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Foggy Moods

This is the second fog we’ve had in a couple of weeks. It’s becoming apparent that autumn is well on its way. It’s cooled down in the morning, calm and magic. Autumn is one of my favourite times of the year. We’re all eagerly awaiting rain and we start to watch the weather charts a…

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Cake Competitions

There seems to be great competition between kids when it comes to their birthday cakes! Now, this is fine if you’re like my friend Gill and is a brilliant cook, decorator and everything else that goes on in the kitchen! If you’re like me and struggle to get a cake to rise, let alone make…

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Higher Fido, Higher!

I recently told you all about the Condingup Community Fair and how it’s our annual fund raiser for our small school. Well this is a competition that happens every year, sets tongues wagging and will whet you’re your appetite to attend the day! The dog high jump is a great entertainer – the dog that…

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Testing for Lambs

Every year we scan our ewes to see if they’re pregnant. There’s a couple of reasons we do this, one is so we can pull out all the dry ewes (one’s that aren’t going to lamb) to sell and so we can feed the wet (pregnant) ewes better and two, to know what we can…

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Profusion of Peaches

I love stone fruit and we are lucky to have moved to a house with a delicious peach bearing tree. Big, fat, juicy ones! Trouble is, the tree is completely overloaded, so much so that one of the branches broke off about two weeks ago. Also the fruit all ripens at around the same time!…

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Early bird reading offer for Red Dust

This has just come through from Allen and Unwin’s eNewsletter. Here’s a chance to read Red Dust before it’s published. I hope Red Dust intrigues you enough to feel like entering. All you have to do is sign up for the Allen and Unwin’s eNewsletter and follow the instructions below. We want your book reviews!…

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The Stockman goes Fishing!

Hang up the hat and out with the rods. I think there’s a fair bit of difference between mustering sheep and cattle and trying to catch fish, but its a brilliant way to relax. Especially when the weather is perfect and the sea is flat. Our fishing trip consisted of an awesome sunset, a couple…

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Israelite Bay

About two hours’ drive from where we live, is an amazing, wild place called Israelite Bay. Brilliant fishing, very isolated (No shops, takeaways and definitely no mobile range!). It drips with history.   The old telegraph station that was used as the main point of contact in the late 1800s and early 1900s and the stonework in the magnificant old building…

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Misty Mornings

There is another old wives tale about mist and rain – I think I’ve shared a couple of sayings already with you – this will be another! If there is a misty morning it’s supposed to rain in ninety days. Now I guess some of you will snort at that, but I’m here to tell…

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Puppies?

Rocket’s got a girlfriend! Zoey has come on a sleepover and they seem to enjoy playing together, which is a good start, but who knows if there will be puppies in the end! We’d like some, but the hitch seems to be working out what’s got to go where! How and when! There’s been the…

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Finding the time …

Having just finished the last edit of Red Dust and farming, kids and just ‘life’ not allowing a lot of time for writing at home, I picked up my laptop and headed to town. Plonking down at a cafe on the Esperance Bay foreshore I started to focus heavily on Blue Skies for the first…

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The Condingup Community Fair is on Again!

March 21 is etched in the Condingup Community’s mind. It’s the date of our annual fair that we use to raise money for our school. Its a day full of fun and excitement aimed at families. There’s a dog high jump and tractor pull, many competitions – cooking and photography and loads more that I…

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The Bushfires

I’ve been trying to find the words to express my horror and sympathy but I’ve come to the conclusion that words just don’t cut it this time. Its the hugs, listening ears and donations of basic essentials that is gong to give more to these grief-stricken people, who have will be shell-shocked for months and…

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Excitement in the Mail

I had a great surprise and shock when I went to the mail box today! There was a package from Siobhan, my editor. Opening it up there lay three reading copies of Red Dust, wrapped in bubble plastic. I had no idea Siobhan had sent them until this morning, and when I saw them, I…

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Escaping the water

With the bit of rain we’ve had recently, I think this duck is looking for a safe place away from the water! He plonked himself on top of our garage, which was a bit of an unusual sight, staying for quite some time! He’d obviously had enough of wet feet!

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Red Dust & Blue Skies blow into Germany

When I first started writing Red Dust, my main hope was to interest a publishing house. I was so lucky and privileged to be picked up by my publisher, Louise Thurtell, through her ‘Friday Pitch Day’ – I can still remember her phone call and how long I shook for after she told me she…

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A Family Day Out!

We’ve been fencing. Late last year we had a machinery shed put up near our house, but it’s also in a paddock. Not good if you have cattle in the paddock because they love to rub and tend of bend things like sheds and machinery if they rub on them! The cattle in the sorghum…

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Feeding the Cows

These are the cows that Hayden and I’ve been feeding. There is nothing better than seeing your stock grab huge mouthfuls of hay and slowly chopping away, their eyes half shut. It’s the look of contentment! It’s also a great way to know the hay you’ve made, is good, sweet hay that the stock will…

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And the rain keeps falling…

What odd weather we’re having. On Monday the mercury hit 48 degrees, even though the official reading was 45. What’s a few degrees when it gets that hot though?! After sweltering throughout the day, at about 5pm, it was still 40, so I loaded up the kids and headed to the beach. A cool change…

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Christmas by the sea

On a trip to one of local beaches recently, we laughed at this Christmas tree that had been transplanted from the roadside to the beach. Stuck in a huge hole on the beach, decorated beautifully and complete with a filleting table underneath, we’re pretty sure that ‘John’s Filleting’ and the rest of his campers had…

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My Favourite Job

I love shifting stock. It’s great fun just slowly wondering them down the laneway to the paddock or yards. It’s where I do a lot of my planning for writing and because I’m outside, right in middle of my inspiration. It’s where I get most of my ‘light bulbs’ ideas. I never leave home without…

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