Wednesday, 18 April 2018

... at times I'm sure ...


by Simone McPherson
The other morning we were up early as we needed to go and check on all the Dams and Water holes as things are becoming a little dry once again …

… and while we were out and about also checking up on the cattle …

… we came across a female Redbelly Black Snake - Pseudechis porphyriacus – although these snakes are fairly docile they are still classified as dangerously Venomous.  We often find them down were it is wet near the creeks and waterways as the Redbelly Blacks love to feed on little frogs, which it looks as though this female was quite happy just checking out all the nooks and crannies for any little frogs, I however still kept my distance and you would have quite a laugh if you actually knew how far away I was for this shot …

… we also came across the termite mounds that I was describing in my Post “… very quick to trot back …”

This image here shows you exactly what those – Goannas – Lace Monitor - Varanus varius do to let their babies out once they are ready to hatch they dig out a hole …

… and then a few months later the termites will seal that hole back up, quite ingenious really …

Over the past week we also had some fencing repairs to do …

… however the very first thing to do on these repair trips is to make sure that the ‘Power’ is in the “OFF” position otherwise it can be quite a rude awakening, being electrocuted by 6,000 VOLTS of electricity …

Once the power is ‘off’ it’s on to work and in this instance it was in very steep country …

… the repairs needed were a number of ‘tie downs’ ...

... that were needed to hold down the posts as the tension and angle of the terrain had pulled a number of posts out …

Once done we then went on home the long way back and I could not help but notice all the beautiful Blue colours in the Tree-scape of the Blue-leafed Ironbarks – Eucalyptus nubila as we drove through the paddocks …

And as we got closer to the Homestead we also checked the Water in the Horse paddock and who do we find down there quenching his thirst? Rocky !

The spreader has finished Spreading the 72 tonnes of SSP …

… which really did not look to be that much visually however the Spreader did cover quite a bit of acres, around 600 acres or more @ 300kg per acre – though we do have a lot more land to do, later down the track - stage two …

Now we just need to wait for a little rain to wash in the SSP, fingers are always crossed out this way especially were the weather is concerned …

Nonetheless the wonderful weather that we had while at our ‘Seaside Sojourn’ …

Is not very far from our thoughts …

… at times I’m sure I can still hear those waves crashing upon the seashore, and I swear that I can smell that wonderful sea air too …


Saturday, 14 April 2018

... which means a trip ...


by Simone McPherson
The other morning one of my very first jobs on my ‘To do’ list, from a number of weeks ago, was to clean out the Horse stalls … and as I started to rake up the horse manure all the horses came up to investigate what all the fuss was about …

… and to perhaps convince me that now would be a good time to organise their breaky, unfortunately though for them I had quite a bit of raking to do … In fact I ended up raking up seven wheelbarrows full, all of which has gone strait onto our grassed areas around the house, now all that lovely top dressing is awaiting rain …

… the dogs however were a little put out by all this hubbub that was going on up at the Stables …

… as the early mornings are their walking, smelling and doing their ‘business’ time or perhaps on some occasions their …

… swimming time …

Now that we are having our lovely dry Autumn weather the Bougainvillea’s are doing wonderfully …

… especially the ‘Red Dragon’ that was planted a number of years ago with the help of “Valentina” …

… even Rocky was admiring the beautiful Splash of Colour against the Autumn landscape from his favorite spot in the shade next to the Stables …

Luigi has been very busy with his ‘Schooling’ and I must say he has been coming ahead in leaps and bounds literally …

… he is a very Strong and Showy horse and El Ranchero and Luigi are fast becoming very good working companions, as in Human friendships you have to get on as companions otherwise all the training in the world would be for nothing …

And earlier in the week when ‘D’ came out to help El Ranchero with some Cattle work …

… they too, put Luigi through his paces giving him a full day’s work moving the Mobs around for vaccinating and drenching.  He also had the dogs zip in and out of his legs and at times bumping up against him – and to his credit he was not flustered at all …

… and my role during this time? Well it was easy if I am not needed at the yards along the race I am in charge of food & beverages which is always a lot of fun for me …

We have had of late to go into town on a number of occasions too …

… we took advantage of the car wash while we could as we don’t have any  surplus water to wash vehicles with and let me tell you that LANDCRUISER had so much dust on it, it was like a big Powder Puff, however once cleaned, she gleamed only to 

… end up Dusty again as at present the local shire is re-grading the thirty or so kilometers of dirt road …

Our dirt road has been well overdue for a re-grading – mmm? Though at this time of year when water is at a premium? We do wonder who makes these decisions?

Jackie-Jack is not quite sure who makes these sort of decisions either …

However I did take advantage of a Seedling Wholesaler who has a little roadside stall selling a great selection of in season leafy greens seedlings on our drive home 

… on this stop I chose some Rainbow Chard, Oak Leaf Lettuce and some more Kale of course …

… as it is a hardy little plant for this country and I have had some great success with seedlings in the past …

 … now I need to organise myself and make some more soils for the coming winter months, which means a trip down to one of our many Creeks, maybe I need to update my ‘To do’ list again? …



Wednesday, 4 April 2018

... coming up the hill ...


by Simone McPherson
On the last Blue Moon for 2018; that is until the year 2020 – the dogs and I went on our usual …

… early morning walk through the Bush which is such a beautiful time of the day …

… and it’s usually on these early morning strolls that I attempt to organise myself either for that day or …

… on this particular morning I was thinking about what I’d like to get started, apart from all the day to day jobs that seem to be never-ending and of which are already in motion.

And at this time of year it is organising my little gardens for the up and coming Spring and Summer months …

… I will still plant out with all those ‘Happy’ Pansy faces over our Winter months here as their splash of colour just brightens some of those dull Wintry days …

… the Thai Basil which become quite a hit, even to my surprise with El Ranchero …

… and of course the Kale's go without saying …

However last year after waiting for a year I received my Gorgeous book all the way from California – “FLORET FARMS - Cut Flower Garden” by Erin Bensakein with Julie Chai and like many people all around the world, I absolutely love this Woman, her family and all the others who make up ‘Floret Farm’.  I have been a passionate follower now for … perhaps five or is it six years?

I plow through this wonderful book over and over again and this year I have organised myself to put in some Green Manure to improve my soils in the little gardens … I am going to try some Pulses, some Blue Lupine and sprout the oats that the horses consume daily to fix the Nitrogen and add organic matter for all those lovely microbes in the soil ...

I am also going to attempt for the third time to grow a wild rose that my Mother planted many, many years ago and is still growing to this day along the side of the road …

Unfortunately I have not been terribly successful with my cuttings to date … fingers crossed this time though.

I am still foraging mushrooms when the conditions are right which has been wonderful as there is nothing as nice as having Field Mushrooms that you have foraged yourself and then having them cooked in garlic and butter for Breakfast with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and that delicious Continental Parsley that I so adore from the garden.

On my walk this morning I also thought that I would change around one of our spare bedrooms into an Art, Sewing general Creating room …? Which it is presently doubling at ...

IMAGE FROM AUSTRALIAN BETTER HOME & GARDEN MAGAZINE
I was also considering doing something with an abundance of old Sheets that I seem to have accumulated and cannot bring myself to throw out - I'm thinking that I will re purpose the sheets into floor mats which might be nice for the laundry and bathrooms? … Stay tuned for those developments, hopefully …

On another note we have finally finished the fence line and all the gates have now been hung with the appropriate signage …

… after a lot of very critical analyzing, the decision was  made in relation to what type of Signage was appropriate for the gateways …

Oh! My Goodness … I nearly forgot to mention too … before we left for our Seaside, 

... sojourn which is still very fresh in all our minds …

… we had a Very Important Delivery … can you believe it?

After ten years we finally bought our – ‘Speed Queen’ – all the way from United States of America and we both absolutely Love this washing machine – El Ranchero is even using it and may I just add all by himself … too!

… and we also got an overdue delivery of some ‘New Pillows’ – which we have decided may have been a bit of a mistake as we are finding it harder now to get out of bed in the mornings, they are just so comfy … 

However work is always on the go here as there is always something needing …

… to be done; I can hear that Spreading coming back up the hill right now to do another sweep over the House Paddock, getting the paddocks ready for the coming Summer months …

… and next week we will have “D’s” help again to ...

... get Luigi going with his schooling and to move some more cattle around …

However nothing can get started on an empty tummy … this morning we are having Sourdough Fruit Loaf compliments from our Girlfriends and I hope you too will have a lovely week …