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Greetings from a very beautiful ”Foxground” in the hinterland between Gerringong and Berry 👋
It seems that even on holidays the cats and dogs find me (the two cats are camped outside my cabin, and Luca the pointer dog has been down to knock at my door.) Here on this working farm there are 4 dogs; ready for the breeds? 🙊... there is a chihuahua (can’t find a better guard dog right?), a toy poodle, a standard poodle and a beautiful young English pointer pup. Soooo, not your average farm dogs 😅 There are also two rescued cats that think they are dogs, and then there are the horses, cows, chickens, goats, sheep, and one cute little happy chappy alpaca 🦙
Recently someone said to me that I know nothing about living on a farm 🤪; well, a little known fact about me is that I spent close to 2 years on working farms in South Africa. We had pigs, lots and lots of cute piggies 💛, chookos, a working dairy farm with many cows, goats, and I spent a season harvesting our popcorn crop by hand.
In Africa, the conditions are HARSH, for the last part of my time there we were based in a caravan on land in “game country”; or the Mpumulunga province, which is basically a wild game park without fences 😱
We had many predators to deal with; baboons, hippos, crocodiles, leopards, many other wild cats, and hyenas - just to mention a few. (Although the swans at the main house were the scariest of them all, as soon as you’d step in the gate; they’d be chasing you 🏃♀️) Here on the farm; when the animals got sick, you dealt with it yourself, and I was tasked the job of caring them back to health (with zero skill in this at all). When our Golden Retriever was accidentally run over by a crop cutter, he did not see a vet. The family simply did not have the money, and the vet was very very far away. So I lay on a laundry floor and nursed that dog back to health with lots of love, human pain medicine and constant cleaning of it’s massive gaping wound, which happily, he survived from.
It was another world to Australia and an experience that doesn’t ever leave you. So being here on this beautiful working farm, it does feel a little like “home” 💛