Mustering at Kilcowera

August 17, 2013

Hereford cattle at Cardenyabba Lagoon

We start our next round of mustering on the first of September, what a great way to to get into spring!  The helicopter is booked, the musterers are booked, the plane and bikes are ready to go –  horses too.  This muster is really about trying to find all the naughty little weaners who did not stay in their new paddocks when they were put into them in April, they went everywhere!

Yarding up cattle at Kilcowera Station.

Yarding up cattle at Kilcowera Station.

Heading for HOME!!!!

August 10, 2013

The gorgeous young dancers on board our ship.

The gorgeous young dancers on board our ship.

Home, home at last!  Tonight sees me staying at St George in a motel, my last night away, it’s hard to believe that I have been away from home for 3 and a half weeks.  The time has just gone soo fast!   I have had a great time, but as always, am looking forward to getting home to one’s husband, doggies and gardens, and all the other things that make up my life at Kilcowera.  The visitors, the varied jobs I have to do and of course unpacking the car and rediscovering all the goodies I have brought home.

Bloody hell, I have some more plants!  I still haven’t planted out the last lot I got from my Mum in Brisbane – so my green house is going to be very full!  I shoulda brought some potting mix home to pot up some of these plants, but I didn’t have enough room in the car!  That poor old car has carried some mighty loads home I can tell you! Don’t know if I’m quiet legal to tell the truth – but we won’t split hairs or lose any sleep over it.

I believe that my veggie garden has been going gangbusters in my absence ( it always happens ), all the tomatoes did get ripe, even though it was cold and Greg, Di and Dave have had tomatoes coming out of their ears and into the pickling jars.  Thanks Di!  I now have just a few more seedlings to keep us going in the veggie department – seeing as spring is just around the corner.  By, by cabbages and broccoli and hello to cucumbers, more tomatoes, watermelons, eggplant and okra.

So one more night out of the kitchen, I’m off to the RSL for dinner doo da, doo da!!  Thinking about what I have in the car apart from plants, there’s beer, fruit and veg, bread, chickens, stationary for the office – books, wooden spoons, pots, pans, knives, towels and electrical goods purchased at garage sales this morning.  Yes, I was out on the prowl at 6 am, fossicking around the ‘burbs looking for a bargain!  And then a bit of last minute shopping to fill up my last esky with stuff for our relieving managers who probably will appreciate some different fruit and veg before heading off to the next property.

Oh I forgot to tell you where I have been!  Mum and I spent 2 weeks in Cambodia and Vietnam –  it was super interesting, at times mind boggling and has cured my craving to travel overseas – at least for a while.  I think next time, if there is a next time,  I might try somewhere where English is more widely spoken!  But oh WOW, I truly DO understand that we are STILL lucky to live in Australia, no matter how fast it is changing. 🙂

Our luxurious cabin on board the Marguerite which trots up and down the Mekong River.

Our luxurious cabin on board the Marguerite which trots up and down the Mekong River.

This is where stacks of the people live and either fish or farm for a living.

This is where stacks of the people live and either fish or farm for a living.