Category Filter

Christmas presents and a phone call

I’ve been talking with my marketing guru and we’ve come up with a ‘novel’ idea! The best answer to this question: ‘What is the first question you would ask Fleur McDonald?’ will win a twenty minute conversation with me, in December. If you email me with your answer, I’ll pick the winner on the 30th…

READ MORE

Special spots and book shelves

This chair is a memory from my childhood. It used to be my Nana Parnell’s and it used to be green. It had a hole the size of a twenty cent piece right in the middle of the seat. A coal from her open fire caused that. It’s actually an antique; a ‘Smokers Bow’. I…

READ MORE

Burning

Today the kids I have been out burning. Even thought there is a serious side to what we’re doing – reducing the amount of fuel in case of fires during summer – there’s always fun to be had! The kids were in charge of their own fires (I kept a close eye on them, of…

READ MORE

Bach to Brazil to Rural Lit

It was quite an amazing experience to see Nick Parnell play his Bach to Brazil concert, in Esperance. I’d been hoping for some time that he would be able to “mesmerize us with his mallets” and mesmerize he did! With fifty instruments on stage, the main instrument was the Vibraphone, but included tuned wine glasses,…

READ MORE

Guest Blog: Nick Parnell

I’ve know Nick all of my life – he’s my brother. I am not biased when it comes to his musical ability. He is seriously good and I’m not the only one who thinks so! “Parnell wields the mallets with the nonchalance of mastery … virtuosity worthy of the highest praise.” – The West Australian…

READ MORE

Silence is deafening!

Thunderstorms are awesome things to watch – I love the power that comes with them, the electrifying excitement, the knowledge that there are some things that humans can’t control, that we just have roll with. They sometimes bring a great deal of rain and some times, inconvenience – or at least that’s the way we see…

READ MORE

Sheep work and holidays!

It’s been pretty cold here lately!  And it’s school holidays. As much as the kids like to help, sometimes our jobs involve things that they just can’t do, so when we arrived at the sheep yards at 6:15am and it was bitter and frosty, the kids took exception to being involved with our farming life! (As…

READ MORE

ABIA Awards

It’s been such a busy time for us recently, with seeding, sheep work and all sorts of other things on the go! It will be like this until after Christmas now with hay making, shearing and later, harvest. We’ve been lucky enough to have good rains and everything seems to be on track for a good…

READ MORE

Contentment

I guess it could be said that living this close to the sea we have the best of both worlds. The farming with its freedom of the outdoors and the beaches. There is something wild and solitary about our beaches that’s hard to describe. The evening I took this photo we were the only people on the beach. The…

READ MORE

Wednesday

The phone call came at lunch time: ‘Fleur, would you come and pick your child up, please? She’s had slight accident and needs to go to hospital.’ Enough to strike fear into the heart of any mother, let alone one that was about 10km away from her car, in a clapped out tractor, feeding out…

READ MORE

Here’s hoping!

I hear rainbows have magic powers! Well, here’s hoping it can fix my garden! This was our view as I took the kids to the school bus last week. A rainbow ends on my farm… that’s got to be good.  After all, they’re supposed to have a pot of gold at the end, aren’t they? I…

READ MORE

Another night at Thomas River

The boss mans’ fishing adventures have been non-existent lately! Between my high-flying (and rather unusual) absences, the rainy weather (not that we’re complaining!) and getting to the busy time of year,  it’s been rather difficult to make it to the beach. However, last weekend we all made it down there. A fire, full moon and toasted…

READ MORE

The Condy Fair is on again!

Well next Saturday is the Condingup Community Fair, aka the Condy Fair! It’s always such a fantastic day – we have a hard working committee that makes sure that it goes off without a hitch and that there are many exciting and fun things happening. Because the fair is held to raise money for our…

READ MORE

There’s a snake in the house!

There was some excitement in our house this morning! I opened the front door and in-between the screen door and wooden door was a Tiger snake. I had the kids and Rocket following me, so I tried to slam the door, hold them all back and try and control my total fear. All in one…

READ MORE

Down to the Duke!

Every year huge amounts of people make the pilgrimage from Kalgoorlie, Esperance, the surrounding farms and other places, to be near these beautiful beaches. And every year at Wharton Beach, they hold swimming lessons. This year, in amongst the hum-drum of farming (of which so much is still happening), our two are doing the lessons…

READ MORE

Israelite Bay

One of the last frontiers in the fishing world, on the South coast of WA, is Israelite Bay and ‘The Cliffs’. These are at the beginning of the Great Australian Bite. It’s where the keen fisherman go and brave the wind with the sand blasting and pull in Pink snapper, sharks and Mulloway off the…

READ MORE

Merry Christmas!

I am having trouble in understanding where this year has gone! But here we are at Christmas time again. And here is Rocket, acting as an unwilling Christmas model! I wish you a wonderful Christmas – full of love and laughter, safe and peaceful. I hope whatever you are doing brings you happiness. Please, stay safe…

READ MORE

Farmer’s Foe

We had some drama in our neighbourhood today! A fire started just to the back of our farm and was on a neighbouring farm – if you’re a regular visitor, you’ve probably seen me write about my friend Gill who is the world’s most amazing cook! This fire photo is what fronted her and her family…

READ MORE

Medicinal only!

I’m not a chocolate freak, at all. At least not like Anthony, who can make a family size block of chocolate disappear over two night! However, there are certain circumstances that I like chocolate and this is one of them. Double choc chip muffins that my daughter makes! She kept telling me they were good…

READ MORE