Sunday, 30 December 2012

hot "n" dry and sewing.........

Sorry i don't have the SSCS posts prepared yet......
........busy with visitors, sewing and some lazing about.........
this is a new water trough for the cattle..........the boys had to get it moved and up and running.........
the reason they had to get it going is this dam has run out of water..............it's about 2-3 foot of silt and about 6 inchs of water......but cattle will just bog in it and sheep get stuck in it.............hopefully this week we will be able to de-silt it..........if we do I will show you some photos...........
the kids had fun playing in the dam..........they had been over in the morning and caught 2 big fish with their nets and then wanted me to go back in the afternoon.............
thats when i took these pics.........it was very funny as my boy had to drag himself out into the dam on top of the silt in the 6ins of water..........then he would stand and try and catch things with his net then move again..........the pic below is him dragging himself out of the dam.........
they caught some yabbies and moved them to another dam with more water.......most have buried down into the mud and will stay there until it rains and fills the dam again........
some old tanks that have rusted out.....
then we went down to another dam.......this one is deeper..........the kids got in and washed all the silt off themselves..........it was starting to dry and pulling hairs.....lol...........
hungry sheep came over to the dam hoping we would feed them............. 
more hungry sheep..........I hate going out in the paddocks at the moment............the sheep run up to you looking for the feed trailer...........
this is my house dam..........this is what I water my garden with and 1/2 the property...........there are other dams but none this big so when they run out this one is relied on a lot more pumping water to troughs in the paddocks...............
so i am cutting back watering in the garden......the lawns goes first as you can regrow it quickly once it does rain properly.........better to water shrubs and trees............who knows when it may rain again.......
....in the last 51/2 months we have had under 2inchs of rain hence why things are so bad..........
this month the daily temps are averaging 35.5degC
So what better to do when you don't want to look outside in the paddocks.........hide in the chook shed...........
These are the skirts for my nieces for christmas..........I brought the t-shirts and did a little applique on them........the girls loved them..........
Also I made Fairy Girl a dress...........supposed to be a 1hr dress but it took me longer as I was showing Fairy Girl how to read the pattern and getting her to help cut out pieces etc........
The pattern is McCalls M6102 size 8 (adult sizes) i did take out 2 cms in the front panel and shortened at the 2 spots marked on the pattern waist and a little lower.........but it fits pretty well and she can slide it over her head really easy..........she loves the colours.......the colours are a little funny here the background colour is a bright lime greeen and the 2 dot colours are a bit more blue grey.........
perfect for hot summer days.........
And there has been lots of swimming in the pool.......
Hope your having a nice time in between Christmas and New Year.......
Catch you later..............
Chookyblue

21 comments:

  1. what a lovely place to live Chooky,great seeing the kiddies making their own fun.xx

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  2. It looks pretty dry.... you'll be busy feeding stock again ... poor you.

    Kids amaze me , they have fun in the rain and in the mud of the drying out dam. Tell bookworm I think he could make some money giving mud spas. Thought the water under his leg looked like an alien.....LoL I love the sewing for all the girls..nice job.

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  3. Great photos Chooky... that blue sky is gorgeous.. Love the mud pics... I've got photos of my boys and their mates covered in mud like that and you can't even tell who's who.. Kids they can have so much fun anywhere!! Great dress and skirt sewing! Wish I was in that pool, right now!! xx

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  4. It's so dry......hope some rain comes to refill the dams soon. I bet the kids have beautiful skin tonight after their mud treatments. Great clothes too, love the fabric for Fairygirls dress.

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  5. Gosh that house dam looks enormous - I hope it keeps you going - surely it will rain one day?? Great sewing projects too - hopefully Fairy Girl will keep on with her sewing too.

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  6. how big is that new trough? this city girl can't get her head around it!
    As for Fairy Girls dress, love it. Wish I was closer and you could teach me too, perfect for summer here, but it covers the shoulders!
    Jx

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  7. Looks like loads of fun. Pity about the dam levels. Fingers crossed there will be some decent rain soon.

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  8. Love all the farm photo's, they're great. The dam looks inviting and I love the pic of the fellow dragging himself out of the dam!
    Cheers, Anita.

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  9. Lovely photo's of the farm. As a town girl in Holland I hardly believe there is so much land.

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  10. Gee it is dry!! Glad you still have water in your main dam..........and good you can still have the pool to cool off in! Love all the sewing you have done!! xx

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  11. I hope you get rain soon, love the photo of the boy in the dam.

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  12. I'm sorry but nothing about that photo resembles a boy pulling himself out of the water!! I thought it was a shot of one of those Yabbies they were rescuing... what with that one big black eye and slimy appearance! :o)) Amazing snap shots of life on a very hot and dry farm. Hope you get some decent rain soon to fill up those dams. Great dress and skirts no wonder all the girls are happy.

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  13. Your pictures look very exotic for me !!!
    The skirts and dress are very pretty !!
    Best wishes for the new year !
    Florence

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  14. Lovely dressmaking there, Chooky......I do so hope you get a cloudburst soon to fill those dams and those thirsty mouths.....what is it about mud and boys!!!....they are such magnets!!.........

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  15. Happy new year from Germany. Here it is rainy and sometimes cold :-). You are sewing wonderful dresses. Like to visit you on your blog. Best wishes from Cologne

    Cordula

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  16. I can't imagine it being that dry! Good thing you have the dams! All your sewing looks great, and it looks like the kids were having fun too! :0)

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  17. Here's wishing you some rain in the New Year. It's a beautiful country but it can be so harsh.

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  18. Sorry to hear about the lack of rain- I think we have it in the UK, as well as our own rain coming down.

    Sheep are the same in the UK- always following a quad bike for a freebie feed. :-) The mountain sheep in Wales are used to being fed over Winter as it snows on high ground. I bet you are so glad you have the main dam at the moment. I hope 2013 brings you some much needed rain and us some sun.

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  19. I love to hear about your life on the farm. Such down to earth, good, wholesome fun for the kids to grow up with. Love the kids outfits too.
    I will pray for rain for you!

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  20. you are just amazing , all these great pics, hosting visitors , collating all the secret santa pics is one thing, the yet another with who sent who!! You do such a great job and keep so many people inspired.

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