Category Archives: agriculture

Digger Dan

We quite often think of our situation here in terms of what things would be like in Edmonton, or even Ontario, six months off.  Like today, for example, where it is the middle of winter in Wagga. In Edmonton terms, … Continue reading

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chestnuts roasting on an open fire

Easter weekend was a bit confusing, as we went on an autumn getaway on what we normally think of as a spring weekend. And to make it more confusing, we experienced temperatures ranging from about 3 to 29 c., in … Continue reading

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and no one touches me

Anyone who has ever flown into Sydney on an international flight has experienced what is probably one of the oddest experiences a first-time visitor can imagine: being sprayed by the Australian quarantine service. Yes, they spray you down; you and … Continue reading

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pickers and permanent people

When we went to Young a couple of weeks ago, we sort of jumped the gun.  A variety of other plans throughout the week got shifted, so we ended up with a free Saturday and we really wanted some cherries. … Continue reading

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Young and restless

A couple of weeks ago, while driving back from a work trip to Bathurst (CSU has a campus there, so we’ve both been a few times), Dan left a trail of cherry pits from Young to Cootamundra. He had just … Continue reading

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sheep dip

Last post, we talked about the cropping component of the farm our friends own. Now, it is time to talk about the sheep. On the 2500 acres of paddocks, at any one time they devote about 30% of the space … Continue reading

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down on the farm

We have just returned from one of our most exciting weekend adventures yet – a trip to a real, live, working farm near Corowa. One of Lisa’s colleagues (LCP) invited us for a weekend away a few weeks back; she … Continue reading

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