they need some green grass to boast them up............
when Mr Chookyblue and the chicks came back down the road they brought the BBQ and some meat and we have some BBQ sandwiches.........yummo...........mind you we were huddling around the BBQ as it cooked as it was quite a miserable and cold day..........
then I wandered around with the camera...............happy cows with grass to eat..........

heads down munching away...............
kangaroo foot print..........
fox footprint..............
watch out the traffic is busy................lol.........
an ants nest.......
another different ants nest...........
one lonely flowering plant............
after the rain earlier in the week life is trying to burst thru the dirt...........
more follow up rain will be required other wise the rain earlier in the week will be useless............
on the way home I stopped to snap this emu as I knew you would love to see him...............
once home i fed the chooks
Curly Pops was out near the chookyard so I snapped a picture............since her major disaster when  calving she is doing well........still loves a cuddle and a pat.............and as you can see "cops" her calf is going very well............
perfect time of the day for a calf...........
after this me and the kids headed inside and they lazed about in front of the TV after yesterdays big sport day.........
Mr Chookyblue got home just on dark............cold and looking for the lovely wood fire...............
If your in a bigger town or city in Australia maybe you could visit a farm yourself next year.............
Catch you later..............
Chookyblue
PS the kitchen is smelling better but still not perfect.........thanks for your tips.............

26 comments:

  1. Thanks for the brilliant photo's and the little insight into farming life Aussie style. Thought about doing a rain dance and sending some of ours to you but don't want to cause you more drainage problems!

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  2. Loved the farm day at your blog Chooky! Sorry to hear you are still dry, how frustrating. Love all the pics. xo

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  3. Thank you for sharing your day with us- I love the pictures!

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  4. Sounds a lot harder than a Sunday in the city. I'm surprised you have any energy left to sew let alog run the blogs. I think I would like a medium between the two, wussy city persons country - haha. Thanks, great pics, Cops & mum are beautiful. Tracee xx

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  5. hey maybe Annie and I could sign up next year ???

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  6. Really pretty pictures. It must be so nice to live on a farm, although I think I would miss some things a city can offer. Thanks for sharing your day with us.

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  7. So great too see you emerge from the disaster Chooky. Thanks for sharing your day xxx

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  8. It certainly is dry where you are. Which state is your farm in?
    My brother has actually had rain on his farm in W.A. and my nephew got the tractor bogged. That hasn't happened in a long, long time over there. It's never been wet enough since my nephew started working on the farm, so new experience for him.
    Those photos of the sheep being fed bring back so many memories of farm life. I use to go out with my brother to feed sheep when I was a teenager. I miss it but am going back in July to catch up with my parents and brother.
    I hope you get more rain soon. Have a great week,
    Anne xx

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  9. Thanks for that Chookyblue! We have seen those signs out many times whilst driving. And let's face it, even if the cows didn't have right off way, you'd give it to them. They are way to big to hit and be able to drive off afterwards! We always drive really slowly past the cows!!!

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  10. Thank you for the insight into your farm life and all the lovely photos....we live in the city in the states and I love reading about your doings on the farm......

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  11. Great photo's as usual, Thanks for sharing your day, i m with Jodie and Annie up for a day in the country, although you probably wouldn't get too much work out of me , i talk ALOT

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  12. Love all the photos Chooky.....4 sleeps...

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  13. Love the photos. It does look so dry but what a beautiful part of the world to live in. I know how heartbreaking it can be, but hopefully rain will come soon. We're getting more here today - will try to send you some!!

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  14. Thanks for sharing a day at your farm. What a great idea Farm Day is. I hadn't heard of it before. My boys would love something like that.

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  15. We nearly had a bonnet mascot (cow) last night when we were driving home. Black cow... dark night. Not a good combo! And in an area with no signs... and not normally cattle. So someone has an escapee!!

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  16. Now I know what you mean when you say you're on the road with the cows...LOL!! Thanks for sharing 'Farm Day'.
    Cheers....Jane.

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  17. Been wondering Chooky how you have been going. Surely there will be some more follow up rain for you. It so reminds me of our farm prior to last year... Good luck with all the animal feeding... Will be thinking of you in the long paddock!!

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  18. Loved the tour, thanks!!

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  19. It's not fare is it we have plenty up to our knees needing cut yet our fellow counrty folks on the mainland are desperate for it hope you get rain soon

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  20. Wish I could send you some moisture for your grass. Lovely photos of your day...thanks. Glad to hear the kitchen smell is slowly improving...yuck!

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  21. Those pictures are beautifull. And it sounds like a busy day with the cattle on the road.

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  22. Thank you so much for sharing your day Donna, as you might already know ;) I love to learn about life in other countries.

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  23. Cows on the road fun fun fun LOVE the last photo tooooooooo cute.

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  24. Now I get it - down at the cows - grazing what we call 'the long acre'. Gosh that is dry, I really hope you get some decent rain soon. Is this normal to be so dry, do you usually get winter rain? Your farm pictures are great, sounds like a typical 'Farm Day', apart from maybe the cows on the road!

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  25. Thanks for sharing Farm Day with us! It does look very dry - wish you were getting some of our rain!

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  26. How wonderful to catch a glimpse of your day! You'd never know it was cold and miserable, it all looks so lovely. Thanks for the Curlypops update -- hope you get some rain soon!

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