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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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Harry Houdini reincarnated!

  I’ve always found Harry Houdini’s escapes quite incredible, but I have to say Meita has well and truly put herself up there with him! Now there comes a time in every girl’s life… And yes, Meita has hit ‘that’ age! It’s really quite important that she doesn’t escape from her cage and become ‘friendly’…

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Family Trees for families that don’t exist; Silver Gums

My friend and critique partner, Carolyn, is mad keen on Genealogy. So much so she runs her own business tracking down people’s family trees and family members. She’s VERY good at what she does. Cal drew me a family tree for the Greenfield family in Blue Skies, so I didn’t get confused about dates, ages…

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Inspirational Women, Jo Fincham on her book: Out of the Blue

Introducing the wonderful Jo Fincham. Jo’s book ‘Out of the Blue’ is an inspirational account of her personal journey through depression, bulimia, self harm, obsessive compulsive behaviours and suicidal tendancies. It also tells us a little about behind the scenes of Reality TV – she and her husband, Rob, met during the filming of A…

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Silver Gums

It can be daunting sitting down at a blank computer screen wondering if I know enough words to fill it enough to tell a story. I need somewhere between 90 and 100,000 of the bloody things! And, obviously, they all have to make sense and have a story line in there as well.

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Enjoy good food – it is the best medicine

  Summary of your family and farming enterprise We are organic apple growers at Kalangadoo in the Limestone Coast of South Australia. We own a very small orchard of about 12 acres and share farm another small orchard which has managed to support us and our four kids over the past 10 years.

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Guest blog: Karen Viggers, The Lightkeeper’s Wife

I’m really excited to have Karen Viggers talking to us today. I love her writing and The Lightkeeper’s wife brought out all sorts of emotions in me. Karen is an amazing person with all she manages to pack into her life – in fact over the few conversations we had, it was either her or…

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Magic, Misty May Mornings

My kids are learning about alliteration’s at the moment. According to their teacher, that means consecutive words starting with the same letter, hence the title of this blog! They came up with it. Our mornings have been stunning recently; the fog seems to roll in about seven AM and you can literally see the tentacles…

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‘Fire!’

  Fires can be frightening. They’re unpredictable, one moment moving slowly, the next whipping across a paddock, fuelled by strong winds and dry grass or stubbles. However, this is the time of year that we chose to burn. Chilly mornings and nights, gives us a chance to do what we call a ‘slow burn or…

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‘What a wonderful world…’

  Whoa! That is one record bad cover, hey? So the year was 1988 and there was some pretty good songs in the top ten. In fact I think I’ve heard more of this year’s songs on the radio than the year we did last week, 1987! Top Ten: 1. I’ve had the time of…

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Farm life provides children a unique type of freedom…

Introducing Fleur and David Ferris. Fleur and her family farm on properties near Bunnaloo in Southern NSW.  Fleur’s story is number 20 in our quest to feature 52 farming stories in 52 weeks. Introduction My name is Fleur Ferris. I live on our 1000 acre irrigation farm in Bunnaloo, southern New South Wales, with my husband, David, and…

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Guest Blog: Liz Harfull

The name Liz Harfull is well known in media and country ciricles alike. She is an award-winning journalist and Churchill Fellow who grew up on a small farm near Mt Gambier which has been in the family since the early 1860s. She worked for several newspapers before spending twelve years with a leading national public relations…

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Happy Mother’s Day

Mum’s are so important – let’s face it, without them none of us would be here! Although there are times I wonder if they are the unsung hero’s of the world. I mean, who, other than a mum, will be up with a child, rubbing their back and offering comforting words, as they vomit, or…

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Life defining moments with music

  Do ever feel you can define your life with songs? I do. During earlier posts, I’ve talked about my love of music and how is it a huge part of my life. What I’m really interested in is what music makes your world go around? I went to Boarding school from 1987 to 1991.…

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Food for thought, thought for food! by Elizabeth Brennan

Introducing Elizabeth Brennan. Elizabeth and her family farm on properties between Wongan Hills and Moora in the WA Wheatbelt.  Elizabeth’s story is number 19 in our quest to feature 52 farming stories in 52 weeks.   1.     Summary of your family and farming enterprise  I remember thinking as a young tacker the only thing I would change about…

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