The Summer Holidays are a magical time for most kids (big and little). The pace of life slows and you can enjoy lazy days without the guilt that normally comes with an afternoon of idleness.
As Winnie the Pooh said “Doing nothing often leads to the very best of something”.
The run of fiercely hot 40 degree days over January, often led to us doing nothing. Well not quite nothing. We enjoyed a few afternoons inside the air-conditioning watching family movies or the Cricket. And it was time well spent – well except for the Cricket perhaps…
In between the hot days, we got the occasional summer storms. These kept the grass (and the weeds) growing. I took the opportunity to spend a couple of hours slashing thistles with the trusty mower. This paddock was all thistles 12 months ago when we moved in. I slashed the paddock twice last summer, before the majority of the heads had gone to seed (https://rockfarming.com/2018/01/04/managing-thistles-on-the-new-farm/). This year there was a remarkable reduction in thistles, and I am hoping to continue the downward trend on thistle numbers. A special thanks also to my old man who sweltered through a few hours chipping out thistles in the next paddock. I fear this will be a continuing challenge on the Rock Farm.
The boys have tinkered in the shed, turned petrol into noise on their motorbikes, and relaxed in our hillbilly pool. One day they disappeared and made the most amazing tree house / fort in a dry creek bed. Good job they get hungry, so they return home for meals!
We even managed to escape for a couple of nights camping at Blowering Reservoir. It is hard to find an excuse to leave the Rock Farm, however sometimes it is nice to get away where you can’t be looking at jobs you need to do, or projects to start. It was fantastic to set up camp and have nothing to do. We were able to read, play board games and simply hang out, which was just wonderful.
Three glorious nights swimming and kayaking in the reservoir, just a few hours from home was what we needed to complete the school holidays and bring our focus onto 2019. This year marks the beginning of high school for the youngest helper – and it was lovely to celebrate the commencement of this phase in his (and our) lives with some time away with just the four of us.
As enjoyable as it was to go away, it was even better to come back home and sit back and watch the sun set over the Rock Farm. We have some exciting changes planned for the Rock Farm this year and we look forward to sharing them with you.