Saturday, February 8, 2014

Doing it tough

I've always hated hot weather. My Celtic body thermometer insists that anything over 25 degrees is way too hot. And the high temperatures we've been consistently having here in Ballarat have been way way too hot for me - think up to 42 degrees some days.  Being retired, I can choose to stay inside in air-conditioned comfort. My garden is feeling it too and although no plants have been lost, all are wilting in the heat, just like me.
But while I love my garden, I don't rely on it to provide me with food. And with no current water restrictions, apart from being sensible and careful and not wasteful, I can still give plants a shower in the cool of the early morning or evening.
And there's the thing. We rely on our farmers to provide us with food - the beef and lamb for our roasts and barbecues, the grain for our cereals and breads, the wool that keeps us cosy. But with the long-term drought conditions being experienced in many parts of Australia, it's a struggle. You only have to listen to or watch the news to realise how dire the situation is.
Blogger Chookyblue  lives on a farm in NSW and her posts about lack of water, about having to handfeed stock because there has been no rain for a long time therefore no grass, about the increasing cost and decreasing availability of feed,  about handrearing newborn calves because their mothers simply cannot provide milk, about having to slaughter breeding stock, about dust and constant worry are heartbreaking. Her stories and photos give a personal slant to what we see/hear on the news.
Here, with her blessing, are a few of Chooky's photos.
Hand-feeding sheep
A bone-dry dam


 With all the discussion of the pros and cons of industry assistance at present, it's to be hoped the Government will take quick action to help out, because this vital sector is doing it very, very tough.

8 comments:

creations.1 said...

Very well said Jan!!!

shez said...

yes well said Jan,the farmers are the back bone of our country,stay cool my friend,another hot one today.xx

Chookyblue...... said...

Thanks Jan.........

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Very said Jan...

Susan said...

So true Jan, we really have to support our farmers.

Annie said...

I thought that was one of chooky's photos... Too hot for me too, but farmers do it tough

Leanne said...

Hear hear Jan

Grethe said...

Must be very difficult at your end. Mother Nature is hard to some parts, dreadful for animals and all. Hope more help are there now for the farmers.
Thanks a lot for your nice comments on my blog, Jan :))