|The view from our front veranda. We shovelled wheelbarrow
loads out of the house afterwards.
|Some new fencing buried
|The Back paddock, or what was left of it.
We had another month or so before any rain was due, so our days were filled with feeding sheep, keeping the feedlot going, which thankfully was busy and provided a good income, and grading sand off the fences. We planned to put a crop in again, but on a smaller scale and only the lupins would go in dry. Just in case, but what are the chances of 2006 ever happening again? Better than average, as it turns out.
July was an average month, and with dribs and drabs through the rest of the months, we ended up with 258 millimetres for the year. Well down on normal, but enough to at least cut the hay, albeit with a 36 foot swath, and enough to get the harvester out of the shed to blow the cobwebs and mice out and take off some chook wheat.
|The Back paddock 26th August 2011. Taken from almost the
same spot as the wind swept photo.
The final, and most important silver lining is what we learnt about ourselves. Stressful times create strains on relationships. Words were said and arguments were had. Why didn't we do this, or how come you did that? When there is no one else to blame it is easy to turn on ourselves. But we got through it. We adapted and coped and learnt more about ourselves then we would've otherwise. And I honestly believe the four of us are closer now then we may otherwise have been . Which will hold us in good stead into the future, because if we can survive that, we will survive anything.