April 6, 2013

A Belated Beachy Easter Post.

I have taken a little while to get back onto blogging after Easter.  I made myself promise I wouldn't blog until I had dealt with the extremely large pile of post long-weekend washing.  The mountain of washing was so huge I was worried it may swallow one of the kids or, at the very least, Herbie The Wonder Dog.  Unfortunately that goal was not achieved until late Thursday then I worked yesterday and was only fit for the couch and Dr Blake* on the TV by the time dinner was done etc.  So here is my belated post Easter blog post.  Bring it on.

We loaded up the car and headed out to The Beach House for Easter.  The weather was amazing and we all had a fabulous time.  Our house was full of family and friends - one night we even turned the back lawn into an overflow camping area.

Here is a quick overview of what we did.

Lazy mornings were required.

Coffee and an iBook

Traditions were upheld.

Picking Figs On The Shed Roof

Washing Cars With Child Labour

Twice daily swims at the beach were required.  I have just realised that I did not take a single beach photo for the blog this Easter.  How slack. Not to worry - I found this one in the archives taken at Easter 2011.

Path To The Beach

And here is another one from even further back.  Complete with baby Farmchildren.

Baby Farmgirl Swimming With Dad

You get the picture.  Anyway - after that quick trip down a beachy memory lane - back to this Easter.

We drank white wine on the front verandah with friends.

A Nice Place For A Drink (Or Two)

And Herbie The Wonder Dog posed in the sun.


And that about sums it up.

We seem to have come back to earth with a thud and The Farmer has been flat out getting ready for our seeding programme which will start in a week or so.  We don't wait for rain - we will just start dry seeding regardless.  Fortunately we are in quite a reliable area and so that is not as much of a gamble as it sounds.  It is about to be very busy around here.  Makes me a bit tired just thinking about it.

I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend.  I will try and do some more blogging this week!

*  Just for the record - loved Dr Blake this week.  Nothing like a murderous morphine addicted pathologist chasing our hero around a darkened morgue with a loaded syringe of potassium chloride....  The Farmer and I are very excited that series 2 is in production.


Joolz said...

I have been totally slack this week with blogging too. It's too easy just to hop on my iPad and surf blogs instead of firing up the old pc and downloading photos... best get to it!

- Joolz

Heidi said...

Lovely Easter pics - love the ones of child labour, which I thoroughly endorse. Glad you had a relaxed time before seeding... we have family and friends on farms, so I know that it will be hard to come up for air for a few weeks. Fingers crossed on the rain for you, and when it does hit, send it here after you're finished with it!! xx

**Anne** said...

It looks and sounds like you've had a fantastic Easter break. Fig picking traditions looks interesting if not not a little precarious. :)
You are very fortunate to live in reliable area for rainfall. I'd love to know what part of the wheatbelt your farm was in. Good luck with the seeding programme. All hell breaks loose at seeding time doesn't it?
I'll be over in W.A. again in late April to visit Dad and Mum. Who knows what my struggling farming brother will be doing then.
Have a fab week,
Anne xx

Faux Fuchsia said...

how utterly lovely.

I adore child labour x

River said...

Holidays are wonderful.
I put a big red circle around the Dr Blake listing in the TV guide every week, but then forget to even turn on the TV. So I've missed every episode so far.

A Farmer's Wife said...

Joolz - I know the feeling.

Heidi - We love child labour! I think everyone needs to know that nothing happens unless someone works to make it happen. Bring on the rain.

Anne - Farming seems so precarious at present. It is hard to feel optimistic. The West is full of stories about the hard times to have hit the ag industry and Colin Barnett was out in the eastern wheatbelt this week talking with farmers to find solutions. He is talking about new markets but I do think more urgent assistance is required and I understand he was told this in no uncertain terms. Our government does very little for farmers and we are then competing in international markets with produce from countries where agriculture is so heavily subsidised. Big changes are needed. Our area is pretty good (and I am thankful for this daily) but even so we do have years where we really struggle and it is a constant effort to keep our costs down as this is the area over which we have the most control. Anyway - off my high horse! I hope things go OK for your brother. The stress involved is immense and has such huge impacts on families and lives. Take care.

FF - It was utterly lovely. And, alas, now over.

River - watch out for series 2.

One Mother Hen said...

Looks like a fantastic place to relax with wine. I feel like a break at a beach house just looking at those photos! :)

Unknown said...

I am glad to see that you don't have issues with your farming, after what has been in the news week, it's very disheartening to see how these farmers survive, they work so hard and deserve better. xxx

Emma said...

I ummm and ahhh about blogging a lot. Decided to stick it out for the time being as I love looking at all the old posts and keep getting emails from family members urging me to update.

Your Easter beach break sounds fabulous! We headed down to our beach house as well and partook in similar activities. Coffee, white wine, ebooks, sadly no car washing though but we are on tank water and down a long dirt road so probably for the best. Am off to google Dr Blake now! xx

Coulda shoulda woulda said...

Wishing you just the right amount of rain!