Friday, 18 August 2017

EPP.....Bestie.... Nibbles....

Life is good tonight...... 
Catch you later.....
Chookyblue.....

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Lucy prep......

Yesterday was a great day..............
I forgot on the weekend I was going to be home yesterday morning.............
It's one day at a time here some days..............
Anyway yesterday I had a supervise an exam for Boy Wonder..........
It had to be a quiet task, not too distracting and near him to supervise.......
YES YES I can hear you.......Lucy was calling........
So I sat and preped some Lucy...........all the unprepared ones in the tin from Sandy..........
I cut the non fussy backgrounds and traced out all the fussy blocks...........
I got the 4 that were not done to this point...............
pretty happy with that.......
then I had 2 cut in the tin ready for papers so I got them glued too.............
sometimes the fussy gluing is the worst part...........trying to get it perfect on the paper because if it is glued well it sews well.............
then one of my besties arrived for the night.........
she'll be back again Fri and Sat nights too.......
Catch you later.....
Chookyblue..... 

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Lucy.......

Well these blocks are not really showing Lucy progress and stitching time for me at the moment....... It's just I finally got time to take a photo of the blocks...... 
One got finished in June and the other July........ 
Today is my first day at home in about 6 weeks and the house sure is showing that......
But I have found my way to the Chookshed and I vacuumed some bugs up...... Not sure how but they find there way in......
I had some cream strips in the house for backgrounds and brought them back out to the Chookshed and finally cut some..........I had run out of pieces to join in my sewing tin.... It needed a massive restock.......

I've been in and out all day catching up on heaps of washing...... Slowly putting things away......
Wished I could find a cleaner........ Just one every month or two would be great...... 
The boys ran away and avoided 'pettycoat government' aka house cleaning....... So I got slack with what I have achieved to.... Still in my pjs and about to go have a shower and change into clean pjs.....it's been nice to bum around all day......
I'll finish with the pile of Lucy blocks...... 
These two will probably go into Lucy 2 but for now they look good on the stack....... 
I've lost count on blocks but maybe these bring the tally to 48?
WOOOPPPPPPPSSSSS
I then went looking for my other Lucy stash.........
4 hrs later I am finishing the post...........

So I have 6 of Sandy's blocks in here.............2 cut and 4 to cut............
so that makes the pieced total 42 I think instead............
AND there are another 7 cut in the tin too.......
I have said I have a problem..........My Friend Lucy is an addiction............
I think these came from The Quilters Angel..........
yes they are for fussy cutting more Lucy blocks.............
And these ones were just because I like the blue and green and they are fat 1/4's............not sure of the range does anyone know............
Anyway........must go to bed soon........
hope you had a good weekend.......
Catch you later..........
Chookyblue.......

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Farm stuff........

Lots of bits............
Saturday every place we went there were water problems.............this was the biggest mess.............the cattle had got into the house yard and busted some pipes............and then they had a great time playing in the muddy water.......
While I was waiting for Mr Chooky to load something on the truck I was looking at this silo and thinking there is no way they would build silos like this now days with these sorts of steps........but I thought they were pretty cool........
we've had lots of BBQ lunchs on the weekends............
I grill some vegies too.........one day was steak another marinated chicken............
Sunset......
a real treat on Saturday night was a ring around the moon..........if you look closely it barely fitted into the photo.......but in the sky it was huge and so clear.........
last night I finally busted the echidna that I knew was wandering around.........here he was hiding under the shrubs...........
when I woke at 4am I could hear a little lamb bleating yesterday morning...........It sounded like a tiny lamb.........how I could hear it so well I knew it had to be close but where from................
Anyway once i got up i looked out and could not see anything..........
But as I was about to leave for work I could hear it bleating again and I finally found it..................look see right there at the Chookshed gateway........sitting on the path in the sun.............
so cute...........so new.......not cleaned up (licked clean by Mum) properly but dry..........
here it is tonight next to Baa..........Baa has grown so much and was having bunting games with the calves when I got home tonight...........I thought the calves were being mean to Baa but no Baa was being the bossy one and also trying to jump up onto the calves with no luck.........
I've had regular double yokers being laid by the chooks..........tonight though someone must be in a bad way as look at the massive gooey thing............whats inside resembles an egg or several.........it was dark so not sure if one of the chooks is dead now but if they are not dead then they sure would not be feeling too good tonight after laying that........
Catch you later.............
Chookyblue..........

Thursday, 3 August 2017

The pets......

Finally I have some pics of the 4 babies together that you can see much better.............
just getting them onto the feeder.............much quicker gets them all done together...........Moo is on the right.......Herry 2nd from the left...........other two no names still..........
an early start to help with some mustering.................
That all went fine until the cows arrived............we ended up getting the cows away.............
Had a bit of a road block on the way to town work.........
Catch you later.....
Chookyblue.....

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Shit happens.....

I actually don't feel like I am stuck in a rut at the moment I feel like it is a crater...........there is so much going on..........varying from very ordinary to really crap..............losing a special family member too..........
yesterday the Stock agent was looking at some of our stock...........
Sadly today we loaded these babies plus more onto a truck and they were sold...............there goes our income for the next 12 months for less they 1/2 of what we would get later.........beside the fact we would be keeping some of the heifers (girls) as breeders but things are pretty bad here as i have mentioned............there mums are not doing so well so if you take the calves away there food needs drop quite a lot.............
Also going today which I have mixed emotions about are the poddies from last year............we have kept a couple of heifers hopefully for future milkers..........sad to see them go they are so quiet and some like a pat BUT the 2 biggest ones keep jumping the back fence and getting into the garden..............they garden is pretty bad at the moment with lack of water but seriously the "pruning" and "fertilizing" they were doing was too much.......
We've only had just on 3 inchs for the year so far............
thats for 7 months..............
our average rainfall is 21-22inchs..........
Funny thing is that Goatie aka Black Betty and Lambie think they are cows and went to the yards and spent the night in the yards with the cattle..........they were so funny.........sorry about the terrible pic.......lucky they still have a few friends...............
anyway no need to comment I really don't have much time to answer and its all to miserable anyway..........
Some of these posts are really for my records but it is also giving people a glimpse of life on the land..........
Catch you later.....
Chookyblue.....

Droving..............

A few weeks ago I traded places with one of my brothers..........swapped cattle for cattle..........instead of being in the yards pregnancy testing and mustering I was on the road droving..........
long time readers of my blog would know I have spent many days on the road droving..........but this was just a one off day............
and whiling away the hours besides keeping the cows in line I did some stitching...........that is until you get too grotty..............Baby wipes are my friend......
Just some pics from the day playing with my camera.............
playing with my macro lens......
Swapped utes with my brother........he had a chair in so I got to sit out in the sun for awhile.........it was a glorious day..........pretty still...........i got a block finished but I can't find the photo of it and another block.........
long straight roads......plenty of these in my neck of the world..........
amazing skies.........
a couple of dogs........if only  I could remember their names maybe they would have been useful.......
Catch you later.......
Chookyblue.........

Monday, 31 July 2017

How to move a mob of cows..............

this is the reason why we had to move the cows urgently...........
another buggered dam..........those  mud flats are gut deep on the cattle...........
the water in the middle is not much at all..........just a thin layer on the top..........
Put a bale of hay on the back of the ute...............
hungry cows come from all directions.............
they followed me all the way into the paddock..........
they try and eat before i have even cut the bale to put it out..........

Look at all the mud on there  legs..........even the calves........
bits of hay flies around and it looks a bit like snow of there heads........
Then finally the cows in the paddock that you joined them with get the news foods on and they come running from way down in the paddock too............
Some of the kids belted galloways............
Catch you later.......
Chookyblue.........