We went into the park on Monday to pick up helicopter fuel drums that were left out there from when the National Parks did their cull of feral cattle only to be told they had already picked them up and we weren’t needed to do it any more, but seems as we were out there we had a look around the old camp and yards from the days when they used to drove the cattle to market. Yesterday was a long one leaving the station at 2:30 to make to town before 8, after dropping off my ute at the mechanics I picked up the station ute and spent the rest of the day picking up supplies, two flat tires later I made it back to the station at 11pm. It was a slow day today walking the loader two hours away to unload lick then walk it back. Were gearing up here for third round which will start Monday, we’ll start all the gear out to camp tomorrow.
The rain came in heavily last night with over 35mm falling in a few hours soaking the station, its roads and bringing creeks back to life, its also the one day a week the mail plane arrives making the first job of the day to clear the airstrip of termite mines and make sure the water has run off. This was followed by a bore run, made interesting by wet roads and paddocks as well as a bore motor that had thrown the fan belt. It had smoke coming off it, the radiator was dry but the motor was still running and the pump was still pumping, it was stopped, fixed and started first go. These motors continue to amaze me in their resilience and strength, I’ve seen one motor that was left with water sitting in it after the river had submerged it, all we did was change the oil and drain the water and it started first go.
Thunder and Lighting is clashing all around with promising signs of more rain but only a few drops have fallen at the homestead so far, hopefully it falls away from the main road so I can make it to Top Springs for Melbourne Cup tomorrow. We had more cattle lick arrive yesterday with the grader making putting it in the feeder the first priority of the day, by the time I had walked the loader to the feeder and back most of the day was gone, so the rest of the day spent cleaning the ute and fixing the three flat tires it had got during the day.
Today we finally got the replacement grader we’ve been waiting for, the old one was starting cause a series problems including the problem of starting with it now needing a jump start, pressure bleed and aerostart. Fortunately it will no longer be our problem and the new one will straight to work putting in preventative firebreaks in case we get fires from electrical storms. On Saturday I finally found a way though a large creek that had been stopping me from checking a fence on the other side, its a find I’m regretting the fence hasn’t been checked in over a year and is down in too many places to count, hopefully i’ll finish it off tomorrow.
The skies have opened up over Humbert bringing down the rain and bringing the wet season to us, although we only got a small shower at the homestead the rain was huge a little further down the road. Turning the roads into rivers and causing the creeks to flow, all this water made it extremely slippery to drive about. All of this caused me to slip into the dam while trying to rescue a cow getting me axle deep bogged, after trying to drive out myself I eventually had to call the homestead to be pulled out and rescued. Tomorrows bore run should be interesting.
Its been a steady couple of days Humbert carrying out routine work as well preparing for third round with the installation of the new calf cradle. I set off for a day of fencing today but had to detour into Yarralin to pick up supplies before I reached the fence in need of fixing, eventually I made it back out the fence which we found flattened yesterday and was able to fix it in time to put out more cattle lick in the afternoon. The rain that was predicted for the weekend never made an appearance leaving the station dry, hopefully we will get some in the near future.
With all the paving done it was business as usual yesterday with a full bore run and other odd jobs. The bore run when smoothly with nothing going wrong making for a nice change, the bores and pumps are all running flat out to keep up water to the cattle as the remaining billabongs have dried up putting more pressure on the troughs and dams. The rain that was predicted for weekend seems to snubbed us as there isn’t a single cloud in the sky.
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