G'day, all. Hope the Independence Day stuff is going well for you all. Enjoy your break.
We've got howling winds at the moment, it's got a major wind-chill effect. The thermometer says it's actually quite warm, but I'm colder than when we were in the snow in New Zealand. The howling wind outside is broken by the sound of hacking coughs, sniffing and some disgusting, unmentionable sounds from GFG1's sinuses. I'm about to head to the kitchen and create something for dinner - PC2/GFG2 wanted teriyaki chicken wraps (that's what the kids lived on while we were away) but I can't face the thought of anything with salad, in this weather. Chicken curry, maybe, plus some leftover pumpkin soup.
The two brushtail possums were back in our yard last night. They don't seem to feel the wind. And, thankfully, they don't seem to have found my lettuce seedlings either.
I've not got the washing in and it's already dark. Three loads today, I ran out of time and line space to do more. Just about broken the back of the holiday washing, though.
The drought - not officially over, but some great news. The regional city of Goulburn, which was having to truck in water because their reservoir was bone dry - their dam is now full! Plus their fields have been well watered. I don't think they've been flood damaged, either. They've been very lucky. We pass Goulburn when we drive to visit PC & BF1 in Canberra. They're getting rain there, too, which they need. New Zealand was so beautifully green - from the air the fields were the colour of moss. Our fields have been dusty brown, or at best sparsely layered with broken straw. As the floods recede we'll see more green. Sydney's dams are at 50% now, which gives us several years.
Despite all these hassles, DH & I have been daydreaming about the ideal farm we want to run. Alpacas and luxury merino sheep. But first we'd have to find a region that already has the spinning mill to take the fleece and value-enhance it. Selling your primary produce without secondary improvement is not sound economics. And I also want a herb farm, plus an orchard.
It will never happen, but we can dream...
OK, off to get dinner cooking. Back to reality.
Enjoy your holiday, those of you in the US!