|Pineapple fruit cake|
Friday on the farm??? Well, Friday was spent getting over Thursday!
Thursday morning Hobo1 suggested we drive to our property at Benaraby (an hours drive away) to pick up the calf cradle ready for the branding job on the weekend. "Just a quick trip down and back," I think were his precise words.
I hadn't been out of the house since a major operation left me with a tummy that hurt as it jiggled around with every move I made. A drive in the farm ute didn't sound too inviting. Still I thought if I packed myself up with a pillow I could take the trip... and I was getting a bit stir crazy!
|Following the Straw Dog|
We hadn't visited this particular paddock since we fixed the fences after the January floods. This was our first surprise - you couldn't find a track anywhere. Every weed and vine known to man I am sure, was growing in gay abandon on the river flat.
(Author note: I thought I had the afternoon to myself but visitors arrived, favourite visitors, my granddaughter and her three little darlings. So here I am back again much later in the day. Where was I up to? Oh, Yes...)
|Little Darling 2 with his Mum|
|Cows and calves on the water|
Our son lives on this property and his children drive an old four wheel drive Nissan up to the front gate to catch the school bus. We decided to walk up and see if the keys were in it. But that involved a 2 km walk through hills and an overgrown paddock.
Down at the well we tried to tow the ute out but found it had dropped over a post and was stuck on it. Another trip up to the house located a chainsaw and with some difficulty balancing over the well, Hobo 1 cut the top off the post. But now Nissie wouldn't work. Her battery was flat. A second balancing act lifted the battery from our ute and it was taken back to Nissie to get her started. Then her battery was re-fitted and finally we were able to jerk the ute free.
Thank goodness for our grandson. He saved me a lot of clambering in and out of vehicles. I only had to direct traffic and provide a communication link between the drivers.
Our quick trip??? Well it took us eight hours! But we did get the cradle and were able to set it up on Friday ready for the arrival of the family on Saturday to help with mustering, dipping and the branding of the calves. But that's a story for another day.
|Watching the branding.|
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