After a compressor melt-down, our cold room is back in fully functional mode and this weekend welcomed two fat porkers.
They will be converted into Christmas hams, bacon, sausages, ribs, chops, pork belly and all manner of other porky goodness in coming days.
While Sarah oversaw proceedings with boundless teenage enthusiasm,
Jess manned the hydraulics, a job I gladly handed down the line.
Too fast on the down and Dad gets splashed with hot water. Or doinged on the head with the forks. Too slow and his hand motioning becomes a blur of irritation. You've won yourself a job for life Jess.
Humidity levels were incredible, as were excitement levels as the anticipation of rain spread through the ranks.
Every cloud studied, every distant roll of thunder noted, phone batteries were run flat as we studied the radar at every opportunity. And unfortunately all to no avail. Three millimetres falling Saturday and another three Sunday, not quite the fanfare we were hoping for. Nevertheless, there are plenty in worse situations than us, and with rain predicted for the rest of the week, we're
confident hopeful the gaps will fill in.
With no wet weather to keep us indoors, much of the weekend was spent working on the new feed yards.
Sarah's brief appearance at the yards providing a break from her long list of assignments and study.
Sally passing comment to Dad after an afternoon of standing posts, that she wished she had assignments.
Jess and I spent Sunday afternoon running out molasses while the radar indicated that everybody else in Central Queensland was receiving rain.
I've since heard that wasn't the case. One friend receiving no rain, but a lightning strike which burnt out 3000 acres.
Who are we to complain?
Wallace and Sally spent their lunch break fashioning bows and arrows.
Mulberry tree branches far superior to Poinciana if you were ever in doubt.
Jess spying them from atop the molasses trailer stalking Squatter Pigeons at the yards, while Dad split posts and was not requiring their offsiding services.
All Squatter Pigeons and baby rabbits remain unharmed.
Hoping to post some huge rainfall reports in coming days.