The rain has come down, the river has come up and I could be stuck. Heavy rain over night has caused the river to rise significantly cutting us off from half the station and the road to town, its also backing up some of creeks on the station causing us to be cut off again (but I’ll get to that later). With all the rain we went to pull a pump up the bank before the river rose too far but we were too late it was already up and were cut off from it making trip a bit of waste and leaving the freshly cleaned ute muddy again. Following this we went into Yarralin to pick up our panel yards and take them home, with the exception of a few storms hanging about it was uneventful until the trip back. One of the creeks we had to cross was dry on the way out but two hours later on the trip back it had risen to point were it was almost impossible for the manager to pass in the ute, luckily he got through by following the truck I was driving. Hopefully the rain will hold off tonight and I’ll get through tomorrow.
Its been a busy two days on Humbert with an early start yesterday heading into town to pick up supplies and parts so the station will be stocked up over the wet. And with the wet season quickly approaching we’re hurrying to clean up all the little jobs that we have left, so this morning it was all go moving cattle lick to sheds at the old outstation and cleaning up the remains of the old quarters that were burnt last week. Just to make things interesting this afternoon the loader that was cleaning out the turkey nest getting bogged axle deep, but the grader was soon on site and the loader was pulled out. Who knows what the next few days will bring.
We’ve spent the last week out at camp mustering, with reinforcements from others stations sent to give us a hand, two paddocks and five days later we’re back at the homestead and not a day too late, with it pouring down rain all over the station on the first night back. Camp was a great time with early breakfasts in time to see the sunrise and make an early start to cattle work while it was still cool instead of the 50 degrees it was in the middle of the day, during these times of extreme heat and humidity its important to rest the cattle the men during the middle of the day so nothing or any body gets to hot or stressed leaving us with early mornings and late nights. The cattle are mustered with a chopper and a bike to either the cattle yards or a collection point from which they are walked to yards with a team of horsemen and bikes before being sorted and walked back to their paddocks, it can be a long and stressful but the rewards are worth it.
Third round is starting tomorrow so the last few days we’ve running gear out to camp, ute load after ute load has had to go out from the gear for cattle handling to all the basics for living out on camp. We took the horses out yesterday only to end up in a race against mother nature herself, winning only by a nose I made it back to the station before the skies opened up and the rain came down. So for the next week it will be all go go go until third round is over.
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.
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.
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