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Precious cargo

  There are times farming seems like it’s a long road without an end. The list of jobs to do, can be longer than your arm. Sometimes it feels like your treading water, not getting anywhere. And as with most jobs, they all should have been done ‘yesterday’. That’s how it is for us at…

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Fun times

I love photos. Photos are memories and I’m always snapping, where ever I go. Every time I release a new book, the call comes for new publicity photos. This is one of my least favourite things to do, because I’m much happier behind a computer screen, or out in the paddock, than I am in…

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Tilly and Tessa

  One of the things I’m told I’m good at, as an author, is my descriptions of country. This is some more amazing country I was imaging when I wrote Red Dust. (If you visit this page, you’ll see the book trailer for Red Dust and some more of the country.) Native pines, granite, vivid…

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Christmas updates… Belated ones!

I think I’ve told you all many time, how much I love where I grew up in South Australia. Now I understand, people who live in ‘greener areas’ might get a bit freaked out when they see the country up here, but it is really special. Yeah, there are lots of stones, prickly bushes and…

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The dreaded Christmas card

  Are you a Christmas card sender? I used to be. I’m not any more. Well, actually, that’s not quite true. I start with every good intention. For example, I actually buy the Christmas cards. Usually in about October. To give myself plenty of time. And I usually cart them in my handbag, so I…

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‘Exercise your choice to buy local everyday’ by Emma Koch

Introducing Greg and Emma Koch from Redden Bridge Wines in Wrattonbully, South Australia. Greg and Emma manage their Wrattonbully vineyard using Organic and Biological techniques, to ensure the health of their family as well as that of the soil and vines. Their story is the 51st I have featured this year in celebration of the Australian…

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Murphy from Murphy’s Law visits…

Harvest! The very word seems to bring out the feral in every man, woman and child, involved in cropping. It also seems to be the time for Murphy, from Murphy’s Law to rear his ugly head. Here are a few examples. Upon jumping in the new (second hand) header, we bought this year, the Boss…

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Sleep talking… Um, singing

We have numerous species of birds flitting around the house and I love the noises they make. There’s all the usuals like Magpies, Crows, Butcher Birds, Willywag Tails and Pigeons. The Boss is a mad keen bird watcher and has taught me lots about these feathered creatures. There were many other varieties I didn’t know…

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‘Dreams can come true’ by Madie Hamilton

Introducing Madie Hamilton. Madie is one of the most inspirational young farmers in Australia. Her young career has taken her all over the world and when she’s not busy at her day job in the city, she works with her dad George, from ‘Meroo Hills’ near Mudgee, NSW. Madie’s story is the 50th I have…

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More stories? Or not?

The last few weeks, although really busy, have been cause for reflection. I tend to get a bit melancholy as the year draws to a close and this year, even more so. In two weeks time, my eldest will be finishing primary school and as the new term starts next year, she’ll be heading into…

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Flying High

Let me try and paint you a picture. It’s five in the morning and chopper pilot, Scott Bridle (http://scottbridle.com) is pacing the outside of his machine. He’s doing his checks; oil, fuel and making sure it’s airworthy. From the yards, voices of the stockmen, getting ready for a day mustering, hang in the air. The…

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‘We never, ever quit’ by Bernadette Walker

Introducing Bernadette Walker from far south west Queensland. Bernadette is the 49th farmer I have featured in my quest to feature 52 farmers in 52 weeks in celebration of the 2012 Australian Year of the Farmer. Summary of your family and farming enterprise We are graziers – that means we do not do anything to…

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A small flood

I don’t think I have ever seen a weather phenomena like I did yesterday. Our day started at 5am. We had three trucks to load and knew it was going to be hot. But it was freezing, when we first arrived at the yards, so the jeans and jumpers were pulled out of the wardrobe.…

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Trials and tribulations

What a week of weather! I know if often seems as if farmers are always complaining about weather and that’s a fair comment, but so much relies on it! On Thursday last week, it was fairly bloody hot and humid after a thunderstorm the previous couple of days. I was drenching sheep and the shearers…

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Christmas Wish Lists

It’s about this time of the year, kids start writing their wish lists for Father Christmas. Actually, truth be known, they’ve probably been doing it, secretly, since last Christmas. I don’t see the lists until they’ve been neatly written out, but I can imagine the lines being drawn through certain items as they year goes…

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What’s in a name?

Naming the characters in my books is one of the most important jobs to me. Actually, naming anything, be it land, child, dog – you get the gist – is really important. When we bought our first farm, we named it Cape View – you could see the Cape Arid from out kitchen window. The…

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Sidonia Hills Natural Pasture Grazed Beef

‘Good things take time to grow’

Introducing Paul, Ross, William, Sam, Benjamin and Danielle of Sidonia Hills Pasture Grazed Beef. Sidonia Hills is located 19 kms northeast of popular foodie town Kyneton in the Macedon Ranges, Victoria. This is the 46th story I have featured recognising the farmers who work hard to supply this country with food in celebration of the Australian Year of the Farmer.

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Winners are Grinners

Thank you to everyone who has entered my competitions last week. And most importantly, thank you so much for your wonderful comments of support and suggestions. The  winners are: Tuesday:  Elianda Lee Wednesday:  Carolyn Flynn Thursday:  Anne… Friday:  RodandAmba@… and pinecreek@…   And the winner of the RM Williams Magazine subscription is: Linda Ripper  …

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‘Growing things is what we love’ by Sue Middleton

Introducing Sue Middleton. Sue and her husband Michael Brennan farm in the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia. Their story is number 45 in my quest to feature 52 farming stories in 52 weeks to celebrate the Australian Year of the Farmer. Summary of our family and farming enterprise My Husband and his family have farmed…

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