Monday, 31 October 2011

Another year.. Another field day..

Is that 5am ringing on my alarm clock? I'm sure I just laid my head down.. But alas it is that time of year again where we must brave the weather (will it be snow, blazing heat or blustering winds?) and discuss with the hoards of those interested in the fabulous Dorper.

I feel an old hand at the field days now, this was our 5th year with a Dorper exhibit and our 3rd as the combined "Southern Tablelands Dorper Group" and I feel our busiest yet!

Every year we gather the Friday before and step out the site and build a design pleasing to the eye and easy to manoeuvre around. And this year it was the ladies turn to design the site (did you hear we won an award!?). The site was set with five pens full of sheep at the front and five pens to the left. Undercover areas for people to meander through and the large marquee at the back of the site housing the weary and the knowledgeable. 
We met and greeted each potential client with unwavering enthusiasm, even those who had never seen a "sheep that shed his fleece" before were all welcome. Questions were answered and lots of sales made.
We were honoured to receive an award (here it is!!) on the Sunday for the best livestock exhibit and it is still a hot talking point when we call get together. 

The field day is a tough slog, but we wouldn't have it any other way. Murrumbateman and surrounds are just gorgeous and if you haven't already take the time to explore the area. Murrumbateman is blessed with open gardens, vineyards with cellar doors open for coffee and cakes and even a chocolatier is set to open her doors shortly.  Drive the winding Murrumbateman Road and take in the scenery for a relaxing Sunday afternoon, its sure not to disappoint.

(thanks to Laura Hurley for the photos!)

The whole gang (with the award) and a verrrrry tired little lamb!

A little dorper cross ewe with an "she looks hungry" feed from me.

My daughter Alison and Husband Kim 

Myself and my husband Kim

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