Doing our block12:42:00
If you have been following along you may remember a post I wrote about visiting the block back in October last year. It was when Cam's parents had just settled all the property buying affairs and work on improving the place was getting underway.
I went for a drive with the kids, Cam and his dad on Saturday afternoon out to the block again, with the camera this time (finally) to have a squizz and see the latest progress. I am pleased to report that progress is certainly being made and its looking like a different place.
Here is a picture of what the block looked like back at the tail end of last year. As you can see, it was full of grass, tussocks, the odd tree and some old tree stumps. There were holes and ditches everywhere and a few sheep lolling around the place.
And now as you are about to see from the pictures I took, things are looking a bit different in these parts.....
-There is a turning area for the trucks at the gate which leads to the cattle yards to be. This dirt was dug up from one of the dams and carted over. Its like a little road on the edge of the paddock.
-The paddock is now very dry and it's baron but its ploughed. The surface is a blanket of soft, powdery dust. (See Exhibit A) all ready for the grader to do its thing.
-The beginnings of the cattle yards. This was really the purpose of the afternoon excursion; to take a load of timber rails out ready for construction of the yards.
-Our chief inspectors monitoring progress.
-Checking out the rock specimans ready for launching.
Cam happy with his afternoon's work.
-Thirsty work, this timber rail delivering is.
Planning away, admiring and anticipating the prosperous potential that this newly purchased property will bring. (We hope!)
-Exhibit A. Edie and Hugh absolutely loved the visit. They threw dirt, kicked dirt and ran through the dirt. They were filthy afterwards but gees they had an absolute ball. (I am pleased to report that Napisan did its job on all the whites and Edie's lovely dress.)
Driving in one of the two new dams because we can. Hopefully they will start to fill up soon. If we get to see some rain any time soon that is.
-Any excursion for a tractor loving farm boy that involves sitting on a tractor is always going to be a winner. We had one happy boy on our hands. This was the big tractor that ploughed the paddock. I am told it was getting up to speeds of 12 km/hr doing its thing. Apparently for those who witnessed it in action, it was fast!! Woahhh!!
The grader is next to level out the paddock which I believe is happening as we speak and then the sowing can begin.
That is the latest progress from our ventures at the block and what we did to kill another Saturday afternoon. It was straight into the shower for me as soon as we got back to the farm though. I dont think I have ever been covered in so much dust. It was so worth it though. The kids had the best time and thats what its all about these days I reckon.
Back at the farm its nearing again on harvest time for the Riesling in the vineyard and I shall have a post for you about that on Friday. I really am learning lots about the farm here in the paddock lately I tell you.
Do you let your kids get covered in dirt and get filthy?
Thanks for visiting today