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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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The Return of the Tiger Snake

Radio announcers often talk about how wonderful it is to have beautiful warm weather for weekends, not realising that farmers often need rain. However, the warm sunny weekend, that was sent to us recently, was a welcome relief from the cold, grey days that we’ve been experiencing! As you can see by the clear picture…

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Sloshing in Cement

Once we finished the building part of the shearing shed, we needed to cement the floor. Three blokes and I mixed and wheeled wheelbarrows full of cement over six hours to finish it! I helped cement the footers in this shed and that was my first real experience of cement and its dust. I knew…

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Final days for competition

With two days to go until the Farm Name comp finishes, I’ve just had a phone call from my publicist, Kate, telling me about the overwhelming response that we’ve received! That’s Life, the magazine with heart, have kindly been running this comp over the past couple of weeks and they’ve been inundated with entries! Thank…

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Sleepy calves

It’s tiring be a calf! After running and playing, eating and drinking, it’s time to have a nap when the tractor appears! While mum eats until her heart (or stomach) is content, the calves often take the opportunity to have a quick nap, knowing they are in among the safely of the herd. They snuggle…

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Last Days

It’s the last days to enter the farm name competition. It finishes this Friday (31st July 2009). Head to That’s Life web site, to read about Adrian, his farm and what sort of a bloke he is. Hopefully my descriptions of his character and farm will give you an idea of what he’s like and…

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Holidays over

School holidays are now finished. No more damper cooking, long walks or fun trips to town! As I waved goodbye to the kids, I thought that they were as pleased to be going back to school as, perhaps, I was to send them! Now don’t get me wrong, I love having the kids at home…

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What I’m Reading…

Reading for me is a passion. I was brought up on many books, some were The Famous Five, Trixie Beldon, and Colin Thiele books and I went through a phase where I collected every Sweet Valley High book I could (don’t hold that against me, and perhaps that’s showing my age!) My bookshelves are filled…

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SEPWA Ladies Day

If you’re anywhere around the South Coast of WA, I’d love it if you could put the 6th of August in your diaries! The SEPWA group is a farmer initiated organisation, started to represent the wheat growers on the South Coast. Since it’s conception in 1993, it had grown tremendously, their activities including lobbying, field…

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Moon Magic

I’ve been trying to capture this photo, twice before when we’ve had a full moon. But with a camera that doesn’t let me focus manually, I’ve had trouble in getting it sharp! This one, as you can see, is still a bit blurry, but it’s just a magic sight! When I took this photo, it…

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Damper in the House

School holidays is a great time for us to do the things that we just don’t seem to have time to do during the term… and some special things. The kids have been wanting to make damper for ages after hearing us talk about the way the old stockies used to, while they were out…

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It’s finished

Well the shearing shed that we’ve had put into our machinery shed is now finished! Doesn’t it look great? We can’t wait to use it, so the next photo might be of some crutching here. But we’ve got a bit of work to do before that can happen. All the gravel area will have to…

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Tiny tugs get the job done

I was in Esperance the other day and happened to be on the foreshore when this ship was coming into the port. I’d never actually stopped and watched the tugs bring one in, but since I had the kids with me, we stopped and watched for a little while. It’s really quite amazing, the way…

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Here’s the Competition!

Together with That’s Life magazine, we’ve thought of a way that you can be included in helping write Blue Skies! If you head to this link you can enter the competition that we’ve got going for a farm name. You’ll have your name mentioned in the acknowledgements if I chose the name you’ve entered, plus…

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Holiday Fishing

Well, we got our wish! Holiday time arrived and two days in, we went fishing! I was standing up on top of the sand dunes to take this photo of Anthony and Rochelle getting set up to catch ‘the big one’. I think, by the looks, Anthony is giving instructions! We had a lovely big…

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Bush Beauty

This bush caught my eye as I was hurtling down the road, running late for lamb marking! On the way back I slowly drove down the dirt road looking for what had caught my attention, when I didn’t have time to stop and look. We call these bushes ‘Black Boys’ (from the trunks what are…

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Building for shearing

We were lucky enough to be able to buy the inside of a shearing shed, complete with catching pens, grating, gates… the works. Having two farms 18 kilometres apart and only a shearing shed on one of them, makes life quite difficult at times and involves stock trucks carting sheep backwards and forwards at shearing…

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