Sunday, 13 July 2014

This Sunday

I've been feeling sorry for myself all day.

Firstly, saddened to farewell three decks of beautiful heifers to the feedlot, where after a hundred days of grain, will become grainfed beef.

Realistically, far too good to become steak burgers, these girls should have been breeders. Impeccable temperament and good types of heifers, unfortunately seasonal conditions and monetary requirements dictated these couldn't be kept.

And secondly I farewelled my two beautiful oldest daughters back to school in town.

(old photo)

Always a long drive home.


  1. I think you have a right to feel sorry for yourself and a bit down. I can't imagine how hard it is to see your girls back to school I can only compare it to my feeling of leaving family and not knowing when I'll see them again. I hope tomorrow is better and that the girls enjoy this term. It also must be so hard to see all that hard work and what was a panned future change. Hopefully the weather improves one of these day and you can build everything back up and breed some more beautiful ladies.

  2. Life…always throwing us curveballs.
    You're doing a superb job x

  3. I reckon it's only about 10 weeks until the next school holidays Fiona, not that I'm counting! Although with boarding school looming on the horizon for us, I wish to heck everything would slow down .....

  4. Onwards and upwards! Life goes at a tremendously fast pace sometimes doesn't it? Still, there's always something good around the corner.

  5. I love your blog as it is so different from my life here in northern california and I enjoy your family's incredible work ethic. I'm sure you have probably read it but in case you haven't I recently re-read Road from Coorian and the description of drought and schools made me think of you. I lived in Australia for two years in the 70's but in a city (Melbourne) not the country. It seems you have a perfect life but, of course, I'm sure you work hard for that illusion. Keep going and those beautiful children will be home before you know it.

  6. Chin up old girl, unlike the heifers, the girls will be home soon again. (and you are not alone, we've the crème de la crème of heifers, that have been through and culls taken out three times already, about to face the same fate)

    But hey! the feed might be drying off but there's still feed there, and at least you were able to off load them. Silver lining and all that.

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  8. There are so many challenges and feelings involved in the country life that you have brought to surface in your blog. I love that you're so honest and open. School holidays will roll around again before you know it :)

  9. Oh bugger...............yes we had to sell our pregnant heifers but thankfully someone further south with grass brought them.......I was so relieved...........
    sad house here tonight too..............had a great holiday though................

  10. Oh dear - big hugs!!! My boarding school moments begin next year.

    I know the frustration of drought - it is hitting us hard here too... been very lucky to find grassy homes for our females, and hanging in hoping not to have to sell too many more. Come ON Hughie!

  11. The holidays go so fast, don't they? Hopefully the term will too, and they'll soon be back. I'm sitting here amazed at the size of that truck!!

  12. Ahh Fiona, that's hard! It's all just going way too fast isn't it? I'm only 2 years off my eldest going to High School and it honestly feels like she's just at the beginning of her schooling....must be only 9 more weeks till the next holidays, I'm sure it will be here before you know it x



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