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Sunrise in Red Dust Country

Dad was up pre-dawn to fly north for a couple of days, which meant he had to drag Mum out of bed. (There are no lights on the bush airstrip, so mum sits down the end of the strip with the car lights on, so Dad could see the end of the runway and be airborne in…

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Getting ready

This guy is taking level readings to find the best spot for the new dam to take advantage of the natural fall in the land and maximise water collection. This thing that Graham is peering through, is like a pair of really strong binoculars. What you can’t see is Anthony, way out in the paddock,…

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Crop’s Up!

Well, the barley’s up! Its had a lovely couple of drinks from the rain we’ve had over the past week, the insects have been sprayed out, we can’t see any weeds … so this crop has had a good start. Now, it’s got a fair bit more growing to do over the next five months.…

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Lambing and Shelter

Our ewes lamb from April through until early August. It gives us a range of ages and therefore we’re able to send lambs off at different times of the year. It spreads the risk and cash-flow! Lambing during winter can have its downfalls ifs a particularly strong cold front come through and there are lots…

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The Red Spot

See that red spot? Its my daughter off walking Rocket. I dropped her at the front of this paddock to walk up through the middle. It gives both her and Rocket time to explore, check out the insects that are about, or talk to the animals. The cows are checking out what they’re both up…

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Calling in the Big Guns!

This is a huge piece of machinery isn’t it?! It’s a D9 bulldozer and it’s about to dig a great big dam for us. Last year was a terrible year, east of Esperance, season wise. We hadn’t had run off rain for nearly 18 months (that’s rain that will put water into the dams) and…

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Perfect Days

Some days its hard to describe the landscape’s beauty. This photo doesn’t look anything special, but the atmosphere during this day, was. The day was warm with little breeze blowing. The grey clouds were beginning to roll over, bringing with them the hope of rain. A neighbour was burning somewhere – bush smoke (at this…

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Graceful Ibis

We have a lot of Ibis around our two farms. They love getting in around the dams and putting that long, sharp beak to work, hunting out bugs! They come in together in huge flocks (I assume they’re called flocks and not mobs or ‘a murder’ (as in crows). They are so graceful and hang…

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Cheeky!

Check out this cheeky little fella! I fed some hay out for the bulls who live in this paddock, but they were busy sunning themselves way down the other end and obviously didn’t hear the tractor with the wind that was blowing. The sheep took full advantage of not having to muscle their way in…

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The ‘Joys’ of Farming!

There’s always something to do on a farm and we’ve been picking rocks recently. This paddock is going to be seeded to oats, when we get our opening rains. As you can see, it’s pretty dry here at the moment but we’re hoping for rain so we can get this crop and make our hay.…

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Specky Visitors

These Black Cockies arrive suddenly and leave just as quickly! One day the pine trees are quiet, the cattle are grazing without a care in the world… and then suddenly… “SQUARK, squark, squark’! They’ve arrived. I’m sure these attention seekers have got no idea how loud their call is and how frightening it is for…

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Those Elders Men have a lot to answer for!

Victoria Brown is a bush poet and a fantastic one at that! She’s a farmer’s wife who’s skill has extended beyond the front gate of the farm. Her talents have included Speaker of the Year for the CWA, to being a regular guest of the ABC radio and releasing her own CD of poems last…

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Lovely Mornings

What a magic view to wake up to! The fogs are indicating a really wet August as we’ve had mists every morning for the last two weeks, or maybe longer … time gets away from me! We can only hope this will be the case, since there hasn’t been any opening rains yet and August…

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School Holiday Fun

I seem to be climbing a lot of hills these school holidays! At least this one isn’t as high or as steep as Mount Raggard! This is Mount Howick, the hill I live under… or at the bottom of! The kids and I headed off early one morning, climbed to the top and had a…

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Nature’s contrasts

I guess photos of sunsets have been done over and over, but every time I manage to take a good one, I get excited! This is at Thomas River (again!). We were just setting up our camp as the sun slipped below the hills. The beach is an interesting place at sunset, one minute full…

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Family Reunion

I find that even though our family is close, we don’t often get to see each other as much as we should. With family members scattered from one side of the country to the other, and Esperance being slightly ‘out of the way’, it sometimes makes getting together very difficult. This Easter was a lovely…

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Mount Ragged challenge

I was talking to a mate last week and she asked me what I was up to for Easter. We hadn’t planned to do a lot, since the heifers were calving and we couldn’t leave them for long. It seems I lied! See this large rock in the distance? We went to visit it! After…

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Happy Easter

Here we at Easter already – where has this year flown? I was trying to take a photo of these eggs to help wish you all a happy Easter, but Rocket was intrigued by the smell and wouldn’t get out of the way! So from Rocket and the rest of the McDonald crew, we wish…

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Only in the bush…

We get a mail delivery twice a week. It’s a pain when you get a phone call on a day, saying something really important is in town, (like parts for the tractor, a new piece of machinery or… a box of books!) and there’s another week to go until you can pick it up! That’s…

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Heifer bonding

These are some of our heifers that are due to calve, and all will have over the next six weeks. Heifers are ‘cows’ that haven’t had a calf before, so the whole thing is new to them. We need to make sure they have the calf okay and that the Mum loves it. Some heifers…

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My New Friends

Anthony and I went to a 40th birthday recently and we were really privileged to make some new friends. The invitation stated Aussie icon’s only, but no streakers. We thought that was fair enough, considering the forecast was cold. Kylie Mole, B1, B2 and the Original Aussie Farmer were the first few we came across.…

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