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Slave Labour in the garden

Every so often the garden gets the better of me. In fact, it’s always got the better of me – I’m the worlds worst gardener! I love beautiful gardens and always wanted a huge one with lots of lawn and flowers. I’ve got one, but it seems to grow more weeds than flowers and the…

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Tractor Pull

How strong are you? Have you got a team that could pull a tractor? Well we put it to the test on Saturday, March 21 with the Staines Esperance Tractor Pull at the Condingup P&C Community Fair. There’s $500 up for grabs – you should be able to shout the bar with that! There’s so…

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Amazing …

It amazes me the things you find when you go looking. While searching the garden with the kids, looking for odd things, Rochelle and I found this little bloke! I guess he’s looking for food but what a great place to hide from predatory animals, like birds! I think he’s got it worked out pretty…

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Condingup Fair Revs Up!

Esperance Helitours come and ‘park’ on our hockey oval, offering rides. White knuckled fliers are more than welcome as are those who take to the air like birds. How great it would be to see Condingup by air, or maybe check out the good fishing holes over at The Duke or close by beaches. The…

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Sheared Out!

Dogs work really hard at shearing time. They make the job much easier by packing sheep into races, getting them into the shed, penning up and of course helping muster the paddocks to bring the sheep into the yards. That’s of course if you’re a work dog. Rocket’s not. But because his legs are so…

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Cake Competitions

There seems to be great competition between kids when it comes to their birthday cakes! Now, this is fine if you’re like my friend Gill and is a brilliant cook, decorator and everything else that goes on in the kitchen! If you’re like me and struggle to get a cake to rise, let alone make…

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Higher Fido, Higher!

I recently told you all about the Condingup Community Fair and how it’s our annual fund raiser for our small school. Well this is a competition that happens every year, sets tongues wagging and will whet you’re your appetite to attend the day! The dog high jump is a great entertainer – the dog that…

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Profusion of Peaches

I love stone fruit and we are lucky to have moved to a house with a delicious peach bearing tree. Big, fat, juicy ones! Trouble is, the tree is completely overloaded, so much so that one of the branches broke off about two weeks ago. Also the fruit all ripens at around the same time!…

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The Stockman goes Fishing!

Hang up the hat and out with the rods. I think there’s a fair bit of difference between mustering sheep and cattle and trying to catch fish, but its a brilliant way to relax. Especially when the weather is perfect and the sea is flat. Our fishing trip consisted of an awesome sunset, a couple…

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Israelite Bay

About two hours’ drive from where we live, is an amazing, wild place called Israelite Bay. Brilliant fishing, very isolated (No shops, takeaways and definitely no mobile range!). It drips with history.   The old telegraph station that was used as the main point of contact in the late 1800s and early 1900s and the stonework in the magnificant old building…

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Puppies?

Rocket’s got a girlfriend! Zoey has come on a sleepover and they seem to enjoy playing together, which is a good start, but who knows if there will be puppies in the end! We’d like some, but the hitch seems to be working out what’s got to go where! How and when! There’s been the…

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The Condingup Community Fair is on Again!

March 21 is etched in the Condingup Community’s mind. It’s the date of our annual fair that we use to raise money for our school. Its a day full of fun and excitement aimed at families. There’s a dog high jump and tractor pull, many competitions – cooking and photography and loads more that I…

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The Bushfires

I’ve been trying to find the words to express my horror and sympathy but I’ve come to the conclusion that words just don’t cut it this time. Its the hugs, listening ears and donations of basic essentials that is gong to give more to these grief-stricken people, who have will be shell-shocked for months and…

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Escaping the water

With the bit of rain we’ve had recently, I think this duck is looking for a safe place away from the water! He plonked himself on top of our garage, which was a bit of an unusual sight, staying for quite some time! He’d obviously had enough of wet feet!

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Classic Kids

Unexpectedly, a change in the weather netted us a couple of mm of rain. Looking out the window I commented to myself: ‘I’m not sure where that has come from.’ My little man, who’d run past as I was muttering obscenities about rain wrecking the dry feed and clothes on the line, did though. ‘It’s…

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Morning Glory

My late father-in-law had a saying ‘Morning is the best time of the day, I always say!’ and the past few mornings have been just that! Calm, cool and really quite autumn-like. It’s been a joy to be up and about early.

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Missing in Action

Does anyone else’s washing machine eat socks? Sitting watching the cricket I decided it was time to attack the odd sock pile. that had been taunting me for about oh, maybe three years. While fielding questions from Hayden: ‘What does ‘de but mean Mum?’ (debut!!), I tried to match pair after pair but the rotten…

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Just visiting …

It’s been warm on the South Coast of WA recently and I sent Rochelle out to let the dogs off the chain so they could have a run under the sprinklers and cool off. She came running back into the house yelling there was a Racehorse Goanna up the wall! Not really believing her, I…

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Cheeky Dogs

Meet Bob the Kelpie and Tim! These two cheeky dogs can’t bear to be away from their owners, Rob and Helen, who are sitting inside having a bite to eat. Much to the delight of Hayden and Rochelle, (the hysterical giggles proved this). Tim in particular kept sticking his head into the cat door thinking…

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Final Bell Rings

Last night our little school where Rochelle and Hayden and 70 odd other kids go, had it’s Concert night. It’s a myriad of songs, skits, speeches and awards that all enjoy. It’s also a special graduation for the Year 7s who now leave the familiarity of their small school to attended much larger one’s whether…

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Country creatures

Check this beehive out! Anthony and I were quietly minding our own business, blowing the header down in readiness for the next day’s harvest and suddenly we were attacked by these bees! I got stung three times in the head — thankfully I’m not too allergic and that Anthony didn’t get stung, because he is.…

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