Archive for July, 2018

RIP Lupo

July 14, 2018

Today the day we had been dreading finally came and our old German Shepherd Lupo had to be taken to the vets to be put down.  This morning her back legs simply refused to work anymore.  To be fair we had been expecting it for the last two years, so we could not complain – and we were fairly prepared.  It all went peacefully and smoothly, Michael our vet in Sheffield did a good job.  She was sedated and then injected with the fatal dose when she was nicely relaxed and sleeping.

For the last 13 years: before cows, pigs, chooks and before we even came to Tasmania, Lupo was with us.  I don’t think Josiah (now 17) can remember a time when she was not around.
She had a good life, enjoyed going to dog training in Albany and loved even more the freedom of movement once we came to Mole Creek.
She was just a part of life, coming with us wherever we went around the property.
Whatever we did, she enjoyed being a part of it.
She particularly enjoyed chasing wallabies in the swamp and coming back nice and muddy.  🙂
For the last few years her mobility has been a lot more limited, but she did as much as she could, and was always affectionate and uncomplaining.
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She was a lovely faithful dog, and we will miss her!  Thankfully she trained Okami up well as her successor!

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Wattles weather the wind – or not!

July 9, 2018
We had a bit of a localised wind storm on Sunday which had Wattle trees falling down all over the place on our property.  It was so bad we didn’t even get to go to church, as there were very very low power lines over the road nearby.
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The cow and pony moved down to our lower paddock, which has fewer large wattles and a lot of scrubby tea trees for shelter.  We were glad they did as most of the more dangerous trees that split or fell down were in the upper paddocks.”

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One of our division fences is completely flattened, with no less than 3 trees falling on it.  See the poor star picket in there?

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I do hate the wind when it gets gusting up to 100km or more!  I tend to cringe whenever I hear it roaring past, tugging at the building and tearing through the trees.  I always have to remind myself that everything is in God’s hands – pleasant or not – and I should just trust Him with whatever happens.  Mind you I was very thankful that the wind started to settle down about 9pm last night, otherwise I doubt I would have gotten much sleep.  Lots of homes in the area lost power, so being off grid was a definite advantage for us last night.

 

It has been a busy time starting to clean up today, and it helped a lot that Lydia stayed home from work.  The road to the north was closed with trees down and the road to the south had the power lines low over it, so we were not going anywhere this morning, at least not safely.  Lydia should be right to make it back to work tomorrow though, as they have cleared things up a lot during the day.  Kim and Josiah were quite sick today (we have all had a nasty cold lately) and Caleb and Sam had to go to Launceston in the afternoon for some medical appointments and to collect some car parts we needed, so most of today’s clearing up at home was up to Lydia and myself.

We focussed on making sure the damaged fencing was good enough to keep the animals safe overnight.  We ran our roll of portable electric mesh fencing around the chook yards, patched a hole in the back of the winter garden and found and fixed a spot where the fence was shorting out badly.  We also cut a fallen tree off one of the external fence lines and have changed that particular fence to being mostly poly wire instead of the normal metal fencing wire.  That meant we could have it back up and running by tonight.

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There is still plenty more clearing up to do this week, with a small tree down over the compost bins as well as one on the old workshop roof,”

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and a hole in the carport roof from one branch that must have come down with a fair bit of force!  I’m glad that it hit the roof and not one of us.”

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We also have two trees with nasty half broken branches over the neighbour’s fence line that we will need to help clear up.  They look a bit dangerous to me though it is hard to see from the photo, so I am not looking forward to that job.”

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This poor tree pretty much just seems to have shredded.”

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Anyway, I don’t think we will have to look far to find what work should take priority for the next little while!
In other news Kim has been progressing with the mechanical work on his to-do list, which is great.  Lydia’s new car has been getting a new timing belt fitted this weekend and is also having engine and transmission oil changes and new filters fitted as well.  Hopefully it will go into service on a regular basis for us later this week.  I think it will be a popular car for us to take when there are a few people going out, as it has lots of space in the back.
Enough for now.  I hope you are all going well!