Friday, 29 May 2015

... and for me ...



by Simone McPherson
 For the month of May I wondered where all our days had gone ...

 … then as I started to go through ...


...the images that I had taken over that month ...


… the days begun to come …


… fleeting back to me once more …

 We were plagued with mechanical breakdowns in both the old Ute and … 

 … the Toyota Landcruiser which did a Hydraulic steering hose.  This consist of two pieces of rubber hose at about 10cms long each with a clamp at each end.  You would think that it was just a matter of picking up the phone and organising a part … not when that part was over AU$400!   And we could not get a replica. 

   
Plan ‘B’ 
… “what is plan ‘B’? … ”   
 I ask El Ranchero “make a cuppa, so that I can think about plan B” … 

 … I left him to it … an hour or so later we receive a text … “fly over in 15mins” … “what on earth does that mean”? … I ask El Ranchero … after exhausting all our options, which are not many living in a small community … El Ranchero had made a call to our good friend who runs his own Engineering business and he is one of those men who can turn his hand to anything.  


Well “P” had saved the day and was flying out with the part in his beautiful little Cessna … 15mins from take off to our place and 15mins back and the Aerodrome would be no more than 10mins drive from his Engineering business … a little different to the hour or so that it takes us each week to do our daily shopping …. So here we are standing out near the house … waiting … 

 … then I hear the plane to the NE of where we are standing – El Ranchero cannot, years of working with heavy machinery and using guns without ear protection ...

 … it’s “P” coming in and I listen and watch as the Cessna starts to descend …


… he does a fly over and then as he levels out to make another sweep …

 … a package is dropped from out of “P” window … and would you believe that he was only about 2 feet off from where El Ranchero was standing … I am terribly impressed and in awe … and trying to remember to take photos of the whole event at the same time … just marvellous !

 Then the Cessna makes another sweep and we both give a big wave …


… then “P” is on his way back to work … “Bless him” …

It has also been that time of the year where we Preg test the cows – that is to say that we employ a Vet to test all our cows to see as to whether they are in calf or not.  It can be a rather trying time as the cows still have their calves on them and the whole event can become rather anxious, very demanding and nerve racking, and things can change in an instant and they did on this particular day … El Ranchero got ironed out … 

... he ended up with a terrible gash to the back of his head about 2 inches long and a very big bruise at his tail bone ... Ouch ! … Yes he was out of action for about 3 weeks … 


… he could however lunge Rocky-Raccoon, riding though was definitely out of the question...

 While we had all the Cows in for Preg testing we also take the opportunity to take out the Bulls from the mob …

… now sometimes Bulls have a mind of their own … these two are not quite two years old yet … and there was a chance to take them out of the Mob … so we thought …

 … half an hour or so later we finally moved them on … El Ranchero tells me that you can not push these animals as once they start fighting … that is it … and the Barb wire fence would not even exist as a barrier as far as they were concerned, they could quite easily just push through the fence as if it were not there …

 Then three weeks or so after Preg testing there is weaning … and weaning can be a rather traumatic time too, for all concerned the cows, calves, horses, humans and ...

 ... Lily Pup too ... !


Before El Ranchero was ironed out by a Cow during Preg testing the other week he had been busy ...

... constructing a new ‘Horse’ paddock as daughter number one, rang up to announce that she was bringing her horses up to stay for a while … 

 … they are all familiar with the property as they have all been here before though now we need to have them separate from the cattle … hence the new ‘Horse’ paddock …

 … and the cattle have a different feeding regime ...

 ...to the Horses and the Horses can be bullies too when it comes to food … not allowing the cattle near their feed … "don't they Lily ... ?

 … that was over three weeks ago and now with weaning over for the time being ...


… I can now catch up with a few things around the place … I have a collection of old jeans that I could not bear to throw out … and the pile over the years has been getting bigger, and bigger … I needed to do something with them … something useful … 

 … a cover for the Doona in the spare room … nothing flash I’m afraid … just making one larger piece of fabric out of a whole lot of little pieces …

 … I have also re- filled the little gardens with new manure and my very own soil from my little compost as well as new rocks …

 … I found an old truck rim in one of the paddocks a while back … and now I have made it into a little garden and planted out some succulents that I was given ….

 … and I have to tell you about the Tarragon that I was given … not a herb that I really use … so I investigated it’s companion properties … “loves Roses” well … my little ‘Lorna Doone’ had been struggling with bugs and such, however since planting the Tarragon … it has flourished, they are obviously happy together ...

 … the Pansies are starting to show their lovely little faces … this one is “Brittany” my most favourite of all and for the past two years I have not been able to get it, I love the orange and the purple together they are opposite colours … 

 … I have also planted a Dwarf Bougainvillea, the tag told me that it would grow no higher than 4 metres, I bought it for colour over the hot months and the Bougainvillea’s are fairly drought tolerant which is a big ‘Plus’ out here, I didn’t want one that was going to escape and take over.

The Little Lobelias that I planted are all starting to flower too … I just love that blue in the garden …

 … and the Butter Lettuces are coming along wonderfully, they are delicious in salads at the moment …

 And now that it is coming to the end of May … 

 … I know that June will be filled with more cattle work, ‘won’t it Maxi Boy’ ? … yes he definitely thinks so … and for me end of Financial year … finding and organising  bits and pieces of paper … on that note I had better make a start while I have a moment spare …