17 - 21 April
A visit to the farm is good for the soul. Add in some 'hard yakka' and it is sheer bliss!
[hard yakka, strenuous labour - Aussie slang derived from the Yagara language of the Brisbane region, for whom yaga meant 'work'.]
After weeks and weeks of constant and heavy rain, my cousin Robert had found it impossible to keep the grass mown in the house paddock. The day prior to my arrival he had used the tractor and slasher, to try and mow the lower section, which was completely overgrown. He had to give up, as the ground was too soft. The mown grass was so thick that the couch grass underneath was going to die. With no rake to add to the tractor to move it, it became a physical workout. We took turns in raking and loading.