Is El Ninio the end for regional areas

It’s been one of those never-ending weeks, everything comes around and goes around yet the situation is remaining in perpetual reverse, well it feels like that being on the farm. This week we have had our internet services reduced to the same speed as Indonesia and India according to one of my twitter friends. This seems to have been done under the NBN Co and speed is not what I would call it, they are calling it the Fair Usage Policy, which is interesting as the CEO of Activ8me admitted on radio “it was only the regional areas” attached to satellite internet because the ISP were allowed to oversubscribed it and most of their clients have no other way of getting internet services.

To rub salt into the wounds – it occurs in peak times,  between 8am to Midnight so to those us that use / require internet to run businesses or submit BAS, study, Skype (which I have not been able to do since moving to the country) or want to look up websites and purchase product on-line, get on it AFTER those times. How utterly ridiculous and discriminatory!

I have been on radio about it this week, I have written to all politicians, (both sides) State and Federally to receive only one response from my local state member (cheers Mitch) where his staff were referring to the federal Minister, this way I know at least one of them has read it! But we vote these people in, whether they are in power or shadow ministers and they can treat us with such disrespect our letters, opportunities and businesses can be ignored.

I was told by the helpful customer service girl at the NBN Co, “can’t you drive somewhere else to submit your BAS? yes I can but its over 100km trip I said and I then asked her :why should I have to? would you do it and who will cover the costs of my travel.” Her very helpful response was well I have explained the policy to you so goodbye. Fabbo, thanks Sandy I guessed by you hanging up I know what you would do: none of the above… that’s right you live and work in the city so it doesn’t affect you only the regional communities.

Agriculture the growth industry of the next decade – well that’s crap isn’t it? No support from politicians, no one fighting the cause. Perhaps we can wait for the 2 satellites to be launched (some time later this year) then once switched on we may get the opportunity to be ‘switched over’ but we won’t know till the end of next year – thanks NBN Co. Hey Malcolm Turnbull Minister for Communications, Jason Clare MP Shadow Minister of Communications, Hon Geoff Brock SA Regional Development Minister, been waiting for your responses I suspect that you will ignore me as you would ALL have to admit though you love your internet, salary, super plan and positions of power nothing you can do and to admit there is nothing you can do admits regional communities (those that voted most of you in) can suck it up and put up with it.

Cheers for that – here is my link to the radio story this week, if I do get a response I’ll post it for you all.

The Cat, The bat and the farmer

Marrying a farmer has many adventures, living and working together can lead for some interesting times and conversations. Fitting into the farming life for me has been interesting, I can help with most things and do lots but there are things I can’t do.  There are things I have taught myself to do which I never thought I would ever be in the position to have to do it.

There is the removal of spiders from houses and cars, once left to a parent or ignored, when you become a parent you have to do these things and I know “they are more scared of you than you are of them” haven’t we all heard that. It doesn’t help if you have a fear of them, regardless of how big or how small they are, they are awful looking and in my eyes frightening.

We have a house that is very active at night, with 4 cats that come in and out of the cat flap at their will, any time day or night (and they do) The Farmer has been good over the years and worn ear protection with all machinery he has used, but he seems not to have night hearing. I on the other hand can hear most things including cats running across the bedroom floor which is carpeted.

There are times when our house is busier than a shopping centre or main street of our country town with the comings and goings. Over the years we have had a range of animals alive and dead brought into the bedroom. I remember waking up one night to an unusual hissing sound (thankfully not like a snake) and not like the cats hissing at each other. I sleep with a torch by my bed so I flicked that on and shone it towards the sound and there are the four cats all standing around in a circle looking at something. I got up and saw it was a frill neck lizard, some how one of them caught it brought it inside and then it got away, so it was standing there frill up hissing at these four cats, it had no where to go, so I bent down picked it up (carefully) so it wouldn’t bite me and opened our door let all the cats out stepped back closing the door and walked the lizard still hissing, around to the kitchen door and let it go out the back, where no cat saw it. I think for the next hour they came in and out looking for it.

Recently Gatsby the ginger walked into the cat flap with a mouse in it’s mouth, casually strolled up to us, dropped it on the floor and continued on to get to the food bowl. Thinking the mouse was dead I bent down to pick it up and it moved so I had to quickly get it outside before it bite me. Amazing so casually dropped from mouth and walked off.

The farmer is good at getting most things but of late it has been me, a bunny from Rita four nights ago, which got all of the others away from the fire and into the outdoors when I threw it out side so she could continue eating it there. I check the mice they bring in though as they have been catching the little Australian marsupial and if it’s alive we let them go, they are similar in size to the mouse but have rounded ears, I chased one into my gum boot the other day and checked it was one before I let it go.

We have had bats as well, they normally are alive and as they can fly when let go they move quickly towards light, so chasing bats out side has become an interesting art form or lesson in moving quickly. Matilda or Frankie seem to find these and of course they make a noise which brings the rest in so with the release of this bat the farmer jumps up pushes the curtains back to the sliding door and opens it as wide as he can, tells me to get out (which I do) it’s 2am in the morning and chased it until it flew out. We would have made Youtube had it been caught on camera. Cats jumping, women outside in nightie holding a torch freezing and naked farmer chasing a bat out of the bedroom.

Rita, Matilda & Frankie are all sisters, Gatsby is the ring in came 5 years after them

From Top Rita, Matilda & Frankie

From Top Rita, Matilda & Frankie