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Farm Family Photography sessions – Fundraising project for Drought Relief

Last week I wrote about a special project that I will be undertaking to help fundraise for several of the registered rural charities assisting Australian farmers and livestock struggling to survive the crippling drought in the eastern states. No-one knows when this drought will break, but what we do know is that financial assistance is needed immediately and its also going to be needed long term.  To help both short and long term, this drought project has two parts...

Rural family photographer drought fundraising

Rural Photography – Drought relief Fundraiser

Like many people over the past months, I've seen the distressing photos and videos of drought stricken Aussie farms, the skeletons of livestock dead from starvation and dehydration. The exhausted faces of farmers desperately fighting to keep their remaining livestock and themselves alive and the harrowing stories of those who just cannot face another day. I don't know about you, but I am disgusted at the way our elected government is hell bent on sending our farmers to the...

Dexter Calf

Farm Life – A Baby is Born!

Long time blog readers might remember that we had to sell most of our cows and calves at the beginning of year when my husband was in hospital.  It was a tough call at the time as I really needed to reduce the farm work, but I decided to keep our jersey X steer Bangers and our sweet little black Dexter cow Matilda. Turns out that was a great decision, because this week the heifer fairy delivered this gorgeous...

Farm Life – Sunrise and Rainbows

It’s been a long dry summer, the worst that we have seen since we moved to the farm.  Water has been a big issue in a number of ways this year.  Firstly we ran out of water in the livestock tank and had to pump in from a neighbour’s dam that is uphill from us, then we had leaks from water pipes to the stock tanks, then the water pump that pumps the water around the property to the...

Chestnut arab mare wearing aqua blue rug

Farm Life – Horse Coat of Many Colours

I thought I would post a photo of my gorgeous arabian mare Tessa wearing her brand new vibrant aqua Weatherbeeta rainsheet – just for posterity sake so that I can remember its beautiful colours before she goes and rolls in every patch of squishy, sticky black mud that she can find in the horse paddock. Excuse the poor phone photo, I didn’t have my good camera on me. I bought this colour specifically because it is so vibrant and...

arabian horse riding

Farm Life – Horse Riding

I normally won’t post photos of myself on the internet, even on Facebook, but I do occasionally make exceptions when the photo also involves the divine Miss Tessa, and its been way too long since I have ridden regularly that I feel the need to celebrate! I’ve only just recently started riding her on an arena and doing dressage, circles and flatwork, up until now all we have done is trail riding.  I am so pleased with how she...

Curious cow photograph

Farm Life – Cows Sheep and a Pony

The farm is feeling rather empty at the moment with only the horses, the two cows Matilda and Bangers and our two pet sheep Inky and Angel being the only livestock we have left.  Well we still have the ducks and chickens, but they are technically poultry not livestock.  Bangers has grown huge, much bigger than Holly his pure Jersey mother was.  Even though Bangers hasn’t been handled at all, he has Holly’s sweet temperament and is friendly enough...

Red and Black Dexter Cows and Bulls

Farm Life – Goodbye Cows

Sold the cows.  Had hay delivered.  Fixed the electric fence.  Changed the fuel filter on the quad bike.  Feeling accomplished, capable, exhausted and sad. It was very sad to see most of our little herd of cows leave, especially as I had to sell them at a fraction of their market value just to have them off the property today before I head back to Perth, but it was a necessity and in some ways a relief. My husband...

Bolt Border Collie

Farm Life – Working Border Collie Sheep Dogs

Not that we have enough sheep for our Border Collies to be considered ‘working sheep dogs’ at the moment, they are none the less farm dogs through and through.  I realised recently that I haven’t posted any photos of the canine fur kids lately, and because its too hot to do anything else, here are some photos of the Border Collie Brigade. Minus Freckles who (in typical Freckles fashion), wouldn’t stand still long enough for me to get a...

Chestnut arabian horse profile portrait

Farm Life – Sunset Horses

All photographers know about the ‘Golden hour’ that special hour before sunset when the colour from the setting sun infuses the light in such a way as to create the most stunning portraits of both people and animals. Sometimes however, that beautiful golden light at sunset lasts a lot less than an hour and you only have a very brief opportunity to capture that stunning light in your photographs.  LOL especially when your subjects are animals or kids, neither...