Friday, 29 May 2015

... and for me ...



by Simone McPherson
 For the month of May I wondered where all our days had gone ...

 … then as I started to go through ...


...the images that I had taken over that month ...


… the days begun to come …


… fleeting back to me once more …

 We were plagued with mechanical breakdowns in both the old Ute and … 

 … the Toyota Landcruiser which did a Hydraulic steering hose.  This consist of two pieces of rubber hose at about 10cms long each with a clamp at each end.  You would think that it was just a matter of picking up the phone and organising a part … not when that part was over AU$400!   And we could not get a replica. 

   
Plan ‘B’ 
… “what is plan ‘B’? … ”   
 I ask El Ranchero “make a cuppa, so that I can think about plan B” … 

 … I left him to it … an hour or so later we receive a text … “fly over in 15mins” … “what on earth does that mean”? … I ask El Ranchero … after exhausting all our options, which are not many living in a small community … El Ranchero had made a call to our good friend who runs his own Engineering business and he is one of those men who can turn his hand to anything.  


Well “P” had saved the day and was flying out with the part in his beautiful little Cessna … 15mins from take off to our place and 15mins back and the Aerodrome would be no more than 10mins drive from his Engineering business … a little different to the hour or so that it takes us each week to do our daily shopping …. So here we are standing out near the house … waiting … 

 … then I hear the plane to the NE of where we are standing – El Ranchero cannot, years of working with heavy machinery and using guns without ear protection ...

 … it’s “P” coming in and I listen and watch as the Cessna starts to descend …


… he does a fly over and then as he levels out to make another sweep …

 … a package is dropped from out of “P” window … and would you believe that he was only about 2 feet off from where El Ranchero was standing … I am terribly impressed and in awe … and trying to remember to take photos of the whole event at the same time … just marvellous !

 Then the Cessna makes another sweep and we both give a big wave …


… then “P” is on his way back to work … “Bless him” …

It has also been that time of the year where we Preg test the cows – that is to say that we employ a Vet to test all our cows to see as to whether they are in calf or not.  It can be a rather trying time as the cows still have their calves on them and the whole event can become rather anxious, very demanding and nerve racking, and things can change in an instant and they did on this particular day … El Ranchero got ironed out … 

... he ended up with a terrible gash to the back of his head about 2 inches long and a very big bruise at his tail bone ... Ouch ! … Yes he was out of action for about 3 weeks … 


… he could however lunge Rocky-Raccoon, riding though was definitely out of the question...

 While we had all the Cows in for Preg testing we also take the opportunity to take out the Bulls from the mob …

… now sometimes Bulls have a mind of their own … these two are not quite two years old yet … and there was a chance to take them out of the Mob … so we thought …

 … half an hour or so later we finally moved them on … El Ranchero tells me that you can not push these animals as once they start fighting … that is it … and the Barb wire fence would not even exist as a barrier as far as they were concerned, they could quite easily just push through the fence as if it were not there …

 Then three weeks or so after Preg testing there is weaning … and weaning can be a rather traumatic time too, for all concerned the cows, calves, horses, humans and ...

 ... Lily Pup too ... !


Before El Ranchero was ironed out by a Cow during Preg testing the other week he had been busy ...

... constructing a new ‘Horse’ paddock as daughter number one, rang up to announce that she was bringing her horses up to stay for a while … 

 … they are all familiar with the property as they have all been here before though now we need to have them separate from the cattle … hence the new ‘Horse’ paddock …

 … and the cattle have a different feeding regime ...

 ...to the Horses and the Horses can be bullies too when it comes to food … not allowing the cattle near their feed … "don't they Lily ... ?

 … that was over three weeks ago and now with weaning over for the time being ...


… I can now catch up with a few things around the place … I have a collection of old jeans that I could not bear to throw out … and the pile over the years has been getting bigger, and bigger … I needed to do something with them … something useful … 

 … a cover for the Doona in the spare room … nothing flash I’m afraid … just making one larger piece of fabric out of a whole lot of little pieces …

 … I have also re- filled the little gardens with new manure and my very own soil from my little compost as well as new rocks …

 … I found an old truck rim in one of the paddocks a while back … and now I have made it into a little garden and planted out some succulents that I was given ….

 … and I have to tell you about the Tarragon that I was given … not a herb that I really use … so I investigated it’s companion properties … “loves Roses” well … my little ‘Lorna Doone’ had been struggling with bugs and such, however since planting the Tarragon … it has flourished, they are obviously happy together ...

 … the Pansies are starting to show their lovely little faces … this one is “Brittany” my most favourite of all and for the past two years I have not been able to get it, I love the orange and the purple together they are opposite colours … 

 … I have also planted a Dwarf Bougainvillea, the tag told me that it would grow no higher than 4 metres, I bought it for colour over the hot months and the Bougainvillea’s are fairly drought tolerant which is a big ‘Plus’ out here, I didn’t want one that was going to escape and take over.

The Little Lobelias that I planted are all starting to flower too … I just love that blue in the garden …

 … and the Butter Lettuces are coming along wonderfully, they are delicious in salads at the moment …

 And now that it is coming to the end of May … 

 … I know that June will be filled with more cattle work, ‘won’t it Maxi Boy’ ? … yes he definitely thinks so … and for me end of Financial year … finding and organising  bits and pieces of paper … on that note I had better make a start while I have a moment spare …


Sunday, 24 May 2015

... what a Suprise ...




I awoke yesterday morning to a lovely email from my dear friend Ann all the way from Houston Texas, who has a beautiful quilting blog … 


‘Fret not yourself’ which I follow … the email was to let me know that Ann had nominated me for the The One Lovely Blog AwardI was speechless and very touched by the nomination.  

I came across Ann through Google+ a number of years ago and have been very keenly following her wonderful creations.  I am totally amazed in how she puts all those little pieces of fabrics in all different colours, patterns, shapes and sizes together to create a piece of ‘Art’ as far as I can see not only useful but beautiful too, I believe it is her love of Mathematics that gives her the mind for such intricate and patient work ! 


“Thank you Ann for the lovely nomination”


As far as I can understand the nomination of the The One Lovely Blog Award’ is passed on to Bloggers by fellow Bloggers to hopefully introduce them to a wider Audience; and in recognizing those blogs that are “lovely” and “inspiring” by fellow-bloggers who chose to nominate them.

The award acknowledges bloggers who share their stories and thoughts in a beautiful manner that connects with their viewers and followers.”

To “accept” the Award the nominated Blogger must follow several ‘guidelines’. I have these guidelines listed below.
  1. To thank and link back to the amazing person who nominated you.
  2. Share 7 things about yourself.
  3. Nominate 5 other bloggers and comment on their blogs to let them know. 
Firstly ofcourse … “Thank you Ann so sweet of you …”

Secondly some little ‘tit bits’ about myself? Mmmm let me think?



  • ·        I was born with a Crayon in my hand and have never stopped drawing, painting, making some sort of mark onto a surface, being stirred by the beauty of the Natural world.  I have had numerous Exhibitions and Commissions which were challenging and rewarding at the same time …
  • ·        I love giving my work away & seeing the joy it brings to others …
  • ·        I adore listening, singing and dancing to Cesora Evora – an amazing woman with such an incredible voice from Cape Verde on the West African Coast - at full blast whilst I Hoover the house much to El Ranchero’s dismay …


  • ·        I love to lie on the grass, though these days it’s dirt and rocks to watch the clouds as they dance past across the sky, an indulgence that I had forgotten about during my “other” working life, however in this wonderful life it has come back to me … 
  • ·        I can’t live without flowers especially the little Pansies and Violas that I plant each year and the little “Johnny Jump Ups” that self-seed each year and who’s happy little faces are always there to greet me in the depths of winter. 
  • ·        I adore lemons picked freshly from the tree and devouring them like oranges, love Greek yoghurt on everything, ginger jam with pork chops, home-made garlic butter made with clarified butter smothered over steamed veggies especially pumpkin, real eggs from a chook, continental parsley, an espresso with a dollop of fresh cream, Demara sugar … and the list goes on …
  • ·        The smell of horses and the way they greet you muzzling up to your face smelling you and tickling you with their whiskers … just perfect


Thirdly well we live in a rather remote part of the country and I really don’t get on line as often as I would like with stock work, day to day running of the property and those other times when we just can’t seem to get on line, atmospheric I guess … Gremlins perhaps, most probably? …

There are so many wonderful Blogs out there and these are just a few that I like to visit, to see what they are up too, not in any particular order and cross over a number of different topics and subjects …

·        http://blog.estemacleod.com/  I came across Este’s work whilst on ‘Pinterest’ and have been following her gorgeous work now for a year or so she is so clever with all the beautiful colours and designs that she creates.

·         http://therosylife.blogspot.com.au/  I came across Sara and her two sweet girls through … a link now long forgotten … Sara is wonderfully creative and I enjoy seeing her whimsical images.  Sara also takes great images of her place in winter with real ‘Snow’ such a novelty for us here in Australia …

·         http://sweetbriardreams.blogspot.com/   I came across Chel through Google+ and love the walks, galleries, gardens and outings that I go on with Chel through the English countryside, towns and Cities along with her Mother and her lovely little dog Coco, though unfortunately Coco has left this world and she has finally made the plunge and has another addition to the family a lovely little Labrador called Pip …

·        http://www.sowandso.com/  I started following Leila and her friend just as they decided to follow their dream and buy some land to live off and share with others leaving the busy City of Rotterdam in Holland for the countryside.  They are wonderful gardeners and I enjoy seeing that under some very extreme conditions – ice and very heavy snow they manage to have wonderful gardens and lots of ideas and tips on plants and growing edible plants …

·        http://66squarefeet.blogspot.com/   I can’t quite remember how I came across Marie’s blog … though I was intrigued by the area in which she gardened – hence 66 square feet – and the things that she cooked from her lovely little garden in New York … then she and her ‘man’ moved to Harlem … and they often go to South Africa, where she comes from and the images of the market places, gardens and the landscape are just glorious that she shares and visits there …

·        http://rustykalnakuchnia.blogspot.com/ Agnes was the one who contacted me in relation to my little blog and I have been following her ever since.  I love her blog, she is such a wonderful cook.  Agnes is actually a Scientist of some description in Poland and just loves to cook in her spare time, in particular I do love her Polish dishes and the dishes that have been passed down to her from her mother … just wonderful … I must warn you, though the translation from Polish to English at times can be a bit of a mind bender to totally ‘Hilarious’ but it’s worth every word …

… and there are many, many, many more this is just the ‘tip of the Iceberg’ and each day brings additional delightful Blogs to discover and ofcourse you are all acknowledged by me as you share a little bit of your life with me …  

“Thank You to You All”

A big thank you again “Ann” for the nomination and acknowledging how “lovely” my blog is I am so pleased that you delight in my ramblings and my humble photographic images, ... ps ... one day I shall have the opportunity to invest in another camera, until then.

I also gather that not all of the Bloggers that I have nominated will want to add the award(s) to their blogs. That's quite alright. The reason that I nominated – only a small fraction of you - in the first place and what I gather the purpose of these nominations is; is to give appreciation to the many, many “lovely” Bloggers that are out there and to acknowledge their contribution and to share that with other Bloggers of similar interests and those who too, have an inquiring mind.

And as far as I can gather there are no obligations for you …

Bye, for now

Simone