Sunday, 21 December 2014

Silent Sunday

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Sheep Pruning

It's that time of year when the sheep get shorn and lose their heavy wool coats.  After shearing they were put in our front paddock where the grass has been growing like mad and is up to their chins in places.  The lambs will be shorn in a month and are nearly as big as their Mothers now.

The trees have been growing fast in the warm, wet weather we have been having.  This sheep decided to do some over-head pruning.  That's her 2 lambs looking at me.

A day after going in the paddock all the trees are trimmed to the same height.  My four legged pruners do an excellent job.

This one is an expert at balancing on two legs and reaching where others can't.  That's an apple tree she's eating - I guess I'll be up a ladder with the birds to get the fruit  that's left later on this season.

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Bulls and Fences

Summer is here and as the weather heats up most of the Angus Bulls have decided to hang out in the shade by the back fence.

These ones were too curious to stay away and have come over for a closeup.

I wonder what they are thinking?  

Friday, 5 December 2014

Apple Blossom

This is a wonderful apple tree called 'Discovery'.  It is an old variety from the United Kingdom dating back to the early 1900's.

These photos were taken a couple of weeks ago when it was in full bloom.  The whole tree was humming with thousands of bees enjoying the blossoms.  Unfortunately they all managed to avoid being photographed.

This is one of the last apples to flower in my orchard and already I can see the fruit forming.  They are ready to eat in February and we always get a good crop.  If you are looking for an easy care apple, this one is it.  She looks after herself, never gets sprayed, doesn't have any health problems at all, and we get plenty of fruit to stew, freeze and eat fresh.