We are starting to feel very much at home down here in The Meadow, especially now little Bailey has come to live with us. We have no choice but to wake up at dawn which luckily is about 6.30am this week but will be an hour earlier after Easter (!!!) to attend to the little one’s needs. The one good thing about this is that we are seeing how beautiful the sunrise is as well as the early morning mists that hang low over the fields until the first few rays of sunshine break through.
We have also been taking her for little walks up and down the lane to get used to life outside the cattle grids! She doesn’t get her injections until April 16th so can’t really go to places where other dogs hang out in case she gets something nasty. We will be taking her to the Berry Vets for her jabs. Some of you may have seen them on the Lifestyle channel as they have their own show called Village Vets Australia (series 2 coming soon) where they share their stories of local animals and their various issues. Be warned – some of them are a bit sad. Anyway they seem like lovely guys who do a lot for the local community so let’s hope they give Bailey lots of TLC if and when she ever needs them.
So the lane is starting to become a rather exciting world outside of her familiar backyard and provides me with some nice rural scenes all from our immediate vicinity. How lucky am I?.
Work wise we had a big weekend with the arrival of Tim and his bobcat/bulldozer thingy. We had some big mounds of a dubious nature that we needed to flatten and remove and also a few not so fabulous trees that were squished in between lovely trees that we needed a bit of help removing. 5 truckloads of building debris and soil later we have a relatively clean looking yard. We now have 2 huge bonfires to light over Easter when the official fire season is over and we no longer have to apply for a permit to light backyard fires. As our sons Sam and Tom will be here and they love a good fire we will do it then – marshmallows anyone?
Some treasures we unearthed during the earth removal…..
Autumn is starting to arrive in the garden
Operation persimmon has been progressing well with the tree having been severely chopped and the fruit has been gathered and smuggled off into various bins in Berry, Bomaderry and Nowra! As all the fruit had fruit fly, it had to be destroyed. I swear it’s the most heavily laden fruit tree that I have ever seen and we have had to do all the hard work involved in a harvest but just to destroy the fruit. If only it had been a fig or mango tree I would have done everything in my power to spray and net it but unfortunately persimmons just don’t float my boat.
Luckily I can get plenty of beautiful local organically grown figs through Greenbox which is a not-for-profit co-operative that aims to provide local, sustainable, organic and minimally packaged food at affordable prices to the Illawarra, Shoalhaven and the South Coast of NSW. I have volunteered to start working for them after Easter and there are many options – from picking up produce from the farms to collating orders online to packing and then delivering to customers. I think it will be a nice way to meet some like minded locals and to get involved in the food industry down here. (www.greenbox.org.au)
SO it’s been a big first week for Bailey (and for us) although it feels as if she has been with us for a lot longer. She already sleeps through from 9.30pm to 6.30-7 am with no crying and just a wee on the newspaper provided. She can sit on command and is happy to do as much or as little as we can throw at her! We love her to bits already!
It’s a hard life for a puppy!