"It's tea they need a smoke and feed."
Wrap you gums around these slices boys.
1 packet Arnotts Marie Biscuits
1. Crush biscuits and place in basin with rind of lemon
half a cup of butter
1. Collect ingredients
Summer is shearing time on the farm. The gangs and their support crew arrive at 5 am and the pressure is on to keep the pens full. The whole flocked has been previously crutched because everything depends on getting the highest quality of fleece. It's full on work for many days in the heat.
For me, nothing comes near the athleticism , the sheer strength and agility of the shearer. This is my salute to all the good natured gangs and their tough bosses . The only men who came near the shearers for skill and strength were the fencers. Real men I reckon and my husband could foot it with both the shearers and the fencers. When I see body builders strutting along in Surfers I want to laugh at the pumped bodies that would have trouble holding a ewe, let alone holding it still long enough to shear.
There is nothing quite like the buzz of a shearing shed running full throttle. I guess you all know that shearing is now mechanized , so the rhythm here is different to "Click go the Shears. " Hope it brings a few memories to some of you. I'm proud to have played a small part of this tough job.
The Grammar of the Gang
No one cares how rousies spelled
Tattoos brace gun muscle.
Itís tea they need, a smoke and a feed
A short runís all they need now