Farm Day is organised by a group of people in Victoria, with the aim of strengthening the relationships between country and city people. It has been going for a few years, but this is the first time we have hosted a city family for Farm Day.
On the weekend of May 30/31 Tracey and Ray Goddard and their four girls aged 15, 13, 10 and 8 came to visit our farm. We took them to feed some sheep, where they learnt what oats and lupins are, and Emma-Lee took some grains home in her pocket. We had a barbecue lunch (with farm sausages and steak) before looking around the farmyard, and then we went out to the paddock and lit some fires. As the sun set we waited for our damper to cook on the fire. The kids cooked some marshmallows and we had a few drinks while enjoying the sunset (except those who were bitten by mosquitoes didn't enjoy it so much).
The Goddards stayed the night with us, and in the morning Kiara opened her presents because it was her eighth birthday. We had a big breakfast with porridge and toast and eggs, before going to watch some sheepdog trials at Nan Lloyd's place. After lunch the rain held off (unfortunately0 and despite a bit of drizzle we had a walk in the bush. After yet another cup of tea/coffee it was time for us to bid farewell to our city visitors.
I hope they learnt a little bit about country life, although I wouldn't be surprised if they went home with the idea that farming people light a lot of fires and spend most of their time drinking and eating!