Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Fox on the Run

We went for our first big walk yesterday, a lap of the back paddock. It was, like most mornings here, a glorious morning and as we headed up the hill from the house the views became even more stunning. There are always lots of birds calling to us and one in particular that has a very pretty song. I am yet to catch a good look at him so I don't know what type of bird he is, it is not one that we use to get in Chidlow.

Our walk was beautiful and peaceful. We chatted and laughed and the dogs ran and played. At one stage I did a bit of a dog head count and realized 2 were missing. Then we saw them in the distance at the back of the neighbouring paddock, running flat out. There in front of them was a fox running for his life. I didn't think they would be able to catch it but the gap was closing fast. The fox changed tactics and started zig zagging to try and throw them off, it was amazing to watch as the dogs zig zagged along behind the fox. By this stage they were through the next paddock and heading up the rocky hill at the back. This is about when I started to get worried and had visions of the fox and dogs all disappearing into the distance never to be seen again. I started to call just as they went out of sight but within a few seconds the 2 dogs reappeared and ran all the way back to us. I was quite surprised as I thought the thrill of the hunt would be more important to them or maybe I just got lucky and the fox had found a hiding spot.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

The First Few Days

We are finally here!!!! My dream come true, old colonial homestead on 207 acres with shearing shed and lots of room for the dogs to run and play. I would love to add some photos but the batteries for the camera are flat and the recharger is still somewhere in a box.

The move went fairly smoothly the only major problem was the fact my very large, very heavy jarrah dining room table wouldn't fit through the door but with lots of maneuvering, grunting and sweating our lovely moving guys managed to get it in.

Since arriving we have done a lot of walking and exploring, there are a lot of rustic relics laying around and also a lot of old bottles, some broken, so we are going to need a clean up fairly soon to protect our doggies. The views are stunning and still take my breath away every morning. The silence is incredible, it is so peaceful and relaxing but I know I need to get back into the house and get things sorted. The kitchen is done and so are the lounge and dining rooms. I am half way through the laundry and really need to unpack the bathroom boxes as we are running out of toilet paper.

Of course there are a few problems with a 110 year old house that will need to be fixed and we have a huge wish list. We discovered that the hot water system is so small you can't even get 2 showers out of it, the bathroom floods when you have a shower and the house water system is pretty dodgy. Cooking on an electric stove is taking some getting used to and the internet coverage is not very good.

But this is our dream and part of that dream is making this place perfect.