Summer is punctuated by runs to and from irrigator supplier and repair places. This involves at least a 45 minute journey in the car and sometimes up to an hour and half. Then a wait. A twiddling-of-the-thumbs sort of wait with no determined finish time. We wait to have the part repaired. Without irrigation the grass dies and the cows main form of food is no more. Most of the farm is under irrigation. It’s hard, heavy manual work for the most part. Long long days from 4am to 7pm is the standard and then a drive around before going to bed to make sure all is working ok.
And all this to get some milk out of a cow so everyone can enjoy their cheese, yogurt and a bit of milk in their coffee.
This is the first year that I haven’t taken all of January off on leave without pay. I’ve been the farm gopher girl. I’m the one who made the trips to get the parts fixed. I call irrigators irritators – because they do irritate me immensely! And Pauly becomes irritating too – it’s just such hard work that his usual calm unflappable self gets rather tested. Sigh. But not this year. I’m on holidays (we have a full contingent of staff so my help hasn’t been required – yay!) And it’s rained quite a bit so while there have been some heavy days of irrigation there have also been some rather casual (wet) summer days for Pauly.
But alas not this week. This week has been full on! And today was another dash to Latrobe to get a part fixed. But since I’m not gopher girl this year I was able to come along just for the ride.
Why twiddle the thumbs sitting in the car when we can go for a run instead?
That’s what we did. Come for a run with us around the nearby town of Devonport….here we go!
And what’s the latest weather updates looking like for the Cadbury Marathon on Sunday? I’m glad you asked. With our Dairy Farmer gum boots on we are EXCITED!!!! It’s most likely going to be raining – Yay! Pauly can turn the irrigators off! With our running shoes on it looks like we could get soggy. Seeing as though we’ve had some +30ºC days over the last week soggy is much preferable to hot.
Want to know more about Devonport and the lovely tracks that are just awesome for running? Check out this link.
Happy running 🙂