While we are in the pool...
So, you know that I have been running around the countryside with the kids on Summer holidays, and tormenting pets with quilts but I have neglected to give you a real working farm update, so l'm partially fixing that today.
I can't help a whole lot with harvest, other than dragging around the odd bin and auger or dropping the men from one paddock to another...big machinery is not in my job description.
Now usually my husband NEVER rings me to come and take pictures; he considers this photography a bit of a nuisance that slows down the jobs by distracting his #1 worker, the photographer! Well, let's say he did think that until the photo book of his farm he got for Christmas....now he wants me and the camera!
Here is the reason, a 7 1/2 tonne to the hectare wheat crop.
Whoa, sorry,back up there.-If, like me, when I married into a cropping operation from a strictly sheep and cattle upbringing, you don't know whether that is good or not, read the tone it is said in, here, I'll help you with that....
"this is a 7 1/2 tonne to the hectare wheat crop!!!!!"
And then, just smile and say 'wow', so you don't show your ignorance....that worked for me for years! I was only then caught out when he came in exhausted at one am after a 20 hour harvest day and I couldn't pick the tone...and it hurts to have to whisper..."is that good?"
Here is the gold pouring into the truck.
Here it is being temporarily stored in a field bin as the truck couldn't keep up.
And here it is being poured in as the sun goes down...and harvesters around here really get going. They harvest until it gets too damp or cool and as it is often the afternoon before they can get started they have to go all night if the conditions are right.
Rain now would cause serious problems to the grain and stop the harvest in it's tracks, so it is a race to get it off. DS loves sitting watching the Header front "eat" the grain... and keeps a sharp eye out for the foxes that run from the last sections.
In between the harvest there are still the normal jobs. We had to get steers in to sell at last Friday's cattle sale, this is DH cutting out a few others we wanted from the herd. I am nobly assisting...and trying to hide the fact that I am taking photos! All done while the kids are sitting in the back of the ute in their bathers, waiting to leave for the beach- a very good lesson in work comes before play.
Now, 2 absolutely lovely ladies, Lou-Lee and Susan, have made my day, week and perhaps year by giving me the "You make my day" award. I need to get over the fact that I cannot pick favourites ....even from amongst photos, let alone blogs....and come up with 10 blogs to pass this award onto. I am off now to chew my nails, drink coffee and maybe even something stronger and make lists in order to be able to post this tomorrow. Have a great day...and you are welcome to keep commenting on the chooks and calf pics, I wont draw for a few days, lol Tracey