We are home from a lovely few days in the country. Days well spent at the Wittacork Dairy Farm, where we stayed in a cottage overlooking Lake Baroon and the Obi Obi Gorge National Park. The constantly changing view from our balcony was the sort I never tire of. Rolling hills, grazing cows, the placid lake and the many moods of sky and clouds.
Rain came like a veil over the mountains and stayed with us intermittently during our farm stay. We donned gumboots and raincoats to collect the hens eggs. We watched as the cows were milked in the dairy and fed the calves their bottles. We trekked through the rain forest, casually at first, until we encountered many leeches by the waterfall. With quickened pace we completed the walk, stopping periodically to remove the leeches from our boots as we went. I did not feel entirely comfortable again until sometime after I'd had a shower and thrown all our rain forest clothes in the wash! Next time I will be packing some of this!
We ambled along the ridge at dusk, observing the cows as they observed us. Followed in our wanderings by the friendly farm cat. Each night large spiders made their webs above the balcony and each morning web and spider were gone. The rain prohibited us from taking of as many photographs as I would have liked, but I do have a collection of black and white photos for next weeks challenge.
Cohen so enjoyed his time at the farm, especially feeding the calves and playing with Ted, the border collie. I throughly enjoyed the change of focus, the slowing down, the chance to write, read, or sit on the balcony with a hot cup of coffee. It was a wonderful chance to connect as a family, and to see my two boys in a different environment and thus a different light.