Wednesday, 16 May 2018

... which was exciting ...


by Simone McPherson
A number of weeks ago in-fact on the last day of April I was still busy working in my little gardens attempting to get as much done as I could before the light vanished altogether.  However I became acutely aware of another light that was rising very fast in the Eastern evening sky …

… It would have been the most incredible Full Moon sighting I have seen for quite a while … I just dropped everything I was doing and dashed into the house to retrieve my Camera … and I just made it!  And the most exciting thing is that I had forgotten about the images and it was only a few days ago that I down-loaded my Camera to my absolute delight … I was beside myself as I could not believe that I had captured such a brilliant sight.

Now that I have got my breath back, I have also been busy setting in the new little gardens ready to fill with soil, then plant out and while organising the positions for the gardens I have also been adjusting and rearranging my rock steps …

… I’ve planted out a whole lot of 'Scarlet' Petunias around the Villa Franca Lemons, for that lovely splash of colour over the winter months and …

… I have also been picking Chilli’s, picking so many Chilli’s now that I have been giving away my sweet chilli, ginger and garlic sauce by the bucket loads which I must confess as I am bias, is so delicious that I even …

… have it on my Breakfast in the mornings … yes I must also confess that I am a Salad-aholic, besides I can no longer digest wheat these days nor pulses or carbohydrates to a degree and as a result I have changed my eating habits; well quite a bit and I do feel a lot better for it, I seem to have more energy …

… the beautiful ‘McLeod’s Daughters’ rose that I received as a gift a number of years ago by a dear Girlfriend has been flowering profusely with the arrival of the cooler weather to the delight of the Bee's.

The Bougainvillea’s, well as usual I keep cutting them back, removing all the old flowers – even though they are really not flowers – and they just keep returning with even more vibrant colour I just adore these plants for this harsh environment …

Last week we were busy with the Cattle as it was weaning time, all the Mobs are brought up to the Yards though still keeping each Mob separate as there are first year calvers, second year calvers and then the mature Cows who all have different needs …

… firstly they are mustered then they are brought up to the yards with the help of Lily Pup and Maxi boy …

… and these girls can be very strongwilled and determined however so are Lily Pup and Maxi boy when it comes to their job …

However Jackie-Jack has to just watch from the sidelines as he is not quite ready to go into a Mob of Cows and Calves yet even ...

... though he tries to convince us to the contrary.

The calves are then drafted from their Mama’s with the help from our Stock Agent as we also sell the calves on site that we do not need for our ‘future Breeders’ …

… El Ranchero does some last minute adjustments on the ‘Crush’ before we proceed ...

… they are run up the ‘race’ where El Ranchero and our Stock Agent ascertain as to who is staying on an who is leaving … however all the Steers are sold at this time as we need the young Heifers as our ‘Future’ cows.

And before we go any further our Buyers arrive …

… reversing their Cattle Truck up to the ‘race’ ready once all the calves have been weighed, sighted ...

... drafted and an agreed upon price has been set … and with technology now days everything can be done at the Yards.   Just a brilliant way to go for all parties  involved …

And after a couple of hours we are all ready, and the sold calves are loaded on the Cattle Truck and off to their new abode, of which I hear is glorious plowed and sown pastures …

We also finally managed to organise a day too, with our friends to start on our ‘Working Bee’ at the Fishing Hut …

… and what a brilliant day it was, especially when you have very willing and enthusiastic, happy hands to help along the way …

The girls even brought a ‘Fishing Hut’ welcoming present a gorgeous old ‘Chip Heater’.  I was told that these heaters where once all, the norm throughout the Schools in Queensland to keep the classrooms warm during the winter months …

… how wonderful is that and to know now that the old 'Chip Heater' has a second life here down at the old Fishing Hut.  We did a trial run and it draws perfectly what a great start …

However once we finished for the day, though we still had a lot more to do however we all had made quite a dent, thanks to all those 'Happy Hands'…

… which was exciting and before we knew it the day had gone and we were all busy organising ... 

... another day down at the ‘Fishing Hut’