Thursday, 29 March 2018

An Impromptu Holiday...with a twist.

Dragging my bloke away for a holiday is not always easy.  I'm sure many of you women out there will know what I mean. However, include the holiday with sheep, bees, cows, (insert anything that your bloke might be interested in) and well, now we're talking!
Some Texel ram lambs were advertised for sale in country Victoria, and as they're not easy to buy here in South Australia, what better excuse was there to hitch up the Avan and drive over to buy a couple of them?
Our Avan is well set up for camping, with solar power for lights, and gas for the little fridge, so we prefer to camp out bush whenever possible. We would never have found this quiet spot just minutes from Bendigo, if not for some last minute preparation (late night browsing on-line camping forums.)
We had agreed to be at the farm on the other side of Bendigo to collect our Rams mid morning, so this turned out to be a great spot to spend a quiet night.

Rams collected and the deal done, we set off on the return journey with our precious cargo.
The boys had a bale of straw to stand and sleep on, a bale of hay to eat and a bucket tied to the side of the sheep hurdles for water. They were content and traveled very well.
What better holiday could a bloke have? Chops on the barbecue (yes, lamb chops but we didn't mention it to the boys) a beer in hand, and two new sheep to look at.
We enjoyed another free camp well off the road between Dimboola and Nhill, before arriving home on the afternoon of the third day.

There was enough time before dark to shear, de-worm and vaccinate Bertie and Ernie before settling them in for their first night here on Jembella.
We're working on making them quiet enough for easy handling, but not so quiet they will push us around when they grow into big rams. A fine line, but it will make our job of moving them around much easier if they will jump onto the trailer by following a bit of food. 
Tex the Texel Ram did this so beautifully when we borrowed him from a friend during the last two years.
A couple of days away from home does wonders for refreshing and recharging the batteries, but now I wonder how I can lure him away again, for a bit longer.
Cheers!






13 comments:

  1. I love that roadside bush camping too, there's some amazing little semi hidden spots out there, you've just got to be in the know! ;)

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    1. I sat up late the night before our departure looking at free camping forums to find this little spot Cheryl. Otherwise we have the 'Camps Australia' book that we need to update to the latest as ours is getting quite old and there are more free camps listed now. We'll need it before leaving on our holiday to NSW and Quld in May. ;-)

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    2. And not to mention the added benefit of saving lots of $$$ on caravan parks. Some are as high as $40-$50 per night!! On a long trip we try to camp out three nights, and the forth night in a CP to fill up our water, have proper showers and hair washes, and luxuriate in a powered site.

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  2. Love the names of your new little rams. Bertie and Ernie are very cute! Meg:)

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    1. Thanks Meg. It's usually me who chooses names, but Brian chose these, and yes I do think the boys suit their new names.

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  3. Awesome idea for a holiday :) I was trying to get Pete to come to a dog-training day a few hours west of here, but we missed out on tickets, got to get creative to get them to go somewhere! I've been following you on IG and FB and bit a slack with the comments so thought I should drop in and say HI!

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    1. Hi Liz, thanks for your comment, and yes I'm also a bit slack on the comments too, so I appreciate it. Any excuse to have a short break away!

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  4. We are currently talking about where we will go this year. We have our van all set up for free camping which makes a caravanning holiday affordable. Most likely we will be heading towards Darwin. It's been 5 years since we left so will be a lot of fun catching up with old friends.
    Bertie and Earnie are gorgeous looking little fellows. Hope they settle in well and provide you with many years of service equalling lots of lovely little lambs.

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    1. We visited Darwin in our old caravan four years ago Jane. The travels there (up the guts)and back (through outback Queensland)were wonderful and memorable. Would love to do it again. How lovely it will be to see your old friends again.

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  5. Glad you got a little break Sally, you look very relaxed and happy in that top pic. Now just to find some more livestock to buy in other 'must see' parts of the country ;).

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    1. It was just wonderful to get away for a couple of days Laura.

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  6. gorgeous lambs!
    glad you were able to get a break away; i love my home stay but every once in a while you do have to get out & go somewhere different.
    looking good!
    great post
    thanx for sharing

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    1. Hi Selina, I come from a family of travelers so I think I go a bit stir crazy if I can't get away to explore new horizons occasionally. The lamb rams have settled in very well. Thanks for your comment. X

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