Wednesday, 4 February 2015

... kept pushing me ... gently ...



by Simone McPherson
With this wonderful almost subtropical weather that we have been having here the plant life is doing its utmost to get all its new growth on the way no matter what.

… I read only recently in a newspaper that we get, an article titled “Warm seas drive up temperatures” by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA – NOAA … amongst other things that the article was drawing my attention to - I read the following which I found quite interesting with the conditions that we have been experiencing here of late and which have been occurring in other parts of Australia.



“ …. Last year was the 38th consecutive year that annual global temperatures were above average, with all of the 10 warmest years occurring since 1998.  Anyone born after February 1985 will not have experienced a cooler-than-average month globally … “… NOAA said.  “… Australia’s warmest year in records dating from 1910 was 2013 … 2014 was Europe’s warmest in at least the past 500years, beating 2007 by 0.3 degrees … not all regions … had a warm year … central North America was among the areas posting cooler-than-average conditions with Canada having its coldest November-March since records began in 1948 …” NOAA said.


 It was something that I thought about as we drove around the paddocks the other day …


… picking up the troughs for the cattle …


… yes that is Maxi boy there putting on ‘perfume’ … not the kind I would wear but definitely the kind, where he can get up close to the cattle and they are not sure if he is of their kin or not …


… we have been moving the troughs  to other paddocks that can now carry a small mob of cattle on them …


… my attention was drawn to the trees and even the … 


… old Grids that are brimming with growth coming up between the rails, which I will have to poison as the cattle then get the inclination that they can jump those grids and we don’t want that …


… and the many, many …


… many … 


… many gates that …


It must be good for some to have their very own ‘gate openers’? … 


… and let me tell you …


… there are a few, and when the days are glorious where else

... would you rather be? It’s just been gorgeous of late and I love being outside.


The lovely big - Eucalyptus melliodora – Honey Box – this species occurs mainly on our gentle slopes and foothills in our woodlands …

… and at the moment they are shedding their bark revealing a beautiful hue of Naples yellow …


 … then there is the old - Eucalyptus fibrosa – Broad Leaved Ironbark – with its almost cork like bark that is so tough and rugged – 


 ... living in the open woodland … 

… along with the Box Gums … this one here with its bark peeling away …

 is an inland Grey Box – Eucalyptus macrocarpa

Last week we had some visitors on their way to Tasmania and my dear friend brought me down some lovely … Lemon Thyme
… some Cress and some more Continental Parsley as you well know; one of my favorites …
… and along with my Thyme they are making themselves at home …
… and I won’t mention the Basil …
… as of late it has been mentioned numerous times already … one would think that I have nothing more to talk about except for Basil? … isn’t it just beautiful …
I can hear El Ranchero outside - back from ...


... bringing some cattle into the yards ready for marking tomorrow … I have not been on the horse now for two months.  I had a rather – very bad fall back in November and El Ranchero said “that’s it! You’re not to go onto a horse until we get an old plodder for you …” … well I did hear my helmet crack as my head hit the ground and I became winded with my face in the dirt and the rubble, this time she flung me off – I realised after a day or so once I recuperated  and got  my composure back though still hovelling around and now black, purple and even yellow I realised that; that  could have been the finish for me too … and after a few days on my horse El Ranchero did happen to mention that … 
Lily pup and El Ranchero having a "Tate au Tate" of the days events ...

“ ... it was a wonder you were able to ride Porky at all – she is such a handful, and playing all these little tricks on her rider … and as for her shying … “ and I thought that I was just a novice rider … phew … perhaps I should tell El Ranchero to …”control your mare” … Mmmmm boys?  
And I did walk home that day too … only about 200mtrs in tears with Pedrocitto in tow and he kept pushing me in the back gently with his nose … I think he knew that I was a little upset that day … El Ranchero rode Porky girl, giving her all these beautiful Dressage exercises all the way back, I had lost interest at this time and payed no attention to them both...