Our first night away was spent less than two hours drive from home.
Who would have thought packing our “stuff” and three kids into a car could take eight hours?
But thankfully the “no plans”, “go with the flow” approach which has always been my travel motto didn’t let us down.
In this instance, we stumbled across Jason and Susan and their menagerie of animals on a farm at Bagshot, about 15 minutes out of Bendigo.
What better way to wake up than to the sound of a newborn lamb bleating and a talking cockatoo?
And they also run a farm stay at their property to help make ends meet.
He’s a blacksmith by trade and spent years shoeing Clydesdales. But he’s gotten-by doing anything and everything.
His partner Susan is a born animal whisperer. She can train just about any animal to smile on cue and has even trained one of their miniature ponies, Eskimo, to do the cha’ cha.’
Unfortunately we only had a glimpse at his tricks (and those of a super clever working dog) before Jason had to head off to an event.
But the kids spent a few good hours squeezing bunnies and tormenting guinea pigs before we hit the road.