Festival on the Hill (part 2) – Too Much Roast Pork is Never Enough

Apologies for the long delay in posting part 2 of our January shindig. Time just gets away in the country.

By the time the crowd had moved from the Hill to the veranda, the pig had been roasting under the watchful eye of Norm (Gloucester’s finest barbecuer) for about 6 hours.

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And, I have to say, it looked fine. Made only tastier but the delicious salads and sides rustled up by my wife and her army of helpers.

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Under the stewardship of Norm, Joe and Rowdy, the beast was carved and plated for the masses and the dedication that was applied (and I put myself at the top of this list) to the consumption of piggy was admirable.

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Wine followed pork and a delicious selection of deserts rounded out the evening’s fare. At one point, I did ask myself whether I would regret eating so much pork crackling the next day but deemed that question rhetorical.

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With food and wine consumed, dancing (albeit of the Tassie two step variety) was attempted as Bec Willis played a few more crowd favourites (noting there could have been more ACDC and less Bob Dylan). That said, great job Bec!

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I would be remiss not to mention a highlight of the evening, being the appearance of Elvis’ son who now works as a fireman in the Shire. The King lives!

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Finally, another big thank you to our photographer, Kent, who managed to capture (for better or worse) our first Festival on the Hill.

A great evening, with great friends. Good times!

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Winter Wonderland

The farm this Winter has been awesome.Frosty mornings, fires at night and a stew or two. 

Reminds me of Tassie…but not as cold

Modern art Berrico style – frozen cow poo.

Cowgirl boots minus the cowgirl

Truth be said, I will miss the winter mornings.

For the cows it means extra feed and TLC.

PS Shawn this post is for you.

The Lord Giveth, And The Tractor Taketh Away….

After three weeks away from the farm I was keen to see the new fence that my brother and mates had erected in the back paddock.

“Perfectly constructed, sort of straight – great job”, I thought, as I drove past on the tractor on my way to do some slashing.


A few hours later, heading back to the farm, I thought the weeds alongside the new fence line needed a bit of attention. Now, even though it is winter, the ground was pretty boggy but I was confident our Massey Ferguson tractor would be able to deal with the conditions…


5 minutes later, after sliding down a not-so-steep ridge and straight through the fence, I was starting to have my doubts.



Hearing the commotion (and my swearing), the steers wandered over to inspect the damage and then, bemused, wandered off again, keen to get as far away as possible from me and the fence.


Still, when you wake up to a morning as glorious as this, who cares about a little bit of extra fencing work!



The Recent Additions

Can’t believe we are nearly halfway through 2015. Time flies at the farm.


We are now running 11 new steers and, under the watchful eye of our neighbour, 8 new heifers and 5 calves!


Fencing and dam building at pace (and I am hopeful of soon finding the money tree to pay for everything).


Life is good!


PS farm brekkie whipped up by the boss last Sunday. Sensational.

Festival on the Hill (part 1) – Cocktails at Sunset

A couple of weeks ago we held a little gathering at the farm to say a big thank you to all our friends and family who have made our first two years at Binalong such an amazing experience for us.

It has been the adventure of a lifetime and we are so glad you have been able to share it with us.


We were very lucky to have talented local musician, Bec Willis, make an appearance. Bec kept the great and the good entertained, whilst cocktails and a few cold beers were partaken on the hill.

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Fortunately, the weather was spot on and, as usual, the view did not disappoint.

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We even managed to get Rowdy in a tie…


And whilst our photographer went for the open necked look, he eventually smartened up (sort of). Great snaps Norton. You are a good man.


Our jackaroo, Nick and his lovely wife, Teresa


The prettiest waitress in Berrico!

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Half of the Kessler-Dowd clan.


The Berrico ladies. Outstanding!

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My gorgeous wife, who pulled it all together. Love you, honey.

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The men folk. The pants may be a little tighter but a handsome bunch nonetheless…

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Big Rich (or should that be Elvis?). Love your work mate.

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Friends forever…

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