Historically the 10th of August is the coldest time of winter in our area. From here on, the weather rapidly warms into spring. On the ground our grass has turned green, but it is waiting for rain before it will jump out of the ground… I hope. I have been busier than I’d like with work, and the kids have been busy with sport and music activities before and after school that reduces the time we have available to enjoy The Rock Farm. Thankfully it hasn’t been all work and no play.
Our maiden heifers have started calving, and as I write we have two gorgeous calves on the ground. These gorgeous calves gambol around and make us laugh. Our sheep with their lambs are also growing strongly, however have been a little more timid. I will try to get some better photos of them soon too.
With the landscape so dry and September normally one of the windiest months, I brought forward my annual service on our water cart. I treated to the pump to fresh oil, cleaned the spark plug and air filter and filled it with fresh petrol. We had been using the trailer for other jobs over winter, but it was a quick job to re-install the tank and pump. I hope its main purpose over summer is watering trees, but it is good to know we have 1000 litres of water ready to use in an emergency should we need it, until the big red trucks arrive.
We will keep a close eye on our expectant mother’s over the next month or so, and keep our fingers crossed it all goes well for them. Our biggest challenge will be keeping them in good condition as we head into Summer. In the meantime, it is lovely to take a moment and enjoy the sunshine and the coming of the warmer weather!