I’ll have to parcel it up a bit I’m afraid, my intention was to be blogging regularly the whole time we were away - but, you know. Don’t tell Neil that he carried my laptop all over Australia and Hong Kong for basically no reason!

It seems a loooong time ago now and all that’s happened since is filling up my mind, but I will start at the beginning which was our four days with my folks up in Bairnsdale - four hours by train from Melbourne.

The farm has been pretty much dedicated to pork for about the last 15 years but as my mum and stepdad are thinking about retirement and my sister is looking to take over, they’re gradually moving into other areas. Goats are a growing industry in Australia at the moment and Margie is really keen on them. They are rather hilarious!

Margie and goats

Mum also has her sheep back after a long time without any (there’s no money in wool at the moment) and a few long-legged alpacas to keep them company.

This is Latte with the sheep, he looks a bit skinny due to recent shearing but he is rather cute still don’t you think?

Latte and sheep

And his fleece. You’d be surprised how much of this I managed to fit into my suitcase (it was a big suitcase).

Latte's Fleece

These two are a new addition, coming from a friend’s farm which was downsizing. They’re not as tame as Latte but didn’t mind posing for the camera as long as I kept my distance.


Finally, a shot of the front flats. Some time back I showed you a similar view under a lot of water. Rainfall has been pretty good ever since and we were amazed to see the flats so green. There hasn’t been water down there during the summer for years.

Flats Dec 07

Must go now, next post will be all about what mum and I got up to while Neil relaxed in the living room and read an entire book!

4 Responses to “So much to tell you!”
  1. MoonRani says:

    Next year I’ll ask Santa to put an alpaca in my Christmas stocking; they’re darling!
    Sunshine, hmmmm…I seem to recall sunshine. I can see from your photo that *you’ve* had lots of it, lucky girl. :D
    Just enjoy your holiday and post at your ease. Your faithful readers will still be here.

  2. Kay Anne says:

    I am very amused by the mental image of you trying to stuff as much fleece as possible into your suitcase. =D

  3. MoonRani says:

    :D Good point, Kay Anne.
    “No, Customs Officer, I’m not trying to pull the wool over your eyes - - it’s fleece!”

  4. Claire says:

    Ha! A fellow antipodean fleece smuggler :) I did just the same thing following my recent trip home to NZ. It truly is amazing how much you can squish into one suitcase isn’t it?!

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