I definitely miss having friends close by down here. It was great to have friends come and visit – can’t wait for them to come again. The only problem with the weekend was that it wasn’t long enough!
We had a whirlwind of a weekend. So many good things packed into a short time.
We were excited to have some good friends visiting. Their 3 boys loosely match up with our 3 in age. To say that their boys were excited to be here was an understatement. Within 5 minutes of arriving they were begging to see the chickens, the pigs, tractors, trucks, motorbikes, etc. So we had a wander around the home paddock to tick off the main “attractions”.
On Saturday morning, after
harassing feeding the chickens, we put some hay bales on the back of the truck, and went for a drive around the paddock to see the sheep, and other farm type scenes. The kids took turns of shutting gates and enjoyed bouncing around the on the back. Country Boy, who was driving, may or may not have deliberately hit every pot hole possible – the jury is still out. When we got back there was the obligatory ride around on the quad bikes, and then the adults sat on the veranda and talked, whilst the kids did laps of the paddock on their bikes.
Later we dug up the potatoes that we planted last October. The kids had a great time, and we found lots of hilariously shaped ones.
After lunch the blokes and some of kids went for a walk to the dam to throw rocks into it (we have all the great things here in the country!), whilst my girlfriend and I sat and chatted, and assisted with a serious game of “Guess Who”. We also lit a fire in our new slow combustion fire.
Later in the afternoon we headed off to Harvest Festival in the village. Country Boy and I put together some of our produce and pickles for the auction. We came home with some rhubarb and a variety of cakes and biscuits – country cooking at it’s best.
Sunday, we slept in, and after breakfast, retreated to the sunny veranda to watch the kids playing in the yard and solve the problems of the world. The kids were very busy filling buckets with dirt, and other important tasks.
Later we went for a walk down to visit the pigs, throw many rocks into the creek (and a game of pooh sticks), pick figs, and then a quick canoe on the dam.