Miss Chardy may be laying low for a little bit over the next couple of weeks. On Friday our head stockman lost his life in what can only be described as a freak accident.
Mick has been a part of our family for over 4 years. He arrived in 2011 as a fresh faced strapping young lad straight out of boarding school. “An old bushy stuck in a young mans body”, he told us. He really was an old bushy too. Mick grew up on a station a couple of hours out of Cunnamulla and loved life up here on the Barkly. When Mick arrived he was pretty reserved and I remember him sitting up at the horse yards. I said to Mr Chardy “I don’t think he will last”. Well Mr Chardy is a pretty good judge of character and he promptly replied “no no, he will be great”. So with that I thought everything will be ok. Perhaps he will last after all. And of course he did. This was his fifth year with us and his second year as our Head Stockman, Mr Chardy’s right hand man. A cheeky little devil who sometimes needed to be reminded about the language rule in the kitchen, I bet he got sick of me saying “Michael – language!!!!!” ha ha ha. Not to mention how cranky it used to make him when I would wash up his mug. Oh how I used to love to annoy him. Just look at him would you – this is a classic, cheeky Mick pose….
Mick’s brother is our Mechanic up here at Chardy Central. With only 14 months between them they are basically twins. They really are like family to us. These are the kind blokes who gifted me french champagne for both my Birthday and Christmas! Their sophistication is second to none, even if they are wearing work shirts smothered in grease stains and tears. They can pop that little pinky finger out and rock the Moet like nobodies business.
Micks Mum, Dad and Sister arrived up here on Sunday. We have never met them before and I can’t believe Mick & Nev have kept them from us all this time, because they are just the most lovely people you will ever meet. He obviously wanted to keep them all to himself. Well they are here now Mick and I am not sure I will let them leave.
Tom, our 10 year old, just idolised Mick. Everything was “Mick did this” or “Mick taught me how to do this” …… he used to take Tom up to the dump and teach him how to shoot and how to re-load bullets (because he was such a tight ass). He also taught Tom how to weld the other day for the first time. Tom was as proud as punch. “Mum, look, Mick taught me how to weld…. look at it, that was nice of him wasn’t it Mum”.
We are so pleased to finally meet his gorgeous Mum, Dad and Sister and spend some time with them, if only it was under different circumstances. They raised 2 wonderful well mannered young men and a gorgeous young lady. They are a credit to you Susan and Pete.
Our thoughts go out to all of Mick’s family and friends from near and far.
We will miss you Mick. Thanks for everything. Rest in peace old mate.
Here he is with his brother Nev (well his real name is actually Harry but we call him Nev). Nev is on the left and Mick is on the right.
4 mates on that poor horse… How fantastic is this photo, don’t you just love it. Look at those cheeky grins. Mick is 3rd from the front. His good mate Kurt is just in front of him, Kurt worked for us for a few years and is still up here on a neighbouring station. Johnny is at the front (and works for Mr Chardy’s twin brother – I know it really is one big family isn’t it) and Tom is at the back – Tom used to work here with Mick.