In what proved to be one of the worst timing scenarios for the year, we'd planned to start branding on what was one of the hottest days of the year thus far.
After a refreshing smoko at home,
we hit the road to Bottle Tree to gather some breeders. Our usual branding ritual involves mustering breeders, drafting in the afternoon and an early start the following morning to brand the calves in the cool of the early morning. Repeat.
With the alarm sounding at four am, furnace was lit and brands were hot for a five o'clock start this morning.
About fifteen stud calves in, down came the rain. Much needed, but not on branding day. Hot brands, wet calves and never the twain shall meet.
We headed back to camp for a much earlier breakfast than anticipated, the rain amounting to nothing measurable, but enough to cease proceedings for an hour or so.
This fellow spied upon the way.
With bellies full of bacon and eggs, we re-grouped and re-started.
Some keener than others.
Wallace participated in his annual cook-off, disappointed as always at the lack of persons willing to sample his wares.
Home this evening to feed and water animals, we'll head back for another lap tomorrow. With storms rumbling around us I'm a little hopeful of a wash-out.