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How do you harvest your sunshine?

Introducing Ainsley McArthur, her husband Rob and their six children from the Central Queensland Coast. Their story is number 30 in my quest to feature 52 Farming stories in 52 weeks my way of celebrating the Australian Year of the Farmer.   Summary of our life on the land: Rob and I, along with our six children,…

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Helene Young; Burning Lies and her garden!

Today I’m really excited to have Helene Young here chatting with us. Burning Lies is Helene’s third book; her previous two have won and been nominated, respectively, for the Romance Writers R*BY award – romantic elements. Being a bit of  a crime fan, I loved Helene’s first two book and have just cracked open the…

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I have a dream….by Catherine Marriott

I have a dream……where producers and consumers have an equal passion, respect and understanding for food production in our country. Following my participation in the RIRDC Rural Women’s Award this year and the resultant formation of the company Influential Women, I now have a conduit to spread the amazing stories we have in agriculture. My…

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We put the food on your plate tonight by Kerry McKinnon

Introducing Raymond and Kerry McKinnon from Strathdownie in Western Victoria. Kerry’s story is number 27 in our quest to bring you 52 farming stories in 52 weeks as a part of our celebration of the Australian Year of the Farmer.   1. Summary of your family and farming enterprise My husband Raymond is a 4th generation sheep…

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‘Don’t panic, but…’

For regular readers of my blog, you may remember this very interesting Wednesday, a few years ago. (If you don’t, have a read and maybe a laugh!) Something similar happened last night, except this time, the kids were a long, long way away. Canberra, in fact. On a school camp. A very peaceful and enjoyable…

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The glory of evening

  June has been a wonderfully wet month and a very busy one! We were screaming for rain in the first week, but slowly Mother nature built her Cold Front’s a sent them one by one, week by week and let the clouds do their job. Rain it did – the second week of June…

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Follow a farmer – Mae Connelly

Introducing Mae Connelly from Pingrup in the Great Southern region of Western Australia. Mae’s Story is number 26 in my Farmer Blogs series, celebrating the Australian Year of the Farmer. Summary of your family and farming enterprise My husband Rohan has been working on his family’s grain and sheep farm at Pingrup for the last 10 years. His…

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Secrets and untold stories

  Behind most good stories, whether they are on the page or TV, is a secret. Or an untold story, which depending on the tale, might be the same thing! My family have all been sick this last week, with what seems to be a cross between the flu, a virus and a vomiting bug.…

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Guest blog: Danielle Hawkins, Dinner at Rose’s

  It’s been a while since I’ve been captivated by a good book. I used to love reading for pleasure, but now, I find that when I read I’m looking at lots of different things, trying to learn from the book I’m reading. Dinner at Rose’s is different. It grabbed me from the minute I…

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Seagulls will cry, but we won’t hear them…

  Lately I haven’t been sure if its the fact I’m getting older or there are more things in the world going wrong; sickness, death, war. It seems every time I turn around I hear of someone I know suddenly diagnosed with some horrible disease, or dying unexpectedly. I believe the list is endless and this…

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Guest Blog: Why I write romance, by Rachael Johns

Thanks Fleur for having me on your awesome blog!! I’m particularly happy to be here today because I ‘’met’’ Fleur through my current book JILTED. Fleur had three manuscript critiques up for grabs at the beginning of 2011 in an auction to raise money for the Queensland Flood victims. As I had an almost complete…

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Waiting, waiting…

  Yesterday, there was a forecast for good rains. We’re getting pretty desperate for one of them. But when I went outside and looked towards East, this above photo is what I saw. Fog rolling in. To the west, it looked like the photo below: I was pretty hopeful when I saw the dark clouds,…

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Feed time at (old) McDonald’s Farm

Feed time on McDonald’s farm happens every second day, when there isn’t any feed. Even though we had a whopping 45mm about eight weeks ago, we have had very little since and the paddocks are baring up quickly. Any tiny little morsel of green grass has been found and munched on by every-on-the-hunt sheep and…

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Guest blog: Jennifer Paynter

  Who loved studying “The Classics” at school? I have to admit I did – Wuthering Heights and  Tess of the d’Urbervilles are among my favourites. That’s why I knew I was going to love this book, when it popped into my mail box one day! Have a read.

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