Dirty, but delighted…

Every now and then I give a little anticipatory shiver, followed by the realization that it’s the little things in life that make me do so. It always takes me by surprise. They are transitory moments and fill me with intense happiness and contentment.

Lilac and Rosemary

Lilac and Rosemary

It might be the sound of magpies squabbling, the smell of the season’s first Lilac or the sight of a new calf struggling to its feet having just been born. A full-bellied laugh from my children will also always do the trick. These moments tend to happen to me most at our farm, when I’m outside mucking around with the kids. If I could, I’d up-end the entire family and move there tomorrow but that’s just not possible right now.

So instead we escape whenever we can. And this weekend we did just that in “Babe2”, the Ford EcoSport Titanium that has been loaned to me for review by Ford Australia and Kidspot for being a finalist of Voices of 2014.

Creek Crossing

Crossing a ford in a Ford

I must admit to thinking she wouldn’t handle the farm at all well. She’s not a 4WD; instead a snappy little SUV, which I imagined to be far better suited to zipping around the streets of Sydney. Let me show you a few photos to prove just how wrong I was.

Cattle work

Cattle work

Babe2 helped us move cattle.

Farm entrance

Farm entrance

She delighted in driving around our garden; loaded with new plants and old tools for planting in some new garden beds.

The road less travelled

The road less travelled

More stones than you can poke a stick at

More stones than you can poke a stick at

She took my daughter Grace and me way out into the back paddocks on roads that haven’t seen a council grader in years, if at all. She even killed a snake with her sturdy little tyres.

Over the hills...

Over the hills….

How many kangaroos can you spot?

How many kangaroos can you spot?

Aussie mob

Aussie mob

Despite the ‘joe blake’, it was a beautiful morning and we marvelled at how many kangaroos were about, the fierceness of the cows protecting their calves (Babe2 got charged by a very cranky cow) and the loveliest mob of sheep I’ve seen in a while.

Best of all? She cost only a tad under $100 (in petrol) for a round trip of approximately 600kms.

Dirty but delighted

Dirty but delighted

Babe2 is now back in town, dirty but delighted and I thank her for giving me a weekend full of little, but very happy moments.

Until next time.

 

Comments

  1. Eleanor Jodway says

    I’m with Rene on this one! I would LOVE to spend a week on Your Farm! I don’t know the whys/why nots, as to not living there full time…..But, it must be really hard not to want too just pack it all up and move!

  2. says

    Hello, the farm looks so lovely, I can almost smell the freshness in the air. Great that the car managed well and that it didn’t use too much petrol at all. You know I’ve swapped from a 7-seater Chrysler which was a huge gas guzzler and it feels so much better to use a lot less. You make me realise I need to get into the countryside.

  3. says

    Oooh your farm looks gorgeous!
    I often have those moments you speak off.. usually when I am driving home after spending time in the city and I pop up over the last hill in the ‘suburbs’ and I can see the our mountain and the paddocks and I am suddenly struck by how lucky we are to live where we live and have all that we have….

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