Saturday, 12 June 2010

Working the land - Paddocks


My friends have lived on this farm for just on ten years now. They swapped a boat and a d-media communications company for something much more physical and just as intellectually challenging. They both work very long hours, seven days a week. On the positive side, they network and play hard, too. Together they designed the shape of the farm. Gail had always been enamoured of horses, so they were carving out a horse stud.


Peter carved the paddocks, clearing them, rationalising them, fencing and watering them. Gail studied up on breeding and nutrition, and does all the animal husbandry work. They sell young horses at auction, and race others. They are successful at both. With any sort of luck, I will tag along to the Inglis Thoroughbred sales in Randwick towards the end of winter.

16 comments:

Tash said...

Classics in our own time.
Exceptional photography - it's all about light, isn't it?

Lois said...

What a beautiful and peaceful looking place! Your pictures are lovely Julie.

In Real Life said...

GORGEOUS!

TheChieftess said...

Love the composition of the top shot!!!

Bill said...

I guess it's called a 'Landchange'. It's usually the other way around. Sounds a lot of work to me. Good luck to your friends, Julie.

brattcat said...

Your friends sound like visionaries. Remarkable what can be accomplished if one puts one's intelligence, muscle, and time to the task. The results, I think, would be beautiful even without your keen photographic eye.

Bruce Caspersonn said...

What a lot of work!

Jayne said...

What a lovely place to call 'work' !

Marka said...

Nice set of photos! I'm looking forward to more photos from this farm.

J Bar said...

Great posts in your post. :)

T. Becque said...

Beautiful images. Love to hear about people keeping true to themselves and doing what makes them happy.

Joan Elizabeth said...

You saved the best shot to last, though I am always partial to a fence post too.

I love rural Australia but nothing would persuade me to become a farmer.

Peter said...

Love the cut timber post - looks a peaceful spot

altadenahiker said...

If I could visit that last photo, I don't think I'd ever leave. Looks like a dream I've had.

Jilly said...

All stunning shots. Superb, Julie.

Julie said...

I am so chuffed that so many of you like these. I think G&P will be too.