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The spirit of country towns

Recently I’ve been driving the eight hour drive to Perth, quite a lot. I’ve loved cruising through areas that I don’t often see and because I’ve done it so many times, I’ve been able to see the growth of the pastures and crops. Canola is such a specky looking crop, isn’t it? Grown for its…

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Shearing Time!

There is a joke amongst farmers about ‘bank review time’ – the best time to show your bank manager around the farm! It’s usually around 4pm, when the sun has just started to sink. The light it throws is softer than harsh midday sun; it makes crops look thicker, greener and lusher than in the…

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The Mid North Roads!

This creek crossing is really important to me know. Do you know the feeling of being away for a long period of time and as you’re heading home, you get to a point, you just know that you’re there – that you’re where your soul belongs? Well, this is one of my places, that I…

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A trove of treasures!

The jonquils, this year, are just beautiful! I’ve just come in from hanging some clothes on the line and the slight breeze wafted their scent all the way over to where I was standing. What a joy something like that can bring to such a mundane task! When we first moved to this house, I…

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Sheep work and holidays!

It’s been pretty cold here lately!  And it’s school holidays. As much as the kids like to help, sometimes our jobs involve things that they just can’t do, so when we arrived at the sheep yards at 6:15am and it was bitter and frosty, the kids took exception to being involved with our farming life! (As…

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Sheep shifting and a new puppy!

On a beautiful Sunday morning the kids had the job of shifting a mob of sheep (I always go with them but hang right back or right at the front to slow the ewes down, so I’m there if they need help.) Today they took their bikes and two dogs – Rocket, the Jack Russell, a well…

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Rainbows: Gabbi Bresnehan

In my few travels around the country and around where I live, I am always amazed at the women who do incredible things. Most of these women don’t think they’re extraordinary, but I can assure you they are. I wanted to introduce you to some of the ones I’ve met – their stories are sometimes…

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Pests!

Anthony and I were shifting sheep from one farm to another when we came across these two foxes sitting in the middle of the road. As we all know, foxes aren’t native to Australia and cause immense amount of damage to our native fauna. They’re also a foe to new born lambs. They are instinctive…

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Why I live where I live

Every Sunday morning, on ABC radio, Macca has a segment called, ‘Why I live where I live.’ Well I think I’ve talked about this last few blogs, so I’m just going to show you some photos of last evening. There was a partial eclipse then – Saturday the 27th June – which we watched over…

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Fenced in

I was up at a friend’s house this weekend and I was captivated by her garden. As everyone who visits my blog knows,  I’m not a gardener, but that doesn’t stop me from enjoying beautiful ones. Sue has a spectacular garden – a mixture of succulents and cottage plants, roses and bushes. She also grows…

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Wednesday

The phone call came at lunch time: ‘Fleur, would you come and pick your child up, please? She’s had slight accident and needs to go to hospital.’ Enough to strike fear into the heart of any mother, let alone one that was about 10km away from her car, in a clapped out tractor, feeding out…

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Here’s hoping!

I hear rainbows have magic powers! Well, here’s hoping it can fix my garden! This was our view as I took the kids to the school bus last week. A rainbow ends on my farm… that’s got to be good.  After all, they’re supposed to have a pot of gold at the end, aren’t they? I…

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What an amazing week!

It was the most beautiful morning! Calm, clear and not cold, which was nice! The atmosphere pulled me outside for my morning coffee, which was just lovely – especially since it seemed the kids had got out of bed on the wrong side today. It quiet out there and with old retired Rexy (the dog)…

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After the Rain

Rain just seems to bring the whole countryside alive – animals and humans alike – and the 27mm we had over the weekend has done just that. The menfolk are smiling and you can hear the roar of tractors, sowing the crops or spraying the paddocks, when you walk outside. At night the landscape is dotted with…

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A perfect start!

Check out this sunrise! I was up early a few weeks ago – it was before the rain we had over this past weekend and things were dry and stark. The morning air, around this time of the year, should be damp and cool, but not this morning! This was a sunrise from the middle of…

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Part Three: Tasmania and Agfest

Tasmania is a place I have always wanted to visit. The history of the state is one of the reasons (I love history, especially Australian history) and I love mountains and green grass. Get plenty of that in Tassie! I can’t tell you how much the landscape captivated me – the colours of the trees…

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Come on a journey, part two!

So from Sydney, we caught a flight to Wagga Wagga where we had a book signing at Book City. We weren’t there for long before we started the drive to Goulburn. I spent a lovely hour or so, in the car with Deb, Allen and Unwin’s book seller before I jumped back in the car…

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Stand off

Driving to a friends house early a few mornings ago, I came across this amusing sight: a cow, who looks like she might be in the throes of birth and an emu having a staring showdown! Now, I’m guessing, because cows are polite creatures and emus can tend to be a bit bossy, that the cow may…

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A green tinge and some giveaways

Well, the rain has brought a slight green tinge to the land. It’s lovely to see the wet soil and little shoots of clovers and grasses beginning to poke their heads up. It’s also fantastic not to have the dust blowing or the forty five degree days that seemed to plague us this year. The…

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Glorious mornings

There are some days that it’s a pleasure to get out of bed at 5am. Today was one of those days! We were carting lambs in between the farms, so we were up early with a very busy day in front of us. Once we’d loaded the lambs and Anthony had trundled off in the…

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Dalgety Women’s Day 2010

I’m really privileged to be asked to speak at the Dalgety Women’s Day in NSW on the 28th of April. I’m really excited about this, as I know these days for women are so important in building the friendships and camaraderie, that is needed to deal with life of the land. As farmers we need…

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