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The funny roads life takes you on

It’s funny where life takes you. Often you have know idea what is around the corner, or if you do, it’s completely different to what you thought was going to be there. I saw a quote on Facebook yesterday and it went something like: ‘Life didn’t go according to plan… But that’s okay.’ To be…

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The little things…

  Today over at Outback Paparazzi, we’re focusing on THE LITTLE THINGS. Things that make us smile, when we stop and look for them. I love dew drops on the fence, green grass, good coffee, beautiful views, kids laughing. Cattle sitting contentedly chewing their cud. Too many things to mention – oh, the moon rising.…

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Choose your own adventure

Did you ever read the ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ books when you were a kid? You know the ones where you’d read a chapter and then get given two choices, and depending on which choice you made, you’d get sent to a certain page and follow the story on from there? I used to love…

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Getting stuck in the mundane…

Do ever find lunch boxes so hard to fill? Does it feel like you’re making ham and pickles sandwiches (or something similar) ALL the time and the kids are board with your food? Oh. I sound like an advert don’t? Sorry! But, that’s how I feel. Especially since I’ve been pre-making food for the whole…

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A big birthday…

Well, gotta say it’s not every day that I turn 40. I’ve said before that approaching this big birthday, I wasn’t at all worried. I was grateful to be able to celebrate it because plenty of people I know haven’t had that privilege. That was until my sister rang this morning and said: ‘Just think…

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Dear Nana P and Nana H,

Dear Nana P and Nana H, It’s Mother’s Day again. I always think about you today. How could I not, with the beautiful memories of Mother’s Day. I wonder, if you were here, if you’d talk about the handmade cards I used to give you when I was young. If we’d laugh about how I’d…

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Back at it!

This is where we spent most of our Sunday and it’s ‘that’ time of the year again. I guess there is a few ‘that’ times of the year on a farm, but this particular ‘that’, is lamb marking. This year, we have about 10,000 lambs to mark. No small number and it will take weeks,…

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Turning the big four oh!

  In a couple of weeks I’ll have a phone call from mum telling me the story of the day I was born. I get it every year… Does your mum do (or has she done) that? It goes something like this: ‘The creeks were up, as your Nana drove me across to Booleroo to…

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What lunch boxes and baby birds have in common

I know my Mum has told me I have a warped way of looking at things at times, but I’m sure there are other people who see things and think the same as I do. Isn’t there? Tell me what you think of when you look at these lunch boxes. Go on, leave me a…

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Introductions

For those of you who have been visiting me for a while, you’ll probably have a good idea of   my family and me. For those of you who haven’t, I thought it might be time to reintroduce ourselves! I’m Fleur. Mum, farmer, writer. In about that order! I grew up in the mid-north of…

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That moment when your heart skips a beat…

Every so often things go slightly crazy around here. I’ve written a few blogs about when it happens. One is here and another one, here. They always seem to involve snakes, frogs, chooks, kids and the Jack Russell. Today was one of moments. Teenagers seem to like their music up loud. We have a new car…

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Lamb anyone?

I love Australia. It’s in my nature to be very patriotic! When the strains of ‘I still call Australia home’ or Advance Australia Fair ring out, I get goosebumps! I love our beaches, our cities and I ADORE our country areas – hopefully that comes through in my writing. I’m grateful that we are able…

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Centrelink and me

A few weeks ago, you might remember I posted a ‘Beware, rant ahead‘ blog. I need to tell you all again, I don’t usually rant and I don’t usually get so uptight and upset. To sum it up quickly, buying a house in town, so the kids could be educated was turning out to be…

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The dreaded post-Christmas de-tox

I’ve alway thought of myself as reasonably strong. I’m pretty pig-headed, can be opinionated, (but usually only in my head. Even though I have them, I don’t often say them out-loud) and if I put my mind to something, I’m not usually dissuaded. Stubborn. (Our kids have a double cross of it, because The Boss…

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Beware… Rant ahead

I rarely rant on my blog. I don’t think it’s fair you see me wear my heart on my sleeve. However, I am so angry, I am going to. And, I know a lot of you who read this are country people. You will understand how difficult it is to educate kids from where we…

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What makes it Christmas at your house?

Christmas this year, will be different for us. Like so many families across the world, we will have an empty chair at our table. This, in itself, brings thoughts and feelings I’m unable to express – I haven’t worked out how yet. It will be a quiet one for us too – just the four…

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My disastrous Christmas

In the lead up to Christmas, I’ve been trying to work out, which Christmas’s was most memorable, weird, sad, happy, so on and so forth. I thought it might make a cool little series to read. Anyway, one that I came up with was my most disastrous Christmas. I need to give you a little…

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Day I learned the truth…

**Spoiler Alert: You are NOT to read this post if you are under 16** I remember a Christmas, many years ago, when I was about 10. I was SO excited. My family from Alice Springs were coming down, I’d get to see my cousins, whom I ADORED, my Aunty who was even better and there…

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How do you spend your Christmas?

Last Christmas, I had my first Christmas back on ‘home soil’ in more than 18 years. My husband took me ‘back home’ as a thank you for caring for his mum. I guess I should explain that, for farmers in Australia, Christmas is held at the wrong time of the year! It’s really difficult for…

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Stockmen learn to sing… And harvest

View from the top of the header We’re still harvesting. This must be one of the most frustrating harvests we’ve had in years! The wind has howled from the east – cool, moist gale-forced winds, which doesn’t let the moisture come down in the grain enough, so we can get it into the silos. A…

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Down time

    Even during the busiest times of the year, down time is necessary. I always know when it is needed, depending on the various levels of grumpiness that comes home, from the paddock. Sometimes, the men of the farm, work it out for themselves, other times, they need a woman to suggest it’s time…

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