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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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The Hunter and Gatherer

Anthony went fishing at Thomas River the other night. Being a school night the kids and I stayed home, but with holidays coming up we’re hoping to spend a few nights fishing with Dad! It was worth the Boss’s while going to throw a line in the water as he came home with this six…

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A bull’s gotta do, what a bull’s gotta do

At the moment all the bulls are heading off on their annual visit to the girls! They’ll see who’s still there from last year and check out any new ones. This bloke is heading to a paddock with a some girls eagerly awaiting his arrival. We’ve been seeing the cows ‘bulling’ recently (which means, in…

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A great opportunity!

I’m hoping you guys are going to be as excited about this as I am! Together with That’s Life magazine, we’re offering you a chance at an exclusive competition to be involved with the writing of my new book, Blue Skies. Keep an eye on my website and That’s Life’s website – over the next…

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Finished and filling

This is the finished version of our new dam! It’s huge isn’t it? All the guys have to do now is to run the grader around the bottom, smooth it all out and viola! It’s finished … And a PS: the dam was finished on Thursday afternoon and on Friday we had 18mm of rain.…

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Sunrise in Red Dust Country

Dad was up pre-dawn to fly north for a couple of days, which meant he had to drag Mum out of bed. (There are no lights on the bush airstrip, so mum sits down the end of the strip with the car lights on, so Dad could see the end of the runway and be airborne in…

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Getting ready

This guy is taking level readings to find the best spot for the new dam to take advantage of the natural fall in the land and maximise water collection. This thing that Graham is peering through, is like a pair of really strong binoculars. What you can’t see is Anthony, way out in the paddock,…

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Crop’s Up!

Well, the barley’s up! Its had a lovely couple of drinks from the rain we’ve had over the past week, the insects have been sprayed out, we can’t see any weeds … so this crop has had a good start. Now, it’s got a fair bit more growing to do over the next five months.…

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My mate Ned

About three and a half years ago, my friend Ned rang me to tell me she had breast cancer. I was stunned. Gutted. How could she? She was only 40 and had two very young children. Ned’s personality was larger than life and that was the way she treated every hurdle she ever faced. She…

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Lambing and Shelter

Our ewes lamb from April through until early August. It gives us a range of ages and therefore we’re able to send lambs off at different times of the year. It spreads the risk and cash-flow! Lambing during winter can have its downfalls ifs a particularly strong cold front come through and there are lots…

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The Red Spot

See that red spot? Its my daughter off walking Rocket. I dropped her at the front of this paddock to walk up through the middle. It gives both her and Rocket time to explore, check out the insects that are about, or talk to the animals. The cows are checking out what they’re both up…

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Calling in the Big Guns!

This is a huge piece of machinery isn’t it?! It’s a D9 bulldozer and it’s about to dig a great big dam for us. Last year was a terrible year, east of Esperance, season wise. We hadn’t had run off rain for nearly 18 months (that’s rain that will put water into the dams) and…

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Perfect Days

Some days its hard to describe the landscape’s beauty. This photo doesn’t look anything special, but the atmosphere during this day, was. The day was warm with little breeze blowing. The grey clouds were beginning to roll over, bringing with them the hope of rain. A neighbour was burning somewhere – bush smoke (at this…

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Graceful Ibis

We have a lot of Ibis around our two farms. They love getting in around the dams and putting that long, sharp beak to work, hunting out bugs! They come in together in huge flocks (I assume they’re called flocks and not mobs or ‘a murder’ (as in crows). They are so graceful and hang…

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Everyone has their spot!

When we all go around the farm in Anthony’s ute, we all have special spots because it’s really only a three-seater ute. We’re four, plus a little dog who really thinks he’s human so therefore he can’t be left behind on the chain (oh, the shame!) Anthony drives, Rochelle sits in the middle, I sit…

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Dry Seeding

Well, we’ve started! The seed is in the ground, now all we need in a bit of rain to get it up and going. The blue skies look a bit too summery for my liking, but since this photo was taken a few days ago, we’ve had 10mm! It’s not enough yet, but it’s a…

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Fire in the Sky

If only the wind would go around to the south, I’m sure this massive cloud could drop oodles of rain on us! However, with the wind from the north, it’s unlikely that there will be any rain on our place. The sea is going to get it all!

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It’s a waiting game!

We’re waiting for rain… and waiting… and waiting some more. We’ve actually got to the stage that we might dry seed some of our crops! As much as this cloud looks hopeful – well, its mates did about two hours ago, there’s clear skies in every other direction. Methinks it’s just beautiful they way the…

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Cheeky!

Check out this cheeky little fella! I fed some hay out for the bulls who live in this paddock, but they were busy sunning themselves way down the other end and obviously didn’t hear the tractor with the wind that was blowing. The sheep took full advantage of not having to muscle their way in…

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Another Surprise!

When I started up the computer this morning, I had a lovely email from my German publishers! There was an attachment with the cover for Red Dust which is due out in Germany, in April 2010. Only there they have changed the title to Wilder Eukalyptus. It blows me away to think that it will…

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The End of the Day

Isn’t this photo interesting? The way that there’s a big shadow in the middle of two ray’s of sunshine? Well that’s what happens when you’ve got a big hill behind you! As the sun is setting, it gets really dark at the house and where the shadow of the hill is cast, but it’s still…

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