September 25th, 2007
Regular readers of this blog would probably know by now that my kid Ethan loves the rural life. This was why we had to make a farm stop during our recent Melbourne trip, at the widely acclaimed Warrook Cattle Farm. A charming 100 year old homestead located South East from Melbourne City, the rural attraction conducts regular tours for “city tortoises” like us. The sprawling estate boasted of many different farmyard residents and is a real life working farm yielding animal products like milk, meat and wool.
A metal crafted signboard at the cattle yards. Reminds me of Charlotte’s Web somehow.
Three naked apes and a cow kangaroo striking a pose in front of the homey restaurant. The food was fabulous and so was the wine!
All aboard the Warrook Express, sitting on bales of hay.
These calves were really big babies, and they certainly behaved that way.
See what I mean? Milk being fed from one baby to another.
These massive bovine with equally enormous mammaries stood quietly while the farmhand explained the fine art of milking a cow.
Naturally, our great lover of milk had to get his hands onto some of the squeezing action. He even drank some of the warm milk, which tasted fresh and…err… milky.
A rare sight of emus and goats feasting at the same yard. These were later joined by bleating sheep. Talk about inter species bonding!
This canine friend was one of two sheep dogs who proved their mettle later.
See what I mean? It was quite amazing to see how the dogs can handle the sheep so efficiently and effortlessly.
Sheep shearing 101. Just hold the sheep back and it will keep absolutely still. Going…going…
Our farmhand showing us how to crack a whip. Apparently, you have to whip it fast enough to break the sound barrier.
Ethan had to give it a try. For once, he gets to do the whipping… (not that he gets any caning anyway)
Feeding of the sole kangaroo in the farm. The fat marsupial seemed content as everybody rushed in for the action.
Ethan later decided that it was more fun feeding this bunny sitting forlornly beyond the fence.
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