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Ben and Jess There Special Day
Some reflections of working on your own at Colstan Park and some of my Paintings at the bottom of this page
August 7, 2013
Who needs Zumba or jogging to keep fit.
This is not typical for me in the mornings on our 23 acres but certainly not unusual.
My excitement for the day.
Got up about 6.30. Let the dogs out and Mister the horse is at the back door. Ummm I said I must have not put him away properly last night. Called off the yapping dogs and put them inside. Went to get some feed and saw the 4 cows in front garden. Oh dear I said,
So – went checking and they had pushed down the gate near the ramp of the stock yards and it was in a big tangle. By then cows were scattered and horse was pig rooting and cows started rushing around. Oh dear I said.
I went to the dam gate and opened it, got 2 big feed bins on the dam wall and then went and got some pellets. All the animals were in the front area of the house by then, so I went via the back of the house road past the vegi patch down to the bins so they couldn’t see me with the bucket of feed before I was ready for them. No animals were in site. Great I said. Put pellets in 2 bins then called. Well - horse pig rooted his way through the gate. Larry came charging down. Blondie and Curly tried to get through the small gate by the veranda and Moe came via the vegi patch. Much milling around in the vegi patch and then they all eventually came through the vegi patch, over the bank and down to me meeting Larry at the Dam gate. Some of the Ducks learnt to fly this morning and I discovered I am fitter than I thought.
1 horse on Dam wall happily eating, 4 cows lined up at the gate not going through. Oh dear I said
Decided they could work it out between themselves and went to fix the gate.
They had pushed on it and the star picket post is leaning over and the loop for the gate is twisted and the top wire is now VEEEERY loose. I shut it back up as best I could.
By this time the cows were all on their way to me. X##$$@<<:@#
What to do.
In my dressing gown – only – in the damp fog and Reeeeaaally cold morning, I climbed over the rails of the stock yards near Misters feed trough to shut the heavy wooden middle gate between the yards. By then the cows were on the Dam wall so they all started rushing down the paddock path to catch me out. But I fooled them. Yes - I also found out today I am stronger than I thought and shut that gate in jolly quick time.
So - cows and horse are now where they belong, dogs have finally stopped barking, my heart rate is back to normal but I think I will have a lay down. Thank goodness for my Herbie products.
Hope you all have a great day too. Mine is already improving.
August 9, 2013
Oh my Golly Gosh, Guess what just happened. Not foggy this morning but cold, still in my dressing gown but this time I stopped to put my Gum Boots on.
Larry (1 of my cows who got out yesterday) is an escape artist.
I opened the back door again this morning and Larry is standing there. Dam I said. He then ran up towards the sea containers up the back near the chooks. So I followed, at a distance. I’m fairly sure now that’s where he got through today – fresh cow pats. He turned and charged me the @##$@XX#$.
I had to wack him on the nose several times with my gardening glove to stop him. Be still my beating heart. Golly Gosh.
I left him to calm down, and me too, and then got some feed, snuck round the drive way and down to the dam gate. By then Larry was thundering down the road and mister the horse was too, on the other side of the fence from the chooks. I dropped the bucket and ran. I tell you the Italian running of the bulls and Foot Rot Flats have nothing on me. I shut the gate a little later.
Next time? They can all eat my vegis and fruit trees as much as they like. At least there poooop will make it all grow back.
Have a great day everyone. I've just had a double shake and double Tang Kuei. Perhaps another lay down is in order though too.
Have a great day. Mine is already looking good. May be I’ll have a rum instead of a cuppa.
Truly I am ok it was just a bit exciting there for a minute or 20
November 13, 2013
Good Morning. I have not kept up to date with everyone much lately because sometimes no matter how well you plan, the days just happen. Boy have I had a week so far.
Monday I was up at 3.30am to get Eric off to work in Glenden and couldn’t go back to sleep and had a big day but I was still ok by the evening and I was expecting a quiet but busy day in the house on Tuesday with no real excitement. How wrong can you be?
Yesterday Eric phoned at 5.30 am. He had a 6 ½ hr round trip to go for business from Glenden to Emerald. Wallet is in Colstan Park he said. That’s 2 hrs away from him. Dam I said. So OK I said I’ll meet you in Nebo , a 2 ½ hr round trip for me to meet him in the closest town to give him his wallet.
Thank God for my Herbalife Blast Off drink. 1 Litre of water 2 teaspoons of Instant Herbal Beverage and an Orange Lift off Plus I had a Protein shake and NRG. Not surprisingly I was sparking on all cylinders and awake. The journey went smoothly despite the Roos, carrion on the road and birds of prey everywhere and mad drivers. I felt great and NO mini or macro sleeps.
Today another unexpected 1 ½ hr round trip at 7am to take Kalten to catch the bus for a school field trip.
Tomorrow I have promised myself a quiet day.
I hope you all have a great day today and every day too, and keep well and happy. I know I am. Life is good. Rushed but good
November 14, 2013
I caught this gorgeous Goanna yesterday Pic is below and he is about 1.3 meters long. He had attacked my nesting duck for her eggs. Poor Mrs Duck is now blind in one eye. I baited the cage with her remaining eggs and wammo. I took him to a lovely Lizard resort about 500 meters away, sand dunes shade and a beautiful bubbling brook with a deep billabong too. I hope they are not territorial and he makes his way back. I’ll have to wait and see I guess. Poor Mrs Duck was a bit stressed and injured for a while but she is mended now except for her eye.
There is always something exciting happening here living in the bush.
July 12th 2014
I used to think that as I get older the days will get a little less busy.
Who am I kidding?
Last week on Saturday we celebrated our 45th wedding anniversary and 48 years since we met, with my wonderful husband. We have 2 wonderful children my son Sam and daughter Karen, a daughter in law Melissa and son in law Richie and 5 wonderful Grandchildren. Love you all.
We spent 15 fantastic years working and exploring in arid hot northern W.A, in an Iron Ore Mine town called Paraburdoo, where our children were born and then 30 years in Glenden where they grew up. Absolutely terrific exciting years together. Now a new life in Sarina
Saturday was like any other day here working with Eric side by side hard on the property. There is always something that needs fixing, building, planting, weeding or watering and then there is the best part – Harvesting. Every day we tend to and feed 3 cows 1 horse 20 ducks 3 turkeys and 6 chooks all mostly free range, plus collecting eggs from hidey holes all around the property. We are expecting about 20 turkey poults to hatch any day now and ducks are also sitting plus tend the vegi garden and pick what is ready – yum.. And then there are the tasks like on Wednesday I had to dig a trench 4 meters long 15 inches deep to relocate the grey water pipe and still be in Sarina by 10am, which I did.
On reflection I am as busy as I want to be and feel blessed that I have the energy to spend my time on our beautiful retirement property here on the Sarina Range. Eric officially retires on the 31st October and I am really looking forward to NOT having to get cows out of the house yard or the orchard or off the road on my own - Moe has big horns. Or catch and pen baby ducks to protect them from crows , water rats or Goannas or relocate Goannas or Pythons from my laundry or chook pen and try and avoid bitie type snakes - not always successfully, thank God it was a dry bite. Life is good, tiring sometimes, always busy and often exciting and occasionally even a little bit dangerous, but good.
I wish you all the blessing of a long and an exciting and wonderful life like mine. Life is what you make it. Be happy.
another day in the saga of Colstan Park
Eric and Wendy