Saturday, 5 September 2015

... it goes something like this ...



by Simone McPherson


The wattles have been rather late this year … in-fact over three weeks late … should I be taking this detail in panic? … Well from what I can gather it appears the world as a whole is going through a new weather pattern not yet recorded …
 So how has this new phase in the weather affected us here, on this small slice of Eastern Australia in the Southern Hemisphere? … let me reminisce and share the past months or so with you …

 We have had a great many Frosts here which is very unusual for this region … 

 … however I do remember having conversations with some ‘Old Timers’ about the country back in the 50’s and 60’s and they gave me images of a Landscape where it was not unusual to wake up each morning and to have all the dogs water bowls frozen over even the Creek that runs as one of our Boundaries was frozen over …


… and this year we did have one of those unusual times … SNOW … yes three inches of snow …in the hills that we could view from our house through binoculars  about 10kms or so away … we got sent this image from some friends who live over an hour away, how exciting …

The snow was followed by bitterly cold days and then that was followed by rain 

 … the rain is always welcome here … though at this time of year, the rain is appreciated for another reason, we start burning off any old debris …


… old wind rows that the dozer pushed over twenty years ago and which can become a fire hazard over our Summer months, ignited by the turbulent lightning that sweeps through the country with the  Thunderstorms that form over those months 

… we have done some travelling … we drove to a large town three hours South of where we live to purchase ...

... two new Yearling Bulls for our Herd, they were happy to be loaded into the horse float … 

 …. On one day, on our way back from visiting the Farriers in Warwick ...

 … another major town about two hour’s drive north east of where we live, 

… we made a pit-stop to help out some friends with a fence that they were building …


… Rocky and Blondie could not believe all that wonderful grass everywhere though the Chooks were a bit of a worry … as neither horse had ever seen a Chook, I would hear Blondie snorting every now and then, giving warning … 

 … Of-course there has been fencing still being done or in this case undone...

 … another paddock for the cattle going to Market ...

 … we finished ...

 ... the holding paddock ….

 … for the horses up at the shed and it has been very useful …

 The Cattle have been going well on their feeding regime over the winter months …


… and by the looks of things some more than others …


Back in mid-July we were lucky enough to have Daughter number one come and stay for a number of weeks …


… we did have a little rain; though over all …


… the days were just glorious for her visit…

… and ‘K’ made perfect use of all that lovely weather grooming down all her horses – the whole four of them …

 … and then taking each one of them; on different days ofcourse - for a “leisurely rides in the countryside” …

Though it was Naranja – the Spanish word for ‘Orange’ as she is of Spanish decent and she was that colour when she was born … Well Naranja was the one chosen to go out and do stock work with and …

 …here in this country we need the horses to be shod … or the next best thing – “Booties” – God she was hilarious when she first put them on … 

 … she was not sure what was going on; though once she got used to them …

 … she did look very smart … like those lovely Police Horses …

 … and this is me with Blondie, the other reason for “K” coming to visit us was to help me get back onto a horse … six months ago I had a very bad fall and I was very fortunate as my riding Helmet – saved my life – and as a consequence I just could not face getting back onto a horse, they made me feel very anxious and I could not stand being close to them …

 … however on her first day here “K” had me grooming her horses with her and then she saddled up Blondie and after taking her for a short ride she came back and she said … “C’mon Simone, we are going for a short ride … Blondie is very kind and she will look after you ….. “ and that as they say is history … I have a lot to thank Miss “K” for as she is a wonderful teacher, she too is very unruffled in her nature which helps a lot.  Blondie was happy to wander through the countryside with me on her back and we have been great buddies ever since, I am even cantering now with her …

 And off we would – all – go; to work … along with …

 … Tags too … who came to stay as well and ofcourse could not …

 … be left behind even with all his Arthritis … Bless him … he was there helping El Ranchero with putting up the ‘railings’ for the new holding paddock for the horses …

It was so lovely to have another girl in the household too, doing girls “Stuff” … instead of all the boys “Stuff” … we chattered, we rode together and we cooked orange and poppy-seed muffins ..


… I marinated - in some warm olive oil, garlic, peppercorns and rosemary; a home-made sheep cheese that we were given - delicious.

 … I caught up …

… on a sewing project that I gave myself …

 … and I was even given a new present for my yet to be created garden … 


… Lilly-Pup and Maxi Boy where very keen to give me a helping hand in the garden …

 In the past month too, we even had the dirt road that runs through the …

… Property – Graded – and that was absolute luxury; to what it was like … an eroded and corrugated ‘Track’ I wonder how long it will stay like this? …

 And that is where we have been for the last three months or so since my last post.  Don’t get me wrong at times it can be very hard work ...

 ... physically and being out in the Elements for one like my-self who is not quite so accustomed to working outdoors, fair skinned and no longer a ‘spring chicken’ - doing manual labour and at most endeavouring to keep up with El Ranchero is challenging … 



However I do feel like I have achieved something at the end of each day … and at times, most of the time now; there seems not to be enough hours in the day …

I remember reading somewhere; I’m not entirely sure of or as to whether the phraseology is as how I originally read it ... nonetheless, it goes something like this … 

“… the only way to do great work is to love what you do …”

And on that note may your day bring delight to your Heart and those around you …