My cousin Alan and his partner Lynne have for the past five years being recreating a home on a family farm in Cobbitty. Today he took Earl and me on a visit there and showed how this project is progressing. We were amazed at how he uses ‘junk’ in creative ways to create a practical home of shabby chic. Alan was not born to farm life but finds that he is spending more and more time there and is loving all aspects of the country lifestyle and his ‘shed’ is his best therapy. There are a few sheep on the farm but geese and ducks are the main livestock kept. There are also two female ostriches – just to remind Alan that his origins are South African!
Before we took the hour’s drive to the farm we stopped off at a bakery in Bourke Street for some of their speciality breads and cakes. Lynne made us pizzas for lunch – she even made the dough herself – and they were baked in a gas pizza oven!
In the afternoon we walked to the river. After a short while we were rewarded with the appearance of the Azure Kingfisher. He gave us a 10 minute display of skimming aquatic insects from the surface of the water and preening on the overhanging branch he dived from. We watched him through our binoculars but photography was difficult because of poor light and distance.
After once again indulging in delicious cakes bought from the bakery, Lynne and Alan drove us back to Sydney and spent the night at their city home in St Ives as they have plans here tomorrow.
We really have been spoilt by our Aussie family!