Cause they can!

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I know its not a good quality picture but see the horses Marlo on the left & Zina on the right  guess where they are can you guess I wasn’t impressed although I do understand. Horses spend the majority of their time grazing its what they do, what they need & we are in drought & have been for some time. SO MARLO is a big solid boy who can push through pain so you cannot just have electric fencing he needs 2 to 3 strands of wire on his fencing as well as electric tape to keep him in. I had them out in the big paddock to have a graze & at some point through the night they ran out of grazing. So Marlo walked into the strand of electric fencing, believe me the fencing has a good bite to it, he just walks & keeps walking till the tape snaps & then helps himself & whoever is with him to wherever he wants. He has never gotten tangled. This time it was THE MARKET GARDEN. Peas, beans, lettuce, beetroot, broccoli who knew? they don’t like cabbage or spinach or sweet potato oh & that’s eggplant that Zina is stripping within an inch of life, the onions were all pulled out of the ground & left. There’s a list of fodder for you horsey people out there just in case you were wondering. They didn’t even touch the actual fodder trees.  Laugh just laugh that’s all we can do.

A definite chill in the air which is a little odd for this time of year, I had to put an extra doona on the bed last night & the cats & dogs have taken to all sleeping on my bed again as they do when the weather is a little chill. Its Spring actually. There is a reason for this chill, as I sit typing this blog & glancing up at the garden out front. Everything is clean & settled a hint of green coats the land, the birds are quiet & there’s not much movement at all this hasn’t occurred for some months now not like this anyway. You see it all started a couple of days ago have I mentioned the black cockatoos.

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I am excited to show these next photos, the cockatoos were right.

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Best type of Haze.

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Look at it, it poured really good soaking rain, it was only short lived but crucial. I think what some people don’t understand is that drought doesn’t always mean no rain at all drought can be extensive long period of dry with not enough rain to sustain produce or life, even with a down pour like this while it was really needed the ground sucked it up & left us completely dry again with the earth crunching under our feet within a couple of days. Last night though it poured again pretty much all night that good soaking rain again. The black cockatoos can be heard calling in the distance, please Lord Please we pray for more rain where ever its needed.

The eyes those sooky eyes. The latest look for our Walter its a new extreme expression. He siphons the attention out of whoever he can when ever he can.

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Grab a cuppa, put ya feet up & rest.

I am sitting at the table in the room we like to call the library, its my morning coffee place, looking out the window at the smoke fog filled tree line, the sun is just hitting the tree tops reflecting a reddish hue on the white limbs of the gum trees that seem to stretch taller & taller everyday as if searching the sky for any sort of precipitation, there’s a intermittent twang as the morning gives your senses a little hope as the dew drips from the roof line of the house hitting the gutter reminding us there is still moisture out there. A large flock of black cockatoos screech its way over the tree tops announcing the promise of rains to come & the weather reports have announced the arrival of rainfall in next couple of days. I pray someone got it right, we tend to trust the wildlife, their weather announcements’ are pretty accurate.

As my thoughts come back inside the room, the library, though the sense at the moment is there is not much of the air of the intellectual literate scholaring going on in the room. Most now know we have our house on the market & everyday I pack another little piece of our soul. Its quite funny how on our selection, I think especially when there is a deep sense of connection with the land, not just the house, becomes so much a reflection of who you really are, our selection homes 4 of us, packing 4 personality types no small feat that’s not even including the whole menagerie. No we’re not having a garage sale as so many do, i’ve seen toy story i know the trauma the toys go through. A few things have gone to goodwill & one of  my besties. I have almost finished painting all the walls in the house & am almost up to tidying up the house yard. I can say I now know every muscle in my body, I don’t know the names of them all but we are getting acquainted. I haven’t ridin the horses in months & my joints & soul are feeling it.

I have no idea of where our next selection will be exactly although we have a rough idea. We are not worried as when the time is right our belief is that God has it all under control. Our selection will be just that, “Our selection”.

For now here’s a little snippet of life here on our selection at the moment & it’s still blooming great.

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Say  Good Morning Elouise!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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One of four new arrivals.

 

 

 

 

 

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One of my best friends feeds the birds sorry for the picture quality it was blowing gale force winds but you can make out the glorious colours.

 

 

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Must remember to shut my bedroom door throughout the day as you can see he doesn’t even have the decency to lay on his blanket at the end of the bed when I am not in the room.

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Cant stay cranky with him too long. Having a chat with his new found friend Lewy the fly, they chatted for ages, kind of grossly cute. Scary guard dog.

Hope you all are happy & well, I’m going to have another coffee how about you.

 

 

 

You won’t believe it…

This blog will make you wonder what on earth is going on & I’m going to sound like a galah caught in dust storm…

Well you see we have, dare I type it? ok here goes we are selling up & moving!…. There I typed it its in black & white before our eyes.

I am still working our little patch of paradise & do appreciate all that it has been for us, (big sigh). I will still be sharing it with you after all the house has only just gone on the market but alas it is time for us to move on & I don’t know that even if the neighbourhood (or our health) was different would we still be here.  This wasn’t a plan rather a thunder roll & lightening bang, it just struck & now we move.

We are praying that kindred people buy our home & continue to marvel at its treasures as we do.

We are looking at a tranquil area I’m not going to disclose too much but you know what is really funny another kindred wonderful blogger has moved & another treasured blogger has started following me & they have moved house as well.

I love the way for me God just throws things in my face (there has been a lot) in such a reassuring way every time I question is this right for us.

Oh here’s some more news probably more important than the last lot of news….

We’ve had a bit of rain not a lot but enough to wash the dust off everything & keep the plants alive, there is a little more expected.

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So much much much work to do packing & tidying 14yrs of life here cant wait for the next adventure I so do look forward to sharing the journey.

 

 

 

Zena

How could I forget to mention this one this is so exciting. We have a new family member. It has taken a little while but she’s finally here. Meet Zena…

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It’s not my best picture of her this was when we first met, I had a little ride on her & she was just beautiful a little high-strung but she hadn’t been ridden for about a year. Zena has been around cattle & out & about on the roads cars, truck don’t seem to bother her.  My friends father used to ride her as well as the grandchildren.

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Before I brought her home we took her to cutting practice a couple of times & she was a little defiant (a typical mare)but did what she was asked to do, she is Australian Stock Horse about 14 hands,  perfect height for me(I don’t bounce like I used to),she’s 9yr old.

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We were also able to take her to a stock horse clinic held in our little town, there is another one in a couple of months we will hopefully get to so much fun & the couple that run the clinics are just beautiful people.

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Zenas home she looks like she’s been here forever. Zena didn’t take much notice of the other horses although it was quite funny, you can see Marlo & squirt in the back ground see how Marlo is looking at squirt, well that’s because every time Marlo went to whinny something to Zena Squirt in a fit of jealous rage attacked him, poor Marlo couldn’t breath in Zenas direction without getting attacked from squirt. Talk about a female putting a male in his place was hilarious.

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We had to wait a little to bring Zena home as I had to get her paddock organised, here’s a little tip. I purchased this solar battery electric fence battery off the internet for about $100 Aussie dollars, I wasn’t sure about it at first but I figured I couldn’t make a solar panel that cheap & I can recharge the battery electrically if I need to, it came with a plug-in charger as well, I’ve had it for over a year now & it works beautifully. You can see in the background of the photo of Zena in her paddock, Squirt & Marlos paddock is about an acre, this little battery has given Marlo a couple of good zappings, he like to test the fence every now & then, silly duffa. It has kept Zena safe & secure, I am going to invest in another one eventually to borrow a neighbours bit of land to feed the horses on for a while.

So glad I remembered to share this event I will have more photos up of Zena as we get to know each other a bit more. Can’t wait.