Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Worms - Intestinal Parasites

Roger, faecal egg sampling on the farm.

Some of the sheep were looking poorly, so Roger collected some poo samples, and then looked for worm eggs through the microscope. First he has to weigh and measure to mix a saturated salt solution with which to mix a measured amount of faecal material.

Looking down the microscope.

I'm not sure what Hugh could see... but he insisted that he try.

When the tests results showed that the sheep did in fact have worms, they needed to be treated. They were drenched, and for this Roger had a little bit of help. David, who looked after our farm while we were away (share-farming) was still helping out, so the job was done quickly with two blokes drenching. Roger is drenching again today, but this time without help, and without even a dog, as our lovely sheepdog was no longer with us when we returned from France.

David drenching. Many people have asked who was looking after the farm while we were away.
Well here he is!
(Nice pose Dave...)

Getting a sheep to take medicine...

Roger consulting his notebook, and writing down numbers.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Windy Weekend

Something that I didn't miss when I was living in the Gresivaudan valley in France was the WIND. In fact sometimes we were wishing for a slight breeze to flush out the valley and bring some fresh air...
On Saturday at the farm the wind was very strong, and branches started to fall off trees. WE drove to Darkan for an 80th birthday party (Onya Bob!) and on the way we saw a part of a tree fall across the road in front of us. It was not a huge tree, but too heavy for us to shift by hand. And we didn't have a chainsaw in the boot... But Roger was able to break off enough of the top of the tree, at the edge of the road, so that we could get around and continue on our way.

Roger breaking off branches from the fallen tree.

Driving around the fallen tree.

Marri Flowers

The redgum (marri) trees (Eucalyptus calophylla or Corymbia calophylla, depending on which book you read) on the farm are loaded with blossom at the moment.

And for good measure, here's a photo of a red-breasted robin. Maybe I'll add more pictures of birds from the farm as I take them...

Friday, February 13, 2009

Welcome to Warragal Park

Welcome to our new blog.

We have been away from our home and farm at Warragal Park for nearly a year. We spent ten months in the Village of Sainte Marie d'Alloix in France, where the children went to school and learnt to speak French.

BUT... Now we are back, and trying to get back to our normal way of life.
Today the girls are at school, Roger and Hugh are taking Rams out to join them with the ewes, and I am home organising. Or, more precisely, Blogging!

This is a very brief post because really, I do have to organise this house. We brought back six suitcases from France, but I didn't unpack them until all the cupboards were cleaned out. So that is my job today...

Thank you for joining us on our new blog. We hope you enjoy following our daily life on the farm.