Some things haven’t changed about shearing time in the outback of Queensland. If you were the youngster leaning against the woodshed dividing wall you would have grown up considering the massive tall timber posts to be part of your landscape. The schooling you had may be in large part from your mother, an incredibly able woman. You might model yourself on the strong men in front of you, skilfully extracting their livelihood from tough dawn-to-dusk seasonal labour requiring high technical skills and physical skills and courage. You will have probably assisted to deliver new born lambs and hand-reared orphan ones, set broken legs of calves, have ridden half-wild horses and learned how to muster various animals. There is a brutal beauty about the harsh upbringing of outback people. The high market value of the merino fleeces is only one kind of value - the other values are harder to measure. -
Early morning baking ..... straight from the oven and, once cool, down to the shed for #morningsmoko (along with the sandwiches and biscuits #shearersneedfuel ). I love this coconut cake (my name for it), it’s proper name is the 1 1 1 1 cake from the lovely folk at @4ingredients. It’s 1 cup each of coconut, sugar, SR flour and milk but I back the sugar off to less than half a cup. It’s so quick and easy, and yummy when still slightly warm. Only one run to do today as we don’t have enough dry sheep after the 10ml we got yesterday (nice problem to have). 🐑🐑🐑
WOOL WIN: Brothers Martin, Dominic and Jim Clark, of Mannanarie @southaustralia, recently had their wool clip collected by the new @qualitywool on-farm pick up service operating through the state’s Mid North, Mallee and Upper South East. Keep an eye out for the full story on our @facebook page soon.
Shearing Catering Day 2:
Morning Smoko: Pinwheels & apple sour cream slice
Lunch: Wraps (supposed to be casserole & rice but the power was out so I couldn't heat anything. It was a mad dash to get wraps done on time).
Afternoon Smoko: Bacon zucchini muffins & orange poppyseed cupcakes