The high humidity has brought with it afternoon thunder storms, unfortunately only 10 mm falling at home, but much more at Chabo and Bottle Tree.
The pool was absolutely beautiful, and as always happens, nobody wanted to get out.
Stern warnings ensued, threats of 'never, ever, ever, ever' returning to the pool again followed,
until finally bribery by way of jelly-tip ice-creams meant they all came clambering for their towels.
This weekend, instead of harassing our own cattle, we drove hundreds of kilometres to bother somebody else's.
A 'fixed-time-AI program', saw us artificially inseminate 130 droughtmaster heifers Saturday afternoon. Our seven children toiled in the back-yards, keeping cattle up to us at the coalface.
I was given the cleanest task of keeping 'guns' loaded. These two lads helped, retrieving frozen straws from the liquid nitrogen tank.
Cattle and kids worked beautifully,
and in only a few hours we'd hopefully turned these maiden heifers into expectant mamas. We'll return in 35 days to preg-test, when all will be revealed.
Sunday we headed to Bottle Tree and Chabo,
where 40 mm of storm rain has helped push some green pick through.
Kids explored gullies that have been running all year,
tasting the very minerally water
and searching for living creatures.
This lone emu the most exciting sighting for the weekend.
With a La Nina weather pattern returning to the Southern Hemisphere, these babies should have a good headstart.
The kids have christened this Bottle Tree dam Swan Lake,
with black swans having been sighted here on our past couple of visits.
For a pleasant change, we made it home in daylight, though not everybody fully enjoying the scenic drive,
Mama Pig, who we'd thought may have provided us with a new round of play-things in our absence, provided nothing but great disappointment for the troops.
And so now the race is on each morning to see who will be first to discover when Mama does have her babies.
Dad's flown to Melbourne this morning to assist with some embryo work and kids are home due to a student-free day. There is mowing to be done and room tidying. Everybody's thrilled.