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.