Rainbows brighten the rural landscape

By Sophie Baldwin

In trying times nothing brightens a day better than a coloured rainbow.

And it seems they are starting to pop up around the countryside as the farming community looks to spread some much-needed positivity.

Cohuna's Nicole Gray said she decorated a hay bale at the gate of the family dairy farm to add some colour and cheer to the day.

She loved the concept of the Facebook page ‘Rainbow Trail Australia’, which is encouraging people to decorate the country with rainbows.

“I know people are urged to stay home unless essential, however, farmers are still going to and from the dairy, tankers are still collecting milk and the mail lady is still delivering the post,” Nicole said.

“I thought this might put a smile on the faces of those driving past.”

Annabelle, Lachlan and Jackson Gray at the gate of their Cohuna dairy farm.

She said it was also fun for the kids to get involved and gave them a much-needed distraction from the current situation.

“It's nice to see colour and brightness instead of COVID-19 and escalating death tolls.”

Girgarre's Pat and Carmen Nicholson were also inspired by the same Facebook group and whipped up a John Deere tractor with the message ‘Aussie farmers we have your back’ along with a couple of rainbows.

Pat said the state’s farmers were still going about their daily business while the rest of the country was slowly grinding to a halt.

“We thought it was a great opportunity to support our farming community and highlight the importance of homegrown food — the current situation is certainly showing we can’t rely on imports into our country to keep feeding us all.”

Tragowel dairy farmers Mick and Cath Shepard have a group of mask-clad, Minion sculptures lining the V/Line train track which borders their property.

Tragowel dairy farmers Mick and Cath Shepard are decorating the railway line which runs alongside their farm with mask-clad Minions to brighten the day of train travellers.

“We are hoping to bring a smile to people's faces and we got a pretty big toot from the train driver when we were setting them up,” Cath said.

Mick welds all the sculptures himself, along with myriad of many others, as a form of stress relief and a break from farming.