As part of getting ready for our chickens arriving in a couple of weeks, we went out to a nearby village today to check out farming stuff. Each year the town of Murrumbateman holds a field day and I’m wondering how why we’ve never been.
The day didn’t start brilliantly though. Canberra and the region is experiencing a sudden Spring cold snap and bizarrely, snow began to fall as we drove into the town. Snow! In October! We saw the mud and the sideways falling flakes and thought better of it, calling in to visit friends instead. After a cup of tea and some defrosting, the sun came out and we braved the weather again. The weather was fine. More problematic was the mud! After so much rain, the paddocks were just a mud bath. Thankfully, Alice and Sean thought ahead and wore gumboots.
I, on the other hand, didn’t. Closed in shoes yes, but gumboots would have been so much easier. Note to self: buy gumboots!
Still, despite the mud and the unseasonally chilly weather, we managed to fit in a lot of fun, mainly of the feathered or four legged variety. Alice really is so fearless. She’ll walk right up to an animal, pat it, stroke it, say a bright ‘Hi!’. A few times she came to face to face with sheep right up close at eye level though and they were a bit unsettling, but on the whole, she’d check to see if just about any animal at all was up for a spot of conversation.
While I was busy managing Alice in the petting zoo, her big sister Jenny took over the camera. She did really well!
Jenny told me she really liked photos where she could get close to her subject. I was so proud! As we all know, up close and personal is my kind of photography. She got some great shots of sheep faces.
Here are the girls having a quick rest before we headed back out to the muddied tracks.
We came home tired, wind blown, caked in mud and hungry but ultimately thrilled with our adventures. Between the snow, the hail, the bursts of sunshine and all the furry friends we made, we declared the Murrumbateman Field Day a roaring success!
And best of all, seeing Alice go so confidently towards the chickens told me all I need to know about how she’ll be with our chickens in a few weeks. No fear! In fact if anything, we think the chickens might have to watch out for her!