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We Like It Just the Way It Is
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We Like It Just the Way It Is

As the sun attempts to rise on yet another chilling winter's morning, we awake to the sound of deafening rains. The thunderous showers from the previous night had yet to cease and the paddocks were mud-spattered.

It was that time of the year that we all love to hate—drenching time. We had to muster the stock from as far as eight paddocks away, and in this precipitation, it was unbearable. Hundreds of Murray Grey beef cattle trudged along the riverbank closely followed by our two motorbikes and stockmen on horseback. It was a slow and agonising process but one that had to be done. The cattle were stubborn and chose the hardest and most unfortunate way of returning to the cattle yards but who were we to get in their way. A normal two-hour job took an astonishing four hours to complete. The drenching took a mere one hour to accomplish and then it was time again for that long trip home. Our patience and frustration had gone over the edge and by this time we were covered in you don't want to know what. Our trousers, that were once a shade of white, were brown. It was one of those moments when if you didn't laugh, you would cry.

The rain had drenched not only our spirits, but also our chances of returning for lunch. We carried on and fell into many puddles knee deep, filling our wellies with muddy brown water and cow manure, not a great combination. We heaved a sigh of relief once the stock were returned to their original paddocks. Then it was time to hit the showers. You can never imagine the true satisfaction of a hot shower after a long hard day at work.

My first year of drenching was certainly one to be remembered. I will never again in my life underestimate the lifestyle and hard work that my family goes through each muster. It takes a lot of courage to get behind a large angry beef cattle and move them along, but if you have confidence in yourself and the animal, it makes it far less stressful.

Some city folk might cringe at the thought of this, but to me it's a part of my life and I wouldn't have it any other way!

 

我们就喜欢这样

 

当太阳试图在另外一个寒冷的冬天的早上升起时,我们醒来听到的却是震耳欲聋的大雨声。晚上早先下的雷阵雨已经停了,小牧场一片泥泞狼籍。

这是一年当中我们都很讨厌的时刻——给(牲口)灌药的时间。我们必须将家畜从有8个牧场远的地方集合起来,由于仓促,这让人有些承受不住。数百只墨里·格雷牛沿着河堤缓慢而吃力地走着,后面紧紧跟随着我们的是两辆摩托车和骑在马背上的放牧人。这是一次缓慢和令人烦恼的过程,但却又是必须要做的事情。这些牛都难于驾驭,而且总是选择最难行走也是最不幸的道路来返回畜栏,但我们却处在它们行进的路上。一个正常的两个小时的工作结果令人吃惊地用了四个小时才完成。给(牲口)灌药只花费一小时就能够完成,然后再次到了长途跋涉回家的时间。我们的耐心和抗挫能力已经到达极限,到这时我们已筋疲力尽,你根本不想知道事情到底怎样了。我们那曾经灰白色的裤子都成了褐色。这是一个如果你不想笑你就会大哭一场的时刻。

大雨不仅消磨了我们的斗志,而且还使我们失去了回到家中吃午饭的机会。我们继续行进,然后跌倒在很多深达膝盖的水坑中,我们的长统雨靴中满是棕色泥浆水和牛粪,这种滋味可不好受。一旦这些牲畜回到它们最初的围场中,我们才会放松地叹一口气。然后到了我们淋浴的时间。你永远不会想像在经过一天漫长而艰辛的工作之后去洗一个热水澡是一种多么真实的满足感。

毫无疑问我第一年给牲畜灌药的经历让人难以忘怀。在我的一生中,我将永远不会再次低估我们全家人每一次将这些牲畜聚合起来的生活方式和工作的艰辛。要看透一群怒气冲天的牛的脾气并赶着它们继续行进,这需要很大勇气才能够做到,但如果你对自己和这些动物有信心的话,就使得活儿好干多了。

想到这些事情,一些城市的人们或许畏缩不前,但对我来说它却是我生命的一部分,我会永远把它珍存心间。

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