Autumn At The Farm

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“There is something incredibly nostalgic and significant about the annual cascade of autumn leaves.”
~ Joe L. Wheeler

 

The last of the summer grass is long and lush and sweet.

The wind by turn blows warm and then cold.

The leaves are tumbling down, making a pretty carpet upon the lawn.

The air is rich with the fragrant smoke of burning camphor and eucalyptus branches as farmers light their burn piles.

The fields are full of new calves, noses wet with milk as they push at their mothers’ full udders.

My basket is full of crisp apples. Soup bubbles on the stove.

I love this time of year!

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A Gentle Morning at the Farm

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“Every morning was a cheerful invitation to make my life of equal simplicity, and I may say innocence, with Nature herself.” 
Henry David ThoreauWalden

 

Autumn is a magical time at our farm. Gentle showers soak the ground during the night, and in the morning thick mist wraps itself around the mountains.

As the sun burns the mist away to reveal the wide blue sky, fragile spiderwebs sparkle with dewdrops bright as diamonds.

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Everything feels fresh, and lush with promise.

I fill myself up on the kindness and verdant energy of nature.

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Up in the orchard, I hear a commotion. It’s Eric, the very shy Echidna. Every morning he comes out to nuzzle through the soft soil, and the cattle egrets wait for the worms he disturbs.

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Today he’s been joined by a girlfriend. Love is in the air…

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Clearing Sales – and their special charm

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“A bargain is something you can’t use at a price you can’t resist.”  ~ Franklin P. Jones

 

I had quite the romantic outing yesterday. It started with the Lismore Farmers Markets and their Saturday auction in the showgrounds, where we enjoyed an excellent coffee and perused the wares. We came away with a bargain lawn mower, and ran into neighbours who bought ducks, baby chickens and a rooster. Hoorah for country life!

We then popped over to a cattle property where they were having a clearing sale, which is the farm equivalent of a giant garage or yard sale, but run as an auction. The crowd follows the auctioneers up and down the rows of items laid out on the ground, and bids for the bargains. It was a great turn-out, and the farm’s front paddock looked like a used truck and ute lot with all of the visitors to the sale.

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There were so many great excellent dooverlackers and thingummiebobs and such that you might never know you’d need. Rows and rows of them in fact. Ben had many in-depth conversations with people about the various whatsies.

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I spent most of my time watching the kids running around in the sunshine, climbing and jumping off things, playing chasey, and dropping stones into puddles to see who could make the biggest splash. That they all got covered in mud and filth was a negligible matter, seeming to only upset mothers.

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Sad to say, despite the excellent array of useful items, the only thing we bought was lunch.

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My love takes me to nothing but the best of restaurants…

I have to admit, the food was nothing short of delicious. And probably the genuine bargain of the sale.

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These little cowgirls stole the show with their cuteness factor. And a good day was had by all!

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