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By Wolf


Ok I’ve been really quiet on here for a while so I’ll give you a little update on the work we’ve been doing at the family farm of late.

The last couple of weeks at the farm we’ve been getting ready for what is shaping up to be a rather hot summer and the potential of fire. So we’ve had the tractor out and mowed all the nature strips and the paddocks that we’re not using for livestock or crops cutting back the grass so that it is nice and short since it’s gone very dry and would only need a few sparks to set it off. We took the Landcruiser down both sides of the creek and cut all the dead tree’s down and any dead branches off the other tree’s and then slashed the grass under there as best as we could. We’ve ripped out some of the old trees that were dead along the fence-lines with the tractor. We’ve slashed the grass in the shearing yards and cleaned out all the drains in the outbuildings. The bush-land along the western corner of the block needed tidying too as the strong winds we’ve had have bought down a few tree’s and patches of long grass where coming up, so we ripped out the long grass and cut up the trees and removed them. Monday and Tuesday we got into the driveway and cut out all the low hanging branches on the flowering gums and slashed underneath them. On Tuesday we acquired our permit to burn off (new legislation that affects farmers down this way) and built a huge bonfire of all the tree-branches and other rubbish that we had tidied up ready to burn down beside the creek. On wednesday we checked the weather to make sure it was safe weather to light the fire and then did a quick maintenance check on our water truck before driving it down to near the fire. So we then burnt the bonfire, the flames were incredibly hot and were taller than some of the tree’s on our property. Thankfully though we did not need the water truck to put out any fires that may have started from sparks. So now we are tidied up and ready for summer, although we hope that it won’t be a bad fire season for anyone.

We’ve also had a really nice time in the veggie garden at the farm too in the last few weeks, we’ve planted out 25 pumpkin plants and a nice crop of sweet corn. We’ve got the saladlings in (lettuce, rocket etc.) and we’ve been picking broad-beans like crazy. We’ve transplanted half a dozen self sewn tomato plants into their proper-place and put their frames in. The broccoli was on the way out so we’ve ripped out that crop and started a new one along with the rhubarb and the cabbages. We’ve also just started to harvest the carrots and beetroot so we’ve put in the next lot of seeds so that we don’t have too much of a gap in them. There is more I’ve missed I’m sure but that will do for now.

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love the blog. Theres me feeling all man'ly because I burnt a few old bits of wood in my copper firepit this afternoon. Oh we have months of cold wet weather before we can look forwad either spring or summer.

30 Oct, 2008


great blog. makes me look forward to the spring. some photos would be nice...

31 Oct, 2008


If we get a summer, next year it seems like we've had one long wet winter here for last 2 summers.

31 Oct, 2008


You've been working hard. It must be an anxious time for you wondering if you'll have wild fires.
I the spring they happen here when the hills are set alight. It's very dangerous. Not on the scale I've heard of in other countries though.

3 Nov, 2008


Thanks for the comments guys. You have my sympathy on the wet and cold as we've just finally seen off the last of winter over here and it was especially cold and long this year and felt like it would never end.

The thing that cuts me up the most is that a lot of the fires in our area are caused by stupidity. Things like people throwing their cigarette butts out the window of the car. That's all it takes when it's dry to set a blaze going. It's usually holiday makers down from heavily suburbanized area's where people don't think about what a fire hazard it is to do something like that (mostly because where they live it isn't a fire hazard). Public education on the hazards of fire and ways to prevent them are sorely lacking, something for the government to tackle me thinks and soon would be great.

3 Nov, 2008

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