Well we have finished our latest WWoOFing assignment here in Tassie. And the conclusion? We are ready. We may not know everything we need to know, but we know enough to get started, and we know lots of people to call on when we need help. Our enthusiasm to get started on our own farm is stronger than ever, and the best way for us to learn this stuff is to just get going.
|Ready for this everyday!|
|Ready to go head-to-head with wily animals!|
So what are we doing? We are leaving.
That’s right, tonight we are on the ferry to Melbourne and then over the course of a couple of weeks driving up to North Queensland. It is time for my sinus surgery. The doctor is going to drain them and hopefully in a couple of weeks following do the procedure to straighten them out. It has been a long couple of years living with this and it is going to be great to get to a point where it is all behind me.
But on the flip side, it is a bit sad. We have great friends down here now and we are sad to be saying goodbye, even if it is only for 6 – 8 weeks. We really can’t wait to get back to find that place of our own. We have seen a couple of promising options which we will come back to in July and look at more closely. We didn’t want to rush the fence before we went away as we don’t know how long all the surgery and stuff will take.
One highlight of the past month was doing a road trip up to Marrawah in the north west with Sadie to buy a couple of cows. It was a long couple of days driving but it was great to meet dairy farmers Brian and Ros and the Mount Gnomon crew, Guy, Eliza and Dane. More great people who are happy to share their know-how.
|Brian explaining the kelp drying process at Marrawah|
|The beautiful Guernsey cow we brought back, 880. I think the name Susan is nicer....|
|Cor with Susan and 413, the two new dairy cows I picked up with Sadie.|
We are ready!