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The Cover…

Squeeee! You may have seen this floating around, but here is the cover for Crimson Dawn. We’re in the process of re-branding my covers and name and this is the start of it – you’ll notice there is a lot more of the girl than in previous covers. You know what I love most about…

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Lamb chops for Australia Day!

  A 3:30am start isn’t what I had planned for Sunday morning, but if it meant getting you your lamb chops for Australia Day, I was happy to do it! The kids, Boss and I spent Saturday weighing up lambs, to find the right ones to send away on the truck. The Abattoirs we supply…

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Felfies!

I’m sure you’ve heard of the craze “selflies”? Kids are doing it everywhere and posting photos of themselves on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and so on… I know I’m forever deleting photos of my daughter, from my phone (I keep the good ones!). I’ve actually never been able to understand the push to take a photo…

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Wedding anniversaries

Special events always have to be fitted in around the main jobs in farming. We jokingly said our kids had to be born in between the heifers starting to calve and lamb marking – that way, I was available to help at both times and The boss was able to help me out, if things…

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Back at work? Need some peace?

So you’re all back at working, feeling like you’ve never left? Wondering where that holiday feeling has gone? Yeah, me too. Maybe if you look at these photos and imagine the salty air blowing through your hair, the cry of seagulls and the sand between your toes, I can help you recapture the holiday feeling!…

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The dreaded post-Christmas de-tox

I’ve alway thought of myself as reasonably strong. I’m pretty pig-headed, can be opinionated, (but usually only in my head. Even though I have them, I don’t often say them out-loud) and if I put my mind to something, I’m not usually dissuaded. Stubborn. (Our kids have a double cross of it, because The Boss…

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Beware… Rant ahead

I rarely rant on my blog. I don’t think it’s fair you see me wear my heart on my sleeve. However, I am so angry, I am going to. And, I know a lot of you who read this are country people. You will understand how difficult it is to educate kids from where we…

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Do you have stories to share?

I’m wanting to hear some of your stories. Ones about women working on the land, funny ones, sad ones and everything else in between. The reason I’m looking for these, is because I have the opportunity to address some city people in the coming months and would like to be able to share how incredible…

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The work continues…

Getting out of bed at 4am is not hard, when I can walk outside, sipping coffee and see this view. There wasn’t long to admire the sunrise, though, as we had 700 ewes to walk ‘up the road’. A cool ten kilometres. We’d shifted another 700 the previous day. Knowing it was going to be…

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What makes it Christmas at your house?

Christmas this year, will be different for us. Like so many families across the world, we will have an empty chair at our table. This, in itself, brings thoughts and feelings I’m unable to express – I haven’t worked out how yet. It will be a quiet one for us too – just the four…

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My disastrous Christmas

In the lead up to Christmas, I’ve been trying to work out, which Christmas’s was most memorable, weird, sad, happy, so on and so forth. I thought it might make a cool little series to read. Anyway, one that I came up with was my most disastrous Christmas. I need to give you a little…

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Day I learned the truth…

**Spoiler Alert: You are NOT to read this post if you are under 16** I remember a Christmas, many years ago, when I was about 10. I was SO excited. My family from Alice Springs were coming down, I’d get to see my cousins, whom I ADORED, my Aunty who was even better and there…

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How do you spend your Christmas?

Last Christmas, I had my first Christmas back on ‘home soil’ in more than 18 years. My husband took me ‘back home’ as a thank you for caring for his mum. I guess I should explain that, for farmers in Australia, Christmas is held at the wrong time of the year! It’s really difficult for…

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The Fickle Finger of Fate!

So it’s been about three weeks since the header or tractor or chaser bin turned a wheel. It’s also been that amount of time since the auger has gone. For those of you who aren’t sure what that means, it equates to  NO HARVEST! Can’t begin to tell you how frustrating that is! *run around…

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Roadside Christmas Decorations

It’s the time of the year where nature starts to decorate the sides of the road, for Christmas. WA has, what we affectionately call ‘Native Christmas Trees’. As the start to bloom this vivid orange, we know that Christmas isn’t far away. The incredible flowers actually stink to high heaven, but the flies and the…

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Stockmen learn to sing… And harvest

View from the top of the header We’re still harvesting. This must be one of the most frustrating harvests we’ve had in years! The wind has howled from the east – cool, moist gale-forced winds, which doesn’t let the moisture come down in the grain enough, so we can get it into the silos. A…

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The funny places I write!

The one thing about cropping, is as hard as you try, there is always likely to be something that isn’t quite perfect about the grain. It might rain, and it get stained or worse, begin to sprout. This decreases the quality. Sometimes you might find that the boomspray has had a blocked jet and there’s…

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Down time

    Even during the busiest times of the year, down time is necessary. I always know when it is needed, depending on the various levels of grumpiness that comes home, from the paddock. Sometimes, the men of the farm, work it out for themselves, other times, they need a woman to suggest it’s time…

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What the mail brings in…

Okay, I admit it. I love going to the mail box. Not because I like picking up the bills – who does? But because I’m a sucker for letters and presents in the mail. I mean, who isn’t? Oh and by the way, why wouldn’t you want to visit THIS mail box?    I’ve had people…

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Basketball heroes

This post is inspired by a piece Barry Nicholls from ABC WA Statewide Drive had on his show last week. I’ve written before about how I’m an avid ABC radio listener – so much amazing information and ideas can come from that radio station. Many people texted and phoned in to say who their heroes…

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Rural Women, networking

I was so lucky to be asked by Margie Arnold to attend and speak at The Rural Women’s Gathering, which is a yearly event that has more than 300 women from across South Australia, attending. I have been to many Rural Women’s days and I love them – the camaraderie and networking opportunities are brilliant.…

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