Testing, testing – Oh one four!
This thing on again?
Well G‘DAY there… fancy seeing you here! If you have tried to visit in the past three days, you will know I have had some BIG problems with this site.
I apologise for the unfriendly page you got to see instead of my (usually very welcoming) home page. I would like to explain what the problem was. But I won’t. Not because I don’t want to… just because I have no real idea.
And while plenty of tech-savvy people have tried to explain to me, it all ends up sounding like Klingon to me. My brain is just not wired to nerd-speak. I am still very much a ‘Babe in the Woods’ when it comes to tech stuff – the lack of skill that partly-inspired my blog name has not improved! I go all blurry and out-of-focus…
Suffice to say someone finally felt sorry enough for me to fix the glitch and let me back on on the World Wide Web. I’m like one of the drivers on a freeway who knows where the accelerator and gears are, but has no clue what’s under the bonnet.
So basically my 36 hours of much-anticipated ‘holiday’ this last weekend had a nasty edge of blog-down stress to it. I know. Silly but true. I felt for my regular readers urgently messaging me telling me my site had vanished … I really need to at least work out where the oil goes in this thing, don’t I?
What has happened since my last post then? Aside from being sent to virtual Siberia…
2014 certainly hasn’t started smoothly for us – heat and dry cause stress at the best of times, and we have had some other issues making things tough too. Nothing I can blog about, suffice to say that the festive season has had its moments. And has also meant our lead-up to branding (a busy time at any cattle property and especially on a cattle stud) has been less-than-ideal. We have our heads down now, getting organised and looking to get through it safely.
We are still mourning this darling girl. Deeply. I keep finding photos I have taken of our sweet little Pistol Annie, but cannot even bring myself to edit them. Blimmin’ horses and their damned ability to steal your heart so fast – they have no right to head off to Heaven after just nine days. Not fair.
One 2014 thing which was lovely was a whole new batch of virtual visitors who arrived thanks to a lovely share on the RM Williams OUTBACK magazine Facebook page, where I detailed some of the story behind our enormous old swimming pool. (The blog story from back in 2008 is here)
Lots of people thought it looked idyllic. Which it can be, when it is CLEAN and clear. We know we are lucky to have it, but MAN it takes some keeping like the pic above! Nothing makes me happier than seeing people swim in it – an unused clean pool is a serious waste of resources! (Anyone interested in being our pool boy?)
I also have been keeping an eye on weather radars and Facebook sites for our compatriots out west who have been battling heat and drought – delighted for those who have been lucky enough to get under some storms, and aching for those who haven’t. We do need rain here again, but not quite as desperately as some. It’s been more than a month since we had any kind of fall and with the huge heatwave our pastures are starting to really feel it. A monsoon season (without the crazy flooding of last year) would be really lovely.
Anyway, I must away to prepare for our next bout of mustering.
Like these guys I am looking forward to a little outside action. I know that I need some fresh air after swearing at my computer and the internet in general a lot this morning. Heh.
Thanks for hanging in there with me guys…
Hoping to have lots of cute calf photos to share over the next week or so.