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The life and times of the retired!

Wouldn’t it be lovely just to laze in the sun? Well that’s Rex’s life. Completely retired, except for the odd ride in the back of the ute, his life now consists of chasing the sun. One moment he’ll be stretched out in front of the door and I trip over him every time I set…

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Wally by Name and Wally by nature

This is Wally. Actually his real name is Law, but he’s a bit of a Wally, and he’s been called it that many time, he comes to that name too. You would have to wonder what was going through his head, when he decided to go to sleep like this! He stayed like this for about twenty minutes…

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A New-Look Library

This doesn’t really look like the standard library does it? Not with all the utes parked and strange looking things, including a cement mixer, at the front. Where are the books? Well, this is my new library! I have a friend who I swap books with fairly regularly, but we don’t ever seem to be…

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Wanna roll in the hay?

It doesn’t seem like twelve months ago that we hitched up the mower to the tractor and started roaring through our oats crop! Today, that’s exactly what happened. Anthony’s towing a mower conditioner, which is like  a huge lawn mower, but inside of it, there’s special rollers that crimp the stems of oats, ‘just right’…

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What’s a boy to do?

What’s a boy to do when the sheep won’t run? Have a rest of course! These full-wool girls were not at all interested in running into the sheep crate today! We were loading them up into the truck so we could cart them back to the other farm for shearing, but they were being a…

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From the top

The kids and I climbed Mount Howick recently and were left in awe of the view! Every time we go up there, we know it’s going to be good, but I think we forget how great it is until we get there again. It’s also quite deceiving how high the hill is. Our cattle look like…

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Enter the world of Ram Sales!

[flickrvideo]http://www.flickr.com/photos/fleurmcdonald/4035228275/[/flickrvideo] I shot a couple small videos at our ram sale last week. I talk about a ram sale in Blue Skies and I thought, if you haven’t been to one before, it would help you visualise the atmosphere and excitement that runs around a shed as the auction starts. You may have to watch it a couple of…

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Sale-o Sale-o!

The build up to any sale is huge, especially big if you’re putting your efforts before your peers and they are judging your work. Our ram sale was a great day! After an early start, the rams were settled in their pens and Rochelle and I headed off to the supermarket to grab all the…

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FNA Transport

This is why, when you live on a farm, you need a four wheel drive! Often you become a transport company! Ours is called FNA transport – officially Fleur and Anthony Transport, unofficially,  a rather rude word starting with F Average Transport! I took some of the extra wool into Esperance, to make the journey to…

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Off the Farm!

A little while ago, Anthony and I made a journey across the Nullarbor to Adelaide. We were going to look for good stud rams, to help advance our White Suffolk Stud. After a day in the airports we went straight from there to the show! It was wonderful to walk in and be greeted by…

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Crop Maintenance

Sometimes when the crop gets a bit too high and there’s a disease or fungus in it, we need to call in the plane. If we run over it with the boom spray and tractor, we’ll do more damage to the plant, than good. Cropsdusters are daredevils, I’m sure! They fly so close to the…

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A golden start to shearing

This is what our first day of shearing looked like at 6:00am! Sheep all ready and waiting in the yards, clear skies and a wonderful sunrise, sending a message that it was going to be a special day! We tested our new shearing shed well and truly, with 450 ewes being shorn. It worked really…

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Bogged!

This is what you get, when you’re shifting sheep, yabbering on the phone and not concentrating! Sent to bring some sheep into the yards, I used the time to call a friend – when I’m busy writing, I don’t always stay in contact with my mates as much as I should. I was quite happily…

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Winter brings yummy food!

There’s no way around it, I’m a foody. I love following our produce through from pasture to plate. I love winter and the food it brings with it – thick, hot soups, bubbling casseroles and simmering stews, all served with hot bread rolls, fresh from my oven! Cooking away quite happily, in the camp oven,…

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Meet Harold

Have you ever read For better, for worse and for lunch by Christina Hindhaugh? It is the most hysterical book, based on a city dweller who marries a farmer and her experiences as she adjusts to farm life. Christina has a character in there named Aunt Grace, or more aptly, Amazing Grace! Aunt Grace mentions…

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Beautiful Lavender

I’ve got about five lavender plants in a row at the front door of my house. You have to walk past them to get inside. I love walking past them, brushing my hand over their foliage and having the smell on my hands for hours afterwards. Lavender and their scent are one of my favourite…

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The Return of the Tiger Snake

Radio announcers often talk about how wonderful it is to have beautiful warm weather for weekends, not realising that farmers often need rain. However, the warm sunny weekend, that was sent to us recently, was a welcome relief from the cold, grey days that we’ve been experiencing! As you can see by the clear picture…

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SEPWA Ladies Day

If you’re anywhere around the South Coast of WA, I’d love it if you could put the 6th of August in your diaries! The SEPWA group is a farmer initiated organisation, started to represent the wheat growers on the South Coast. Since it’s conception in 1993, it had grown tremendously, their activities including lobbying, field…

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Damper in the House

School holidays is a great time for us to do the things that we just don’t seem to have time to do during the term… and some special things. The kids have been wanting to make damper for ages after hearing us talk about the way the old stockies used to, while they were out…

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Holiday Fishing

Well, we got our wish! Holiday time arrived and two days in, we went fishing! I was standing up on top of the sand dunes to take this photo of Anthony and Rochelle getting set up to catch ‘the big one’. I think, by the looks, Anthony is giving instructions! We had a lovely big…

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The Hunter and Gatherer

Anthony went fishing at Thomas River the other night. Being a school night the kids and I stayed home, but with holidays coming up we’re hoping to spend a few nights fishing with Dad! It was worth the Boss’s while going to throw a line in the water as he came home with this six…

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