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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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Guest Blog: Karly Lane

  I’m off to Perth next week with a great book under my arm. Karly Lane’s new book Morgan’s Law just somehow jumped into my hands, when I was in the Book Shop last week! North Star (Karly’s first book) was a great read and I’ve no doubt that Morgan’s Law will be the same…

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Magic Mornings

Thursday presented itself as a big day. We had about one thousand lambs to mark. The first thing about that statement is: I know my back is going to hurt. The second thing: ‘Are you we going to be able to get a mob that size in the yards?’ It’s a scary thought. Imagine one…

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From Puppy to dog; Meita

Some of you may remember back in July or so of last year, we got a new working puppy. Her name is Meita and you can read about some of her adventures here. It’s been a while since I’ve posted about her – mainly because she is such a busy dog, it’s hard to catch…

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Purple Roads Tour

Touring is a part of being an author, but a part I find slightly confronting. I’m much better off behind a computer screen than public speaking. However, my Papa always told me it was important to push outside of my comfort zone, so bearing all this mind, I set off, last Sunday, on a flight…

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Guest Blog: Cathryn Hein

  Welcome to Cathryn Hein whose new book, Heart of the Valley has just hit the shelves. Having picked this book up in the airport on the way home, after my Purple Roads tour, it was luxury just to sink into it, while having four hours on interrupted flight time and just read. Here’s Cathryn:…

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Drought is natural – our decisions create disaster…

Introducing Graham and Cathy Finlayson and their daughter Harriet who own and manage ‘Bokhara Plains’ at Brewarrina in NSW. Their story is Number 16 in our quest to feature 52 farming stories in 52 weeks.  1. Summary of your family and farming enterprise Bokhara Plains… is 7,200 Hectares of open plains country nestled between the Bokhara…

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Behind every great family meal is a Farmer! by Anna Redden

Introducing Anna Redden. Anna and her family, farm in the Somerton region of NSW. Stud summary – Triple A Angus Stud was established in 1997, by sisters Eliza, Anna and Emma Redden. Since this day through natural increase and guidance from our Stud Principles (Mum and Dad) we have watched the ladies grow in numbers.…

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