As predicted, our Easter weekend was luxuriously slow. The weather played its part, bringing soft, soothing rain and an autumn chill to warrant a small log fire. Some guests require a lot of entertainment with a schedule of activities planned around the farm, especially when there are lots of children visiting. Other people are happy to be left alone to rest and recuperate from their hectic city lives occasionally appearing for some nourishment and a good chat. There is no pressure to do anything. Just rest and enjoy. I love both kinds of guests, but the latter are certainly more relaxing for me! Quentin and Charles managed to get out on their mountain bikes twice, but the girls were not nearly as energetic. In fact, we only managed one walk in three days, one trip to town for lunch at Living Life, and a single short early evening outing on the farm to bond with our Boran cows.
Easter was celebrated with a lazy Sunday lunch of slow-cooked lamb shanks with polenta and green beans. Half way through our meal I realised that my favourite Consol solar glass jars would make a cute Easter table arrangement combined with some fallen pine needles and neon eggs. We spent the rest of lunch trying to capture the image on camera and a competition ensued between Apple, Samsung and our trusty Nikon D 7000 – not surprisingly the Nikon won hands down with Quentin behind the lens!
After our guests left on Monday morning, we drove around the farm replenishing salt licks for the cattle. It was a moody, cloudy day and the cows were all very happy to see us. We took some time to pause with a group of Boran heifers who were weaned from their mothers a month ago. The Boran respond really well to some extra care and attention. If one makes a concerted effort to bond with them they can become very tame, which makes working with them an absolutely pleasure. For more information on Boran cattle and their origins see “The Boran: God’s Gift to Cattlemen.”