Saturday, February 22, 2020

Woodenbong BA Closing soon

Lately, we've been working really close to the Queensland border, actually on a property with the Queensland Rabbit Exclusion Fence running through it. It's rough terrain in the foothills of the McPherson Range. Mt Lindesay, as always, features on the horizon showing yet another majestic side.

Just about all of the farms have been completed now. Just a week or two left to finish off some of the bits that were waiting for bulldozers to clear fence lines or gullies, and terrain to dry out.

The weather has been slowing things down as we've been rained off several times, once for five days in a row, after really heavy rain. Had to wait for the ground to dry out sufficiently to get back on the paddocks. That tends to test your patience looking for things to keep yourself occupied.

Anyway, homeward bound soon.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Woodenbong BA progress

Mt Lindesay is in the background every day. It presents a differing view as we progress from one end of the farm to the other. The fence we are building goes upstream along the banks of the Richmond River. The same Richmond River that goes via Kyogle, Casino then Ballina to the coast. Here it's more a creek than a river and we have to ford it multiple times. 

Gumboots are the order of the day, with all the rain about, and it has been a challenge just getting to the fence. So yep, each day is a mix of a 4x4 driving adventures combined with building a new fence.

Depending on the weather and condition of the terrain, our team of 4 old farts, have been completing 150m to 450m per day. A very creditable effort our farmer continually tells us. Needless to say, he is very pleased.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Woodenbong Big Job

Farmers up this way seem just a little more laconic than others I've met in my travels.

When arriving on-farm and meeting the farmer for the first time, it's best to shot-the-breeze for a bit. Not rush things. Let him set the pace. So after a bit of to-and-fro, we ask if he has a lot of fences burnt and needing replacement? I got a shipment in he says as we drive to where the wire and posts are stored. Far out! That's going to take some doing! Yep about 17km in all he says. Next question, what is the terrain like? Yep, a bit up and down in places. Nice NOT! 

But hey if we weren't doing this we would be going something else. Probably something a bit easier *me thinks* but whatever and we make a start.