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Big Sky Land

We do live in a wonderful country and every so often, nature throws something at us, that I hope I can capture well enough in a photo, to help remind me how I felt when you saw it. It was a warm day, the bees were buzzing and the atmosphere was still. I’d been madly…

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Ram Sale

Our annual sale – Tomorrow! For many years now, we’ve held an annual ram sale in Esperance. We gather up the best of our rams, truck them to town, wrestle them into pens and let farmers pass judgement on them! Tomorrow is the big day (18th Sept 09). At the moment, I’m snatching five minutes…

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FNA Transport

This is why, when you live on a farm, you need a four wheel drive! Often you become a transport company! Ours is called FNA transport – officially Fleur and Anthony Transport, unofficially,  a rather rude word starting with F Average Transport! I took some of the extra wool into Esperance, to make the journey to…

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How my books start

This is a really important little note book. It’s small enough to fit in my hand bag or just sit along side me on the passengers seat of the car – and it goes where ever I am at the moment. This is the start of Purple Roads. In here I document every single thought I…

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Off the Farm!

A little while ago, Anthony and I made a journey across the Nullarbor to Adelaide. We were going to look for good stud rams, to help advance our White Suffolk Stud. After a day in the airports we went straight from there to the show! It was wonderful to walk in and be greeted by…

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Crop Maintenance

Sometimes when the crop gets a bit too high and there’s a disease or fungus in it, we need to call in the plane. If we run over it with the boom spray and tractor, we’ll do more damage to the plant, than good. Cropsdusters are daredevils, I’m sure! They fly so close to the…

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Let there be hay

Check out our beautiful looking oats crop. In another five or six weeks it will probably be as tall as my chest! It’s about then we head into it with the mover and cut it all down in rows. Then we leave it to cure (dry out), rake it and start baling. Haymaking is a…

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A golden start to shearing

This is what our first day of shearing looked like at 6:00am! Sheep all ready and waiting in the yards, clear skies and a wonderful sunrise, sending a message that it was going to be a special day! We tested our new shearing shed well and truly, with 450 ewes being shorn. It worked really…

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Dusting up a storm

‘Fleur dusts up a storm’ – according to RRR Network News!   A while ago I was asked to write a piece, for the RRR Network News,  about how Red Dust came into being.   RRR stands for Rural, Remote and Regional Women. It’s a wonderful magazine that connects rural women together, finds women who…

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The hardest part is done!

I’m feeling wonderfully relieved! The Blue Skies manuscript is winging its way to Sydney, via the internet! And earlier than my deadline – which I’m really happy about! I finished the final touches and now its a waiting game to see if Louise, my publisher, likes it (that’s always really nerve wracking!), then its onto…

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The Winner!

Well, after trawling through all the entries for the Farm name comp, we finally have a winner! But before I tell you who it is, I’ve got to thank everyone who entered. The response was enormous, with entries coming from as far away as New Zealand. The decision was actually really hard – now I…

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A day as a Vet Nurse

Coming up on September 18, we’re holding our annual ram sale. To do that, we need to blood test all our sale rams, to make sure they don’t have any nasty diseases that they can pass on to the ewes that they will mate with. It’s a regular practise with most studs – we feel…

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Our Girls

These beautiful looking sheep are our stud ewes, complete with their long, lean and muscular lambs! As part of our farming program we run a White Suffolk Stud – something that my main character in Blue Skies, Amanda, does. These girls are just about to be run through the jetting race – to make sure…

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Bogged!

This is what you get, when you’re shifting sheep, yabbering on the phone and not concentrating! Sent to bring some sheep into the yards, I used the time to call a friend – when I’m busy writing, I don’t always stay in contact with my mates as much as I should. I was quite happily…

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It’s that time again

Esperance and most of WA is known for the beautiful wild flowers that appear at certain times of the years. In Esperance they mostly appear around September, but I’ve noticed a few early ones alongside the roads. This orchid is usually a shy flower that hides itself away from prying eyes! You have to look…

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Mist and Cobwebs

Today has been one of those really odd days where nature just seems to throw one amazing thing after another at us! A few mornings ago, just as I was putting the kids on the bus, a thick, heavy mist rolled in from… nowhere! It had dawned a drizzly early morning, then cleared quickly, but…

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Winter brings yummy food!

There’s no way around it, I’m a foody. I love following our produce through from pasture to plate. I love winter and the food it brings with it – thick, hot soups, bubbling casseroles and simmering stews, all served with hot bread rolls, fresh from my oven! Cooking away quite happily, in the camp oven,…

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SEPWA Ladies Day

The SEPWA ladies day was an inspirational day for all who went! I felt like I was an impostor amongst all the women that spoke – they were all so clever and had achieved so much! To a degree, whether they spoke about farming, viticulture or achievement, the message was simular – you can achieve…

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Meet Harold

Have you ever read For better, for worse and for lunch by Christina Hindhaugh? It is the most hysterical book, based on a city dweller who marries a farmer and her experiences as she adjusts to farm life. Christina has a character in there named Aunt Grace, or more aptly, Amazing Grace! Aunt Grace mentions…

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Blue Skies … nearly there

Blue Skies is nearly complete. I have the editing to go and I’m positive that I’ll make the September 1 deadline – which is fantastic for me and Allen and Unwin, as they’ve already got the freelance editor, Ali Lavau, booked to start work on the manuscript, basically as soon as it arrives. I’ve really…

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Beautiful Lavender

I’ve got about five lavender plants in a row at the front door of my house. You have to walk past them to get inside. I love walking past them, brushing my hand over their foliage and having the smell on my hands for hours afterwards. Lavender and their scent are one of my favourite…

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