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Tuesday, 18 December 2012

If You Can't Stand the Heat in the Kitchen ...

... get outside and brand some calves.


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.

11 comments:

  1. Nice sunrise shot and the watermelon looks delicious. It was hellishingly hot down here too; G went fencing until lunchtime then spent the afternoon in front of the tv catching up on some of his gruesome shows...after all, we are on holidays! I went to town to finish the Xmas shopping. Heading off to the airport tomorrow to pick the boy up (again). Can't wait to see him. Mare.

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  2. humdity risen tenfold in these parts, and some good rainfalls reported of up to 8"!! but just not here (or on any of our paddocks!) but good things come to those that wait. Or else I will have melted into a puddle, I've even been looking for houseworky things to do to stay in the cool!

    We'll do our big brand up in late January. I do hope its not as silly hot as 42 degrees though...

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  3. Here in Brisbane yesterday was a swelter house.
    Thankfully not 42c.
    Last night the sky put on a show, plenty of flashes and rumbles, regrettably very little of the water stuff. Maybe today???? After I have done my shopping at Toowong - ha ha! Then it can bucket down all it likes.
    Cheers
    Colin

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  4. Hey love, thanks for the comments on my blog. Much love to you and yours this Christmas. Can't wait to catch up in the New Year. Niki x

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  5. WELL ALL I CAN SAY IS IT'S VERY COMFORTABLE IN THE AIR CONDITIONING, LISTENING TO THE STEREO 0N THE PADDED SEAT ( IN THE NEW TRACTOR OF COURSE ).
    MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE.
    PS. RECKON THE RAIN WILL COME FOR MOST OF US AROUND CHRISTMAS - NEW YEAR WEEK.

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  6. Hi Fiona
    Warm greetings from a dairy farm close to Johannesburg, South Africa. Just want to say a big 'thank you' for brightening my days with your blog and especially your lovely photographs. May you have a wonderful Festive Season!
    Dinki Hyde
    Hydeaway Jerseys

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    1. Thanks so much Dinki. I've a very soft spot for my own beautiful Jerseys, three of whom are due to calve between Xmas and New Year ... a blog post there for sure! Hope the season is treating you favourably in South Africa and you and yours enjoy a beautiful Christmas.

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  7. I certainly don't envy you having to brand in this heat. My father-in-law's camped out in Marlborough right now too and he's not enjoying it at all. Wishing you and your family a wonderful (and cooler) Christmas.

    xx Susan

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  8. Is that a dingo?
    Lucky you having such good helpers around the farm!
    Have a wonderful Christmas Fiona! Hopefully the weather aligned for you and u got the rest of the branding done.

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  9. Is Wallace cooking something disgusting?

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  10. I think I'd die in that heat, I don't know how you can be out in it, working!

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