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Sunday, 13 December 2015

Summer Days


With the older three home from school and the door firmly closed on Sally's school-room for the year, it's time to get down to business.


The three girls and I headed to Bottle Tree to put out the last of the working bulls and dip a few cows.


This sweetheart obviously didn't get the memo that it's been a little dry.



Cattle have picked up remarkably in the past month after close to three inches of rain fell at Bottle Tree.  Unfortunately the heat of recent days is seeing the green turn a little blue, but hopefully more storms are on the way.


Calves are a little later than usual, and branding will wait another month.  We'll be sure to get a round done before our workforce heads back to school.



This pesky beggar was hanging out with the first calf heifers. A long way from purebred, he looked to have a fair dash of kelpie in him.


Jess is enjoying a new young horse.  A half brother to Sally's Chikita, he's a whole lot more life in him than her old steed, who's been retired after many years of faithful service.




Sarah's old spotted horse is also new to the plant, after losing her old black Bob.  He's a bit of an old plugger but is filling a gap until we find something else.



Wallace couldn't join us, he'd been appointed team-leader of Grandad's pre-Christmas crabbing operation.
 
In other exciting news ...


we've a learner driver in our midst.


By my calculations, I'll have L plates on my car for the next six  years.  Should have nerves of steel by 2022!

Thank you all so much for your lovely comments on my return to blogging.  It's a wonderful community that I've missed greatly.

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Tap, Tap ... Anyone still There?

It's almost one year since I last wrote on this blog ... and I've truly missed it.  Particularly disconcerting, the fact that my camera sits dusty and forlorn in the office, barely touched.  I'm seriously considering a return to blogging for just one more year. 2016 will mark Sarah's last year of secondary school and Sally's last year of primary school, special milestones that certainly deserve to be captured.

So what have we been up to?
Here's the fast-forwarded version of 2015 (with limited photos):

Sally entered Year 5 with Distance Ed.


Not without its challenges.  But change has been embraced and Sal's learnt an independence needed for this form of schooling. Mum's learning that there isn't much that can't be resolved with coffee, deep breaths, a Bex and a good lie down.

I lost another to boarding school, one of many Queensland children farewelled to high school in Year 7 for the first time.


Though he's excelled I still feel robbed of that one extra year.


So now there are three in town ... Years 7, 9 and 11.  Sal's risen to the occasion, taking on all chores on the afternoon roster, though eagerly passes the baton on the weekends these make it home.

Jess turned 14 ...


and celebrated with store-bought birthday cake.  Gasp.

Our weekends are still mostly spent at Bottle Tree, with Rock Wallaby still not having sold.



A much welcomed increase in cattle prices this year, and hopefully an above average wet season to come may help in hurrying activity along on the selling front. El Nino, El Schmino.

We welcomed this little one to the family:



The very gorgeous and somewhat spoilt Penny who has captured our hearts like I could never have imagined.  She's even allowed in the house.


Gasp.

Tropical Cyclone Marcia dumped some hard and fast rain on us,


resulting in one dam blow-out,


but most importantly, plenty of this green gold.



Mum had her hair cut off.


The big fella added to his.


Just for fun, we started a new little food venture in partnership with some wonderful friends, extolling the virtues of grassfed, local beef and sharing the low'n'slow cooking technique of Texas Barbecue with the masses.



I'm loving it. Certain others may not be as excited.

Our annual end of year trips to Victoria, doing embryo work are underway, with two under our belt, one December trip remaining.  Having promised Sally a trip, she accompanied us just this past week.



Seeing Pharlap a definite highlight for everyone.

The school year is now coming to an end, Sally's last assessment piece submitted yesterday, the big kids being collected from school Wednesday.  And we're looking forward to Christmas by the beach.

Excited by all the end of year activity to come and great opportunities in 2016.

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