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A shining star

Today I’ll be heading to the beach as I’ve done on this day for the past two years. You see, today it’s two years since my friend Ned died and Ned loved the beach. Her death was expected. She’d been suffering from breast cancer for a while and was told just before Christmas there was…

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Once upon a time there was…

Once upon a time there was a vibrant homestead set deep in a gully. The backdrop to this beautiful setting was rolling hills, green pastures, grazing sheep  and kangaroos, and a bubbling little stream. In days past, these buildings would have echoed with the shouts of shearers as their blades snipped across the sheep’s back,…

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How do you read?

Reading has always been my escape. It’s not often I walk out the front door without a book, just in case I get caught behind a mob of slow moving sheep or I’ve got a spare five minutes waiting for a truck. I can read most places – in a busy cafe, noisy sheep yards…

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Rain! Where for art thou, rain?

We’ve had our opening rains – 30mm over about five or six days. Awesome. You just can’t be unhappy with that. Now I’m going to be a farmer and complain! We need some more. The canola crop is in, we’ve got over 2,000 lambs marked (with another 6,000 to go that I’m not thinking about…

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Bookshelves part 2

My last blog about Bookshelves was a huge hit. Obviously it resonated with a lot of you guys out there and so it should – it’s a really important subject! Here’s some more authors and friends that take their bookshelves as seriously as I do! Helene Young: Order my book shelves? That would take time…

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Bookshelves

To me, bookshelves are a massive talking point when you go to someone’s home. It’s where I gravitate to, after I’ve kissed the hostess hello and collected my glass of wine. The rest of them can go and do what they want, but I head to the bookshelves! The way they are arranged are intensely…

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ABC Bookclub: “Gone” by Jennifer Mills

Today, at 5:45pm on ABC Statewide radio, Barry Nicholls and I will haivng our first on-air bookclub discussion. We’re talking about Jennifer Mills and her book Gone. I asked Jen to answer some questions for me, leading up to this afternoons chat and here she is: 1) Where did the idea for Gone come from?…

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Guest blog: Steve Rossiter AusLit

Thanks to Fleur for inviting me to write a guest blog for her site. For the benefit of anyone who doesn’t know me, I started The Australian Literature Review website (www.auslit.net), which went online in June last year, and have been it’s Editor since then. (The official 1st birthday is coming up on June 14th.)…

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Nearly there… I think!

I’m on the countdown to having to have Purple Roads finished. I think there is seven weeks until Allen and Unwin are expecting it. While I was in Perth I managed to edit most of the manuscript, but there is still a bit of tidying up to do, plus a few thousand more words to…

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Guest Blog: Kerri Sackville

Kerri has taken the world of Twitter and publishing, by storm. Her hugely successful book ‘When my husband does the dishes‘ has made women and men alike, laugh and cry, from the moment they open they cover. A guest appearance on Sunrise (that you can see here) and Kerri is one of the best known…

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Guest blog: Jo Hart

Poor Jo! She’s been waiting for me to put this blog up for nearly two weeks and I’ve been rather slack! Jo has her short story in Australian Literature: A Snapshot in 10 Short Stories and that was how we hooked up, as mine is in there too. Here she talks about her story, daily…

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Exciting happenings!

Going to Perth, for us, is mostly a big adventure. We don’t go often – the eight hour drive puts a ‘quick trip’ out of the question. We left very early last week – 4am. My daughter needed to be in Perth for an appointment at 3:30pm – nothing like a deadline and an unfamiliar…

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Heart stopping fun…

So the boss gave me a slight heart attack on Saturday night! Actually, it was rather a large one. Happily getting tea ready, I was in the kitchen, enjoying a moment of peace, when my daughter came hurtling inside yelling that she needed her camera. Curious, I asked why. ‘Haven’t you seen the fire?’ she…

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Mist and Mystery

I’ve loved all of Enid Blyton’s books, since I’ve been able to read them. I still enjoy going back and spending time in amongst the pages now. I love the fact I can read them in about half an hour and still get as much enjoyment out of them, as I did when I was…

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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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Modern Technology…

… is great when it works! And it’s even better for farmers who are a fair way out of town and need something as soon as they can get it. We’ve borrowed a scarifier from a friend and we need to get some points for it – points are the bits that dig into the…

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Autumn Evenings

I think regular readers of my blog know that our family spends a bit of time at the beach. The boss is a keen fisherman and always seems to have his eye on the tides, his Almanec and whatever else that tells him it’s a good fishing night. Our beaches are usually deserted but in…

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Amazing

Hands up who likes the song ‘Amazing’? ME! That song was playing in my head when this ‘Amazing’ view was all mine… I just had to share it with you all. I love rainbows. I’m not sure why, maybe it’s the clear colours against bright blue or dark cloudy skies, or maybe that it just…

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Babies!

For the last two weeks, our calves and lambs have started to arrive – it’s always a beautiful time of the year. The calves, in particular are gorgeous, as they play, tail in the air and canter around the paddock, chasing each other. When they’re first born, they are very much like human babies (or…

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A new Aussie Author – Jaye Ford

With April as our Aussie Author Month, I thought I’d like to bring you a new author, that I’ve only just heard about. Jaye’s book, Beyond Fear has kept me glued to the pages over the past few weeks and I’ve enjoyed every word. Her call story is even more inspiring. I’m really pleased to…

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