The market garden is under water for the third time since September. When and if the ground dries out enough to plant a crop, there will not be a long enough growing season to ripen it.
You can still buy our certified organic, free range eggs and garlic from Tonnas and Harvest in Daylesford, from The Slow Food Farmers' market and The Collingwood Children's Farm Farmers' market in Melbourne, from The Ceres shop and from Organic Wholefoods.
Farmer Bren just emailed me this photo from his phone and as I type this the rain is crashing down.
This week's The Weekly Times's letters section has one that reads:
Man and his dog just clicked
I would like to compliment the photographer of the brilliant picture for October in The Weekly Times' 2011 calendar.
It is without doubt one of the best pictures seen anywhere in a long time.
I also compliment the gentleman in the picture for his compassion and appreciation, clearly expressed in the picture.
He has obviously spent considerable time and effort training this loyal dog-just look at the connection between the two.
The trust and appreciation they show for each other is very touching.
The composition is sensational-the brilliant colours and the way it captures the emotional interaction between man and his faithful dog.
Knowing the wonderful loyalty of Maremma guardian dogs, I appreciate the connection between this dog and master.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. It is impossible to put a figure on the number of words condensed in this picture.'
Thanks Gavin, you've made our day.
Thanks also Jane for letting us know.
And while we are on the subject of Maremmas, look who opened their eyes two days ago. Willow's six puppies are super cute little fat fluff balls. Their fur is white and thick and the pads on their feet and their noses have turned from pink to black. Their legs are still not strong enough to carry them, but they can certainly move around to get to their Mama. Willow is still being patient and kind with them although she is taking a break occasionally to lie under the house. She seems much happier for us to have a cuddle these days too.
And finally, our thoughts go out to all those affected by the devastating floods in the North of our country. Wishing you and your families safety, dryness and relief from it all.