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Bubbly celebration

Wednesday, 14th January, 2015

Avenel Station owners Brendan and Jacinta Cullen celebrate impressive rainfall with a bottle of bubbly and a kiss. Avenel Station owners Brendan and Jacinta Cullen celebrate impressive rainfall with a bottle of bubbly and a kiss.

By Erica Visser

The drought has made life pretty tough for station owners Brendan and Jacinta Cullen lately, so when the heavens finally opened on their property at the weekend it was cause for celebration.

In recent times the family’s garden has died, they were forced onto “really stinky” bore water and had been regularly pulling sheep out of dry dams at their Avenel Station property, 145 kilometres northwest of Broken Hill on the South Australian dingo fence.

So when they were blessed with hundreds of millimetres of rain at the weekend, Mrs Cullen decided the occasion called to pop open a bottle of bubbly.

“I was probably the one who was keen to get the champagne out,” Mrs Cullen admitted yesterday.

“I said ‘Let’s all go out to the dam and watch the water come down.’ It was the most rain we’d had in years so when we saw the dam flowing we were thrilled.”

The Cullens received about 132mm at the dam and 181mm on other side of their property from the rain finishing yesterday morning.

They will now farewell the unpleasant bore water as the rain has filled the dam with two-years worth of supply.

Mr and Mrs Cullen’s nine-year-old twins and 14-year-old daughter Emma, who was visiting from boarding school during the holidays, also embraced the rare falls.

“We were so happy that Emma was home from boarding school to see this rain event...It’s just amazing all the creeks are coming down. Yesterday we took our GoPro and canoed not far from the house down across the main road to town and down to another woolshed.

“(Lately) we’ve been pulling sheep out of dry dams and running ragged keeping the bore water there all the time.

“Now the stock have a real spring in their step and the feed is already coming up and it’s green everywhere.

“It’s incredible how quickly it happens.”

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