Monday, 18 February 2013
We've had a special visitor these past few days. A beautiful young lady who has fit so easily into our family life, here as part of her Uni course 'farm placement'.
A third year Veterinary Science student at Townsville's James Cook University, Kathryn is not only intelligent and willing to lay her hand to anything, but also warm, friendly, funny, hard-working and receptive to small children clambering for attention.
I want to keep her.
We've round-upped, mowed, fenced, worked cattle, needled puppies, flushed heifers and travelled to Bottle Tree in her first five days, though the rain is about to halt proceedings with the next couple of days planned cattle work having to be postponed due to inclement weather.
Tomorrow we'll head to town with our non-freezing freezer, the contents of which including one bullock and three pigs having been transferred to a cooler environment. If a new freezer is required, this will be my third in two years. They don't make them like they used to.
The trip to town will allow Kathryn and I the opportunity to duck out to a bull sale which starts tomorrow for a quick squiz.
With weather supposedly clearing by Wednesday, we'll hopefully head back to Bottle Tree then for some preg-testing and fly treatment.
Meanwhile, these puppies are growing like weeds and proving to be super time-wasters. I want to keep all of them too.