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The glory of evening

  June has been a wonderfully wet month and a very busy one! We were screaming for rain in the first week, but slowly Mother nature built her Cold Front’s a sent them one by one, week by week and let the clouds do their job. Rain it did – the second week of June…

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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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Special things about farming

  I have just watched a heifer have her calf. There is nothing more special than watching a brand new life come into the world, be it animal or human. A “heifer” is a first time mum and like all of us, when we’re first timers, they’ve got some things to learn. She sniffed it…

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Babies galore…

It’s that time of year again… Yes, BABIES! This is one of my favourite times in our farming calendar. And this season, it’s made even better by the 60mm of rain we had about two weeks ago; there is a green pick for all the animals. (By ‘green pick’ I mean the clover and grasses…

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Welcome to 2012!

  Well the sun set on a fairly crappy year last night and to be perfectly honest, I’m pleased to see the back of 2011. (I have to say, many people I’ve spoken to have found 2011 to be a bad year, so I don’t think it’s just our community that wanted to hold a…

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Time to wean the cows and calves

Weaning is a fun time of year for me. Perhaps not for the calves as they’ve been taken from their mothers for the first time! Weaning is much the same for calves as it is for human babies when mum decides it’s time to no longer feed from breast or bottle. Or when it comes…

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Scary noises…

I guess to write a book you need some sort of imagination. Imagination is something I have and have had since I was very little. I was encouraged to have imagination – my Nana Parnell would tell me stories – stories that came from her head, without pictures or books. I had to guess what…

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Miss Meita and the chooks

  Miss Meita is a gorgeous dog. In fact it’s been a while since a dog has stolen my heart the way she has. Oh, I love all dogs – they are my favourite animal, but Meita is special – almost as special as my Old Rexy. But, she is mischievous! And maybe a bit…

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Editing and Harvest don’t mix

As the time for the unedited proof copies of Purple Roads to go to the printers, nears, my editing time seems to be shrinking – gasp! Late last week I got the third round of edits back and although there’s still a reasonable amount to do, there is a backlog of farm and housework that…

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Meita’s first ute ride

There comes a time in every dog’s life, when they graduate to riding in the back of the ute.  Believe it or not there is a lot to learn about riding in the back of a wobbling, moving and bouncing piece of tin! We always tie our dogs on because no matter how seasoned a…

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Frustration at it’s best (or worst!)

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a start to the thunderstorm season like the one we’ve had this year! If you go back to a previous couple of blogs, you’ll read that we have had about 40mm over the last week or so. Well you can make that about 50mm now! The sheep always camp…

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Sometimes, windows are my eyes

Last week, after many power outages and surges, the microwave blew up closely followed by the TV. I’m not casting any aspersions that the power caused the demise of my two electrical appliances, but it does seem coincidental. We rarely watch TV and I thought I hardly used the microwave…  However not two days after…

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My new editor

  I’m lucky enough to have a writing partner. He’s pretty good at what he does; he keeps my feet warm, doesn’t answer back and sits there with his head to one side listening to me argue with myself about plot points. It seems that I often bore him though. That’s when he will lie…

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Mud, blood and other farming things!

My blog has been a bit quiet on the farming side lately–only because I’ve been so busy in the sheep yards. The approaching spring is a really busy time, particularly for sheep graziers. It means flies. We’ve been running all our sheep through the jetting race, trying to head off any problems. We’ve been crutching…

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Favourite views

These are my favourite views of our farm. It seems to say everything about it – natural (all the bush that has been left as stock shelters), fertile (that dark green is a lovely, healthy looking barley crop), undulating. Then the man made things – good fences and a great road that also acts as…

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Clean bums

I love crutching time. It’s wonderful when the sheep leave the yards with beautiful clean, white rumps and we know that really, there shouldn’t be any problems with flies. There is real satisfaction in finishing a job that needs doing. The top photo is the last of about 1,000 ewes that went through the shed…

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My old Rexy

I went to sit with my first ‘child’ today. Although he’s a bit dottery on his paws now, and old and grey around the muzzle with weepy eyes, underneath he’s still my old Rex. He was born one cold blustery winter night under the combine in our machinery shed. Coincidentally it was on my dad’s…

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Dr Dolittle and an Afrikaans speaking dog

This is our dog Law – he understand English – especially farm dog instructions like ‘Go back, get up, up the front and most used of all, F*** off.’ Have you ever thought about animals speaking other languages? When you do think about it, it seems perfectly logical. After all if the only words that…

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A busy month ahead

I can’t believe we’ve hit March already – I’m not sure where the year has disappeared to! Our weather has been slightly murky for the last few weeks, with a real autumn feel about it. I sometimes can’t believe that Perth can be around the 40 degree mark and we haven’t hit 25 degrees! It…

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Cattle are curious creatures!

Cattle are curious and destructive creatures. Most of the time, they love just munching away in the paddock or snoozing in the sun, but there are times when their inner teenager comes out and the mischief starts;  jumping fences, getting in the laneways, busting through gates… or knocking troughs around. They love water and if…

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