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Purple Roads is launching at the Condy Fair!

  I’m really excited to let you know, that in conjunction with Le Grand Book Shop, we will be launching Purple Roads at the Condingup Community Fair, 24th of March 2012. This is your opportunity to get your pre-relase copy. (It’s not really due out until the 2nd of April). Our community fair, or Condy…

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Between farming and retirement by Marg Agnew

Introducing Rob and Marg Agnew from Esperance, WA   1. Family and enterprise My husband Rob and I are between farming and retirement and we live on a property north east of Esperance in WA. We downsized a couple of years ago and now work on our holding that keeps us gainfully employed and busy…

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Hot, hot, hot…

I’m not sure if I’ve ever told you all, but I am NOT a summer girl! I don’t do heat and at the whiff of a 35 degree day, I promise myself I will shift to Tasmania. Yesterday it was 45.6 degrees on our verandah. In the bloody SHADE! I can’t tell you how ‘ugh’…

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Purple Roads in my hand

  Monday was an exciting day. After much hard work, a few little hiccups and the wonderful input from all at Allen and Unwin (namely Siobhan Cantrill, Louise Thurtell) Purple Roads arrived in my mailbox. You know, it’s funny. I thought I’d rip off the mailbag, tear open the packages and stare at it. I…

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Sardine Fisherman are pioneers, innovators & visionaries

 Introducing Executive Officer of the South Australian Sardine Industry, Paul Watson. Paul was a prawn fisherman for many years before taking on this role in the Sardine Industry. His passion for sustainable fishing is clear and I thank him for being a part of my blog.   1. Summary of the Sardine Industry Port Lincoln…

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Food: Are you paying for it? By Corey Blacksell

Introducing Corey Blacksell. Corey is the fifth farmer I’m featuring in my quest for 52 farmer 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  Together with my wife Tiffany and children Brandon (14) and Lauren (13) we…

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Rain and Reading Piles

  I know I’ve been a bit quiet on the farming blogs lately – sorry about that! I’m sure you understand getting kids on holidays and then getting them back to school. Covering books, naming clothes, making sure school uniforms fit and all of those sorts of jobs. My kids were so excited to be…

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Purple Roads

  I’ve been hanging out to show you the cover for Purple Roads and here it is! Isn’t it beautiful? Lisa White, one of the amazing Allen and Unwin designers, has excelled herself, once again. There is also a book trailer to whet your which you can take a look at here: [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5R0uAYwmkk[/youtube] April 2 is…

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And the sun sets on Purple Roads

  I feel sick. I’ve got butterflies and the shakes. And on top of all that, I’m nervous (and a worrier!). Purple Roads is heading to the printers on Monday. That’s it. Done. Finished. There’s nothing more I, nor my editor, can do. The sun has set on this journey. I get like this any…

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The National Year of Reading – escapism

“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.” ? Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice Do you love going to a movie…

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Australian Year of the Farmer – A Farmer’s Story – No. 2

Introducing Angus Whyte from Wyndam, North of Wentworth, NSW   1. Summary of your family and farming enterprise My name is Angus Whyte I live with my wife Kelly and 8 year old son Mitchell at “Wyndham”, a 12,500ha pastoral property on the Anabranch River 85km north of Wentworth NSW.  We consider ourselves “graziers”, in…

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Guest Blog: Jessica Rudd

  As the first guest blogger for 2012 I’m over the moon to have the witty and gorgeous Jessica Rudd. You can follow her on Twitter  @Jess_Rudd or on Facebook here. Jess, 27, had three career changes in as many years—law, PR, politics—but is now going steady with her life as a writer. She hopes…

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