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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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Are you a re-reader?

The celebrations and competitions are still happening today, despite the rain threatening to derail harvest for a few days. This was my view as I got off the chaser bin, yesterday. Tomorrow is the last day, to enter your name in the draw to win a two year subscription to RM Williams Outback magazine. Today…

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Celebrate and Win

I’m still in the celebratory mood! This time last year I was editing Purple Roads in the tractor, this year it’s Silver Clouds! I really couldn’t be happier! Our Day 2 Competition is:   Place a comment below letting me know what you love about the new website and perhaps what you’d like to see?…

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Happiness

  I love a good sunset or sunrise. Last Saturday evening, I was hurtling back from the other farm, after showing mum and dad the header and how it can swath canola. Coming from the mid north of South Australia and them being sheep graziers, they have no idea about cropping! Anyhow, I had Mum…

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Busy, busy…

The farm is well and truly looking like it’s summer, even though we’re only in mid-October!  Some paddocks have a gold/white tinge across the tops of the plants, indicating it’s done its time. Saturday was a warm 35 degrees, so the crops won’t take long to turn, ripen and harvest will be started before we…

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Identity Crisis

Finding a good title for a book is really important to me – it’s a bit like naming your child, or character. I’ve lived with the title Silver Gums for probably about three years and I got a horrible shock when my publisher mentioned it wasn’t going down a treat, over in the Allen and…

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