Friday, 2 March 2018

... for a week before ...

by Simone McPherson
February seemed to blister as the days past by and we were left with glimpses of storms as they arose on their way to somewhere else.

However those hot days did not discourage Maxi and Lily-pup from joining Jackie-Jackie in his daily hydrotherapy routine down at the dam …

… in fact Rusty decided too, 

... with very little coaxing from El Ranchero to join the dogs in their daily swims.

And now the problem with Rusty was that she did not want to get out …

… so El Ranchero took hold of that opportunity and started to exercise her as well in that lovely cool water, what a way to go! …

I nearly decided too that maybe I should be in there as well joining them all, as that dam sure did look inviting, I just have a problem with not being able to see the bottom?

We did get hit by one storm in the beginning of February with hail the size of tennis balls, it was frightening as these hail pieces slammed into our roof with such force I was waiting for them to come through the ceiling.  We were very fortunate in not losing any windows and not receiving more damage.  I did take a whole lot of images though unfortunately I lost them all as our phone decided to crash along with all our information too, at that time.

Although I do love the dramatic colours that these intense storms bring to the countryside transforming the washed out colours with deep tones and hues, the word ‘splendid’ comes to mind.

Luigi has been working hard learning to be a Stock horse, though sometimes he decides that he has had enough and will trot off to join the others, luckily on this day we had a visitor with the perfect transport to bring him back up to the sables.

Jackie-Jackie too has been hard at his schooling with a lot of help from Uncle Maxi as he has not been let out with Maxi and Lily-pup while they are at work as he still has quite a bit of building up of muscles yet to do. 

That however has not stopped him coming out with us …

… when we are bringing in cattle to be feed and …

… soon all the Bulls will be coming in till they go back out again with the cows around October/September again.

The 3.8km fence-line was finished on the 14th of February, which was very exciting for us after all these years. 

Initially we were going to do the line together then El Ranchero decided that we would be using a 5 wire barb instead of Electric as the line runs along a ‘public’ dirt road.

So the Contractors came in and started work back in January, they started by setting all the line posts/gateways …

and by preparing the posts for the struts; the struts are placed there to assist the posts in holding the line up around corners; along the fence-line as tie-down posts and at the gateways too.

A small wedge is made into the post to the opposite side of where the wires are going to run ...



… the wedge is then chiseled out and measured for the ...

... strut, the strut is then measured as well, and then …

… the strut is cut to size before …


.. it is then fitted into that wedge in the post ...

Once that strut is fixed into the post the other end is then placed into a hole that has been dug out, by some? …

… a large rock is then jammed at the base of the strut then …

… that rock is held on place by a steel post that is hammered in hard …

… the steel post is then cut …

… more rocks are placed in for support before it is back filled with concrete and …

… the Contractors repeated this technique twenty two times - yes we did have a number of bends in that fence-line - then the posts were left so that the concrete could set for a week or so before they returned to pull up the barb.

… and for some of us? well we just watched on - as we admired the Contractors skills and methods that were involved in making a five barb fence-line as we too exchanged ideas and stories of fence building.