Friday, January 6, 2012

Getting out and about

Sometimes you just need to get out of the house.  We're pretty lucky out here, no traffic noise, no lawn mowers or leaf blowers to disturb the peace.  But even with all this space, a long walk or a drive around the watering points isn't all that motivating.  Luckily for me, I have a wonderful husband who just took me for a dinner out at our local pub  - a twenty minute drive from here.  I feel renewed and refreshed.  For anyone who has not been to the Cracow pub, you are missing an experience.  But that is for another blog post.  Today is about getting out and about.

The cattle feel the same sometimes.  No matter how good the fences are, if a beast wants to go visiting, there's not much that can stop him or her.  There are various reasons for this - the grass is greener cliche is one.  Another reason is simply that they want to go home.  I don't know if there are any mothers reading this but I can say from personal experience that when I was ready to have my first baby, no other town or city was going to be good enough - I wanted to go home to Brisbane and that's what I did.  Cattle are not much different.  When they are ready for their calf, we often find our heifers back in the paddock in which they were born.

But sometimes, you just need to go and visit the neighbours to be sociable.  Only problem is, if you walk all that way, someone has to go and pick you up and drop you home.  That's what we were doing today.  We borrowed a truck from LN, drove to CP, picked up 9 of our visiting cattle, came home, dropped off the cattle, reloaded the truck and made a pit stop to CR for a drop off, and the remainder were taken back to LN.  We would also have brought cattle home from CR but they hadn't had a recent muster yet and our cattle are still in their paddock.

So there you have it.  Sometimes you just need to get out of the house.  For determined cattle, barbed wire fences are merely a challenge and not a barrier.

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