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Guest: Lisa Heidke

Discarded Characters! I often wonder what happens to those brilliant characters writers create that don’t quite fit into the novel they are writing. When I was working on Lucy Springer Gets Even, I had an amazing time because so many of the characters could be drawn from real life – mothers in the school pick-up…

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Sheep work and holidays!

It’s been pretty cold here lately!  And it’s school holidays. As much as the kids like to help, sometimes our jobs involve things that they just can’t do, so when we arrived at the sheep yards at 6:15am and it was bitter and frosty, the kids took exception to being involved with our farming life! (As…

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Sheep shifting and a new puppy!

On a beautiful Sunday morning the kids had the job of shifting a mob of sheep (I always go with them but hang right back or right at the front to slow the ewes down, so I’m there if they need help.) Today they took their bikes and two dogs – Rocket, the Jack Russell, a well…

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Jack Frost comes to visit!

I grew up with frosts covering our front lawn, frozen pipes and it being so cold in the mornings that it was 10am before our fingers and toes warmed up, but in coastal areas it’s quite unusual to have a frost. This is what we awoke to on Saturday morning! We were on our way…

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Rainbows: Gabbi Bresnehan

In my few travels around the country and around where I live, I am always amazed at the women who do incredible things. Most of these women don’t think they’re extraordinary, but I can assure you they are. I wanted to introduce you to some of the ones I’ve met – their stories are sometimes…

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Guest Blog: Fiona Palmer

Fiona and I met about two years ago. Rachael Treasure actually put us in contact! I think Fee and I were slightly over-awed that one of our favourite authors knew enough about both of us to think that we could be a good support network to each other. And I think we have been. Being…

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Pests!

Anthony and I were shifting sheep from one farm to another when we came across these two foxes sitting in the middle of the road. As we all know, foxes aren’t native to Australia and cause immense amount of damage to our native fauna. They’re also a foe to new born lambs. They are instinctive…

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The Winners

Once again the end of the month has arrived far too quickly and the cake tin has been pulled out to find the winners of the last two month giveaways! The winner for the Reader Giveaway is Elizabeth Davey, who wanted to read The Lost Threads by Tess Evans. I’ve just started to read this…

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Guest Blog: Louise Thurtell

Meet Louise Thurtell! She’s the publisher for the Arena imprint at Allen and Unwin… and that makes her my publisher! I’m really excited that she’s here today, talking about her initiative Friday Pitch and also a few things that make her… her! Food, wine and so on! I can remember my first phone with Louise, so…

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ABIA Awards

It’s been such a busy time for us recently, with seeding, sheep work and all sorts of other things on the go! It will be like this until after Christmas now with hay making, shearing and later, harvest. We’ve been lucky enough to have good rains and everything seems to be on track for a good…

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Why I live where I live

Every Sunday morning, on ABC radio, Macca has a segment called, ‘Why I live where I live.’ Well I think I’ve talked about this last few blogs, so I’m just going to show you some photos of last evening. There was a partial eclipse then – Saturday the 27th June – which we watched over…

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Sheep work

This time of year is always busy with sheep work. There’s ewes to be drenched, lamb marking and so on and so on. I’ve hardly spent more than an hour inside the house  these last few weeks during daylight! Thankfully, it’s not just Anthony and I doing all the work! Shaun is a bloke who…

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Fenced in

I was up at a friend’s house this weekend and I was captivated by her garden. As everyone who visits my blog knows,  I’m not a gardener, but that doesn’t stop me from enjoying beautiful ones. Sue has a spectacular garden – a mixture of succulents and cottage plants, roses and bushes. She also grows…

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Contentment

I guess it could be said that living this close to the sea we have the best of both worlds. The farming with its freedom of the outdoors and the beaches. There is something wild and solitary about our beaches that’s hard to describe. The evening I took this photo we were the only people on the beach. The…

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Guest blog: Nyssa Pascoe

Marketing your book is such a difficult thing. We’re told that our publishing house will do it for us, but after an in-depth discussion with my publicist, a few other authors and watching ‘The Tuesday Book Club’s’ episode with Lee Child, Matthew Reilly, Bryce Courtney and Di Morrissey, I think we’ve all decided that authors have to…

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Signed Stickers!

I’ve had some stickers printed! If you would like a sticker signed by me, then please contact us through the email system here. Give me all the relevant details – your address, who you would like the sticker made out to and so on, I’ll get one in the mail to you as soon as…

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Beautiful mornings and good news

I was out about early this morning, helping Anthony fill the combine and getting ready for a day of replenishing the stocks in the pantry! It was very nippy and heavy dew left my fingers wet and cold, not willing to bend. I had to shift some ewes and lambs as soon as it was light…

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Wednesday

The phone call came at lunch time: ‘Fleur, would you come and pick your child up, please? She’s had slight accident and needs to go to hospital.’ Enough to strike fear into the heart of any mother, let alone one that was about 10km away from her car, in a clapped out tractor, feeding out…

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Here’s hoping!

I hear rainbows have magic powers! Well, here’s hoping it can fix my garden! This was our view as I took the kids to the school bus last week. A rainbow ends on my farm… that’s got to be good.  After all, they’re supposed to have a pot of gold at the end, aren’t they? I…

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Another night at Thomas River

The boss mans’ fishing adventures have been non-existent lately! Between my high-flying (and rather unusual) absences, the rainy weather (not that we’re complaining!) and getting to the busy time of year,  it’s been rather difficult to make it to the beach. However, last weekend we all made it down there. A fire, full moon and toasted…

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Guest Blog: Jodi DeVantier Queensland Writers Centre

Jodi answered my first phone call to Queensland Writers Centre. From that moment I was hooked on their generosity, willingness to help and love of words. Since then, I’ve made a few phone calls and everyone I speak to exactly the same – as helpful as possible and just… lovely to deal with! An organisation…

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