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Pinching myself!

In January, I was lucky enough to go on a three day holiday with my family. Just us, no one else. Now it’s the first time we’ve ever managed to that. Most times when we go away we’re heading to family and as much as we all like hanging out together with my family or…

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My poor neglected blog!

  Well, I’m finally back on this poor neglected blog! There has been a few reasons I haven’t been around lately – settling kids into high school and year 7, calving, helping out around the place where needed. And of course there’s been the last of the edits on Silver Clouds. So tell me, what…

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The first page…

I set a challenge on my Facebook page that if we could get 100 likes, I would post a paragraph of my next book Crimson Dawn. Well, talk about being overwhelmed with ‘likes’! At last count, we were nearly at 160! So, to make it worth your while, I’ve decided to post the whole first page.…

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The sun sets…

I’m sitting here this afternoon, knowing I should post a blog, as I haven’t for about a week, but wondering what the hell to write. As I look out my office window, there are a few chooks scratching on the front lawn and Law, the old red Kelpie, is snoozing in the sun. The cattle…

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Silver Clouds by Fleur McDonald

Silver Clouds floats to the printers!

Well, I can finally say that SIlver clouds has gone to the printers. Phew, is all I have to say! It seems like it’s been a long process this time, but realistically it’s no longer than usual. My editors did things a bit different this time, which has been a learning curve, but I like…

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Book vs eReader

When Red Dust was first published, back in 2009, eBooks weren’t a big thing. At that point, the publishing world was sitting on the edge of a cliff. Overseas had started to make noises about eBooks, which in turn needed a device to be able to read them on. The Kindle and many other types…

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Dear Diary…

Gillo and Russell Woolf from our ABC radio in Perth had a brilliant segment on yesterday about diaries. They wanted to know if any of the listeners had ever kept one. I wish I could have posted it hear for you to listen, because it was so good. But there wasn’t a podcast made of it.…

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Beaching it and a wedding anniversary

Last night was our seventeenth wedding anniversary. Hard to believe that so much has happened within that time. Especially when the wedding seems like only yesterday. Two kids, two or three farm bought and sold and bought again. And as with most families, there are few people missing from our family now, who were there…

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Precious cargo

  There are times farming seems like it’s a long road without an end. The list of jobs to do, can be longer than your arm. Sometimes it feels like your treading water, not getting anywhere. And as with most jobs, they all should have been done ‘yesterday’. That’s how it is for us at…

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Fun times

I love photos. Photos are memories and I’m always snapping, where ever I go. Every time I release a new book, the call comes for new publicity photos. This is one of my least favourite things to do, because I’m much happier behind a computer screen, or out in the paddock, than I am in…

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Tilly and Tessa

  One of the things I’m told I’m good at, as an author, is my descriptions of country. This is some more amazing country I was imaging when I wrote Red Dust. (If you visit this page, you’ll see the book trailer for Red Dust and some more of the country.) Native pines, granite, vivid…

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Christmas updates… Belated ones!

I think I’ve told you all many time, how much I love where I grew up in South Australia. Now I understand, people who live in ‘greener areas’ might get a bit freaked out when they see the country up here, but it is really special. Yeah, there are lots of stones, prickly bushes and…

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The dreaded Christmas card

  Are you a Christmas card sender? I used to be. I’m not any more. Well, actually, that’s not quite true. I start with every good intention. For example, I actually buy the Christmas cards. Usually in about October. To give myself plenty of time. And I usually cart them in my handbag, so I…

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Murphy from Murphy’s Law visits…

Harvest! The very word seems to bring out the feral in every man, woman and child, involved in cropping. It also seems to be the time for Murphy, from Murphy’s Law to rear his ugly head. Here are a few examples. Upon jumping in the new (second hand) header, we bought this year, the Boss…

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Sleep talking… Um, singing

We have numerous species of birds flitting around the house and I love the noises they make. There’s all the usuals like Magpies, Crows, Butcher Birds, Willywag Tails and Pigeons. The Boss is a mad keen bird watcher and has taught me lots about these feathered creatures. There were many other varieties I didn’t know…

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Flying High

Let me try and paint you a picture. It’s five in the morning and chopper pilot, Scott Bridle (http://scottbridle.com) is pacing the outside of his machine. He’s doing his checks; oil, fuel and making sure it’s airworthy. From the yards, voices of the stockmen, getting ready for a day mustering, hang in the air. The…

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A small flood

I don’t think I have ever seen a weather phenomena like I did yesterday. Our day started at 5am. We had three trucks to load and knew it was going to be hot. But it was freezing, when we first arrived at the yards, so the jeans and jumpers were pulled out of the wardrobe.…

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Trials and tribulations

What a week of weather! I know if often seems as if farmers are always complaining about weather and that’s a fair comment, but so much relies on it! On Thursday last week, it was fairly bloody hot and humid after a thunderstorm the previous couple of days. I was drenching sheep and the shearers…

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Christmas Wish Lists

It’s about this time of the year, kids start writing their wish lists for Father Christmas. Actually, truth be known, they’ve probably been doing it, secretly, since last Christmas. I don’t see the lists until they’ve been neatly written out, but I can imagine the lines being drawn through certain items as they year goes…

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Subscribe to our e-newsletter to win 2 Goody Packs!

I’ve had the best week! There is something about a new website that gives me energy and a wonderfully positive outlook on the future! And I’ve taken your advice and moved the ‘subscribe’ button to a more obvious place. It’s this type of feedback that enables me to create a website that works for you.…

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Are you a re-reader?

The celebrations and competitions are still happening today, despite the rain threatening to derail harvest for a few days. This was my view as I got off the chaser bin, yesterday. Tomorrow is the last day, to enter your name in the draw to win a two year subscription to RM Williams Outback magazine. Today…

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