Monday, 14 September 2015

... my heart begins to gladden ...



by Simone McPherson
A number of weeks ago whilst out checking cattle in one of our back paddocks we lost our drive shaft, that is to say that the drive shaft on the old Toyota Ute just fell off, apparently a circlip had worked its way loose becoming undone?

As a result, we were locked in forward motion and with the diffs locked we were only able to go in reverse … interesting concept, the other options? Well there was only one to walk? We estimated the walk to be at least four hours cross country – not an option as far as I was concerned. 

So we opted for option number two, drive in reverse gear for over an hour to reach home … they say that things happen in “Threes” … I’m sure they do …
 
 So we had to make a race into Warwick to pick up a car trailer …

 … then go back in the next day to drop the Ute off, now because the Ute was only able to go in reverse we had to load the old Ute in reverse … not a good thing when you are pulling a loaded car trailer as the centre of gravity changes and all the weight of the Ute was at the back of the trailer and giving us only about 20cm clearance … and if you start fish tailing with that loaded trailer, look out! So we drove to Warwick at no more than 80kms an hour arriving two and half hours later …

 … we were told that it would be a week or so before the Ute would be ready to be picked up again …

… mmmm so what jobs to you give a man, 

El Ranchero – who is always using the old Ute to do all sorts of jobs around the Property? …

Well that was quite easy … you see in those days spent driving back and forth to Warwick another enigmatic phenomenon was happening at home, in the beginning I/we did not detect anything different …

… it was not until I went out to water my little gardens a few days later that I noticed that all my plants  were all … GONE !! yes! gone as in not there, vanished as in eaten by somebody or bodies ? … 

 … all my lovely lettuces – gone …

 … all that lovely Italian and Afro Parsley - gone

… all my lovely violas and pansies – gone …

 … the lobelias? – gone – I searched the ground for any evidence and I found prints in the sandy soil.  

I found confirmation that, not one but two 'shod' horses had been in my little gardens … they had very quietly walked through the garage into the veranda and then out into the garden to enjoy the Smorgasbord of beautiful Greens and edible flowers on offer – they had tried the little Citrus trees and then decided against that choice … not palatable enough, I do believe.  I was so dismayed as everything was just looking its finest all in full magnificence.  What do you do?

In my case you vent your frustration and disappointment quite vocally, you resolve to … “what’s the point” – if it’s not the heat and the hot winds, it’s a drought with a  lack of water.  Well at that point you a have a lovely cup of Lapsang Souchong and then begin to calm down and start to organise what would be nice to plant at this time of year ...

In the mean time I can hear El Ranchero putting in some Steel posts with a hot wire  – I thank El Ranchero for putting up the wire … then he announces that since he has a bit of time around the house it might be a good time to put in a ‘Garden Fence’ – I am speechless … and so we begin …

That was over three weeks ago now and as time has moved on and in-between moving gates …

 … Making new gateways …


… Stock work...

 … Feeding cattle …

… relaxing for some? as the days are slowing getting warmer …

 … We have been busy creating a garden ‘Space’ .,.

 … With given objects …

… Found objects …

 And making use of materials that we already have in the form of all the beautiful timber, which El Ranchero farms very sparingly …

… a million and one ‘rocks’ that I now pick up and add to my new garden bed and now …

 … access to lots and lots of horse manure … things are slowly taking place …

… the little gardens are coming back … with lettuce & spinach 

… of course the pansies …

 … and the lobelias …

… and I have made some modifications for summer with the thought of putting up some old shade cloth that I found in the crutching shed.  Standing back now my heart begins to gladden as I can see that things are looking up …

 By the time we made it back home with the old Ute that day it was very late and as always things do not continually run on schedule ...

... however the next morning the old Ute was unloaded off the trailer and we were all glad to jump back in and off to another day we all went ...