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What an amazing week!

It was the most beautiful morning! Calm, clear and not cold, which was nice! The atmosphere pulled me outside for my morning coffee, which was just lovely – especially since it seemed the kids had got out of bed on the wrong side today. It quiet out there and with old retired Rexy (the dog)…

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What the rain brings

While I was shifting sheep yesterday afternoon, I had to marvel at how quickly the country has responded to the rain. The feed has shot out of the ground, which is lovely because the stock really needed an injection of green feed and all the vitamins that it holds. It was still raining as the…

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A long road ahead!

There is something quite daunting about staring at a blank computer screen and having a story running around in my mind! Knowing that I have to fill the document with 150,000 words, but the story hasn’t quite come together yet, is even more scary! That’s how I’m feeling at the moment. Purple Roads is a book…

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After the Rain

Rain just seems to bring the whole countryside alive – animals and humans alike – and the 27mm we had over the weekend has done just that. The menfolk are smiling and you can hear the roar of tractors, sowing the crops or spraying the paddocks, when you walk outside. At night the landscape is dotted with…

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A perfect start!

Check out this sunrise! I was up early a few weeks ago – it was before the rain we had over this past weekend and things were dry and stark. The morning air, around this time of the year, should be damp and cool, but not this morning! This was a sunrise from the middle of…

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The Winners!

Well I must apologise! With the NSW and Tassie Tour, I forgot about drawing the winners for the Readers and Writers Comp’s. But first off,  the Kylie Ladd Blog winner: Cal. Cal, your copy of After the Fall, will be winging its way to you shortly, all the way from sunny Broome! Once again, the…

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Part Three: Tasmania and Agfest

Tasmania is a place I have always wanted to visit. The history of the state is one of the reasons (I love history, especially Australian history) and I love mountains and green grass. Get plenty of that in Tassie! I can’t tell you how much the landscape captivated me – the colours of the trees…

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Come on a journey, part two!

So from Sydney, we caught a flight to Wagga Wagga where we had a book signing at Book City. We weren’t there for long before we started the drive to Goulburn. I spent a lovely hour or so, in the car with Deb, Allen and Unwin’s book seller before I jumped back in the car…

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Part One: Come along for the ride!

Well as some of you would know, I’ve just finished a whistle-stop tour in NSW. Friday was my first day home and I’ve had a sharp jolt, back to reality! Back out feeding the cows as soon as the kids were on the bus, as we still haven’t had enough rain, to grow any grass. But I…

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Guest Blog: Kylie Ladd

Kylie Ladd is an inspirational, amazing woman – in fact, I’m not sure I know anyone with as many letters behind their surname , as she has! Kylie is another of my Allen and Unwin friends – she had her first fiction novel, After the Fall published by them in 2009, so along with Lisa Heidke and I,…

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Leavin’ on a jet plane

‘I’m leaving, on a jet plane…!’ Today I’m packing up my old RM boots and my new bag and I’m heading to Sydney! I feel like I’m saying ‘I’m going to Paris’ or some other exotic location, when I say I’m off to Sydney, because I haven’t been there since I was about seven! So…

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How many lamb are there?

Today we’ve been preg-scanning our later lambing ewes and this is what a lamb looks inside the ewe! Our vet Dave uses and ultrasound machine, pretty much the same as one for humans, although it’s smaller and more mobile. Preg-scanning ewes is a great management tool for us. We can get the ‘dry ewes’ out…

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Stand off

Driving to a friends house early a few mornings ago, I came across this amusing sight: a cow, who looks like she might be in the throes of birth and an emu having a staring showdown! Now, I’m guessing, because cows are polite creatures and emus can tend to be a bit bossy, that the cow may…

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NSW book tour

What a journey Blue Skies is leading me on! I’m going to NSW to meet my whole Allen and Unwin team, who are instrumental in making my books as good as they can be. These women have become friends, through the writing process and I can tell you that A&U are the best team to have behind…

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A green tinge and some giveaways

Well, the rain has brought a slight green tinge to the land. It’s lovely to see the wet soil and little shoots of clovers and grasses beginning to poke their heads up. It’s also fantastic not to have the dust blowing or the forty five degree days that seemed to plague us this year. The…

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Glorious mornings

There are some days that it’s a pleasure to get out of bed at 5am. Today was one of those days! We were carting lambs in between the farms, so we were up early with a very busy day in front of us. Once we’d loaded the lambs and Anthony had trundled off in the…

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Dalgety Women’s Day 2010

I’m really privileged to be asked to speak at the Dalgety Women’s Day in NSW on the 28th of April. I’m really excited about this, as I know these days for women are so important in building the friendships and camaraderie, that is needed to deal with life of the land. As farmers we need…

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Back to the real world!

Well, there has been so much going on in my book world, it’s been a relief to get back out into the paddocks again! We’re still waiting on the break of the season and have got a few sheep on the next door neighbours property, on agistment, as our water supplies are low. The past few…

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Guest Blog: Jeff Toghill

When I met Jeff through my writing cours, straight after I left school, I never realised what an impact he was going to have on my life. I know the first few assignments for The Writing School I hadn’t put my best into and Jeff’s comments reflected that. Suddenly I became too busy to do something…

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New Competition – Purple Roads

We’re having a new competition! Check out these photos – they’re of my friend, Kate. What we want you to do, now that Blue Skies has hit the shelves, is take photos (only decent ones – don’t want to see you sitting on the loo!) of you reading Blue Skies. You either need to post…

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Discount for Website readers!

Allen and Unwin are the best publishers, I reckon! Not only have they been fantastic at advertising Blue Skies, through their Facebook Page (join, to be eligible for all sorts of giveaways and hear all the latest news on their authors), but they are giving a 20% discount on everyone who reads my blog! Just…

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