Christmas time is marketed as the happy, festive good time of the year for everyone…there is very little recognition out there that Christmas means different things for all of us. For Aussies it falls in the middle of summer and is so often associated with searing heat, bar-b-ques, the cricket and finding ways to get cool.
So many of our Outback Futures friends tell us that in lots of ways Christmas is like every other day…cattle still have to be checked, watered, fed and the state of play depends so much on where they are in the ‘wet season’. Rain means some space to spend time with family and hope for the year ahead…ongoing dry is about uncertainty, busyness and trying to stay positive.
“Christmas in the bush is about family, community, trying to beat the heat, watching the skies and praying for rain….”
“Christmas in the bush is a small moment of surprise and a time to capture memories before the work continues on…cows need to drink, fires need to be under control, fences need to be kept up…and if we are not on the naughty list, it may bring rain”
Photography by Raeleen Whip
We at Outback Futures have so appreciated the time we have spent with our old friends and new connections during 2017 and thank you for your support and encouragement at every level.
We would like to take this time to wish for you all a Christmas that holds hope and promise and is a chance to look to the coming year as an opportunity for new growth and possibility balanced with stability and connection to the things we love and value.
Our team is excited for what 2018 might bring as we move across the Central West, and look forward to both developing new relationships and deepening our relationships and commitment to the ones we already have in place.