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Gorgeous calves!

These cattle don’t really look like calves, do they? But they are – they were born in April and are a far cry from the really cute, little 30 or 40kg babies they were, when they were born! (For all the mums out there, aren’t you pleased your baby wasn’t that big?!) At the moment,…

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Christmas presents and a phone call

I’ve been talking with my marketing guru and we’ve come up with a ‘novel’ idea! The best answer to this question: ‘What is the first question you would ask Fleur McDonald?’ will win a twenty minute conversation with me, in December. If you email me with your answer, I’ll pick the winner on the 30th…

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The Ultimate Getaway Package

I’ve been talking to my siblings and we’ve come up with a Christmas idea that we hope you’ll enjoy. First off, let me introduce them to you! My sister, Susan, runs Black Jack Get-A-Way Bed and Breakfast which is at the start of the Flinders Ranges and my brother, Nick is a concert percussionist. Now…

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Shearing and storms

We started our main shearing on Monday – a busy time, but it’s always fun! I love the smell of the wool as it gets thrown on to the wool table and the hustle and bustle of the shed. Music blares out from the inside of the shed; it’s the only time we work in…

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Guest Blog: Kerry McGinnis

Kerry McGinnis writes like poetry – you’ll understand that after reading this post. The way she recalls places, feelings and is able to write about them with such authority, is why her writing stands out among Australian authors. Kerry has led an extraordinary life  – although if you said so, I bet she would shrug…

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What a view!

This is how cattle yards should look! Standing quietly in the evening light, the only noise being a chain banging gently on the rails or a bird, who has perched himself on the loading ramp, singing. This is not how it was, today! Chaos I think would be a good word to describe it –…

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Four seasons in one day!

One of the things about Esperance and spring time, it the weather! It’s completely unpredictable. Here’s an example; last week, Tuesday and Wednesday were above 35 degrees – a rather rude shock after the pleasant, good living weather we’d been having. The heat caused the crops and grass to ‘turn’ into the colours that suggest…

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Book Club: The Bark Cutters

We had a great time discussing Nicole Alexander’s book, yesterday. I thought you might be interested in where I was sitting, while we were all chatting! I had my friend, Carolyn sitting alongside me, we had a couple of coffees and we watched the tiny tugs push out to sea, a huge ship! It was…

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Special spots and book shelves

This chair is a memory from my childhood. It used to be my Nana Parnell’s and it used to be green. It had a hole the size of a twenty cent piece right in the middle of the seat. A coal from her open fire caused that. It’s actually an antique; a ‘Smokers Bow’. I…

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Guest Post: Kate Gordon

Kate Gordon is another one of the awesome Aussie authors who are gracing our book shelves at the moment. But Kate is a slightly different author, to who I would usually read. She writes YA – Young Adult fiction. Kate has always been creative – although sometimes, as with most of us, during the times we…

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Walking on the Rock!

Well, it’s not “Raining on the Rock” (John Williamson http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IcgPdppG_k ) but we’ve been walking on the rock! On a cooler day, we thought it was safe enough to go for a bit of an explore. The hill is basically made from granite, with crevices of soil that allow native pines, and all sorts of…

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Burning

Today the kids I have been out burning. Even thought there is a serious side to what we’re doing – reducing the amount of fuel in case of fires during summer – there’s always fun to be had! The kids were in charge of their own fires (I kept a close eye on them, of…

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Meet Our Vet

Meet Dave. He’s our vet. Dave lives a varied, exciting life and has many stories to tell! Like the cat that turned feral and shot into the roof, through a very small hole. They spent the best part of an hour running around the ceiling to get it out! There are many more hysterical tales! Then there are the…

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Next book club meeting

Book club meeting at 10:00am WST to discuss The Bark Cutters by Nicole Alexander. More info: A week before we meet, could you email me any questions for the author. On the day as we start, I will put up the first question and the author will answer. Once she has done this, then I’ll open it…

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Bach to Brazil to Rural Lit

It was quite an amazing experience to see Nick Parnell play his Bach to Brazil concert, in Esperance. I’d been hoping for some time that he would be able to “mesmerize us with his mallets” and mesmerize he did! With fifty instruments on stage, the main instrument was the Vibraphone, but included tuned wine glasses,…

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Guest Blog: Diane Chamberlain

Diane Chamberlain is the author of no less than nineteen books! I came across her books last year, when I read ‘Before the Storm’ . I immediately went look for more books – I was drawn into the book from the first page and didn’t put it down until I had finished it. Having been…

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Cropping

Farmers are funny creatures (me included!). Leading up to the break of the season we’re all bemoaning the fact it hasn’t rained and how much we need it. We scan the skies, the weather sites on the internet and listen intently when The Country Hour weather report is on. Finally it rains. The country starts…

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The spirit of country towns

Recently I’ve been driving the eight hour drive to Perth, quite a lot. I’ve loved cruising through areas that I don’t often see and because I’ve done it so many times, I’ve been able to see the growth of the pastures and crops. Canola is such a specky looking crop, isn’t it? Grown for its…

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Shearing Time!

There is a joke amongst farmers about ‘bank review time’ – the best time to show your bank manager around the farm! It’s usually around 4pm, when the sun has just started to sink. The light it throws is softer than harsh midday sun; it makes crops look thicker, greener and lusher than in the…

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The Mid North Roads!

This creek crossing is really important to me know. Do you know the feeling of being away for a long period of time and as you’re heading home, you get to a point, you just know that you’re there – that you’re where your soul belongs? Well, this is one of my places, that I…

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Guest Blog: Belinda Alexandra

You would not believe how star struck I feel in having Belinda Alexandra blog with us today! I fell in love with her writing the minute I opened Wild Lavender. I went in search of all of her books and you can’t imagine how excited I was to open her new book Tuscan Rose earlier this year. It…

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