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Raising money for Queensland

Katrina Germein, Emily Gale, Kate Gordon and I have got together to raise money for the QLD Flood victims. I don’t know about you, but I’ve stood in front of the TV crying at the images and feeling so completely helpless. I couldn’t volunteer with the clean up, from down at the bottom of WA!…

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Queensland Floods

It’s with a heavy heart that I’ve been watching the news coverage of the Queensland floods. I’m sure that NSW will be feeling the effects soon, as their water profile will be full from floods before Christmas and once the water and soil profile is full, there is nowhere for the water to go. It…

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Things that make go, hmm!

I’m continually amazed at what I see in the sea, on the beaches or in National Parks, around Esperance. I guess coming from the mid-north of South Australia, I was pretty used to seeing Kangaroos, Emus and the odd King Brown snake, but we never saw anything different or exciting! Yesterday, at one of the…

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Reflections and looking forward

Happy New Year! I’m completely amazed at how quickly this year has been and gone. As a child, my Mum would always tell me, not to wish my life away, which was pretty hard, when I was ten, and thinking I was much older and knew better than she did, or sixteen and badly wanting…

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Colours

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. Our family certainly did, although we and the rest of Perth, sweltered through  38+ degrees during the ‘big’ day! It really has got me beat why Father Christmas would want to wear such a heavy outfit,  as he pops into our houses during Christmas eve. In fact…

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Merry Christmas!

Tomorrow my Christmas starts. We have family coming for the big day, so I won’t be online too much. Munji trees amaze me. They’re parasites and live off any tree or bush that is near them. This one in particular is awesome, because three weeks ago I would have sworn it was dead! No leaves,…

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Big boots to fill

Our front door is always cluttered with boots.  If it’s summer, it’s usually just of the rossi kind – normal slip on work boots, but if it’s winter they’re of the muddy, rubber variety. This door way is the bane of my life – it’s forever covered with mud, sand, grain, hay or anything that…

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Guest blog: Pippa Masson

Meet Pippa Masson; she works for Curtis Brown literary agents. Here she tells us what goes on behind the scenes in the attempt to get a book published. It’s not an easy job, filled with exciting highs and desperate lows. Thanks for joining us Pippa! Pippa: What is the life of an agent like? Well,…

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Christmas Cheer

Christmas is an important time for families to be together, laugh together, eat together. It can seem that in the busyness if life, the all important family time gets eroded. That’s why Christmas is so special for our family – we all try and get together. We love making people smile over the Christmas period…

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More book recommendations!

Here are ten reasons that books make the best Christmas presents: 10. Books don’t need to be assembled. 9. Books don’t need batteries. 8. Books don’t come in the wrong color or size. 7. Books are easy to gift wrap. 6. Books don’t go out of style. 5. Books aren’t noisy. 4. Books can be…

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Ah, Esperance weather! And more books!

The clouds started to gather, yesterday afternoon. The headers were racing to try get as much crop into the bins, before the rain came… Or maybe it wouldn’t rain, it just pretending it might. At about 8pm Hayden came running out of his room. ‘Mum, Dad I can hear rain!’ Oh good. We only had…

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Guest blog: Kim Wilkins/Kimberley Freeman

I haven’t been captivated by a book for a long time, but as soon as I picked up Wildflower Hill, by Kimberley Freeman, I was completely lost amongst its pages. Kimberley Freeman, is actually, Kim Wilkins, who writes fantasy/speculative fiction. These books, as well as her lecturing, are legendary in the writing world. She has…

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Community Spirit

We haven’t been suffering nearly as badly, as our counterparts in NSW or Victoria, where the rain has been coming down in inches, wreaking crops and washing away roads, fences and hope, leaving nothing but maintenance work, in its wake. The cruelest thing about the rain is it’s come after suffering years of drought. WA’s…

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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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Books, books and more books!

When I was a child and I was asked what I wanted for Christmas, it was always books. Occasionally there would be a curly one thrown in like a pair of ear rings (I’m addicted to earrings – it’s the only jewelry I ever wear, other than my wedding rings!) or a pair of jeans.…

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Guest Blog: Katie Fforde

I’m so excited to have Katie Fforde blogging with me today. I fell in love with Katie’s writing, when I first read The Rose Revived back in 1995. That year, she published two books; The Rose Revived and Living Dangerously. Since then, I’ve read every single on of her books. She’s an inspiration – if…

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Crazy writing spots!

Well last week I wrote in the kitchen, as I was cooking. Today I’ve shifted to the spare room, because it’s really the only place I can spread out all my notes, without interfering with the family’s living area! (You wouldn’t believe the moans that come from the kids, when I take up the floor…

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Contrasts

I know I’ve talked before about the wild and unpredictable weather we have in Esperance and today hasn’t been any different! I thought we may have been in for a few thunderstorms, when I looked out of the window, this morning but as the day drew on there wasn’t much sign, except for a few…

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Weasel

Running as many sheep as we do, we need a big canine work force. We like to have a paddock dog and a couple of yard dogs. This is the new addition to the menagerie! Weasel. I’m hoping this name isn’t going to stick, but the boss thought he looked one – I will hasten…

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Where I wrote today

During harvest we tend to work long hours. I always like to have lots of food in the freezer, so all I need to do is pull out a bag of biscuits or slice of cake and there is smoko/lunch/tea. Just makes working a bit easier. Today and knew I had to cook, but I…

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