Thursday, 22 February 2018

... in the Eastern Sky ...

by Simone McPherson
October 2017 brought some very welcome rain …

…that even my compost bin started sprouting with pumpkins as well as …

… all the beautiful Native Orchid which is an indicator of rain as they will start flowering a week before rain in the summer months.

October also introduced us to a Surveyor and his offsider who we employed as El Ranchero needed to move a number of land ‘Tittles’ around and this meeting proved to be such a learning curve for us both. 

We learnt a lot about our land and how it was surveyed many, many years ago; back in the 1830’s as he was able to date some markings that he found that were still visible, although severely weathered Surveyors marks.

The start of November 2017 brought us a downpour of over 780ml in less than an hour, and of-course this completely transformed the country. 

Flooding a lot of the creeks and …

… waterways, it is always a breathtaking sight to behold in this country with a marginal rain fall.

And amongst all that wonderful water Jackie-Jackie finally learnt to swim towards the end of the month.

December brought to us Bee Keepers who have been looking for Host Properties to host their hives while certain species of the Eucalyptus are flowering of which we are lucky enough to have a number of woodlands still standing providing bloosoms.

We introduced the Bee Keepers to our country and we are looking forward to hosting some hives when the time comes. 

And on the 10th of December 2017 we completed painting the Hacienda and my goodness what a wonderful feeling – although there is another coat for the front of the house the rest of the house is finished and each and every day it brings a big smile to my face as I now see the Homestead quietly sitting amongst the landscape, now we need to get the front veranda organised.

El Ranchero had also been spending most of November and December harvesting Narrow Leaf Eucalyptus for posts, line posts and strainers for 

the start of our new fence line of 3.8km to be started sometime in January 2018.

As we said goodbye to another Year and welcomed in the New Year 2018 we had the most incredible storms with not even a drop of rain, pass by as we all tried to cool off on the last day of 2017 in the house dam …

January 2018 started off with the Dozer driver coming in for a number of days to start on our 3.8km fence-line along the ‘Public’ dirt road that now runs along side our Property. 

With the visit from the Surveyors in October 2017 we now knew what we were looking for in relation to surveyors markings even though these were close to over a hundred years old - this one here was marked into the tree.  And to our delight we found all of them except maybe three markers which have been lost in time.

By the end of January 2018 we had all posts, strainers and line posts organized and the delivery of fencing material was on its way.

The Fencer and his offsider where booked in to start the new fence and can you believe we completely missed …

… the ‘Super moon, Blue Moon and the Lunar Eclipse as we had our first cloudy night for months! 

… and there where others who really where not too perturbed about missing the “once in a life time event …”

However that last day of January 2018 was just beautiful as the sun rose again in the Eastern Sky … as February was just around the corner …






Tuesday, 13 February 2018

... we had to rush him ...

by Simone McPherson
During May 2017 we had a number of wild storms sweep across the landscape and we had so many lightning strikes it was rather worrying as they can set the country alight. 

However through one of the strikes we lost three solar panels and of course they longer make that wattage, so we needed to invest in a set of new panels of twelve, we were without power for only three days thankfully.

And we had to say goodbye to our oldest horse – Gabby – she decided that it was time for her to leave and we were all sad to see her go …

… though not as much as poor Pedro who was very lost there for a number of days looking for her.  At least she has left us all with wonderful memories. 

June came and went then in July we were ...

... looking at investing in some land four or so hours’ drive NW of where we live and we were given a new little worker. 

This little fellow who was out of litter of 8 puppies followed El Ranchero everywhere and by the end of the day the owner of the property said to El Ranchero ...

“… we’ll Mate it looks as though you have a new worker for your place …”  and that is how little Jackie-Jackie came into our lives.

July is also the time when we muster in all our mobs to take out the Bulls.

In August we do all our Preg-Testing as well whilst we have all the different paddocks in  – a Vet comes in for the day and checks all our cows as to whether they are pregnant or not. 

We then sell the empty cows and vaccinate all the other cattle that stay on the property.

August was also a very exciting month too for we started to paint the Hacienda …


… and not only the Hacienda ...

... I also painted my new/old gate to

… the House Paddock now, 

... “Custard Puff Yellow” my favorite colour at the moment …

… and there is even more after eight years I finally got my letterbox !

August can also be a rather crucial time for water here as if we do not get any winter rains it can leave us rather low and ...

... that August back in 2017 was one of those times were we had to bring in a contractor to dig out some holes ready for rain.

In September we picked up another two Angus Bulls to join our heard. 

 And were also in undated with some beautiful Spring weather; 

however we were also inundated with bees everywhere; which is just fantastic though not ...

... for a curious little Red Kelpie pup called Jackie-Jackie. 

Jackie-Jackie got stung by so many bee’s over that month, normally this would not be a problem however Jackie-Jackie’s start was hindered as unbeknown to us we had brought back a ‘Paralysis Tick’ with us from where he was from and we nearly lost him.  These ‘ticks’ are very lethal to animals and in many cases the animals are lost …

… and as for Jackie-Jackie he never really recovered; his immune system broke down and as a result we had to rush him to the Vet’s a number of times over the month of September back in 2017, and then there was the month of October 2017.


Sunday, 11 February 2018

... to get in on the act too ...

by Simone McPherson
It appears that fifteen months have gone by since I last posted “… where on earth …” of what had been happening then on our Property in SE Queensland, Australia on Rosellas and Lorikeets, a blog that I started back in 2013 one rainy afternoon.

Now let me see, it is now 11th February 2018 and at 13:00 it is over 38 degrees Celsius on our veranda.  Let me attempt to recall events that have once again placed me at our second “new” laptop, after everything and I mean everything crashed and yes it was lost because “… I’ll do a backup tomorrow ...” And what is it that we are told about “tomorrow”?  Well its true don’t wait for “tomorrow” as it never comes.

However life is always full of hopefulness and we just have to be receptive and keep an eye out for that subtle glimpse into our futures whatever they may be. 

image through Google Search 
In my case I discovered “Neuroplasticity” giving me an explanation and an almost clarification for the way that I now feel and as I read through stories of other people as they recount their journeys to recovery; who also have suffered some sort of head injury I can now understand why I see and feel things differently in my everyday activities and I too now have a better appreciation in the way that I now interact with others.

As life continues here I can look back and discover that on the 16th of October 2016 we were delighted to invite a wonderful, hardworking Japanese girl to our home in exchange for accommodation and food we ...

... showed her a little of our life here on the Property.  “M” ended up staying in this region for eight months or so working for her Australian Visa on one of the many fruit farms in this district.  

We had a lot of fun teaching her English or ...

... should I say Australian ... 

... even exploring ...

... our own region with fresh eyes and in return we got a glimpse into her life in Japan.

In November 2016 Luigi started to be ‘Broken in’ ...

... so that he could start his life working with the cattle.  

The whole process can be a rather long course of action ...

... however having a helping hand along the way can make ...

... all those ‘baby steps’ worth the effort.

We greeted 2017 with a spate of very hot weather on the 14th of January 2017 it was still 39 degrees Celsius on the veranda at 15:30 and it continued through to February.

In March we had another semi-permanent companion come stay at the Property even though he really belongs in a landscape filled with Snow. 

Tags as he is called; is number ‘One’ daughters 12 year old dog.  After “K” finished her university degree she got a job up here in Sunny Queensland moving all the way from Canberra where it is a lot colder than here. 

So Tags became our new talisman as he is really quite old for working and the climate was not to his liking at all …

… however he was wonderful company and learnt to be a good swimmer too.

Then in May 2017 I harvested over 9kgs of Cumquats off my two lovely little trees ...

... yes I made everything you could think off that involved Cumquats – some were fantastic disasters. 

And my chili plants too decided to get in on the act, I gave away so much Sweet Chili, Ginger and Garlic sauce that I almost had a production line going.

Then in May 2017 we had a spate of very wild storms too ... wait till you hear about that ... !