Arrived at our friends around 3.30pm and the kids quickly reacquainted themselves and set off to play while we got settled. Overflow was bigger than we expected with a 2km driveway to the house by the Maranoa River and some 35,000 acres. Some calves were in the process of being weaned so we had a welcoming chorus of mothers and calves lowing to each other across the paddocks.
We spent most of the next day on a tour of Overflow. Michelle showed us the billabong where she & Geoff were married while the kids had fun climbing the ‘Marriage Tree’ and had sword fights with Thomas’ bow and arrow set.
Next we went to the small bore & the ‘Turkey Nest’ dam that had just been cleared out to make way for a big tank. The Turkey Nest had been gradually silting up through native and feral animals going down to drink out of it and slowly eroding away the banks. Lots of dirt for the kids to climb.
A visit to the big artesian bore followed. Unfortunately the pump was playing up so the water wasn’t flowing. A system of bore drains feed water to various dams on this and an adjoining property. The kids again disappeared playing a very loud game of pirates.
Stopped at the old shearing shed on our way to meet Geoff & his Dad for lunch. Overflow ran sheep many years ago and now being solely cattle the shearing shed is falling into disrepair. If you know anyone who wants a genuine shearing shed complete with wool press we know where one is going for a good price. 🙂
After a nice lunch we again appreciated the size of the place on the long drive back to the house. One thing that truly amazed us (city folk) was the incredibly diverse skillset that a modern day farmer must have. Fencing, track building, water infrastructure maintenance and creation, land care, mechanic, engineer, vet skills for livestock and then at the end of the day a business manager to be able to budget, forecast, collate and report the facts and figures to the bank to keep the money coming in between pay days. Hats off to Geoff & Michelle and anyone who can do this and it further reinforces our view that Australian farmers need all the support we can give them.
A big thanks to Michelle and Geoff for their generous hospitality in opening up their home to the 4 of us.