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and the Old Man WAS snoring, last night – just like every night.

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It certainly wasn’t him who did the rain dance that has brought us 7″ (175mm) of rain last month , and in the 20 days of this month so far, another 5-1/2″ (137mm). Over the next few days another inch or so is forecast. Of course, at the beginning of the season rain dances were popular amongst the farming fraternity – but just like our old friend Hanrahan said, “We’ll all be ‘rooned if it don’t stop soon”.

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… crying over forbidden milk.  And who is crying?  Two big ‘boofy’ bulls.  And why?  Please read on.

They were separated the other day because they were caught still drinking from respective Mums at 18 months old!  AND, those two mobile milk factories are already working overtime, feeding two calves each.

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… and you can see that Kanute, the eternal farmer is doing just that… imagining!

Man... that looks SO good!

Man… that looks SO good!

And I can tell you, it’s a whole lot easier to do now that work has begun.  The ‘invisible’ shed was a little tricky, sometimes.  Kanute’s ‘you beaut ute’ didn’t always get it.  And the new/old tractor found its imagination somewhat taxed, as well.

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There are Men’s Sheds…

and then there are Men at Work on a shed – OUR NEW SHED.  Yippee… we’re over the moon.  You would be, too if your last shed ended up looking like this –

There are no words

There are no words

and the new, you beaut shed has only begun taking shape from 7.30am today, and already, before lunchtime, looks like this –

A picture worth a thousand words!

A picture worth a thousand words!

Sure beats our invisible shed that Kanute has been parking our new you beaut ute in for a week or so!  By early next week, it will have a new you beaut home to live in… and the you beaut tractor will, also!

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Our Australian Ute

When we had our shed fire at the beginning of this year, we lost our trusty old utility (a 1981 Mitsubishi L200).  It wasn’t too valuable really – except to us when we needed to cart stock to and from our local market with our trailer hitched on behind.  And when the paddocks were wet and sludgy, its 4-wheel drive capacity made it possible to still feed out hay to our eager beefies.

Here’s what was left after the fire event – (ironically, our extensive fire-fighting unit and equipment were all on the back – normally out of the shed on high fire risk days, but not on this balmy summer night)

How sad is that?

How sad is that?

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Some Memories fade

… and names can be forgotten as the years roll on.  But at a recent reunion of farmers – ‘Back to Parawa 2013’ – the organisers thoughtfully and most cleverly, had name tags for everyone attending – in BIG WRITING.  As it was 30 years since the last reunion, this was brilliant – especially when they also added the maiden name of the married ladies.  This was particularly helpful for some of us who had not been born and bred in the area, and had no idea of many family connections after marriage and name changes. (more…)

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My HubPages – Farming

  Farmers? Are You Serious?

At last…we had really done it! Moved out of the rat-race, out of the smog. No more rush hours and never-ending traffic jams. No more ‘weekends’ (as we had known them) …nor public holidays…nor that phenomenon known variously as ‘RDO’s’ or ‘flex-off’ days. (To be honest – we go back SO far, t…

The Farmer Needs A Wife…AND The Law of Attraction

…A Partner, A Dog’s-body, A 24/7 Worker, etc., etc. But wait…there’s SO much more! Some years ago an exceptionally experienced Farmer’s wife/Author wrote a Job Specification for exactly what is required of such a Superwoman. And it should be noted…only the most strong-hearted (and muscled)…

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