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Breaking the Silence launches into Albany

On White Ribbon day Breaking the Silence launched into Albany. If you haven’t heard about Breaking the Silence, then let me tell you; it’s a directory of services which are available in one area and tailored to each individual town; so far we have Esperance and Albany online. The plan is by 2021 that we…

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The senselessness of sabotage

  There is a Facebook photo with a picture of a strawberry saying: ‘cut ‘em up, don’t throw ‘em out. Please continue to support Aussie Farmers through berry tough times.’ What a great campaign created through horrible circumstances. I wonder what makes someone or some people want to bring an industry to its knees? What…

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Music, the universal language

I love music and I think this image is such a good reflection of how I feel when I listen to it – all emotions and thoughts and love and hate and fear all mixed up into one loud bar of stirring sound. It doesn’t matter what sort it is; country, piano, rap, popular. If…

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How to teach a L-Plater to drive…

A few months ago, we had another L-plater enter the house. The older daughter is already a P-plater, so I’d had my fair share of hanging out the passenger’s seat; knew what it was like, what directions to give, how to be calm and soothing when really all I wanted to do was scream. I…

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You’ll need to lose weight!

Being a woman, ‘you’ll need to lose weight’ is NOT a phrase you really want to hear. Still, I heard that last Monday when I went to see my specialist about my back. If you don’t know what happened to cause me to have spinal surgery in January, you can read about it here! Interestingly,…

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Funny writing spots

I’ve always said I can write anywhere. With a deadline looming (as they always seem to!) and having to take our exchange student back to Perth to fly home to Italy, I’ve proved again, I can do just that. On Thursday we left to do a ‘last tour’ of the south west, so Gabri got…

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Where the River Runs

Today, Where the River Runs, goes to print. This book feels like it’s been a mammoth effort – I was supposed to have it finished a long time before I actually handed the manuscript in… There was a reason!   On the 29th of December I was leaning down to pull up a fence so…

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When you order…

Thinking ahead is a critical in life. Planning is important. You’d think at nearly 44, I would understand this. So, today, (Saturday morning) I fail to understand why I have woken up with a slight hangover and found there to be no cold pizza in the house for breakfast. My desire to ‘keep it healthy’…

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Times, they are a-changin’

Meet Jack. He’s the new addition to the McDonald household. He’s a gorgeous, energetic, five year old Kelpie from Woonwooring Kelpies at Cunderdin. Why, might you ask, does someone who lives in town and writes books for a living, need a Kelpie? And that would be good question because Kelpies need space to run around…

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Rainy days are like 3am thoughts…

Esperance received a fair bit of rain on Thursday. Rain is one of my all-time favourite parts of mother nature. I grew up in the mid north of SA where it wasn’t a common occurrence and, as a farmer, I know there are good times for rain and others not so great. To me, any…

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Breaking the Silence

Domestic Violence is another form of terrorism. Why? Terrorism creates fear and fear is what these people live with, daily. Fear of what will happen next. One in four rural women will endure some kind of domestic abuse within their life time. Who are the four women you love the most? Mother, sister, wife, daughter?…

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That crazy time…

That crazy time of the year in between Christmas and New year, when no-one seems to know what day it is, has past us by once again! I’ve got admit I love that time of year because it’s the one time I can read and relax without feeling guilty – like I should be working…

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Hand-me-down Recipes

Hand-me-down recipes from previous generations are a wonderful heirloom. I love it when we get to Christmas time and I can open my old, tattered, food stained, hand written recipe book, and start cooking food from my Nana or Aunty. Both my Nana’s loved to cook; unfortunately neither of them are with us now. My…

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Where secret paths lead

Have you ever read the book The Secret Garden? I fell in love with that book, the mystery and wildness of the garden, the secrets within such a grand old house and of course the unexplained cries in the middle of the night. I always feel like I’m heading somewhere mysterious and wild when I head…

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2015 done and dusted…

We had some great times in 2015 and I thought it would be fun to look back over the good times. It makes me realise that 2015 wasn’t quite as bad as I thought it was! And it reminds me of the things I’ve learned over this year. This is was the first sunset of…

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New Year resolutions

Happy New Year! Has it been a good start for you? We spent the evening at the foreshore in Esperance having tea with friends and watching the fireworks. It was a really pleasant way to see in 2016. I’ve spent the first two days going through the final edit of Indigo Storm. It’s been a…

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Indigo Storm and Summer fun

  I know it’s been a while since I’ve written on my blog – and once again, I’m sorry! Indigo Storm, my next book, has been taking my time away from here – I had a deadline which I didn’t make… THREE times! Finally, right on the death knock of November, I managed to get…

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Holidays

  You know that feeling when you head back to your childhood home, where you know every corner and bump in the road and every sight is familiar? Well that’s what I’ve been feeling while we’ve been away on holidays. Although it was a holiday, it was also a research trip for my next book…

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