Monthly Archives: February 2014

Regional work part 2: Tasmania

After the ridiculous heat of Taggerty, I thought I would make Tasmania my next stop as it is generally cooler than Victoria where I have been melting. My new farm is on Bruny Island, an island off the south-eastern coast of Tasmania, not too far from Hobart. It’s not just cooler, it’s actively cold at times, but it’s really rather beautiful so I shall forgive it.

My caravan

My accommodation is a caravan about 100 metres from the farmhouse. While it’s great to have my own space, that 100 metres feels like a bloody long way in the middle of the night. It’s also too far away to get help if you encounter your first huntsman spider late at night. Given my history with spider invasions, I was surprised and impressed with how calmly I dealt with the situation and killed that scary bastard.

Me and Jessie

The farm is mostly about pigs and our main job is feeding them all in the morning and evening. Pictured here is Jessie, a heavily pregnant piggie. The photo doesn’t quite convey it but she’s actually the size of an elephant. We’re expecting up to 19 piglets from her at any moment and have been taking our cameras with us every time we feed, so watch this space. Or something.

As well as the pigs there are also goats, sheep, chickens, guinea fowl, ducks, peacocks and emus. More about them another time.

I’m feeling pretty positive about Bruny Island after the first week and expect to be here another three, by which time I will be quite the expert on rearing free range pigs. And eating them.

Regional work days update: 42 down, 46 to go.

In which the human lizard is too lazy to write much

I’m now in my last week working on the olive grove and find myself too tired to write a proper post. Instead, here are a few decidedly average photos from my adventures in Taggerty and the surrounding area.

Millie the maremma sheepdog

Millie the maremma sheepdog

Lake Eildon, Victoria

Lake Eildon

Stevenson Falls, Marysville, Victoria

Stevenson Falls, Marysville

Selovers lookout, on the road between Healesville and the Black Spur

Selovers lookout, between Healesville and the Black Spur

Cool clouds over the olive grove

Cool clouds over the olive grove