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Harvesting

[flickrvideo]http://www.flickr.com/photos/fleurmcdonald/4113399297/[/flickrvideo] When we did the first edit for Blue Skies, we got to the part about harvest and Ali asked me to insert what a header was. Now, I’m sure most of you who jump on here to have a look know what a header is! But, just in case there are any city folk who…

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Blue Skies for Harvest!

Well, after a week of rumbling and grumbling, lightening and torrential rain, in a few spots, we’re off harvesting again today. We’re down in our far back paddock and this is the view from the chaser bin. I took this one of the hottest days we had this week (about 40 degrees) but you wouldn’t…

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Hearts in our mouths

Thunderstorms are not only impressive but their power is truly breathtaking. They are a reminder to humans: how we can’t control everything, (even though we try) and how much we are at the mercy of Mother Nature. As farmers during summer, we tend to be a bit wary of storms – especially if they don’t bring any rain.…

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Season finishes

Our season has come to an abrupt end. There wasn’t any gradual change in the grass as there can be some years. It went from green to golden in the space of about three days! Now is the time that my love/hate relationship starts with summer. I am not a fan of hot weather –…

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What a thrill – Industry Guru’s on chat!

Picture: The Webmistress’ cat helping organise the huge web event….sort of Next Saturday is a huge day in my web mistress’s life! Nyssa runs the web site called A Writer Goes On A Journey. It is mainly for fantasy and sci-fi fans and is smothered with reviews, industry news and many other interesting things. But next…

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I’ve been invited…

I’ve been so lucky to be invited by Bron Parry to ‘guest blog’ on her web site. So today, I’m off to ‘visit’ NSW.  I wish I could physically go, the photo’s that I’ve seen of Bron’s area, makes me want to visit! So we’re hoping you’ll pop across and read the interview questions that…

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Playing

I love photos! I love the ones that are full of family and friends and mean something and I love professional ones of land or seascapes. I love to take photos! If anyone has got a camera at a family shin dig, it’s me and I’m not afraid to use it. Although I’m not very good…

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Guest post: Bronwyn Parry

As a reader, I’m always really interested to read interviews of my favourite authors. I like to know what inspires them to write, why they write, how they write, how they learn and keep getting better at what they do. As a writer, the same applies. Writing is hard, it’s lonely and sometimes things just…

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Medicinal only!

I’m not a chocolate freak, at all. At least not like Anthony, who can make a family size block of chocolate disappear over two night! However, there are certain circumstances that I like chocolate and this is one of them. Double choc chip muffins that my daughter makes! She kept telling me they were good…

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Eagle Eyes

Rocket hates being left out of anything! If he is left at the house, he barks and barks and then when we come home, he’s exhausted! He’s pleased to see us for about five minutes and curls up, content that his family his home and goes to sleep! Keeping an eagle eye on things here, he’s waiting…

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Golden Hay

Look at all our beautiful hay! The cows will be happy with us this year! I love it when it looks as golden as this (always reminds me of the fairy tale, Rumplestiltskin), but I love it even better when it’s all been carted and stacked in rows, away from the weather. Holly, the pregnant Kelpie, has…

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From beyond the interwebs

A note from the webmistress Salutations all! Fleur and I have been trying to decide what exactly got into the site to make it work for the past week…domain host, server host, faries, goblins, daleks….turns out, it was the salmon mousse! (Monty Python, the Meaning of Life). And now it’s up again, we have more…

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The old and the new

Today was a very exciting day! Our brand new toy, a John Deere tractor, was delivered. Tractors are such a huge part of our farming life – I think, either Anthony, I or our workman, are in one every day! If we’re not feeding hay with it, we’re spraying, seeding, pulling the chaser bin, carting gravel,…

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On Guard!

Rocket is the best little guard dog! He let’s us know the minute someone comes in the drive and I can tell you, we’ve been grateful more than once, for his vigilance! For a little dog, his legs are so strong – he can actually balance on the pads of his feet, for quite long periods of…

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The life and times of the retired!

Wouldn’t it be lovely just to laze in the sun? Well that’s Rex’s life. Completely retired, except for the odd ride in the back of the ute, his life now consists of chasing the sun. One moment he’ll be stretched out in front of the door and I trip over him every time I set…

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Modern Technology!

It used to be that if you wanted to buy stock, you jumped in the ute and drove to the sale yards. Not any more! A couple of weeks ago, I sat in front of my computer and kept hitting the enter button. Why? I was bidding on a stud ram auction that was being held in…

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The first ever book

I guess everyone thinks that Red Dust was the first book I ever wrote… but it wasn’t! One of my oldest friends came to stay with me, around the time Red Dust was launched and brought with her, my first book. Not quite novel length and titled very plainly, ‘The Letter’ you can see the illustrations…

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Wally by Name and Wally by nature

This is Wally. Actually his real name is Law, but he’s a bit of a Wally, and he’s been called it that many time, he comes to that name too. You would have to wonder what was going through his head, when he decided to go to sleep like this! He stayed like this for about twenty minutes…

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Blue Skies and New Additions

I’ve been really busy since I received the Blue Skies edit last week. Ali has done a really intensive edit that then needs me to read through and either say yes to the changes, or no. The changes can range from something as tiny as a suggestion to change a word, to wiping out whole scenes. Thankfully there’s…

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Cleo

I received a package in the mail a couple of days ago – when I saw who it was from and I felt what was in it, I knew it was full of books! My publisher, Louise Thurtell, had sent me a wonderful assortment and over the next few weeks, when I get time away…

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A New-Look Library

This doesn’t really look like the standard library does it? Not with all the utes parked and strange looking things, including a cement mixer, at the front. Where are the books? Well, this is my new library! I have a friend who I swap books with fairly regularly, but we don’t ever seem to be…

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