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Crimson Dawn update

I’m sorry, I really don’t know where this time has gone. It’s only NINE days until the Crimson Dawn launch and only SEVEN days until it might hit the shelf in your bookstore and TWELVE days until it will definitely be in the shops. Ugh. Nerves. Still, I gotta harden up… But, no matter what…

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Guest blog: Reach for the Dream

I love nothing more than sitting down with a good book and escaping from reality. Not that reality is bad, but a break from it leaves you refreshed and ready to tackle whatever life throws at you next. As you would probably guess, I love reading Rural Lit books – not that I read as…

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G is for…

I seriously can’t believe we’re up to G already! Where has the time gone to? Before we start I just need to wish Bushbabe a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I’m so thrilled we’ve become friends across the inter webs and she’s an important part of my life. Amanda from Bush Babe of Oz has chosen ‘Grazing’…

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Procrastinating at its best!

  I’m supposed to be writing a speech. Don’t like writing them much (said in a petulant tone!). It’s difficult to write about myself when I’m ‘just Fleur’. I’m nothing out of the ordinary, or different or anything like that, so I’m sort of stuck on what to write about. So I thought I’d do…

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Looking for lambs

In Crimson Dawn, one of the characters, Thomas, talks of ‘sea of sheep’ stretching as far as the eye could see. I felt like this on Friday! We had to run 4,000 ewes through the yards to get them preg-scanned. Our vet travels the 100+ kilometres from town with his ultrasound wand and screen, we…

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F is for…

Now let’s not think in the gutter here, kids! F is NOT what for what you’re thinking! It’s for Farming, fences, fires, fertiliser, foxes and ferals. But today we’re only talking about three of these. Amanda from Bush Babe of Oz – F is for FENCES Among the tools farmers use in their everyday work,…

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E is for…

We know, we know! We’re a day late in posting this week. It was a public holiday here in the West yesterday and besides me being out at the farm and madly cooking and cleaning for the week ahead, Rural Miss was also doing public holiday farm things and Bushbabe was busy with her things. So,…

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Drought is a frightening word

After watching Landline a few weeks ago, I wrote this article on drought and why the powers that be, government, farming bodies and so on, can’t make decisions on drought relief in the middle of drought. It’s too raw and emotional. The article first appeared on The ABC’s The Drum website, then was published in…

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The countdown begins!

The 1st of March is always an exciting day – not only is it my daughter’s birthday, it usually means there’s 28 days until my next book is out. It’s the same this year. 28 days until the launch, although this time, Crimson Dawn isn’t officially due out until the 1st of April. However it…

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You have the power…

  Yesterday was a crappy day. You know how they just pop up out of nowhere? How they hit you by surprise and at the end of the day, you’re left wondering who the hell you ran over to get such a day? Yeah, well it was one of them. Maybe it was because I…

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The silent, quiet deaths

I’m sitting here at my desk, completely torn. Charlotte Dawson’s death has pierced my heart. I can’t imagine what her friends and family are feeling right now. At the same time, I feel a little sad about all the out-pouring of grief over social media. Because she was famous her death is getting so much…

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D is for…

I can’t believe we’re up to D. Can anyone tell me where these past four weeks have gone? (Actually where today has gone… Sorry I’m running late with posting this blog!)  What between Outback Paparazzi, this A – Z of Farming Series and getting ready for the launch and tour of CrimsonDawn, oh not to…

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Puff, puff, (pause) pant, pant…

Are you a New Years Resolution maker? How do you go with keeping them? I’m not so crash hot. I always come up with the normal ones; ‘must lose weight, going to be more organised, get fit…’ Hahahaha. What a laugh. It never happens. This may seem slightly off-topic but it’s not, I promise! This…

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C is for…

Cows, calves, cotton, crop, combine, crow… Yes, today is brought to you by the letter C! Thought we’d mix it up a bit today, so were going back to front. That means Gemma is up first. Gemma: C is for: Crutching A couple of years ago I was talking to a mate in the city, and…

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Happy Valentines Day!

What did you get for Valentines Day? Or was it you did the giving? Roses, chocolates, lingerie? I bought hubby a dozen roses. Yeah! I really did. Except… they were chocolate! Woolies had this really cool gimmick. A dozen ‘roses’, on long artificial green stems and the roses were wrapped in red foil. We’re not…

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Up and at ’em!

‘Up and at ’em, Fleury,’ my Dad used to call when I was really little and heading off in the truck with him. Back then I bounced out of bed with the expectation of adventure on my mind. Going with dad held loads of fun… Days in the truck singing along to Slim Dusty (I…

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B is for…

Here we go with the letter B in our A – Z of Farming. In keeping with alphabetical order, we’ve got BushBabe up first: Amanda: B is for Beef Juicy rib-eye on the bone, delectable filet mignon, rich bolognaise, hearty warming winter stews… beef is such a great part of any menu. It’s a terrific source…

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What lunch boxes and baby birds have in common

I know my Mum has told me I have a warped way of looking at things at times, but I’m sure there are other people who see things and think the same as I do. Isn’t there? Tell me what you think of when you look at these lunch boxes. Go on, leave me a…

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Exciting times ahead

A while ago, we bought a house. It was very exciting. We had plans, you see. Ones that involved me coming to town four days a week, so we could transition our Number One Son into high school. There is a boarding house in town but, with his autism, we thought settling him into school…

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The A – Z of Farming…

How much do you know about farming? If you remember a couple of years ago, I ran a segment called 52 Farmer blogs, in conjunction with the Australian Year of the Farmer. This year, it’s the International Year of the Family Farm and two other family farmers are going to join me here while we…

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Crimson Dawn preorder

You can now pre-order Crimson Dawn at Booktopia and other online stores. It would make a great Mother’s Day pressie. Buy now, forget about it and it will just arrive in the mail!

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