It feels almost like home when I stand under this tree.
Setting SunIt was the dream of my mate Dee and her husband to own a farm. They sold their hard won assets and bought this place eight years ago. They have been plagued by fire and by flood, by drought and by old and failing equipment. They have suffered anxiety and accident and drought. they have faced depression and financial hardship. And drought.
It has been heartbreaking to watch but I was delighted that this time they were "up". It is still dry but some rain has come, their ties to community are stronger and they are buoyed just a little by hopes of success with new farming methods. It is exciting stuff: more wholistic, gentler to the earth, maybe less work and ultimately more productive.
I hope it goes well.