I have a long held fascination with farms, farm animals and farm machinery!
Today was no different!
There used to be buffalo here too but no more! There are however still hens and geese and ducks and sheep and goats.
Sunday 3 January 2010
This is a very happy and energetic dog. I do not know what is the name of his breed, but he is a very fast funner. Wherever I went in the farm this dog would suddenly appear out of nowhere, he is very light of his feet. Then no sooner had he appeared, then he would be bouncing off again somewhere else. Quite terrifying actually his speed, you certainly would not want to get in his way! He is very good natured though, and seemed very curious too. I just adore the photo above where the dog is peering out at us from behind the wall of the shed.
Can you spot the bumble bee buzzing above the flowers above? In addition to broccoli and olive trees there were also plenty of mandarin, lemon, and orange trees. At this time of the year when the olives were ripe and needed pickinng, they placed nets on the ground below the trees on the grass to collect the olives as they fall.
Sunday 3 January 2010
Brilliant day today, the sun is out and the sky is a brilliant blue. We passed by a charming house, and the children’s playground area reminded me of the playground I used to enjoy in my own backyard when I grew up.
In the morning we went for a walk to the river, and from our walk we could see parts of the farm scattered here and there. Also a great view of the mountain.
Finally we reached the river before turning back to return home. We had a little debate down there by the river because I could have sworn I saw a pheasant in the grass down the lane. Giuseppe confirmed that there are pheasants in the area. I changed the lens of the camera to get a close up of the ‘pheasant’ but I was so disappointed to discover it wasn’t a pheasant, but was instead a rusted metal formation in the shape of a bird. Ohhhh
We came back home to enjoy some scrumptious home made pizza, ummmm
In the afternoon we went for a walk to family farm, an absolute visual feast. I had the most fantastic fun there. Eating the fresh mandarins and oranges straight from the tree was a very strong incentive to motivate me to walk up there.
Here is a photo of a farm somewhere in the South Island of New Zealand between Christchurch and Queenstown. Do you know exactly where it is? You can see the Southern Alps in the background.
Below is a close up of the farm house.
The cows have found some shelter under the trees.
Is it time yet for them to make their way down to the milking sheds?
There are sheep here too
Can you see any horses?
The Bulls doing their stretches – good work!