Nurturing of all shapes and forms

I recently had the pleasure of hosting a group of Aboriginal women from Ceduna/Koonibba and Port Lincoln for a camp at Nyroca – and what a happy group of ladies they were too. Included amongst them was Vida Betts, grandmother of Crows legend Eddie, and it was quite appropriate I thought, given that Nyroca is per se an official Crows campsite!

Last week, St Joseph’s School held its annual Year 8 camp at Nyroca, with the girls at Nyroca and the boys at Mt Dutton Bay Woolshed, and then swapping over half way through the four days. St Joseph’s camp is always a very well organised occasion, and at Nyroca the leadership team comprised Andrew Morris, Andrew Casanova, Christine Blacker & Kathryn Kutney. I think the parents ought to be very proud of both the fine school and its ethos, and the good behaviour of their children.

For the past three months I have been nurturing 14 meat birds, acquired as day old chicks from a hatchery at the Barossa Valley. The processing day arrived at 12 weeks, and the plump birds were ready for the killing, bleeding, scalding and plucking. My good friends John & Elona Vince from Wangary arrived, and over the course of a very long day, we killed, plucked and dressed the birds and placed them in the freezer. At the end of the day I did wonder whether it was all worth it, given that supermarkets have roasted chickens out at $10! But to raise your own wholesome chickens for meat, process them yourself, and discover the satisfaction that comes with achieving greater food self sufficiency is most satisfying.

And Nyroca has a pair of new born lambs. It’s good for one’s soul to observe the lamb as it struggles to find its feet, and then witness its rapid growth and agility, that takes place over the following days. To reflect on the age old symbolism of the lamb as the international emblem of innocence and purity, especially by way of its connectedness to religious faith and masonic rites, adds to the mystery of life.

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