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.