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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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Celebrate and Win

I’m still in the celebratory mood! This time last year I was editing Purple Roads in the tractor, this year it’s Silver Clouds! I really couldn’t be happier! Our Day 2 Competition is:   Place a comment below letting me know what you love about the new website and perhaps what you’d like to see?…

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Welcome and Win, our new website is here!!

We’re so excited to launch our new website today! More information, more blogs and more support for budding writers! To celebrate, we’re hosting a series of 5 daily competitions, starting NOW!   Somewhere on this beautiful new website of mine you’ll find this image below. Tell me where you saw it by placing a comment…

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Busy, busy…

The farm is well and truly looking like it’s summer, even though we’re only in mid-October!  Some paddocks have a gold/white tinge across the tops of the plants, indicating it’s done its time. Saturday was a warm 35 degrees, so the crops won’t take long to turn, ripen and harvest will be started before we…

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Pasture Hay in Bales

Fifty bales of hay…

This time of the year is when the craziness starts. The moment we cut the pastures or oats, to make hay, it’s like some gremlin inhabits the farm and makes everyone mad. To get really good quality hay, it’s best if it doesn’t get a rain on it, before it’s in bales. The Boss is…

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You CAN teach an old dog new tricks!

I will never admit to being good with technology! My daughter has been teaching how to use some of the apps on my MacBook and together we created this clip. It’s a collection of my favourite sunsets, both at the beach and on the farm. As I get better at doing these sorts of things,…

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From little things, big things grow…

  It true. From little things, big things grow. And when it comes to cropping, Canola is a great example. It’s starts off as a tiny black seed – smaller than a grain of sea salt and just slightly larger than a ‘hundred and thousand’ (you know what I’m meaning? The things kids love to…

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Sunsets galore and Silver Gums!

We’ve been having gorgeous sunsets over the last week or so. Spring tends to throw breath taking weather events at us, including these amazing, nightly spectaculars. I love it when I’ve got time to stop and look at them.   And between trying to get Silver Gums finished and a few family things, stopping and…

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Guest blog: Barbara Hannay author of Zoe’s Muster

I’m glad to have Barbara here today, to tell us all about her book, Zoe’s Muster. Once it hit the shelves, it flew off again, very quickly and has been received really well by readers. Here’s Barbara: I’m a little overawed blogging here about Zoe’s Muster with REAL farmers. I have to confess that while…

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Let’s kill ’em!

  Sometimes writing just doesn’t go the way you plan it! Mostly I love it when that happens because if something happens, which I don’t is going to happen, then hopefully you guys won’t see it coming and get the same thrill and feeling of surprise I got, when I wrote it. (phew, do you…

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Guest Blog: Evan McHugh author of Outback Stations

Evan McHugh is my guest today, talking about his latest book, Outback Stations. Of course this subject is something I’m pretty familiar with and my love of the station country is well known. You’ll probably all realise this book is firmly entrenched in my bookshelf! Here’s Evan: While researching previous outback books, the names of…

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The glory of evening

  June has been a wonderfully wet month and a very busy one! We were screaming for rain in the first week, but slowly Mother nature built her Cold Front’s a sent them one by one, week by week and let the clouds do their job. Rain it did – the second week of June…

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Waiting, waiting…

  Yesterday, there was a forecast for good rains. We’re getting pretty desperate for one of them. But when I went outside and looked towards East, this above photo is what I saw. Fog rolling in. To the west, it looked like the photo below: I was pretty hopeful when I saw the dark clouds,…

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Feed time at (old) McDonald’s Farm

Feed time on McDonald’s farm happens every second day, when there isn’t any feed. Even though we had a whopping 45mm about eight weeks ago, we have had very little since and the paddocks are baring up quickly. Any tiny little morsel of green grass has been found and munched on by every-on-the-hunt sheep and…

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