Farm Diary

Enjoyable day with CWA ladies

Thirteen ladies from Lower Clarence CWA groups joined us for a lunch tour today. It was good to catch up with some old acquaintances and meet some new ones.

This was the first group to be able to use our driveway since we reopened it following the most recent deluge. It is now almost dry enough to recommence farm work but, unfortunately, more rain is predicted for tomorrow.

Another deluge

Twelve inches of rain in three days has left us cancelling tour groups again. We look forward to Woolgoolga Seniors and Yamba Probus rescheduling for a later date.

Fortunately drainage and earthworks to allow larger tour buses to negotiate our driveway were completed just before the rain started. All we need now is for Clarence Valley Council to do something about the disgraceful state of Nicholson’s Lane. Fat chance!

Our first Singaporean visitors

Yesterday we welcomed the Lau family from Singapore, who are currently holidaying in Australia.

What a delightful and talented family, and so interesting to chat with! We are pleased they enjoyed their visit.

Thank you for the excellent review on our Facebook page, Kenny.

From one extreme to the other

From severe drought conditions in the first half of the month, March 2017 has proved to be one of the wettest on record, with 23 inches (more than half our average annual total) of rain falling in the space of a fortnight. We are incredibly lucky not to be experiencing the severe floods that are affecting all points north of us.

The pacas have been washed so white they’re almost unrecognisable. Unfortunately, however, there’s no one to admire their snowy fleece – we’ve now had to cancel four group visits as a result of the wet conditions. Not good for business, but hopefully they’ll all reschedule.

Here’s hoping that we can now look forward to some pleasant autumn weather.

End of the drought, Part 2

Rainfall now totals 14 inches in four days. What a way to end a drought!

Unfortunately, Yamba Probus Club have had to cancel their visit tomorrow due to the wet weather.

We are hoping that conditions will have improved by Wednesday, when we have a large group of Seniors coming for morning tea and lunch.

Forced indoors by the rain, we have completed another Paca Duvet (Queen size) for our farm shop. Just the thing for those cold winter nights ahead!

End of the drought

With seven inches of rain in the past two days, and apparently more to come, I think we can safely say that our worst drought in history is over.

All that rain has washed the pacas lovely and clean. If only they would stay that way! But as soon as the sun comes out they will be back to their wallowing holes (now a sea of mud) for a good old roll in the dirt.

We are looking forward to welcoming Yamba Probus Club for a lunch tour on Monday and Yamba Seniors for morning tea and lunch on Wednesday. Let’s hope the weather fines up and things dry out a bit by them.

Paca quilted duvets and heat waves

It’s been a labour of love, but we’ve finally completed our first paca duvet: a light-weight (300 gsm) king size model, made to special order for a Queensland customer.

With alpaca fleece being four times warmer than sheep’s wool, even a light=weight duvet should keep out the winter chills. It  would be nice to have the chance to put one to the test, but with this month being the hottest January on record, that seems a vain hope at the moment! We have already experienced several days over 40 degrees this summer, and we’re told there’s more heat on the way next week.

The pacas deal with the heat by wallowing in the muddy creek or cooling their feet in the water trough. This does nothing for their cleanliness, or that of their drinking water, but we can’t really blame them.