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Mountain Friends and Rubber Boots!

I’ve just spent a wonderful, cool weekend wallowing between the pages of Mountain Tails by Sharyn Munro. Sharyn is an extraordinary woman, who lives alone on the side of a mountain. She has turned the land she owns into a recognised Wildlife Refuge and her concern for the Australian environment and all its native creatures…

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Thickening ‘the Plot’

Occasionally I draw a blank when it comes to ‘the plot’ thickening. That’s where friends come into it! We get together, have a couple of glasses of wine and let those crazy idea’s flow! Sometimes it’s the most crazy ones that actually take off. We were missing an important person last time we had a…

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School Holiday Fun

I seem to be climbing a lot of hills these school holidays! At least this one isn’t as high or as steep as Mount Raggard! This is Mount Howick, the hill I live under… or at the bottom of! The kids and I headed off early one morning, climbed to the top and had a…

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Nature’s contrasts

I guess photos of sunsets have been done over and over, but every time I manage to take a good one, I get excited! This is at Thomas River (again!). We were just setting up our camp as the sun slipped below the hills. The beach is an interesting place at sunset, one minute full…

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Red Dust Prologue

A taste of what is to come … here’s the Prologue from Red Dust: Tears rolled down her cheeks as Gemma stood looking into the grave, a lonely figure in the hot January sun. All the other mourners had since left for the coolness of the church hall seeking welcome cups of tea or cold…

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‘Mountain Tails’ makes my day

After a hot, sweaty, dusty day in the sheep yards, when all I wanted to do was head home and curl up on the couch with a glass of wine and a good book, I got my wish! Heading home past the mailbox, I saw a brown paper mail bag addressed just to me. I…

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Family Reunion

I find that even though our family is close, we don’t often get to see each other as much as we should. With family members scattered from one side of the country to the other, and Esperance being slightly ‘out of the way’, it sometimes makes getting together very difficult. This Easter was a lovely…

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Waiting, waiting …

I’m waiting for the phone to ring. My stomach’s churning, my finger nails bitten to the quick and still it’s silent. Taunting me! Then the shrill tone cut through the air and even though I’m expecting the call I jump like a startled rabbit and my stomach plunges to the floor! It’s my first interview!…

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Facebook, here I come!

I know nothing about Facebook, but I’m about to learn! I’ve been lured by friends and family wanting to keep in contact a bit more. So, you’ll find me here … look forward to ‘seeing’ you!

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Mount Ragged continued …

When all us oldies managed to make it to the top, we all got a new lease on life. Now whether that was because of this magnificent view form the top or just the satisfying feeling of achievement, I’m not sure, but we all regained our breath and stood in awe of what was before…

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Mount Ragged challenge

I was talking to a mate last week and she asked me what I was up to for Easter. We hadn’t planned to do a lot, since the heifers were calving and we couldn’t leave them for long. It seems I lied! See this large rock in the distance? We went to visit it! After…

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Happy Easter

Here we at Easter already – where has this year flown? I was trying to take a photo of these eggs to help wish you all a happy Easter, but Rocket was intrigued by the smell and wouldn’t get out of the way! So from Rocket and the rest of the McDonald crew, we wish…

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Farm Delicacies

Living on the farm, 100km from Esperance, we don’t often get to go out for meals in flash restaurants or eat meals that I haven’t cooked! However, us farmers have delicacies in our dams that eclipse the tastes of garlic prawns in the best restaurant that you’ve ever eaten in! A couple of our dams…

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Red Dust launch

My first novel, Red Dust, is being launched on the Friday May 8. Please join us for a wine and cheese night at Le Grand Bookshop from 5-7pm. Please RSVP to Sally for catering purposes, on 9071 7829.

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Only in the bush…

We get a mail delivery twice a week. It’s a pain when you get a phone call on a day, saying something really important is in town, (like parts for the tractor, a new piece of machinery or… a box of books!) and there’s another week to go until you can pick it up! That’s…

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Crèche

Look at my beautiful view from my kitchen window! Three babies in a crèche! Off to the side, about 100m away, that you can’t see in the photo, are the mum’s, grazing away happily. When Rochelle went out into the paddock to take this photo, they watched her in case something happened that they didn’t…

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First Drink

When I went to check the heifers, I missed this little one being born by about half an hour I reckon! See how he’s still wet, has a fresh umbilical cord and looks a bit wonky on his feet? When he was born, his mum would have licked all the afterbirth off him (that’s a…

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The good, the bad and the ugly!

Some days I have great days with my writing. Everything flows easily, the story unfolds perfectly… and then there are the days when nothing works and my sentences look like they’ve been constructed by a six-year-old, not someone who loves to write. Today is one of those days. See the red scrawls? They indicates that…

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Heifer bonding

These are some of our heifers that are due to calve, and all will have over the next six weeks. Heifers are ‘cows’ that haven’t had a calf before, so the whole thing is new to them. We need to make sure they have the calf okay and that the Mum loves it. Some heifers…

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