Thursday, 29 March 2018
An Impromptu Holiday...with a twist.
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.
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.
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.