Along the track

We’ve been back in the ‘civilised world’ now for a week or so, and finding it a challenge.  However, it’s been good to catch up with friends and such like.  Now the weather has broken again, with rain and cold forecast for the next few days so our plans are still in suspension.

When I can, I’ll bring you up to date with the latest – including a guest post from Fred who has his own story to tell.

Before we came south, we were up north at Beltana station.  I first knew of it back in the 70’s and last was there in the late 80’s.  Things have changed… and tourists are now welcome. 🙂

I felt quite at home out walking in the bush….. more on that later.

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People

Oh how true this is.

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by Ethel Mortenson Davis

There have been
periods of time
in history
where the people
have had power,

periods of peace
where rulers
have been peaceful,
and people have had
their say.

But now,
we, as people,
have lost our power.
We are living
in a period
of war and injustice:

Like the ancient civilizations
where despots ruled
with reigns of terror
for millennium.

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There’s No Romance in Rescue

Relaxed & Forward: AnnaBlakeBlog

It’s my bi-annual report on the animals fostered here at Infinity Farm. I try to balance on a tightrope when I write about rescue. I want to encourage people to adopt and at the same time, not get too romantic about it. I know with bloody certainty than I can’t save them all. I just think that the value of animals in our world is worth our inconvenience.

My little farm has always had an open-door policy when it comes to rescues. In the last ten years, 32 horses, mules and donkeys have temporarily fostered with us for evaluation or training. Most of them found their way to new homes and happy endings. Some found their way to peace.

We have two fosters now. Seamus, or Moose as he prefers, is a Welsh Corgi who’s been here six months. Sometimes when owners give up their dogs, they give a list of faults…

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Sun glorious sun

Today it is drizzling rain.  But that’s ok, we have a sheltered place to be.  Tomorrow, the van is booked in for getting Solar Panels to power the lights and fridge when I’m not connected to mains power.  Currently I can get about 2 days from the second battery, without charge.  But it means I have to keep moving, when at times I’d like to stay longer, so it will give me more options and independence.  I’ve elected to get portable ones, so that I can keep the van in the shade, and place the solar panels in the sun, and move them around as the day proceeds.  At this stage, I’ll not install an inverter, as the benefits gained from one I can afford are not worth it.  It can remain an option down the track if I change my mind and is easy to add to the new setup.

Finally, after waiting for months, my dear little Corolla was sold yesterday. It was sad to part with her, but it wasn’t practical to keep two vehicles – especially when I have no fixed residence.  She has gone to a lovely home though, and I’m happy about that.  So the changes continue…………………

Once more, I’ve dipped into the archives for today’s image.

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Memories

Wild2My cat Frank continues to surprise me.  Before Easter I spent a couple of days with friends not far from where we lived about 18months ago.  When I turned the van off the main highway, on the route I used to take when I lived in the region, Frank started speaking, as he does when he recognises where he is.  Sadly for Frank, I stopped not at his old place, but somewhere completely different – and one which smelt of DOG!  But when the dog was safely inside his house, Frank could do a little exploring.  Pixel decided discretion was the best bet, and kept inside the van apart from short walks on her lead and harness.  Fred was fine, and if I disappeared into the house, he would return himself to the van and keep watch there.  He was also being very protective of “his cats” which was surprising but nice.

Then we travelled back to where we’ve all spent time in the past, but again, even though the cats hadn’t been there for over a year, they remembered it, and had a great time exploring old haunts.  There have been a few minor  arguments with the resident feline, but I told them the place was big enough for everyone, and it’s settled down for now.  In a couple of days we’re returning to where we first stayed, for housesitting duties, although the van will be parked in a slightly different position.  The following week perhaps we’ll go a little further afield….. 🙂

Got some photos to share… later…. 🙂 But selected this one from when we lived on the Limestone Coast farm property and could do lovely long morning walks…..