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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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The Perfect Wife by Katherine Scholes

“ I’m a big fan of Katherine Scholes. The first book of her’s I read was Lioness. I then went and tracked down all her other books, as I usually do when I find an author I love. Here’s Katherine talking about the writing of her new offering; The Perfect Wife. “I’m so glad to…

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The start of harvest

Harvest is always looked forward to with a mixture of anticipation and dread – well it is by me anyway. Anticipation because it’s our money making time. We get to see what we’ve achieved over the year, reward for the hard work, so on and so forth. Dread, because it’s dry and hot. Long hours…

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Treasures

I’m not a material person. Neither is my husband. In fact my mother-in-law used to joke we’d be happy sleeping under a barb wire fence and a broken one at that, just so long as we were happy and healthy. But I do have two possessions which are treasured. I think anyone who reads my…

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Crimson Dawn: The Edits

Some times there is nothing more I love than editing. After all, the hard work has been done, hasn’t it? The words are on the page and all I have to do is rearrange them, or make them better. Yes? *cough, cough* Perhaps there is a little more to do than that. Some times there…

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Rainbows

It’s not often you get to see a full rainbow, let alone have the camera handy to catch them before they disappear. This beauty hung around for about ten minutes, while I fiddled with my lens and managed to get these shots. The above photo, though, really doesn’t do it justice. It was such a…

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That empty feeling…

As I type this, I’m sitting at my office desk, looking out over green pastures. Just a few metres into the paddock, there is a mob of sheep and their marked lambs all camped up, which is unusual for this time of the day. The clouds are low and grey and the gentle breeze has…

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The women who inspire me

I guess all of us have people who inspire us. Women we look at and muter under out breath, ‘I wish I could be like her.’ They might be great mums, family people, have achieved greatness in their line of work, or overcome some type of adversity and come out stronger women. Well I’m here…

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Wave wash our away our existence

Beaching it

My husband (also known as ‘The Boss) is a mad keen fisherman. He will go to the beach when it’s raining, a howling southerly or when it’s a beautiful calm day. The only thing that stops him from getting a line in the water, is if there is ‘weed’ out in the holes he’s trying…

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Streaming towards freedom

Today we’re going to be drafting off a heap of lambs to go to market. Last week we weighed them all up, so we knew how many we had to send and our stock agent could organise a truck. Prime lambs are one of the main enterprises in our business. Both Anthony and I love…

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Itchy eyes means hay making

It’s time for itchy eyes, ears and throats. Time for burning diesel and driving tractors. Time for all hands on deck. We grow pasture hay, for our animals. In a year like this; as wet as it’s been, the pastures have gone ballistic! We’ve had clover/ryegrass pastures half way between our ankle and knee! Can’t…

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My new life

Have you ever had event in your life that makes you stand up and say; ‘That’s it. I’m changing.’ Or have you ever got yourself into a rut that is so hard to pull yourself out from? Well, that’s me. On both accounts. For those who follow me through Facebook, Twitter, or this blog, you’ll…

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When opportunity knocks

Every so often an opportunity arrives, that you just can’t pass up, no matter the circumstances. Harvest and Hay making are extremely important in farming world. Hay means there is food for the stock during the dry times and harvest is the money making part of the year. This year, canola harvest and hay making…

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Crimson Dawn – an update

My next book, Crimson Dawn, is due out at the beginning of April next year. It’s been a hard slog to get it done, but my ever-patient publisher now how the file in their office. (Considering my deadline was June of this year and I didn’t submit until the 24th of September, I think Allen…

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Saying Goodbye

Writing for me is therapy. And this is about my journey with Mrs. Mac: For the last four years, my day to day life has been shaped around a strong and determined woman. My mother-in-law has been sick for some time, but it was only during these four years, that she has needed me to…

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I’m back!

Hello! I’m finally back on my blog. I’m sorry I haven’t been around here much over the last few months, but there has been a bit going on in my world, which has stopped me from writing. One of them being the need to finish Crimson Dawn. I’m pleased to say I have done just…

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Bush Tales by Pip Courtney ABC Landline

Some of you may know that Rachael Treasure, Nicole Alexander and I were lucky enough to be on Landline last weekend. It was Pip Courtney’s report and we all thank her very much for her time in coming to visit it most of us. If you missed it, here it is!   http://www.abc.net.au/landline/content/2013/s3822649.htm

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Calling all Queenslanders…

It’s been ages since I’ve blogged – I don’t think I’ve ever left it quite as long! Sorry to all the people who keep popping over for updates on our farming/writing world. We’ve been so busy actually farming, I haven’t had time to write about it! I’ve also been frantically finishing off Crimson Dawn, for…

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Book Shelves

Winter has hit east of Esperance. This morning when I got up at 5am, it was a rather chilly 10 degrees. And because dawn hadn’t hit yet, it was about to get cooler. The temperature dropped two degrees in the first hour I was up. Reasonable to expect I guess, considering ‘they’ (whoever ‘they’ are)…

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