It never rains, but it pours. That's the yarn right?
This week has been disaster after breakdown on the farm and not a drop of rain.
The last time I blogged about how dry the farm was, it rained. The very next day. So, I figure what's the harm?
The first catastrophe happened on Tuesday. One of our wonderful workers rolled his ankle getting off the forklift. He thought he'd be alright, but turns out the poor bloke had actually fractured his ankle.
Bearhands didn't tell me right away. I was at the Kindy Melbourne Cup fundraiser so he broke the news to me when I got home. I put that silly hat back in the box, donned my farm gear and got on the back of the harvester. Bearhands thought his "Fashions IN the Field jokes were hilarious!"
While we were cutting, the conveyor tore so Bearhands drove the harvester back to the workshop. Only to discover a hole in the radiator when we parked it up. Dark clouds started forming. I did what every grown woman does in a pinch, I put an SOS call out to my Dad.
The Cavalry (aka Mum and Dad) arrived the following morning. It's just as well they did, the real storm was brewing...
Mum was sitting in the passenger seat on the school run when I spotted Bearhands driving the dingo with the trencher attached. I said to her that's not a good sign. The mainline for our irrigation had developed a split and the high pressure of water spurting out of it had caused a sink hole in the bottom of the house paddock. No mainline, no irrigation. No irrigation, no grass.
Bearhands and Dad got the mainline fixed eventually. We're behind but we're catching up. Our planned camping trip this weekend was shelved and the girls were understandably disappointed, so I've been trying to cushion the blow.
how to make pikelets
These deliciously fluffy spikelets are a family favourite. Five simple ingredients and they're ready in a flash!
3 tbs sugar
½ cup milk
1 cup self raising flour
2 tsp butter, melted
Whisk the egg , sugar and half the milk in a bowl. Add the flour and stir to combine.
Add the remaining milk until the batter is the consistency of thick cream. Add the melted butter and whisk until smooth.
Pour tablespoonfuls into a hot oiled fry pan. When the surface becomes bubbly, turn with a spatula. Cook the other side until golden.
Serve with your choice of toppings. (We like jam and cream, blueberries and ricotta or lemon and sugar.)
Bearhands is working in the heat outside and I'm typing with my fingers crossed, hoping to repeat my previous blog-about-it-being-dry-make-it-rain performance. Failing that, I may have to do a rain dance (or find a cheap second-hand rain seeder).
what are you up to this weekend?
seen a cheap cloud seeder on gumtree?