It has been a while since I have written about our new place, we’ve been there for about 5 months now and life has settled back into a normal rhythm.
The paddocks have all been slashed – with the result that both tractors went on strike complaining about the added workload. Luckily my other half is a mechanic, and after some problems finding parts for so-called grey market tractors, both are up and running again – phew.
There is still a lot and I mean A LOT of lantana and other woody weeds about, but they will be slowly destroyed over the next few years – it is not going to happen overnight.
The uncovered orchard produced an enourmous amount of very tasty and juicy mandarins – I didn’t keep a tally but I reckon we could have filled two trailers with them. The bonus: with a glass of freshly squeezed mandarin juice every morning, I seem to have avoided the various cold and flu bugs that have been going around.
The chickens have been contained in a run (well, sort of. The young ones still fly over the fence) as they tended to hang around the house all day, every day, creating the mess birds are famous for. And a couple have started laying again. Yeay – decent eggs at long last!
The horses are still nice and round although it is now mainly dry stuff in the paddocks, but plenty of it. And all of our water woes seem to have been solved. A recent 25mm shower filled up the house water tank again, so it looks as if it is large enough and gets plenty of water from the roof.
The cattle grids are gone – after I watched one of the horses casually walk across one of them: I thought my heart was going to stop and imagined a horse with 4 broken feet. Luckily she negotiated it without any problems, but the grids went up for sale the next day.
We made a start on the veggie patch and are planning the design of the shade house for it. There is still some fencing to do (when isn’t there on a bit of land) and the driveway still needs improving. The dam needs major work, either fixing or filling in, the jury is still out on this. The orchard and a few trees in the gardens need haircuts. But all in all things are looking a lot more orderly than they used to.