Monday, 7 July 2014

winter days on the farm



It's holiday time here, which means loads more time to spend at the farm. Nothing like running around in the sunshine on a winter's day.

The mornings are icy at the moment. It's a chilly old winter and Jack Frost seems to have found us again this year. After quite a few warm winters, this one takes me back to my childhood when winters were cold and frosty every morning. Fortunately the days are filled with sunshine which works its magic to warm everything up beautifully. You'd never know it was winter during the day.

But those nights, well they have taken the plants by surprise as well. The frost has wiped out the last of the tomatoes, the pumpkin vines and a few potatoes that were sprouting away.

At the farm, we've spent some time clearing the last of the pumpkins. The grammas that have been growing on the fencing are left hanging on brittle and blackened vines. They must come in as well. The tomatoes are pretty much only fit for the chooks now. They are definitely having Christmas in July.



All the produce that can be stored is carefully packed away, ready for eating over the next few months.

It's not just our bellies that need to be thought about over winter either.

The frost wipes out all the kikuyu grass, which the animals feed on for most of the year. Luscious green winter ryegrass which was planted months ago in some of the paddocks will hold the cattle over until springtime. Silage which was made over autumn will also brought out as it is needed over the coming months.

No-one on the farm ever goes hungry, you can be sure about that.



16 comments:

  1. Those pumpkins look pretty good to me...enjoy the hols. Regards Kathy A, Brisbane

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    1. Thanks Kathy! Had a lovely holiday :)

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  2. What gorgeous shots friend! And my goodness are those pumpkins absolutely beautiful! Wishing you all things warm....enjoy your week!!! Nicole xoxo

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    1. Oh-so-many pumpkins!! Still not warm, but we have a warm fire :)

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  3. Fantastic photos, those pumpkins look so good! Hope you can keep warm with some pumpkin soup. T x

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    1. Yes, definitely making plenty of pumpkin soup!

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  4. Gorgeous images. It is always so strange to me that we are in the middle of heat, and humidity and you are getting ready for winter. Our world it pretty amazing!

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    1. I always find it strange as well!!

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  5. I love seeing how people in other parts of the world deal with the change in seasons. Those pumpkin photos are particularly interesting.

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    1. I'm guessing we probably grow different varieties of pumpkins over here?

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  6. Like others have did it is always fascinating to hear what others are up to! Your pumpkins look amazing :)

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    1. Thanks :) We have so many of them!

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  7. Gosh I'd love a few of those pumpkins!! Jan x

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    1. Jan there are so many of them (this is just one wheelbarrow load), it's a bit ridiculous :)

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