I thought this would be easy for a country dweller but I am a country dweller who can only see farm animals within a 2km radius of my house when it is not raining. So here are some I prepared earlier.
I used to occasionally house sit for friends who had a hobby farm. I did not have to do a lot, some hay for the sheep, goats and alpacas, feed the chooks, collect the eggs and water the veggies. I loved staying there. It was very peaceful and as it was too far to walk to the bus stop unless I was really keen I just relaxed, did my chores and caught up with reading, knitting and listening to music.
Poultry in motion
Goat on a friends’ hobby farm.
Black faced sheep
Fruit growing is the other main type of farming around here but it is too early in the season for apples yet. We’re waiting for the blossom and hoping the windy October weather does not blow them away.
Lastly here are some cows who live in a paddock next to a neighbour’s place which is literally five minutes walk from my house.
Cow drinking at a neighbours place..
There are a lot of these black cattle around here. I am not sure if they are Angus or not.
If I look out of my kitchen window and ignore the ugly houses that have been built on the formerly empty blocks behind my house I can still enjoy the view of gentle slopes and big gum trees in the paddocks beyond. I often hear kookaburras calling from those trees and I know that there are wallabies, possums and other wildlife up there. They sometimes take a shortcut through my garden at night.
Occasionally the landowner grazes cattle on that land too. I hadn’t seen any for some time but last week they were back. David and I always enjoyed seeing them there. There is something quite restful about grazing cattle.