Sunday, 26 May 2013

I will be Surpised ...



by Simone McPherson
Ten days ago I was in the yards with El Ranchero and Porky Girl to get another lesson in Horsemanship?  I sort of dread these lessons – you know it’s the same as getting a parent to teach you how to drive – it just doesn’t work, one way or another you seem to get communication ‘Blockages’, where nothing is taken in and understood.  This was to be one of those days!

I hopped on Porky and was loosening her up in the Yards when on her third circle she stumbled and I, instead of jumping for it – not that I can really do that anyway – rode her to the ground! And before I knew what was happening, as one does have a tendency to close ones eyes in situations like this – I still had my right foot in the stirrup and Porky rolled on me before I knew ‘what the’.  Damn! I thought, then I realised what had happened and lay there plastered to the ground in the dirt.  

Men in situations like this are always so consoling, comforting and understanding - “Have you broken your leg?” he asks me.  “Doesn’t look like it, why did you let her do that?” he says to me as I lay there in the dirt unable to move an inch as my leg starts throbbing and burning. 

“Get up and get back on her” - “My leg, I can’t move it?” I said.

“You’re fine, why did you do that”? … Oh I don’t know, thought it would be fun? I thought? Goodness!  So I hopped back on Porky and we did continued with my lesson, me in tears and Porky being told to stay ‘Awake’.

So for the past ten days I have been walking four kms ...

......each day to get the blood moving in my leg.  It went from a lovely shade of purple to almost a jet black and now it has bits of yellow tinges through it, so that can be a good sign and all the pain has gone with the swelling!  And, yes I have been back on Porky since that day, too.
The days now have really changed as winter comes knocking.  The grasses have gone from the lovely shades of green after all that summer rain, to now the dry looking winter grasses 

....with hues of 'Naples Yellow' .....

 .....to a lovely 'Yellow Ochre' that just shimmers in the autumn sunshine.

We have weaned and moved the “Tiny Weannies” ....

....into their new paddock for the winter and you can hardly see them .... 

...for all that tall winter grass.  

And they all seem to be happy being naughty little tiny weannies out there.

The Mugga IronbarkEucalyptus sideroxylon – sideros from the Greek word – iron and oxylon the word for wood .... 

......which refers to the hardness of the wood; though it is by no means the hardest in the genus..... 

........ and the Mugga (tricarpa) Ironbarktri the Greek word for three and carpos the word for fruit ... 

 ....... has been in flower for the past two weeks now, and brought an array of honey birds to feast on its nectar …. Parrots, Rosellas, Lorikeets, and other honey birds, the racket is amazing!  

And we have also had about 400 Budgerigars here for the past three weeks too, which is very unusual as they do not come this far, east – they usually habitat inland and central Australia.  The flock is magnificent as they fly through the blue of the sky and then suddenly change direction and you get a glimpse of a beautiful emerald green and a brilliant yellow, it's just incredible!

I have also noticed that it won't be to long now before the Wattle - 'Knife-leaf Wattle' - Acacia cultriformis - will start to bloom again - another month or so .... can't wait for the splendor of Golden Yellow that covers some of the Gullies like a patchwork blanket, it's just beautiful ...... 

The little pansies that I planted a couple of weeks ago are roaring ahead I have already de-headed them twice so that they can concentrate on growing but they just insist on poking their little happy faces out … so I have let them be now, I love the colour ‘Pink Surprise’.  


The other batch that I planted out ‘Chianti’, well I had a bit of a disaster with half of them – the manure that I had collected from the yards was too ‘Green’ and I killed half of them – I did however, pick up some more seedlings on our shopping day, this time a mixture - so I will be “Surprised” …….

..... and now it's the end of another day, see what tomorrow will bring?  another endless beautiful day full of clear blue skies and sunshine, I know that much for this time of year ...