Ben was lucky enough to get Friday off from work which meant a three day weekend for us. Whoo hoo!! We have been planning a quick trip to the farm for a couple months for Ben’s mums birthday so we felt fortunate to have an extra day for the 5 hour drive west.
Friday started out with breakfast at our new favorite spot The Paleo Café in Hamilton followed by a restorative yoga class and a walk down Hunter Street. We split a BBQ chicken and salad for lunch from The Lucky (I’m feeling pretty “lucky” to go to my favorite places for both breakfast and lunch!) and took the train back home. When started to pack everything up so we could head to the farm, but before we left I wanted to make a cake for Ben’s mum before we left and Ben had to finish her gift. An hour later Ben had purchased the wrong thing from the store, and I had ruined a cake – basically the most depressing thing you can do is bake a cake wrong and throw all that yummy chocolate down the garbage. A depressed Ben and I took naps to refresh and by 6 o’clock flipped a coin to determine if we should head to the farm. Luck was on our side when the coin told us to stay in Newcastle for the night; probably a good idea since we would have ended up at the farm around 2am otherwise.
The next morning the alarm went off at 4am, I didn’t move until 5, and then took about 20 minutes to get dressed, packed, and ready to head to the farm. 5 hours and two Hunter Hayes albums sang at the top of my lungs later we arrived!
Want to learn more about life on the farm? Click here for a look at life on the farm in Narromine, New South Wales.
We had only just arrived to the house before several other friends and family joined for a long day filled with lots of food, drinks, and cakes. The day was especially difficult for Ben and I as we started our Whole30 challenge just 13 days prior and couldn’t cheat just one lick of salad dressing, sip of beer, or piece of cake… or his Aunt Julia’s Caramel Slice which is like a small piece of heaven. Ben and I snacked on olives, ate salads topped with lamb, drank water, and treated ourselves to a homemade Lara Bar with macadamia nuts, coconuts and dates… nowhere near as nice as that caramel slice, but was still satisfying.
The next morning Ben and I woke up around 6am threw on our boots and headed down the paddock to the billabong for a walk. A billabong is an isolated pond left behind after a river changes course. It’s a great place for the sheep and cows to come down and get a drink. or relax in the shady trees that surround.
Aside from the gorgeous sunrise we found four kangaroos hanging out and having breakfast. I had only ever seen kangaroos on their neighbors farms and never on the family farm (they own over 1,300 acres so it’s usually a five minute drive to see roos) so I was completely unprepared to see three kangaroos and a joey. I only brought my cell phone with us down there so you probably can’t see much. There’s a mom and joey in between the back trees eating and relaxing. They kept a good eye on us too.
I have learned a little bit about kangaroos eating habits so I knew that if it was only 7:15am and the weather was still a bit chilly there was a decent chance we’d see some roos if we headed down the road to the spot we saw 30 roos the last time I was on the farm. We headed back up to the house, grabbed my camera and telescope lens, and headed down the street to find some roos! We were in luck! Overall we saw about 25 kangaroos in the paddock enjoying breakfast and although they didn’t let us get as close to them as we did last time, they let us hang out near them for quite a while before we took one step too far and they hopped away. Well, mostly all of them. The big guy on the left just gave us a death stare the entire time we were there.
We spent the rest of the day hanging out with Ben’s family and playing with his adorable nephew before heading back to Newcastle. What did you get up to this weekend?