Saturday, 3 August 2013

as the Wattles start to burst ....



by Simone McPherson
The days have been slowly getting longer and with that I have been taking an afternoon walk just before the sun disappears after another wonderful day.

Maxi is always up for a walk so off we go ..... though this time I decided to take a detour into the bush to see where the Wattles were growing and to discover any blossoms that may be out.

I find a little grove, though .....

 .....they are just on the verge then something catches my eye in the late afternoon light....

 – a burst of brilliance! It’s the Red-leaf Wattle ........

.......  - Acacia rubida – such a brilliant little beauty.
We have also had visitors for a few days so ‘all’ has been put on hold while the Sparkling Wine flows and the stories are told.......

......... So El Ranchero and Maxi take “D” for an outing ...


...... and then they are off for an adventure.  While us girls stay at the Hacienda chatting and laughing.

RED-LEAF WATTLE

RED-LEAF WATTLE

RED-LEAF WATTLE
It also gives us time to go out and about exploring and we find some more bursting wattle blossoms its the subtle Red-leaf Wattle ......


GLENLYON DAM
GLENLYON DAM

 .....with our visitors we take a drive to the GLENLYON DAM.  The dam was finished in 1975 an took five years to complete, with a lot of controversy along the way.  You see a lot of farms down stream lost their water and the water that is let out, is for the 'Cotton' growers over 1,000 kms or so away .......
Then all too soon our visitors are on their way and we are back into our routine again working the cattle – and it was on one of these outings in the Landrover that we had a slight mishap. 

The Landrover is an old vehicle and is put through a great many trials in its daily working life and one of those ‘trials’ was “Crashing” into a large tree whilst out chasing some rouge cattle – the brakes are not as good as they used to be – though I can vouch, that we did come to an absolute sudden 'stop' as we collided with that tree and it just stood there upright and solid, very solid in fact.  

Well as a result we cracked part of the brace that holds the Bulbar to the chassis!  That was a good effort!  Now the Landrover is an indispensable member of our working team and as a consequence we needed to go into Stanthorpe for the repairs – welding is not one of El Ranchero strong points he is very good at making ‘Holes’ with the welder though.

So after a phone call we organised ourselves for an early drive into Stanthorpe the following morning. 


Now, the only way to take the Landrover into town is in the horse float! 
  
Yes that is right and it just fits!  So she is loaded up .....

 ... then just before we leave our place, a few adjustments are made and cross checks are done then we are on our way .....

WE  HAVE SOME INSPECTORS COME DOWN TO SEE WHAT WE ARE DOING

THE MORNING LIGHT FILTERS THROUGH THE TREES
.......and after an hour and a bit we are in town!

The Landrover is unloaded by El Ranchero .....



.......and then inspected for what is needed to be done for the repairs.  And we are told to return in Two? hours.

So I am treated to a lovely coffee and an Almond Croissant by El Ranchero as we have coffee together. 


We wander around for a bit and I find some lovely plants that have started to bloom as Spring time approaches.


Then FIVE hours later! The Landrover is ready and we are more than ready to get back home though the day has already gone. 

Nevertheless not to have waisted the whole day, we decide to stop for some photographs on the way home ....

.....of all the Intensity.... 

......of the brilliant yellows against the winter tones of the countryside ....

 .......as the Wattles start to burst along the roadway.