Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Anduramba Fires

Anduramba Fires, originally uploaded by cnlizziebns.

"Let the politicians and the bankers and the city look on at the glow in the sky......Let the grasslands burn let there be no pain...I'll drink my last whiskey and dance in the flames"

Not at the moment but was a sentiment expressed some years ago by one of Australia's songsmiths when the banks were turfing out farmers all over the country and the suicide rate of farmers was high

For my part in this particular instance I can not be more grateful for the help extended in the extinguishing of this particular fire. Unfortunately this was man made not done in stealth or anger but in ignorance of this country and the prevailing weather conditions.

I will not sue but would think it appropriate for a "Sorry, I did not mean to burn your pasture".

Monday, September 28, 2009

Grasslands Saved

Grasslands Saved, originally uploaded by cnlizziebns.

I am standing on my top boundary and directly below me is burnt out country not in the photo but the horizons indicate the extent this fire could have raged and seems to be under control.

The fire fighters, aerial bombing with water, the dozer, and property owners and neighbors did a mighty job to stop this blaze in this rugged terrain. From the elevation you can imagine the difficult job stopping the fire in these ranges.

Running Gully On Fire

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Emergency Services

Emergency Services, originally uploaded by cnlizziebns.

As I made back up the mountain the fire crews were in action. My legs are rubbery from fatigue and am covered in black soot and dirt.

Off to feed my horses now and then shower and to bed and back out to the paddock early in the morning. I think I will drag the horse float and ride up and down and see if the fire front from next door has swung around. Am reasonably confident this fire is under control.

Fire...At My Place Today

Fire, originally uploaded by cnlizziebns.

My Paddock Today

My Paddock Today, originally uploaded by cnlizziebns.

This is the base of the mountain range and you can see the fires snaking up the mountain but the fire break has held.

Back off

Back off, originally uploaded by cnlizziebns.

Mick was ahead on foot with me and the dozer and this corner we go to just as the darkness began this evening.

The Forest Floor

The Forest Floor, originally uploaded by cnlizziebns.

Follow Me.....

Follow Me....., originally uploaded by cnlizziebns.

The dozer negotiating the steep grade of the in front on foot...I hope it has good stopping power....just dig in the rippers Peter.

The Red Steer

The Red Steer, originally uploaded by cnlizziebns.

This afternoon I received a telephone call that my paddock was ablaze....I took off arriving to find the fire just starting into my land.

A dozer was brought in and I showed the way down the mountain so that a fire break could be made containing the blaze and also to allow the fire trucks and crews down the steep grade.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Hello World

foal8, originally uploaded by cnlizziebns.

An anglo arabian foal born yesterday afternoon. It is quite unusual for foals to be born in the daylight and I missed it. If I had thought a little harder should have realized as this mare always has her foals in the daylight.

This foal will turn grey (white). Around the eyes the white hairs are already evident.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Dust Storm

Dust Storm, originally uploaded by cnlizziebns.

The wind is roaring and the air is filled with dust. The sun has been blotted out all day and an eerie glow to the sky.

This is straight out of the camera....

Sapphire & Foal

Sapphire & Foal, originally uploaded by cnlizziebns.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009


Farmer, originally uploaded by cnlizziebns.

In Between visiting Carnival of Flowers I had to cart hay and it was hot. This is the farmer who has worked hard with his hands all his life on the farm which was his fathers before his. Who ever said inheritance is easy!!

His children are educated so they are not forced into their inheritance, one a lawyer and the other a policeman so no farm duties for them.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Toowoomba, Carnival of Flowers

Have taken the Carnival slide show down as can not get rid of the music and have two lots playing at once....I took a series of photographs of Teagan and one of the photographs, not this one, made it to the finals of the photographic competition at Carnival of Flowers and is hanging off one of the big old trees in Queens Park for the duration of the Carnival.....A little bit of cringe factor my name not up in lights though "up in trees".......he he

Have reentered without the music

Sunday, September 20, 2009


Pontiac, originally uploaded by cnlizziebns.

A line up of the most beautifully restored cars in the park during Carnival of Flowers celebrations at Toowoomba on Saturday afternoon.

Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers

Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers, originally uploaded by cnlizziebns.

Toowoomba situated in Queensland high in the ranges celebrates Spring each year with the beautiful flowers. Toowoomba is a sister city to Takatsuki, Japan, Paju, South Korea and Wanganui, New Zealand and those cities send a cultural contingent to celebrate with the city of Toowoomba.

A Green Thumb

A Green Thumb, originally uploaded by cnlizziebns.

This week Toowoomba celebrates "Carnival of Flowers" honoring all the "green thumbs" out there.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Gallop On

Gallop On, originally uploaded by cnlizziebns.

The water taken when the creek was flowing in the heavy rain earlier this year and the horsewoman taken at a competition on the Darling Downs, Queensland,

Monday, September 7, 2009

Easy on the Eye


I will get rid of this pesky kid and head back to the hay bales...

Who is watching the cow.....

This horse is saying "Enough is Enough"

I may be getting older but does not stop the appreciation. Working with this trainer was not too bad. Sighhhh to be younger....He kept mentioning to keep my eye in the centre imagine Keith Urban....Keith Who??? I did not mention I would prefer to look at what was there in actuality. He may have taken off in fright...he he

A great day out and about....

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Australian Eucalyptus

Australian Eucalyptus , originally uploaded by cnlizziebns.

A beautiful tree under which I had a little snooze at lunch....

You Can Do It!

You Can Do It!, originally uploaded by cnlizziebns.

Grandma.....went to a Campdraft training day with ACA Champion Peter Cominsky .....a great day a little tired and saddle up again tomorrow. I did have a rest at lunch.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

A Portrait

A Portrait, originally uploaded by cnlizziebns.