Spring day out

Spring is in the air. The weather is getting warmer, all that mud is disappearing and you feel like going out again.

So I did my walk down into the valley to check the water supply to the troughs, checked all fences and gates.

All animals are doing well and they are running towards me and greeting me.

Kau felt like spring too and she was jumping and running around, somewhat intimidating when some 300kgs of cow is jumping around you and bucking.

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Drylands

The last few months were pretty dry with no rainfall other than a few drops that pretty much instantly evaporated upon hitting the ground.
I think the last rain was some time before Christmas last year which would make it three months with no rain at all.

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Finally some rain?

It’s been a long time without any rain. Not sure how much this will be but anything is better than nothing.

Layers of hills from almost black to yellow grey with the sun shining bright yellow through the clouds of rain

Even rain can be beautiful

Over the last couple of weeks we had quite a mix of weather – typical spring. From lovely warm and sunny days where you easily get sunburned to torrential rain that flooded the valley.

Paddock with lawn tractor in background and little girl breaking branches in foreground

Tidy up time

Spring has just sprung and it’s getting time for tidy ups – spring time cleaning but outside.

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