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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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Tractor Buddy

This is Rocket our Jack Russell. He’s usually the kids ‘play thing’ but since they were at school and I was sitting in a tractor by myself, carting hay, he became my tractor buddy today! Full of mischief at the best of times, he tried many a balancing act to try and get out of…

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Beaumont Bin Beauties

This week I made two trips to the Beaumont Bin (which is one of the outlying silos that grain is delivered to once harvest starts) to have the moisture in our grain tested. Tarren is one of three beauties working there, testing the moisture, checking the specifications and giving the truckies a bit of lip…

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Country strippers

This is how we raise money in the country! These two amazing calendars have been shot at different sides of the country but are raising money for worthy causes. The Pearls of Wisdom calendar was shot in Esperance by Marni Topping (our wonderful portrait and wedding photographer) who readily donated her time for this cause.…

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Forget Hockey Mom’s …

Sarah Palin and her crew have nothing on these Condingup basketball mum’s (and dad’s)! Well these aren’t all of them — the others are coaching, working in the canteen or bar, or just watching. These are the people who travel, sometimes up to a 90km round trip, to take their kids to basketball on a…

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Harvesting Hope

I was carting hay today and watching the dust billow up from the road where the huge C-Train’s have been carting the first grain harvested, to the bins in Esperance, thinking how lucky were we to have grain to harvest after this horrific start to this year. I was chatting with a mate last night…

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Fishing at sunset

We went fishing one night after a quite hot day. We caught one salmon but since they’re not great eating, Hayden put it back in. No fish in sight, but there was a wine, beer and some nibbles not far away

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