Last weekend I rugged up against the wind and ventured out to Edendale Farm in Eltham. There are so many kinds of chooks to see, goats with the most impressive beards, the cutest lamb and a nursery for those inspired by gardening and plants.
Edendale is a family space with benches for picnics, or eating the great food from the trendy food van. On show around the farm are colourful and beautiful artworks by locals that incorporate upcycled stuff that I think is great inspiration for projects at home with the kids.
There is plenty of space for energetic kids to run around and get up close to some of the animals. All the essential facilities of a great family day out are there; toilets, change table for bubs, seats, pram or wheelchair access, undercover seating if the weather turns.
The staff, paid and unpaid, are a happy and knowledgeable bunch so don't forget to ask all the random questions that pop into your head. I asked about the Spiny Leaf Insects and found out that their eggs can take up to 3 years to hatch!
Take a backpack so your hands are free to pat the animals and hold your camera, and buy a few native plants to take home for the garden.
There are photos to be taken of sheep, goats, chooks and roosters, geese, edible gardens, blossoms in the trees, a turtle called Bob, green tree frogs, insect hotels, compost, and a miniature horse.
In a month or so there will be more lambs and possibly more baby animals to see with the onset of spring. So don't forget to drop by Edendale Farm when you feel the urge to escape the city grind.