The Big Day arrived. The girls being harnessed and then put onto the pole with last minute adjustments made by the masters; my wonderful husband and our dear friend Merv, then.... it was time to board and test the mares working with their new britching. A big sigh of relief as they handled it exceptionally well going down steep inclines... a few more lessons in taking the weight on their bums and we should be good to go in the dray - yeah!!!
Last year I was privileged to have a dear friend 'offer' to build me a buckboard (well, when we visited him he said...'and I don't know what to do with these two wheels'...to which I promptly suggested what he could do with them! and look what one can do with two wheels!!!) Well, he is visiting at the moment and what better time to test the buckboard out. An outstanding success...all I have to do now is paint it and away we go.
Warming the girls up in the slide as they have not been out for ages.
As the trees grow, so does the netting! Also, I have come up with a great idea of sewing netting to shade cloth which helps to get the net onto the tree and is sooo much easier to take off! So, when the job is so big, take the machine out to the job! and a helping hand never goes astray!
The recent Moon event saw my nephew and his wife visiting us. What a treat it was to be able to enjoy their company and his passion for photography. If you look very closely you will see a faint blue sphere which was not visible to the naked eye. I just love his wife's explanation of it being an aura and sign of blessings abundant on Yarralong!
Ahhh, you thought it was just 'little boys' who liked to play with fire didn't you! It would appear that young cattle are equally mesmerised by fire.
The days now just beckon one to be outside. I have climbed our little hill and the view is spectacular. It is of course a Clayton's view - not all of the scenery is Yarralong. And of course, when one is out walking who else comes along and finds things to play on.
There is something special and magical about water, particularly when it is flowing through what was previously a dry creekbed
All I wanted was a dam in front of the house for the ducks and geese... No was the stern reply and so what was the alternative? Grab a shovel and start digging! The ducks and geese just love it and now, so too do the goslings.
The next two photos show one of the many dams - full to overflowing. What a beautiful sight it is too...and then there are the walks in the saturated paddocks. Harmony is picking her way carefully through it all.
Sarali is pictured with her three poddy calves. The fourth one arrived two days ago. (The first calf is on another cow....thank heavens sighs Sarali!) Like most animal mothers, she is just so tolerant of offspring - even adopted ones, here is Sinatra chewing on her ear whilst the other two continue to suckle!
Well, as usual, what a busy time we have been having. The drought feeding was one thing, but it went to a whole new level once all of this rain arrived, continues to arrive and is forecast to bless us some more! Where once there was a road, there is now a quagmire and poses different challenges for my dear husband. Luckily, it is warmer and the grass is growing so that their rations can be missed on the odd day.
Manna from heaven and another poddy calf arrives. Our guest named him Frankie, shortly to be Floppy Frankie. We discovered that he has a muscular problem - one that he is striving to overcome as you can see from the photos.
Most people have carved ornaments atop their gate posts - I have live ones! And then my friends continue on our walk - the dogs at this point were swimming/sloshing in some deeper water nearby. It is just so picturesque to see the water. Such a shame that the sound does not come with the photos.
My young friend, from a property in Queensland, was able to get in a ride or two on Nellie. (with Frankie in the background) Needless to say that when it does stop raining and the sun comes out for more than a few hours, the season will be truly amazing and picturesque! Joy to the soul and heart.
Recently I was given a day old calf. The dear little poppet was cold and tiny and so there was no hesitation in wrapping her up and placing her on a dog bed in front of the fire. Her first feed was by syringe and here she is, on the second feed using a teat. A day of lying in the sun and being fed every four hours brings this remarkable recovery of the calf following Saxophone out to the dairy where she drinks from Hyacinth under Sax's watchful eye.
Young Miss Sapphire was weaned on Tuesday and so the team and I went down at lunch to see how she and Topaz were getting along.
Recently we had seen echidnas on the move, rain gnats and black cockatoos; all old bush signs pre-empting rain. And..... magnificent rain has followed. The weather bureau informs us that more is on the way. It is rather sloshy at the moment as the stock mill around their feeders. Here's hoping that enough rain falls to raise the water table levels.Needless to say the cold will also set in - but the joy of that sitting by the cosy wood fire reading a book. It is something I aspire to achieving as it looks soooo good in the movies!
A lucky chance of being out in the paddocks with the iphone camera to catch the superb rose colours of dusk as evening settled on the dampened landscape.