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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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Lost Hill

We lost our hill this morning! The fog was so thick that when Anthony left to check the calving heifers, he wsn’t sure he’d be able to find them in the paddock, let alone check if there were any problems! Then, when I ventured out to go to the bus stop I could only see…

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My New Friends

Anthony and I went to a 40th birthday recently and we were really privileged to make some new friends. The invitation stated Aussie icon’s only, but no streakers. We thought that was fair enough, considering the forecast was cold. Kylie Mole, B1, B2 and the Original Aussie Farmer were the first few we came across.…

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Slave Labour in the garden

Every so often the garden gets the better of me. In fact, it’s always got the better of me – I’m the worlds worst gardener! I love beautiful gardens and always wanted a huge one with lots of lawn and flowers. I’ve got one, but it seems to grow more weeds than flowers and the…

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In the Pink

Aren’t mates great? Bemoaning the fact I was struggling with parts of my second novel, one of my mates actually listened to me (!) and sent through a survival pack that included this wonderful pink boa pen! I can’t wait to start editing with it to see if it will tickle my nose… or wake…

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Ahhh!

Now it’s time to sit and do some writing! The Community Fair is over, things are quietly tonking along on the farm and I think I’ve found the bottom of my washing and ironing basket! (For this week at least!) So, the writing… yes, but there’s still office work to do, cooking to fill the…

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Beautiful Light

It’s hard to describe the beauty that the country holds in the early morning. This morning’s sunrise on the fog was just amazing. It was still, cool and quiet. The only noise I could hear, other than a few bird calls, were the cattle munching away on the grass – that’s sort of like a…

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Mrs Inkster’s Giant Pumpkin!

We live in very fertile country as this photo shows! I can’t believe the size of this pumpkin – just imagine how much pumpkin soup it would make or how many people it could feed! And I have to tell you, it’s not the only giant one in the patch. There’s four! Along with other…

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Tractor Pull

How strong are you? Have you got a team that could pull a tractor? Well we put it to the test on Saturday, March 21 with the Staines Esperance Tractor Pull at the Condingup P&C Community Fair. There’s $500 up for grabs – you should be able to shout the bar with that! There’s so…

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Baby time

This is the time of year for babies! It’s a gorgeous time, watching them take their first steps then within a half an hour or so being able to run. Calves in particular are beautiful with their liquid brown eyes and long eyelashes. I can tell you that cattle take the cake for long eyelashes!…

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Rainbow Delight

I was looking through my photo file since I hadn’t had time to take away news ones for the blog and I came across this one. You might remember, about six or so weeks ago, we had a huge deluge of rain over about four days. The landlines, power and mobiles were all down, but…

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Amazing …

It amazes me the things you find when you go looking. While searching the garden with the kids, looking for odd things, Rochelle and I found this little bloke! I guess he’s looking for food but what a great place to hide from predatory animals, like birds! I think he’s got it worked out pretty…

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