25 February 2009

Sundry Farm Photos

Finally here are some photos that don’t fit in the previous blogs. There are a few different land types on the farm with different soils and flora. The hills have a sandy yellow soil and are mainly grassy while the flats have black soil. Along the creek there are some thick patches of trees, but not gums, more semi-rainforest from the old forests that were here many years ago. There are also sections of sandstone with a few outcrops of actual recognisable sandstone. We even have a few bottle trees on the property which is quite cool too.


Getting a bore water sample with an evil little mutt watching


The back paddocks


Looking down to the north east flat in the far right of the photo.


Some very old farm equipment


The flats in front of the house


One of the Dams, needs some more clay and less sandstone


A cactus making the most of a fertile log


One of the hills with a couple of bottle trees


The bottle tree near the piggery.

The Farm House


Here are some pics of the House. The house is about 70-90 years old, no one actually knows but it has typical old styles throughout and those odd rooms in Queensland houses that are in the centre of the house without adjoining an outside wall with windows etc.

The house is situated on a hill and looks down onto some flats by the creek bed looking towards the Gate.

We are happy with the house and will do some work on it when we get back from the Kingdom in 2-3 years time.


Large Poinciana in the back yard





Three car port






24 February 2009

The Farm outbuildings

Here are some more pics of the farm, concentrating on the outbuildings


The dog Shed, good for dogs


The old Dairy/Shed, next to the Antique yards.


The loading Ramp, well shaded and disguised with greenery.


The Hills with the hay shed to the left


The drive and a few horseys


The garden shed


The Hay Shed, a big ole fella


The ole car port


Antique tank stand with tank


The Chook Shed


The grain/feed shed


The dairy shed possum - Trev


The piggery, actually huge with room for about 10-15 sows.


The bore - a small crap shed that hides a good source of wet stuff.

The Farm

Hello to you all

Today we drove out to our property for the Building and Pest Inspection. This gave us the opportunity to have a really good look at the farm and search out all the nooks and crannys and take a lot of photos so we can remember over the years while we are in the UK. Both inspections went well with no termite infestation and no impending house disaster.

Hans and Jan (Corinne’s parents) came out with us and helped us explore and took photos too. They both seemed to be genuinely impressed and we all had a good time together. Hans and I even managed to walk all the way to the North East corner of the property through chest high grass and scrub. We checked out our large Hay shed and found a few more bits of antique farming equipment which hopefully will stay on the farm after settlement.

The photos say it all so here goes. We will start with some views of the paddocks.


The start of the 1 km drive with the building in the background.





The drive heading towards the gate


The house in the centre with hay shed in the foreground.


Upper paddocks


Coming close to the house along the drive. Some white brahmans in the pic.

22 February 2009

Australia 2009


We have finally arrived back in Australia for some R&R and some property buying etc. On the way home we had one of the most exciting experiences of our short and insignificant lives. After the first 7 hr flight to Dubai we were at the departure gate presenting our tickets for the 14 hour stretch to Brisbane. A lovely young lady said to me a few magic words "Mr Warnick, you have been upgraded to Business Class". I of course kept my cool and gave Corinne what i am sure was a strange look, but inside i felt a whirlpool of hysterical excitement at the thought of lobster, champagne, wide screen TV and a seat that turns into a bed. We started with some Moet champagne whilst taxi-ing and then once we were in the air continued with more champas, some canapes and then an entree of Arabic mezze plater and then lobster medallions and more champagne for the main. In between gourmet meals we fiddled with our seats which were very complex including folding backwards into a bed and also a 6 setting massage facility which was very stimulating.

We arrived in Brisbane feeling refreshed and massaged and of course full. We were through customs and passport and all the rest in about 5 minutes as we had business class express cards that made us into airport royalty and then our bags came out 4th and 5th on the belt. It all proves that having a lot of money definitely brings happiness and spending $4000 on flights is not that extravagant afterall (of course we did not have to though).

We met up with the families and drank some wine, then a bit more and then a little bit more and have had a great time. We then delved into the dark criminal world of the Real estate agent and signed a contract on a property near Toowoomba that we have been looking at on the Internet in the UK. It is 160 acres and has a 4 bed antique house, many outbuildings, chook shed, old piggery, yards etc. Having watched many house shows in the UK we thought it would be enjoyable and relatively easy but unfortunately it was mainly painful and disconcerting as we had to deal with cheating lieing, devious agents that don’t even care when they are caught in their own lies. Once the contract was signed however it all became a lot easier and we are now in the inspection/conveyancing period.

We have included some photos of our time so far.


Business Class


Reading the Menu, Beef Fillet or Lobster


Arabic Mezze




Hardcore Desert


My Triumphant first pie at Big Dads Pies, Withcott, bloody Great


Rainbow Lorikeets in Brassal


Bob, Still a massive cat


The view from Toowoomba Lookout, our property is in the background behind a ridge.


King Parrot Pair in Brassall


Double Bar Finch at Rosewood


The Rellies