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Holidays over

School holidays are now finished. No more damper cooking, long walks or fun trips to town! As I waved goodbye to the kids, I thought that they were as pleased to be going back to school as, perhaps, I was to send them! Now don’t get me wrong, I love having the kids at home…

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What I’m Reading…

Reading for me is a passion. I was brought up on many books, some were The Famous Five, Trixie Beldon, and Colin Thiele books and I went through a phase where I collected every Sweet Valley High book I could (don’t hold that against me, and perhaps that’s showing my age!) My bookshelves are filled…

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Damper in the House

School holidays is a great time for us to do the things that we just don’t seem to have time to do during the term… and some special things. The kids have been wanting to make damper for ages after hearing us talk about the way the old stockies used to, while they were out…

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Tiny tugs get the job done

I was in Esperance the other day and happened to be on the foreshore when this ship was coming into the port. I’d never actually stopped and watched the tugs bring one in, but since I had the kids with me, we stopped and watched for a little while. It’s really quite amazing, the way…

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Here’s the Competition!

Together with That’s Life magazine, we’ve thought of a way that you can be included in helping write Blue Skies! If you head to this link you can enter the competition that we’ve got going for a farm name. You’ll have your name mentioned in the acknowledgements if I chose the name you’ve entered, plus…

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Holiday Fishing

Well, we got our wish! Holiday time arrived and two days in, we went fishing! I was standing up on top of the sand dunes to take this photo of Anthony and Rochelle getting set up to catch ‘the big one’. I think, by the looks, Anthony is giving instructions! We had a lovely big…

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A great opportunity!

I’m hoping you guys are going to be as excited about this as I am! Together with That’s Life magazine, we’re offering you a chance at an exclusive competition to be involved with the writing of my new book, Blue Skies. Keep an eye on my website and That’s Life’s website – over the next…

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My mate Ned

About three and a half years ago, my friend Ned rang me to tell me she had breast cancer. I was stunned. Gutted. How could she? She was only 40 and had two very young children. Ned’s personality was larger than life and that was the way she treated every hurdle she ever faced. She…

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Another Surprise!

When I started up the computer this morning, I had a lovely email from my German publishers! There was an attachment with the cover for Red Dust which is due out in Germany, in April 2010. Only there they have changed the title to Wilder Eukalyptus. It blows me away to think that it will…

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Old Faithful

My mum and dad have been over to visit recently and brought with them a large box. Once I realised what was in the box, I fell on it with delight! All my old favourite books were there — The Famous Five and practically every Enid Blyton book ever printed, Trixie Beldon, Colin Thiele and…

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Winter has hit!

Well it’s freezing here at the moment! A whopping 9.9 degrees! The wind has been howling and we’ve had rain! 25mm fell in our gauge, although I’m not sure how widespread around the Esperance Shire its been – some of our mates who farm a bit further north than us, only got 5mm, so we’re…

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Blue Skies — the next book!

I’ve had lots of questions about whether there’s a new book in the making. Well, there is! Its been on the go for a while, but got shoved onto the back burner when Red Dust was released. However, today’s the day! With a cold northerly blowing and tomorrow being taken up with lamb marking, I’m…

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Red Dust away …

Well it’s been and gone… and what an amazing night! We started the launch for Red Dust at 5pm, but people started to trickle through by 4.45pm. By the time 5:30pm came, there was a definite buzz in the air, people talking, wandering through the shop and lots of laughing. We had over 110 people…

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School Holiday Fun

I seem to be climbing a lot of hills these school holidays! At least this one isn’t as high or as steep as Mount Raggard! This is Mount Howick, the hill I live under… or at the bottom of! The kids and I headed off early one morning, climbed to the top and had a…

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‘Mountain Tails’ makes my day

After a hot, sweaty, dusty day in the sheep yards, when all I wanted to do was head home and curl up on the couch with a glass of wine and a good book, I got my wish! Heading home past the mailbox, I saw a brown paper mail bag addressed just to me. I…

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Family Reunion

I find that even though our family is close, we don’t often get to see each other as much as we should. With family members scattered from one side of the country to the other, and Esperance being slightly ‘out of the way’, it sometimes makes getting together very difficult. This Easter was a lovely…

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Waiting, waiting …

I’m waiting for the phone to ring. My stomach’s churning, my finger nails bitten to the quick and still it’s silent. Taunting me! Then the shrill tone cut through the air and even though I’m expecting the call I jump like a startled rabbit and my stomach plunges to the floor! It’s my first interview!…

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Facebook, here I come!

I know nothing about Facebook, but I’m about to learn! I’ve been lured by friends and family wanting to keep in contact a bit more. So, you’ll find me here … look forward to ‘seeing’ you!

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Happy Easter

Here we at Easter already – where has this year flown? I was trying to take a photo of these eggs to help wish you all a happy Easter, but Rocket was intrigued by the smell and wouldn’t get out of the way! So from Rocket and the rest of the McDonald crew, we wish…

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Only in the bush…

We get a mail delivery twice a week. It’s a pain when you get a phone call on a day, saying something really important is in town, (like parts for the tractor, a new piece of machinery or… a box of books!) and there’s another week to go until you can pick it up! That’s…

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The good, the bad and the ugly!

Some days I have great days with my writing. Everything flows easily, the story unfolds perfectly… and then there are the days when nothing works and my sentences look like they’ve been constructed by a six-year-old, not someone who loves to write. Today is one of those days. See the red scrawls? They indicates that…

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