My ever changing farming wardrobe
EVEN after all this time, I often wake up in the morning and wonder what I should wear.
Changing the wardrobe has been a slow transition and I haven't found it easy to find suitable feminine work wear.
In the city, my morning routine would be: an early morning shower; blow dry my hair; dress in business suits, stockings and high heels; then apply make-up.
This was turned upside down in the bush.
I work hard all day and it is a great relief to come inside, take off my work clobber, shower and freshen up at the end of the day.
No point blow drying your hair when you wear a hat all day: it just ends up as crazy hat-hair.
Why bother with make-up when you don't see anyone day in, day out?
I know I still don't have the wardrobe right as I've been mistaken for a city visitor, rather than a local, at social functions.
The change in language has been subtle.
I've been determined not to say "righto" though I'm not sure why I've dug in my heels, not wanting to conform to this aspect of bush culture.
The use of colourful superlatives is pretty much the same as corporate life.
I had no trouble with that aspect of rural life.
The most important topic whenever you strike up a conversation with anyone, anytime is, of course, rain.
Have you had any?
If you did, how much did you get?
If not, when is it expected?
This is an absolute not-to-be-broken sacred ritual for bushies.
The only time we talked about rain in the city was to complain about it.
Lastly, it was important to learn appropriate citizen band (CB) radio etiquette.
I remember early on, while out mustering with Chris, on impulse I reminded him, teasingly, of our enjoyable intimate encounter the night before.
I was greeted with stony silence in return.
Indeed it was more than an hour before I could get any response from him on the radio again.
Now, having listened to our neighbours mustering regularly (they use the same CB channel as us), I appreciate that what you say on a CB radio is really in the public domain.
I'm more careful about what I say these days.