This was to be the year we were to give up on farming and start a new life of fun, fun, fun. ‘Every man has an idea that will not work’, they say. We did succeed in selling the main sheep flock but now we have a farm with not enough stock and which is quite hard to sell because of the recession we’ll pretend we’re not having. Della has retired from teaching and we are thinking of spending more time canoeing, hiking, camping etc but it hasn’t happened a lot yet. Something to look forward to (again) in 2009 perhaps.
There are lots of beautiful places you can get to in Vic on foot or in a canoe or even in a 4WD. Steve has had some multi-day hiking trips into the Wonnangatta/Moroka region, mostly by himself camping comfortably in his hammock but once with an old friend, Brett Irving. Shot a nice stag on one trip. Brett saw more deer than he had seen in his life on their trip together so is all booked up for two trips a year now (SWMBOs permitting). Lots of beautiful trout to catch there as well so no doubt Della and Steve will have some lightweight summer expeditions into that part of the country – and elsewhere. We have always considered that the aborigines’ greatest contribution to civilisation is trout grilled in Alfoil on the hot coals of a campfire!