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Sunday, 30 March 2014

88 ... Two Fat Ladies

What a difference a week makes.


Eighty-eight millimetres of rain emptied from the Bottle Tree rain guage during this weekend's visit.  And though falls of over five hundred mils were reported not far from us, only forty-nine fell at Rock Wallaby.



Meatworks cattle were trucked.



Late afternoons enjoyed.


Fat heifers admired.


Unfit horses ridden.







And the very last of the calves branded.



Sally has had a very rough weekend, as sick as I've ever seen her.  Burning fevers resulting in sleepless nights and quite likely a doctor's visit tomorrow.

Our weekend's are never dull.

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  1. Oh poor Sally .... would have been downright unbearable with the sultry weather.
    Take care x

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    1. A doctor's visit yesterday revealed a chest infection Ainsley but hopefully with some medication she's now on the mend. Was a very humid weekend ... great grass-growing weather!

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  2. Beautiful Fiona, especially the cloud formation in photo # 12 (?)! Rain is the norm here but I know how precious it is in your corner of the world (providing it does not come all at once!)
    Blessings,

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    1. Couldn't begin to imagine living in a wet climate Noelle. Guess I'd be complaining about that as much as I now do about the dry ... we farmers do a little bit of that!

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  3. You can see everywhere has perked up with the rain - and what a magnificent animal that heifer is in the 6th photo. Get well wishes from the other side of the globe to Sally, hope she feels much better soon (and no-one else catches the same bug).

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    1. Thanks Jenny, Sally has already turned the corner I think, and I'm also crossing all fingers that nobody else succumbs. That particular heifer has a story of course. When her group of peers came to Rock Wallaby to be weaned, she decided she liked living in the house paddock with the milkers, not in the rough heifer paddock with all her mates. Subsequently she lived the high life, enjoying grain and special treats and so is in much better condition than her sisters. It took some sweet talking on my part to keep her from ending up in the freezer.

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  4. I hope Sally will feel better soon, keeping my fingers crossed.
    These are amazing photos Fiona. If I had to pick a favourite, it would probably be number 5, or the one with the two calves. Cx

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    1. Thanks Christina, a few of those photos were taken at that special time late in the day when the light makes everything look wonderful. My poor much loved camera is slowly dying I suspect, having a lot of trouble with focus ... hopefully it doesn't accidentally fall in a trough!

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  5. look at how everything has freshened up. The weather up here is behaving like a sulky teenager, with the humidity suddenly skyrocketing and making everyone rather sticky and grumpy. (especially after last weeks' cooler mornings making me think that autumn had arrived with the flick of a calendar page! which doesn't normally happen up here). So with the heat we are badly in need of a good drink as well.

    Hope Sal is on the mend soon, sounds like a nasty virus (hopefully not Cue Fever or the like?!!) I see Jess has a new take on cattle yard fashion but wondering how protective the PJ's might be against the elements, even though she would for sure be feeling quite cool!

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    1. What a sultry weekend indeed Sharon, though of course much more unbearable if you hadn't had rain beforehand. Of course no complaints, though a little run-off into dams would have made the smiles even broader.
      Sal's had a better night than the previous three, the marvel of antibiotics. She was as sick as I've ever had a child, was quite worrying actually.

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  6. I hope Sally feels better soon. Any rain is good rain, as they say. X

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    1. Indeed, any rain is good rain Jackie. We're sitting pretty and are very grateful for that. Sally is on the mend, will be back terrorising her siblings in no time at all I'm sure.

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  7. Hey Sal, buck up I need you for my netball team! XXOOXX.

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    1. She's on the mend Nev.
      Netball team? Are you captain or coach?
      The parents played a social game at school last Friday night while the kids discoed ... being a mixed team it proved far more competitive and a little more contact involved than perhaps the rules allow ... lots of fun, though we came off sweat-drenched and red-faced on what was an extremely sultry night.

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    2. Make sure you keep your skills up. Now I have good legs Í'm coming to get you.

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  8. What beautiful photos of amazing countryside love the escarpments in the afternoon. Hope Sally feels better already.

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    1. Thanks Louise ... that magic light at end of day makes everything look better. And yes, Sally is already on the mend thankfully. We are very infrequent visitors to the doctor, but I certainly appreciate their work when needed.

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  9. It sounds very busy at your place. It is looking beautiful although I know you would love more rain. I hope Sally gets better quickly and everyone else stays healthy.

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  10. So glad you got some too... we ended up with 74mm - a little more up in our northern paddocks. Much needed, and we could easily have handled some more! Let's hope we get that warm weather and a little follow-up so we don't end up in a 'green drought'!
    :-)

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  11. Look at all that growth! Hope you are having a great break and continue to get more rain up there....will you be on the receiving end of the after effects of the cyclone?

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  12. Miss your updates! Hope everything is going well!

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