Sunday, 5 January 2014

... to get a little reprieve ...



by Simone McPherson
With this searing summer heat the Tumble gums are losing their bark …

… revealing the beautiful colour ...

... of their trunks and branches …

… a striking tone of Naples yellow against silvery green of the tree lines …

For us the last few days of 2013 were spent finishing of a gateway that will eventually lead us down into the Creek country, which is still very wild and untouched. 


Max and Lily pup are always ready and waiting to go to work … as site overseers at this time of year as they need to stay fit for when their work will resume in late February.

The days were terribly hot and very dry nevertheless the rails had to be hung and bolted on to the posts …

… the ends greased up to ensure that they would not split and crack, drying out too fast in this dry weather and to last into the years ahead, they will outlive us!

The gates will be hung a little later once …

 … all the line is pulled out and tied off …

… there are millions and millions of Cypress pines that need clearing in this area to make way for the fence line and to keep that fence line clear.


… as the day becomes scorchingly hot the best place to be is somewhere dark in the shade … 


the site inspectors throw in their job and crawl under the Toyota and all you can see is two pink tongues panting …

Our few days spent by the seaside are just reminiscences now …

… though it would be nice to be near the water on these blistering days ….

 The other night we had a phone call from a neighbour to the north of us, some of our cattle were in his front paddock, so the following morning we were up early with Maxi and off to the northern boundary …

… it’s only a short eight or so kilometres drive before we hit the old cattle grid …

It was a good opportunity to go and check things out in that area as it is a part of the property that we do not get to often …


The boundary is rather interesting to say the least a mixture of old, longstanding posts, branches and ...

 ... anything that is close to hand to keep the fence line upright  with a collection of different types of wires and mesh too …

… so it is through the ‘Cockies’ gate as El Ranchero refers to the gateway .. it too, is something to wonder about …


… then we are all on sentry duty – looking out for these girls who have wandered through to our neighbours.


It’s not long before we sight one, two, six, eight … “my goodness there are twelve of them in here, how did they get through”? I ask.  El Ranchero gives me that look of ‘Sheila’s!’ – which translated into English is …. ‘women ask such silly questions they walked through the fence’ … he is a man of such few words at times, you just need a dictionary to work out what the single syllable words are in reference to?


Max is sent out and sends the girls on their way …

… they all trot off with their tails in the air back the way that they come in … El Ranchero tells me that you only give them a little push and then let them think that they are ‘escaping’ and they will generally go in the direction they came from …


With Maxi back on board, we follow them in hope that they will lead us to the spot in the fence that they came through and it is not long before it is pretty obvious how and where they come through …

So then El Ranchero proceeds to repair? patch up? restore? … not sure of which he will  utilize? Maybe all three … I watch with amusement, 

you see boundaries are funny things – they are like having that ‘Pink Elephant’ in the room everyone knows about it but no one will mention it?  

It’s rather a strange phenomenon, and being neighbours one has to be rather diplomatic in such matters.  Here in Queensland if you want to put up a new boundary fence line your neighbour is not liable to financially pay for half the fence line … so I am informed, I think that is rather strange considering it is a boundary between two people …

After the repairs are secured ...

... we are off, back through the ‘Cockies’ gate when ...


... El Ranchero spots some grass seeds …


… so never to let an opportunity pass by, we stop to collect grass seeds ...

... which we will spread out in some less grassed areas for our cattle … 

… then as another day concludes ...

... we finish some 'tying' off - tying the wire to the posts – to the ongoing new 'lane way' fence line that we are building …

… the day has now cooled just a little though it is still hot , nevertheless enough to get a little reprieve from the heat, until tomorrow, it must be 'Cocktail hour' time to head home again ... to that lovely cool drink and a cold shower Cheers ...