Wednesday, 1 June 2016

... the full Moon rising ...



by Simone McPherson
 
Of late the days here have been just magnificent a little on the cool side in the mornings however once the sun begins to shine the days are just pristine.

While checking the cattle in our Creek paddock for we had a number of stragglers that had missed the muster …

… we came upon a small mob of young Billy Goats …

… along with an old piece of timber that caught my eye.

El Ranchero went on to tell me that back in the 1930’s this log would have been used as a sheep feeder with the holes having all been cut out with an axe.

The lovely little grass finches in particular the Double-barred Finches – Taeniopygia bichenovii – have been prolific in searching out all the grass seeds that are about at this time of year.  And unfortunately every now and then we get one or two that crash into our windows, and I have taken this opportunity to show you just how beautiful these little birds are and sadly this little one I shall bury in my little garden.

The Basil has been abundant with its leaf production this year even though I only planted out four plants that …

… I have taken the opportunity to make yet another small batch of Pesto with Pine nuts this time and a little chilli, and this will be my first batch for the year can’t wait to try it …

We have also been busy with the cattle bringing in the mobs and moving them onto fresh pastures …

 … and with that we have also increased their feeding regime with more deliveries coming out to the Property.

And fortunately for us we have had a lovely visitor from Germany who has come out to help me in the garden for a week or so and her first introduction to our life out here was to hand unload 6 tonne of feed, “now that will separate the boys from the men … “ was what El Ranchero told ‘V', I do think that 'V' showed El Ranchero a thing or two being able to keep up with the boys ...

So after that day ‘V’ was rearing to go which was a delight for me, so we cleaned out the cattle race by collecting and bagging …

… the manure for the garden – and we also made soil with parts of manure which I will go into detail in my next post.

‘V’ helped me with the grooming of the horses in this case this is Porky girl who has had a complete make over – a lovely wash, including all her hooves with Iodine and then a towel dry, finishing with coconut oil which we put through her mane and tail and brushed it all in – Porky girl was in heaven, in fact she went to sleep.

Even Rocky was in on the act giving ‘V’ a little tour of the yards on his back, which 'V' was delighted in.



... and showing ‘V’ how well behaved he is with the hovels and why and what they are used for which is to get your horse used to waiting and standing without wandering off all saddled and bridled up.

‘V’ also helped out with the weighing and the drafting of the weaners in the yards.

We also went down to another part of the property were we have a large piece of the creek running through the place showing ‘V’ the difference in the terrain and Maxi boy also demonstrated how well behaved he is too. 

There is still a natural beauty in the ecological life down there, with some of the big old River Gums that are still abound which is wonderful to see.  El Ranchero also gave ‘V’ a number of lessons in the safe use of my old 410 shot gun which ...

... she was delighted to learn about and of the reasons as to why it is that we carry a firearm whilst traveling through this country, which I have mentioned in my last post …

Then as we started to climb back up to the homestead we were overjoyed to see the full moon rising in the East, what a lovely way to end the day.