Saturday, February 5, 2011

Red dirt, Black mud, Deep water!

Yesterday I got to get out of the office (yay!) and head out "bush" to our property on the Darling River. Well, we got to part of our property on the River. You see, our property has been flooding over the last couple of weeks and is now cut off!

flooded creek

We had strategically parked cars and motorbikes in areas around the property so that our Managers would be able to still take a boat ride to the car or motorbike and continue driving to parts of the property that can't be reached otherwise.
One of our cars that was parked on the town access road was cut off this week when we had another 2 inches of rain on Thursday night and a small creek (that connects to a large creek) filled with LOTS of water. My Dad, our friend Reg and I headed out to farm to try and get the ute moved from beside the creek and take it back to town. But this plan didn't quite work for us!

flooded roads
The small creek that had filled with water was a lot larger than we had expected and the ute was a lot more bogged than we anticipated!

creek flooded

So I took off my boots and we walked through the flooded creek to get to the ute to try our best to dig and push and get the ute out. But she wouldn't budge!

dad in floodwater

walking through floodwater2

We tried our darnedest but the mud was like thick sticky clay that I even got bogged in a couple of times! It was humid and hot but I had a ball even though our ute is still stuck in the mud! We're hoping that it doesn't rain before Sunday when we'll try again to get the ute before the creek floods completely and sinks it even further!

bogged ute2

bogged ute

It might not look too bogged in these pics but believe me, this ute was going nowhere!
So the big day out at Budda was slightly unsuccessful but even though we couldn't do what we needed to do I was so happy to be able to see our farm in flood! It doesn't happen every day around here and after all of this water goes it might not happen for another 10 years, who knows?!

in the ute

Our land is looking green and fertile and hopefully after all of this rain our cows will look healthy and fat! What a season we've had so far!
Ellie x


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