Tuesday, 10 December 2013

...giving us nourishment ...



by Simone McPherson
We awoke this morning to the countryside covered in a hazy blanket of smoke and  that distinct waft of a Bushfire … usually this is not a good sign especially as we move towards our summer month of January.  Bushfires can be a devastating thing, in this dry country …

… and at this time of year with dry Thunderstorms moving around the landscape, all it takes is one lightning strike and they’re off with the fires fuelled by ...


...Eucalyptus trees and Cypress pines, they burn hot and fast. Then as we looked towards the East we could see the National Park ablaze.  The National Park that we back onto, have commenced their ‘Burn-off’.

On another note, on our return from town last week we picked up our new? work vehicle well she is quite old, an old ’79 model Toyota tray-back Ute which has now become a new addition to our working team. 

The old Toyota’s past life was one of driving through potato paddocks carrying chemicals for the eradication of weeds and such, so she came with quite a bit of surface rust but that did not deter El Ranchero’s resolve in choosing her out of all the other old work vehicles in the yard, she was mechanically sound and in good working order for what we need her for.


After our goodbyes to the old Landrover with salvaging what we could off her, El Ranchero jumped into the old Toyota and off he went in a cloud of black smoke.  I followed in the Cruiser as the old Toyota was unregistered; luckily the Wreckers are on the edge of town on the same road we take on our way home. 



It was a rather slow journey for 83kms or so that we had to travel through a very rough back gravel road, in-fact the top speed reached was 90kms, and the black smoke did not dissipate, it just kept coming.   Well it gives one the time to enjoy the countryside on the way and listen to some music of my choice, in this instance Gloria Estafan singing Mexican Love songs.

Once discovered it did not take long for the dogs to feel at home on the back tray.

So the next day it was off to work and to get her acquainted with our daily routine.

First stop, the Shed and load the feed to …

…feed the Bulls, they need a little extra fat in their diet at this time of year before they go out and meet all the girls again at the end of this month being December.



The Horses, they too get a little extra in the form of Lucerne hay and some cereal grains …

Then we are off for a drive through the paddocks to see how she manages the countryside and …

… to get all those posts in, so that those lines can be put up …

… of course this means we have to make a pit-stop ...

 ... for Lily-pup to go for a swim along the way …

El Ranchero is very pleased with his new acquisition; 

the old diesel motor is perfect for our hilly country and …

 … the tray is a godsend with what we can now put on the back.

It has also been that time of the year again where I have  been busy making Pesto, trying to keep up with the Basil bushes as they just keep producing more and more  for me; and I cannot waste one single leaf of its precious-ness ….

… the Wom Bock too, is ready to be harvested … yum! so it looks as though stir-fry’s are back on the menu again, no complaints from El Ranchero there …



The beautiful Silver-beet has been plentiful as well.  With the Silver-beet I make a Spinach soup with bacon hocks as the base, which I put through a food processor and freeze – very delicious served with lots of fresh Parmesan and a dollop of yoghurt, hot or cold.


… and those  little gardens, they just keeps producing life for us to enjoy visually as well as giving us nourishment which we are both thankful for in this rather harsh environment, there is something blissful and delightful about devouring fresh vegies that you have grown yourself