Sunday, January 16, 2011

Weighty matters

Got on the scales at work last night. I don't think they are super accurate so I did an average of three. I was in uniform which has got a rather heavy belt but I did take my boots off.  Came to 108.5 kg. Not good eh. But this is what I will be dressed in every time I get on the scales so I just have to grin and bear it this time. 
I am going to have to start 'walking the yard' again. Why is it always hot weather when I'm walking. And the bloody flies drive me nuts! And with all the rain we've had recently the mozzies are Lancaster bomber sized and vicious too. And the bastard plovers haven't left 'home' this year at all. They seem to be 'nesting' all the time . . . surely it's not the same pair ???  (how many kids do they want??? Is there a baby bonus in the plover world???) All four eggs hatch and survive because they are so protected there, and the males return with a lady friend to where they are hatched to nest so it's already getting a bit crowded. Had them bluffed a couple of years ago when I first started walking the yard at work and one would just sit on the nest while the other followed me around the circuit, but this lot just don't want me there and are in attack mode all the time.  .

Saturday, January 1, 2011


A bit about Frank, a man from the land.
Frank Myers:  Born and Bred at Duramana, via Bathurst.  Brought up on a farm.  Was a shearer from an early age. Was instrumental in introducing wide combs into Australia.  Was part of New Zealander Shearing Contractor Rob White's team who took on the Australian Workers Union to be able to use wide combs.  Family was subjected to death threats and threats of violence.  Court case ensued.  Frank was black listed by the union and was therefore unable to ply his trade.  They actually did him a favour - it saved his back!  He and Libby purchased land at Yetholme where they built a magnificent stone house by hand and with the help of many friends. He has always been involved in some sort of farm work, or contracting.  Now retired and after selling their "homestead", Pindari,  he and his wife Libby are now travelling the Long Paddock or hitting the frog and toad in their Fifth Wheeler.