The weather has warmed up and the flowers are blooming! Finally!!
Springtime in the Clare Valley is beautiful. The canola fields have just lost their yellow tinge, the buds on the trees are all out, the succulents & cactus flowers are blooming – it’s the best time of year!
We finished the reno on the Mintaro cottage and have returned to a friends farm north of Clare to organise a few things before moving on. We’ve been back in the Clare Valley since end of April this year. Now we have lived through the full four seasons! Yes, and this winter in Mintaro had to be the coldest we’ve experienced living in the van. Autumn & Spring the best.
I have posted some photos of the blooms around the farm area, the day out at the local Clare Show & general farm stuff! We also enjoyed Celebrating the 175th for Bungaree Station a couple of weeks ago (next post).
Don’t know, but it’s interesting!
Clare Show – yard dogs
Flowers on succulents
Flowering cactus near our van
Clare Show – ute muster
Beautiful Wisteria flowers
Pigface & resident bee
Jeda & mate smell sheep!
Moving the sheep up the driveway
Clare Show – Shearing demo
Clare Show – jumping dogs
Wisteria canopy (g8 for hayfever!)
Citrus trees in flower
Winter has definitely set in people!! Windy, cold & frosty. Whilst we were on our friends farm we did enjoy being surrounded by the new lambs and the changing colours of the trees.
Daily walking the dogs (hail, wind or shine) and watching the crops spring up, if ever so slowly due to lack of sufficient rain. Lots of kangaroos unfortunately eating those crops does not a happy farmer make!
Now we have moved ‘house’ and enjoying the difference in not just scenery but weather (only 1/2 hr away mind you) of Historic Mintaro…..
Dropping hay for hungry sheep & lambs
Some of the new lambs
Feeding the sheep & lambs
Spreading out hay bale
Jeda trying desperately to get through the gate
My stick not yours!
When you hear the words “experiencing the coldest start to winter since 1889” you tend to feel torn. ‘Wow, aren’t we lucky!?’ And, ‘no wonder I’ve got no feeling in my fingers & toes!’. Yep it’s been frosty for a week or so now. -3 degrees has been the worst so far….it was after 10am before the frost & fog lifted that day.
Our poor old Ford sits out in the frost each day wondering what hit it. Our tinnie is iced up (at least it might kill the mice). Living in a caravan in cold weather isn’t the greatest. Condensation is the main enemy. We have a diesel heater running mostly as well as the roof air heater. Our cattle dog Jeda loves it, she gets to sleep inside at the doorway, way better than outside.
We are staying on a friend’s farm near Clare. B is working nearby as well as helping out when needed here. I am the Domestic Goddess of Dog Whispering (at the moment), chook feeder & weeder/leaf sweeper! Those autumn leaves don’t pick themselves up!!
So a few more photos to show how our area of Southern Australia is enjoying? this winter….
In the paddock….
More frosty webs
Jeda gives stink eye cause she’s in the back of a ute!
Frost on the paddock weeds
Ice in the dog water bowl
John Horrocks Cottage circa 1839 first stone building north of Gawler
Succulents in the garden
Farm work in the paddock
Sunset on afternoon dog walk
Poor tinnie frosted up
Vineyard at Reilly’s @ Mintaro