Slack Arse

Well here it is, nearly the end of January in the year 2017 and I have not added to my blog.

A slack arse or a very busy person with too much to do and not enough time to do it but hey, at least I’m at the keyboard and on my blog.

Big question now is what do I write about, a lot of water has passed down river since my last crack at the keyboard and there have been many changes to me and the world around my little neck of the woods and globally! Well what can one say, the word on everyone lips is TRUMP and his election as president of the USA. Massive changes are in the wind which will affect not only the USA but the rest of the free world. There has been so much written and spoken about Trump and I’m not going to add to that except to say, that Donald Trump will be impeached and he will not be in the job his full term.

Returning to Tasmania in November from the mainland (Australia) I came back to a different scene from when I left in late May 2016. Just before I left the flood gates had opened and the rain tumbled down, the drought of 2 years had finally slipped into history.

The pain of the drought was still there but farmers and the Hydro Power Management could see that the dams were filling. The power company dodged the bullet of imposing power restrictions.

When I arrived back in Tasmania in November, I disembarked the boat and headed south and it was amazing to see the change in the landscape, everything was green and flourishing, it was shaping up to be a bumper season, for hay, silage and vegetable crops.

Arriving in the Derwent Valley I could see the results of the abundance of rain that fell during winter and now the spring grass was leaping ahead and I would actually be able to cut hay in late December. Lambing had finished and the lambs and their mothers were doing well on the lush grass.

We marked and drenched the lambs and ewes in early December and put them out in the fresh sown paddocks with grass now 8 inches high.

Then it was hay time and the day before Christmas the hay was ready to be baled after being cut down 2 days before. The weather was warm to hot with lots of sunshine.

We baled 350 square bales, carted them to the barn and stacked them up nearly filling the shed. Bit of downtime over Christmas visiting families and friends then it was back into hay carting for the neighbours until all the hay in the area was cut and baled. Everyone was happy that all the barns were full and if the grass dried off over summer, we could feed the stock with the freshly cut hay.

The weather stayed quite mild and there were patches of rain that kept the grass growing and green to the end of January but now into February the grass has all turned brown and we are hand feeding some of the stock. The lambs are still with their mothers and are doing well, the ewes are slowly drying off their milk but the lambs have had a good start and will grow into nice fat lambs, worth over $100 each.

I will close this chapter and post, then wait for something to prompt me back to the keyboard.


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