Another post with a country theme - sorry if I'm boring you, but it is the major background for my life.
This isn't so nice.
Last autumn, we had a lot of locusts around - this was alright as there wasn't much for them to eat being the end of the dry season - but unfortunately they laid eggs - lots & lots of eggs. These lay dormant all winter, but with the warmth coming, out they hatched. So this is what we have all over our property:
Lots & lots of baby locusts.
(these are about 5mm max)
Unfortunately it's not just on our property, but all over the area & if they get to the point of flying, it's going to be a massive locust plague that will search & destroy every growing thing in their way - which unfortunately means all the lovely crops that are just starting to give us hope of a decent harvest (ah farming - if it's not one thing it's another!). Thankfully our Rural Lands Protection Boards have been expecting it & have stocked up on chemicals - we've had them out & they've issued us with one bottle of this lovely stuff ("don't get it on you, it stinks', don't let your kids near it', " you must withhold stock for so long....etc.etc.etc."). So now we wait until the locusts are bigger & then we spray & hope that all the neighbours & the council sprays as well ( this is only the second time they've had locusts down here - they're originally from up north - so it's new to everyone).
It's just another wait & see & pray & pray & pray...