Wow! It’s just been brought to my attention that the last time I blogged my heart out was December 2012…..erm, it’s been quite a while!!
Why have I been so neglectful you ask? Well I guess the main reason was that eventually Alpha Male was able to get employment locally, meaning he was home more often than not. And we all know that I was only really able to write during his absences….those times when he expected me to look after the farm single-handedly and not stuff up…. and of course I’d stuff up and then have to write about it all to help dilute the stress.
There’s been many changes over the past 3 years. We’ve purchased more land across the road, our farming empire has now swollen to 200 acres. And before you get all impressed, don’t be. We are still only small fish in a massive ocean, pretend farmers desperately wishing we were the real thing. But fortunate to wake each morning to find we are living in such a magical part of the world, doing the things that we enjoy….because getting covered in cow sh#t is so much fun.
At the end of 2012 I also started a Farmstay which has become busier each year. Armchair travelling at its best, meeting people from many parts of the world. Allowing me to still be a stay-at-home mum to Favourite Son, Middle Child and The Unruly One. Also used as the perfect excuse to NOT do farm work. My favourite line is now “Sorry Alpha Male, I’m currently unable to (insert activity here – could be any number of things – move the bulls, spray thistles, take down the fence, cook dinner) because I am very busy (insert reason here – cleaning the house in preparation for our guests, cooking a meal for our guests, entertaining our guests).” Obviously this excuse can only be used at certain times of the year and I’ve noticed it doesn’t work if we don’t actually have guests at the time. Alpha Male has become rather wise to me over the past 3 years!
Talking to our guests may also be another reason why I didn’t keep up with the blogging. It’s much quicker and easier telling someone you’re a FARMING DORK face to face, rather than taking the time to write it all down. And of course during the summer months with new guests arriving most days I would have a captive audience.
What else has changed? We have a goat named Greta who Alpha Male despises. So much so that he will often mention ‘roast goat’ and ‘curried goat’ as dinner options. Something to do with the fact that she scales tall fences in single bounds and tap dances across the newly sown paddocks.
We also have 2 alpaca who’s sole purpose is to entertain our guests. They are odd but harmless beasties. For some reason Alpha Male isn’t exactly fond of them either, not quite on the same scale as his Greta loathing, but he believes that their presence makes us a petting zoo and not a real farm. Piffle. Thankfully they don’t jump fences, otherwise I would have been in real trouble.
So I will endeavour to do better. Who knows, winter is just around the corner, there will be less guests to distract me, more of an expectation from Alpha Male for me to actually work, endless opportunities for me to cause chaos……