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Sunset’s message

Look at this beautiful sunset! You know what that means, don’t you? ‘Red in the morning, shepherd’s warning. Red at night, shepherd’s delight’. We’re going to get harvesting tomorrow … I think! I could look at this sight forever, sipping a cool glass of wine… but there’s dog’s to fed and chooks to put away!…

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‘Boompha’!

Well, guess what? there’s been more rain! Another 30 or so mm’s… really not sure what is going on with the season: at times it’s disheartening. But there’s always silver linings and this one is one of them! We planted this sorghum crop about eight weeks ago and it has had the best start imaginable.…

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Country creatures

Check this beehive out! Anthony and I were quietly minding our own business, blowing the header down in readiness for the next day’s harvest and suddenly we were attacked by these bees! I got stung three times in the head — thankfully I’m not too allergic and that Anthony didn’t get stung, because he is.…

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This is more like it!

There is a sense of urgency in the air in the Condingup/Beaumont area! After a half a day harvesting, yesterday dawned bright and warm and there are trucks, headers and chaser bins moving on most of the farms in the district. The golden glow of the stubbles that have already been harvested are taunting the…

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Thank you

Isn’t this a magic photo? Rob Duncan is the photographer of most of these country pic’s. He needs to be credited for the awesome panorama across the top of the web site, plus all the photos on the top right. Allan Moult, who’s my webmaster, has re-coded all these impressive photos to make the site…

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Tractor Buddy

This is Rocket our Jack Russell. He’s usually the kids ‘play thing’ but since they were at school and I was sitting in a tractor by myself, carting hay, he became my tractor buddy today! Full of mischief at the best of times, he tried many a balancing act to try and get out of…

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Beaumont Bin Beauties

This week I made two trips to the Beaumont Bin (which is one of the outlying silos that grain is delivered to once harvest starts) to have the moisture in our grain tested. Tarren is one of three beauties working there, testing the moisture, checking the specifications and giving the truckies a bit of lip…

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Summer Sun

Finally after 110mm of rain in five days, the sun has broken through. We’re now looking forward to carting our hay and starting harvest in the next week or two. We haven’t been able to get on the paddocks to cart the hay it’s been so wet, let alone put a header into the wet…

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Country strippers

This is how we raise money in the country! These two amazing calendars have been shot at different sides of the country but are raising money for worthy causes. The Pearls of Wisdom calendar was shot in Esperance by Marni Topping (our wonderful portrait and wedding photographer) who readily donated her time for this cause.…

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Sloshy Slop!

Sexy legs hey? You only get legs like these when you’re sloshing through ankle deep muddy cattle yards like Anthony and I have been this week! Mud-encrusted legs feel really weird when it’s dry, although I have heard that mud is good for the complexion … I wonder if that includes cattle poo and wee all…

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Torrential Downpour

Ah … the weather! It often sounds like farmers are complaining about the weather, but so much of our business relies on it. It needs to rain in March/April so the ground is still warm enough to grow feed for winter. Even though it rains (or at least it should!) during the cold months, the…

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Forget Hockey Mom’s …

Sarah Palin and her crew have nothing on these Condingup basketball mum’s (and dad’s)! Well these aren’t all of them — the others are coaching, working in the canteen or bar, or just watching. These are the people who travel, sometimes up to a 90km round trip, to take their kids to basketball on a…

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Harvesting Hope

I was carting hay today and watching the dust billow up from the road where the huge C-Train’s have been carting the first grain harvested, to the bins in Esperance, thinking how lucky were we to have grain to harvest after this horrific start to this year. I was chatting with a mate last night…

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The Red Dust Setting

Going ‘back home’ is always great fun. I miss the huge trees and deep creek lines that cris-cross the countryside, the red dirt and funny purply coloured roads that I was thought were normal until I left the mid-north of SA!   In April, Rochelle, Hayden and I were excited to be heading home for…

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Fishing at sunset

We went fishing one night after a quite hot day. We caught one salmon but since they’re not great eating, Hayden put it back in. No fish in sight, but there was a wine, beer and some nibbles not far away

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Red Dust

Here are the cover notes for my first novel — Red Dust Adam Sinclair died in an horrific plane accident leaving behind his wife, Gemma, a 10,000ha station and a secret. Gemma is the sole beneficiary of the station and decides to disregard Adam’s final words that he is in trouble and she should sell…

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