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Majestic Creatures of the Sky

We live at the bottom of a huge big granite hill – well, not big compared to NSW, Vic and Tassie standards, but pretty high for around here. Most of this country is gently undulating. Anyway, back to the story. This granite hill is covered in thick native bush, poking out inbetween the granite. and…

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Missing in Action

Does anyone else’s washing machine eat socks? Sitting watching the cricket I decided it was time to attack the odd sock pile. that had been taunting me for about oh, maybe three years. While fielding questions from Hayden: ‘What does ‘de but mean Mum?’ (debut!!), I tried to match pair after pair but the rotten…

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Just visiting …

It’s been warm on the South Coast of WA recently and I sent Rochelle out to let the dogs off the chain so they could have a run under the sprinklers and cool off. She came running back into the house yelling there was a Racehorse Goanna up the wall! Not really believing her, I…

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Red Dust update

A quick note to let you all know that the release date for Red Dust is May 1 2009 — just in time for Mother’s Day! Was supposed to be April, but Allen and Unwin think that May would be a better month and since all Mum’s need time out from their busy life, I…

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Inland vs Coastal Kids

I reckon there’s a huge difference between inland and coastal kids, when it comes to being comfortable at the beach! Growing up far from the sea, I barely knew what a live fish looked like let alone tasted like. I knew they smelled, and Mum ordered it most times we went out to tea and…

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Red Dust goes Green

With recent rains, Red Dust Country is no longer brown and dusty! In fact it looks quite idyllic through these photos that my Mum and Dad took! Amazing photos of watching the water just as it starts to run down the creek and long suffering sheep on green pastures! It makes me wish I was…

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Boompha 2

Remember back at the beginning of December we were spreading fertiliser on our sorghum crop and I said it was going to grow fast and furiously? Well, it did! We’ve put our weaned calves onto it and some of the plants are eight foot tall! Can you see the cattle in amongst it? It must…

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Cheeky Dogs

Meet Bob the Kelpie and Tim! These two cheeky dogs can’t bear to be away from their owners, Rob and Helen, who are sitting inside having a bite to eat. Much to the delight of Hayden and Rochelle, (the hysterical giggles proved this). Tim in particular kept sticking his head into the cat door thinking…

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Spiders Galore

A friend told me these webs are created by ‘Christmas spider’s. I stupidly asked why and with a strange look on her face, said, ‘because they appear at Christmas time, Fleur!’ (thanks Lynda!) Driving along these webs are really obvious to the naked eye. They’re thick and sticky, with spiders, about a centimetre big and…

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Happy New Year!

2009 already! Where are all the years flying to? My mum used to tell me that I was wishing my life away — ‘I wish my birthday would come, I can’t wait for Christmas!’ and now here the new year is already! I really hope that the New Year brings all your hopes and wishes…

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Close and Personal… with lambs!

Been getting up close and personal with some of our crossbred lambs. Together with our very old dog, “woof on wheels” Rex (you take him to where you want him to be and he woofs, his favourite job!) we drenched these lambs to put onto stubble. These lambs will be sold later on and harvested…

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Basketball Glory

Rochelle and Hayden were lucky enough to be given a basketball ring from their Gran, for Christmas. Supposedly for the kids, it brought out the competitive nature in all the oldies, who tried to outdo each other in slam-dunking or defending the ring. The kids watched open-mouthed as their Uncle Nick and Papa tried to…

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Beachcombing

On our visit to Thomas River, there were heaps of jellyfish and ‘things’ like them, washed up on the shore. I haven’t seen anything like this on Thomas River Beach before, so the water must have been really stirred up at some stage to throw them onto the beach. Being orginally from the Flinders Ranges…

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Boxing Day at the Beach

After the busy day of Christmas, we decided it was time to head to the beach and work off some of that extra pavlova and wine we had! Some of my family that came for Christmas hadn’t been to Esperance before so we took off down to Thomas River in the Cape Arid National Park…

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Fire Sunset

Thunderstorms in summer can be dangerous things. Especially if they’re dry storms. After a 34 degree day, we watched as thunder clouds bore down on us. Harvest was well underway and we kept scanning the skies, willing the clouds away, least we get another hold up. Then the thunder started — I’ve never heard thunder…

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Merry Christmas

Well Christmas is finally upon us — again! Not sure where the year has flown to but school has finished and it’s heated up so the signs of Christmas have arrived, even if it doesn’t feel like it yet! This is our (WA) native Christmas Tree, or commonly known as the Munji tree. It’s a…

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My Outdoor Office

Today we are harvesting (yay!). Instead of being on the chaser bin, however, I’m on grain cleaning duty. All I have to do is clear the chute away once in a while, so it doesn’t block up — hence the shovel leaning against my office! I’m madly writing my second book, which I can excitedly…

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Idyllic

Well the storm’s passed and we thought rather than wallowing in self pity, the beach was a better option! You wouldn’t even known it has rained today, although there was some nasty damage around the shire. Tonight it’s still, calm and peaceful. We might even be lucky enough to catch a fish!

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Final Bell Rings

Last night our little school where Rochelle and Hayden and 70 odd other kids go, had it’s Concert night. It’s a myriad of songs, skits, speeches and awards that all enjoy. It’s also a special graduation for the Year 7s who now leave the familiarity of their small school to attended much larger one’s whether…

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Beautiful Nature

Our dog kennels are under some native trees just outside our house. Rochelle and I were going to feed the dogs and discovered this beautiful flower just opening to the world! Mother Nature is amazing the way she works against the odds that we humans have created and produces things like this.

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Dog Tired

Meet Law, our working ‘hound’. It’s far too tiring hanging around a shearing shed when there isn’t any work, than when there is something to do. He doesn’t really look like a dog that you can’t stop when he’s working, does he?!

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