Being a farmers wife is not always easy. Long days, being by yourself with the kids for long stretches, constant weather woes but at the moment its the dust! So so much dust. Its not even our dust. Its the neighbours dust. Just ploughed paddock and a south westerly not a good combination. Straight through our house (at times like this our neighbours are too close, wish we live more in the middle of the property for once!). So locked in the house with all the airconditioners on hoping the big cracks in our old queenslander don’t suck in too much top soil is where we are today!

Posted by elizabethr84, 5th December 2013

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  • The worst part of this situation when you think about it is the fact the farms are losing their topsoil to grow the crops in. Some of the rest of the soil could be quite a few km. away. Many years ago we went to the Riverland in SA for a holiday. It was really cold when we left Adelaide but by morning tea time it was really warming up and very windy. Just before lunch time we drove into a dust storm. We could see where paddocks had been ploughed. There was soil and spinifex grass going across the road. Visability gradually got worse so we decided to stay in a Motel in Wakerie rather than go on to Berri or Renmark. We hadn’t prebooked accomodation so it didn’t matter when we stopped as long as we got a clean comfortable room – off the road in safety. The next day the air was clear so we decided to travel through to Renmark and do day sightseeing from there. When we go back to Adelaide our grey cement was covered with a thick layer of sandy soil a much lighter colour than ours is (almost black). Only problem we got prickly weeds we had never had before. Farmers may have been pleased to get rid of some of them, but not their topsoil which is their livelihood.


  • Oh no! And here I was thinking how much I detest the dust from our fire place :0 Which is bad, but not as bad as your predicament. Hopefully ploughing doesn’t go on for too much longer ;)


  • Gosh, that really is dust! I hate normal domestic dust that never seems to go away. After your description, I can’t really complain.


  • Dust just drives me bonkers.


  • i hate dust 2 .


  • I grew up on a farm when I was little. I now live 16 ks from the CBD & I HATE dust so would probably not be a good farmers wife, would go through to much Mr Sheen lol :)


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