It is the end of the first week in April and it is raining…..There is nothing quite so special as sitting inside in the evening listening to the rain on the roof.
Today Tom has drafted and weighed the lambs that we have had on a trial with the Department of Agriculture. We are looking to see what the different sires and blood lines achieve by measuring their comparative weight gains and yields of meat. It is very interesting and all the lambs have specially numbered electronic tags so that the sire/dam and statistics can be measured. We will wait to see how our Yarallah Lamb looks on the hooks in the abattoirs.
The rain means that we will have a good season at Yarallah this year. The ground is still warm and the grass is growing quickly. There is a solid amount of clover in with our perennial grasses. The sheep do very well on clover as well as the soil benefitting from the nitrogen which helps the other grasses to grow. Tom is sowing some paddocks with extra feed to rejuvenate them and give our sheep extra feed over the colder part of the winter.
Autumn is a lovely time of the year at Yarallah. OUr lawns are green again and the garden is growing quickly with this wonderful start to the season. Many of the trees that I planted in the last couple of years are looking quite established and are already starting to create a micro-clime for the under storey plants that need some protection from the hot weather. I have been busy cleaning up the rose garden and surrounding beds and I feel much happier with the end result. It has been difficult to do much whilst we have been concentrating on rebuilding the house.
In the Benalla district we have hosted the V8 Super Car event last weekend at Winton which is just a few kilometres north of Benalla.
We also have an exciting event in Benalla Art Gallery with the inaugural Nude Art award starting on April 10th and running through until July. The gallery is really worth a visit if you are coming to Benalla and they serve excellent coffee and lunch at the Gallery Cafe!
I am off to bed now and feel very blessed to be in a warm bed and able to listen to the rain beating down on the iron roof. Good night.