My blog is a bit off schedule at the moment. Something about my host site going down, my blog emails not syncing and my c-panel requiring adjustments. Really, the behind the scenes technical bits leave me feeling bewildered. For now I am back up and running and this post will be the test I suppose. Once again, thank you JJ for keeping me on track and patiently guiding me through things that are probably quite obvious.
In other news, we have had a film crew visit our property. They were filming an advertising campaign and needed sheep, cows, working dogs and other quintessential outback elements. They also needed a quintessential outback man who could coordinate all of those elements in a practical sense, cue The Shady Farmer .
Perhaps we underestimated the size of this venture but it was as if a move-able city had rolled into our property complete with trucks, hire cars, tonnes of equipment, catering vans, props, coffee machines, an alfresco bath and an instant human population explosion. There were stylists and runners and directors and actors and advertising people and safety people and they all wore black puffer gear. There were signs everywhere and maps and traffic cones and daily safety briefings.
As they busily filmed and set things up and dismantled it all again it was like watching another world, in our world. Almost all of these lovely people were from the city and many of them had never experienced the outback before.
Given our current dry conditions we were feeling very aware that our property is not looking at its best at the moment. The film crew didn’t mind, in fact I don’t think they even noticed. They were thrilled with the dust and light, our overly enthusiastic pet sheep and the other quirky characteristics that make our place unique. Some of them were not so thrilled with the off road driving conditions.
When the last truck rolled out they left us with many memories, some new connections, a lot of left over fresh food and these gorgeous flowers, also left over from the shooting. It was incredibly rewarding to be involved in something that is an overall boost for our local community. It also felt like we provided our new city friends a positive snapshot of our lifestyle and in turn they gave us a glimpse into their high tech filming world.
Perhaps when the ad is finally live I will try to share a link here so you can see it.
How about you?
Any news to share? Technical issues perhaps?
Happy Tuesday, friends x