I have been making further progress with this task. I’ve been doing searches of TROVE (online digitalised newspapers) and have been able to add more information in that way. I’ve also been searching through the Dutch and Dutch colonial newspapers and found newspaper notices that include family members (fortunately I can read Dutch).
I need to make some time to learn more about what is available on line to do my research. One day soon I will arrange a day or two to spend with my friend who works as a genealogist and produces family tree books. He has a lot of information he is willing to pass on to me (when I have the time to sit down and concentrate on what he has to offer).
I’ve not long met a local man who has been fully involved in breeding sheep and alpacas for their coloured wool. I have a son and a future son in law who are both keen on the farm and love learning about farming. My son has studied animal science and my future son in law has studied agriculture.
I have asked my son and future in law to make contact with this man who is now nearly 80 and would be keen to pass on his knowledge to them. they will be doing that soon. I think it would be great to go along with them when they meet and talk with the man – but I may not be in the area to do so. I’m hoping it all goes along well. Maybe my husband could go along with them and learn a bit from him as well.
My own, and my dad’s.
It’s autumn and I would much prefer to have the time to work in my own garden because now is ideal for getting all those pre spring jobs done. It’s a perfect time to start planting out new tree seedlings too.
While I am staying at my dad’s place (he needs someone to look after him these days) I can work on his garden. Dad doesn’t have the health to continue the work that is needed to keep his vege patch going. I’ve slowly been digging out the weeds and putting mulch down and planting out vege seedlings in dad’s garden and it’s coming along nicely. I bought some more seedlings yesterday and will be putting them in either later today or tomorrow.
I was home last week and had planted out a couple of tree seedlings and started digging up my vege patch near the back verandah. The seeds dropped from last season’s crop of beetroot, coriander, parsley and a few other herbs and veges, are starting to come up. We’ll have more than enough. When I’m home again I will have to see it the seedlings are ready for moving and transplanting out to other areas in the garden.
Gardening is always very relaxing.