Wednesday, 25 April 2018

... our new workers ...


By Simone McPherson

Last week was the sixth week since the Horses were last shod, so it was off into town to get new shoes once again …

… this time it was just Luigi who was getting new shoes and Rusty? …

… well, since Luigi has been hard at his ‘Schooling’ El Ranchero …

has decided that Rusty can have a well-earned spell which means that she gets to have her shoes taken off …

Now, this is Luigi’s third shoeing, so he is still a novice as far as shoeing is concerned …

The farrier does one side first, starting with his front feet …

… once his hoof has been cleaned and his old nail trimmed his shoe is then measured and adjusted for his foot - the farrier then fixes the shoe to the hoof …

… safely tying the nails off as he goes …

And then filing the nails back as well as the hoof before proceeding to …

… the back feet and then starting the procedure all over again …

And while I wait I take advantage of the picturesque landscape – the region is mainly used for cropping as they have a wonderful rich dark heavy soils suited so well to Cropping.

 And on the subject of Cropping, we had a luncheon invitation to friends of ours who have just invested in a small Cropping property ... 


... much to El Rancheros envy – an hour South East to where we live.

The sweet house was situated in a charming garden that was very lovingly planted quite a number of years ago …

… with many fruiting trees like this beautiful Fig – much to my envy and …

… they have unlimited water here as they are situated on a river bank with a very deep waterhole …

… which allows plenty of water to the garden – and that lovely tree there in the background is an old Macadamia tree …

… there was also a huge variety of Lemons, Oranges, Mandarins as well as Callistemons and Acacias, some Crepe Mertyls and a very beautiful Lemon Scented Gum, just Heavenly to have so many wonderful trees and a lawn too, around the house which keeps down all that dust much to my envy …

… then there was the Soil – that we would have ‘died’ for just incredible wonderful dark rich chocolate soils, you see the Property is on what they call ‘Brigallow Balah’ country which means that it has very rich deep open clay soils that are superb for Cropping and finishing off Cattle when pastures are sown …

And as we drove around we came down to the River, not a Creek but a River, though these days a lot of the water is taken up by a big ‘Feed-Lot’ with over 70,000 head of Cattle and the Cotton farmers which are further West …

… however I could not get over the size of the Queensland River Gums that lined the river bank ...

... I have not seen such Majestic examples of this species at all, as to what these were, just incredible … And we had such an enjoyable afternoon being introduced to their lovely plot of land; we wished our 'Dear' friends good Fortune in their new Venture, though from what we could see they were already on the ‘right’ track.

While out and about the other day we stopped in to check on our mail box as I had received a delightful text earlier that morning from one of our lovely new neighbours who have a 'Weekender' near by ...

... to let me know that there was a 'Surprise' in the letterbox for my little garden … I was intrigued …

… Oh! My Goodness … are they Worms for the garden? …

El Ranchero had other ideas, though I was quick to advise him to the contrary …

So on the way back we gathered five bags of Leaf Mulch and once …

… home we eagerly buried our 'New Workers' in plenty of soil, watering them all in, and then topping them all off with Leaf Mulch so that they would have a great head start in their new occupation - making beautiful soil for my little gardens …

Oh! And look – we’ve had a little rain overnight … now that is a good start! I had better get myself organised and start on those little gardens ...