Winter farm-sitting day 1: water!
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North East Victoria is renowned for being one of the hotter, drier regions in Victoria; and even whilst Gippsland was suffering from mass floods earlier this month, Victoria's North East was still suffering from the drought. But the drought was broken at least for a little while when I was up at the farm last week.
It was the first time I saw puddles at the farm. Ali and I were driving up to the farm to look after the place while his parents went on a holiday. The property encompasses about 380 acres of farmland and riverine bush; at the moment it's home to about 600 ewes, a handful of rams, several thousand Murray cod, four Emus, ten chooks (chickens, in Australian-speak), nine Geese, two horses and two dogs. Over a hundred native species call their riverine bush home, and the farm has two holiday accommodation spots available for people to stay at. Birdwatchers, holidaymakers, and people interested in fishing come up to enjoy this well-kept secret.
The road to Brimin Lodge is a lonely one once you've passed the town of Wangaratta. Long, straight country roads make up the last half hour of the four hour journey. For the first time, our high beams lit up not only the gravel road, but patches of still water.