Kilcowera Station Homestead
Kilcowera Station Homestead in Outback Queensland

We have had a quick trip to Brisbane to buy a mini bus and decided on a Toyota Hiace Commuter, to ferry our guests around in.  Also visited my Mum who lives in Brisbane.  She was getting ready to drive out to Dajarra to visit her husband who runs the roadhouse there.   He has just gotten a liquor license for the place and so Mother was buying lots of cheap grog and things for his new bar and loading her car up.  She also had 2 glass display cabinets belted up in the back seat, assorted groceries and fruit and vegetables. 

We had asked our dear old friend, Beryl, the VISE lady, if she would like to come out for a visit once more and she agreed in about 2 minutes.  So we picked her up in Toowoomba, loaded the bus up with all manner of supplies and drove home via Quilpie where the youngest daughter lives. 

We then had a very busy week getting the quarters and campground all gussied up for the guests we were having over the Easter weekend. They were mostly Angela’s army friends and some work colleagues and a few tourists as well. 

Waterfall at Kilcowera Station Outback Queensland

We went swimming, yabbying, bbqing, touring, lazing around Cardenyabba Lagoon cooking dampers and eating too much. We had the odd little tipple too.  So Easter was good but went so fast.  Everyone dispersed back to where they came from, Beryl flew back to her place after a week and a half here and a day or 2 after that she was going to Townsville for a nieces’ wedding.  Such energy for an 80 something year old! 

Since then we have had a few visitors, mostly flying in.  It seems the general populace are avoiding the previously flooded areas of the SW for some reason as all the tourist operators out this way are saying visitor numbers are down. 

Going to be doing a little mustering this weekend so will have some more images of Lake Wyara to put on here soon.  I’ll take Angela up with me and she can attend to the photo side of things and for once I’ll just fly the plane.  She’s got a better camera than me too!

Some of the Hereford cattle we mustered up after Easter at Kilcowera Station

24th December @ Kilcowera

December 24, 2009

Auctioneers selling the Kilcowera cattle at Moree Saleyards
Auctioneers selling the Kilcowera cattle at Moree Saleyards

 Well our cattle sold at the Moree Saleyards on the 10th ( all but 4,  that nobody wanted ), we did not get good money for them nor did we expect to.  That’s Beetle in the shorts in the photo, he was the agent commissioned to sell them.  I also met Frog and Puss!   At the time Moree was very dry and the graziers and farmers had mostly run out of water.  We did pick out 50 or so cows and sent them to a friends place on agistment so we still own a few.

Animated buyers at the sale.

Came home to a dust storm and 1 broken down water.  But the caretaker had done a great job, the garden was better than when I left and all dogs in fine form too.  Lucy was pleased to see us.  We had 11 very surprising mls of rain a week ago and that has greened the place up a bit and put some water in a few swamps.

Miss Lucy, our little Australian Silky Terrier.

The weather bureau has been predicting rain for a large part of western NSW and QLD for the last week and our local radio station is really ramping things up today.  Not a drop of rain has fallen anywhere ,yet they are putting out flood warnings for all the rivers in the district!  May be they are getting in early cause we have Xmas, Boxing day and the weekend coming up?  Oh and probably a public holiday on Monday and maybe even Tuesday?  Not sure about that.  Well it is cloudy and the wind is right, but the unbeliever here still has all sprinklers going, not sitting around waiting for rain to water my garden.

Well a Happy, safe and peaceful Christmas to all and please God may it be a wet one for us too.  Cheers me

Christmas at Kilcowera Station, South West QLD

The musterers at Kilcowera Station, Outback Queensland.

Cattle in the yard at Kilcowera Station.

 

We have had some rain in the last 2 months but all after we sent our cattle away and it wasn’t enough to promote sufficient pasture growth to bring them back here.  So next week they will be auctioned off at the Moree Saleyards.  I hope someone is willing to pay reasonable money for them.  The Drover has been asked to have them all back at the Moree yards on the evening of the 7 th so we can sort them out on the 8 th.  They should look a bit different than when they left here anyway. 

We have a local man coming to mind the place for a week so we can go and see the demise of our herd…….hmm maybe I won’t go to the auction, Greg can just tell me about it.  Then I am going to see my Mom in Brisbane, then we go to Toowoomba for some shopping then home.  We are going to have to leave Lucy behind as we will have to stay in Motels.  I do like to get away but I worry about the dog and the gardens and whether the caretaker is keeping the doors shut to keep the snakes out, so we won’t be away long.  Will let you all know how the cattle sell after we get back.  Cheers, Toni

Miss Lucy our little Australian Silky Terrier
Miss Lucy our little Australian Silky Terrier

A busy August at Kilcowera.

 

It started cold but gradually warmed up until we were in shorts and t shirts, eating salads and warning the visitors to keep an eye out for snakes.  We’ve had several changes in the weather that promised a slight chance of rain but it didn’t happen, so the drought continues for us.  A large chunk of south west Qld is still drought declared and we have been constantly advising would be visitors that it is dry here still.  They all seem to think that, as the channel country rivers ran earlier this year the drought is over.  All we have had here are dust storms and a measly 26 ml of rain this year. 

With the unappealing threat of a long, hot, dry summer ahead of us again, Greg has been repairing stock waters around the place.  One tank and trough had not been used for about 5 years and we have refurbished it so it holds water again.  A windmill broke down some months ago and it too is being fixed, he thought it was a write off but the problem is not as bad as first thought, thank goodness. 

We have had quite a lot of visitors throughout the winter, mainly birdwatchers and campers also a few fly in people. One bloke was flyiyng a little Cessna 150 to Thailand and he stayed here on his way there and back.  Brave man!!!!  Many of our guests were on their way to Lake Eyre to see the spectacle.  It must have been pretty busy out there over the winter months. 

Both Greg and myself had a little trip away for shopping purposes – his purchases were mainly for water improvements, he’s got pumps, pipes, fittings, compressors, motors and all manner of things in an endeavour to make our stock waters more dependable and not so reliant on wind. 

I had a week away mainly to visit a daughter and to see her graduate from Uni.  I was soo happy for her that she passed as she has worked so hard to get through Uni and hold down a job as well.  The other big job on my agenda was to come home with a puppy as my little Chihuahua died last year and it has been a lonely existence without a little companion.  Someone to talk to. 

So Lucy has joined the family, she is an Australian Silky Terrier and what a bundle of energy!  She loves our visitors and is getting more confident and cheeky as every day goes by. She is also the scruffiest little animal that I have ever seen and it is nearly impossible to groom her as  she just wants to play all the time and won’t stay still.  She has been a bit crook today and looks very pathetic.

Our favourite backpackers - Joe and George