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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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Down she pours…

I love winter. It’s my season. I love the way the wind bites at my cheeks and the sound of rain on a tin roof/window/shearing shed/ground. It’s like music to me. And rain it did last night! The deluge woke me at 12:15am and I was still listening to it drum steadily on the roof at…

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Outside my window…

Usually I would write long descriptions of what appears outside my window, but I really think these photos speak for themselves. What I would suggest, though, as you are looking through them, is to close your eyes and imagine you have been away from home twelve out of the last fourteen days. You haven’t felt…

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A Mother’s Day giveaway!

“It’s a marvelous night for a moon dance”… Ah, I mean a marvellous morning for an early morning trip to town! You’ll know, if you’ve been following any of my social media of action, lately, that we’ve been seeding. One of my pet hates about growing Canola is The Boss spends so much time on…

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Farms, quiet? No way!

It’s a bit chilly in our neck of the woods! Over the weekend, our temps dropped well below 15 degrees – in fact there was one time I looked at the weather station and I saw 13c. Winter is well on it’s way. Autumn is lambing  and these girls below, have had their lambs, they’re…

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Guest author: Therese Creed

At the moment, the Rural Lit genre is growing incredibly fast. It seems every month there is not one, but two or three new releases finding their way onto the shelves, everywhere. Today marks the in-store date for debut author Therese Creed. Her novel Redstone Station is published by my publishers, Allen and Unwin and…

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An early morning visitor…

  A couple of mornings ago, staggering from broken sleep, bleary eyed, I emerged into the world of consciousness by a beautiful sunrise. For those of you who follow this blog, you’ll probably know I’m a bit keen on sunrises and sunsets and I’m often rushing off at the most inappropriate times (like when I…

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A dog’s life…

With The Boss on the boom-spray practically every day for the last two weeks, our working dogs, Weasel and Law have been hanging out with the kids and me. We’ve been checking out sunsets, heifers calving, watching the tractor go ’round in that ‘beautiful circle‘, Sara Storer sings of. So really, they’re on an extended…

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Dancing Moon Beams

Full moon time is always noisy at our place. The soft light allows the dogs to see a lot more than they usually would. Meita, still being so young and not doing a lot of work (therefore having much more energy than the older dogs) is the main culprit. Bark, bark, bark, all night! At…

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Anzac Memories

It’s customary to start seeding canola around Anzac day. Well, we started ours the day before. And while most people were at a Dawn Service, this morning, I was out checking the heifers, waiting for a truck load of lambs to arrive, so they could be unloaded. Like many families in this country, I have…

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Guest blog: Honey Brown

  I think everyone who comes onto my site, knows I love thrillers, murder mysteries and crime novels. This also includes psychological thrillers. Silence of the Lambs is a book I love – and yes, I love the movie too. Honey Brown writes such books and Dark Horse is her latest offering. As with many…

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A new love

I have found another love. Nope, I’m not running away from hubby or kids. Nor am I leaving the farm or the beautiful scenery. I’ve found INSTAGRAM! Yep, I realise I’m probably behind the eight-ball. In fact I’m sure I am, because I have a feeling I signed up to Instragram when it first came…

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Feed time

A while ago I wrote a post about our new pet calf, Lightning. He’s a beautiful natured little thing and so fit and healthy. Hayden has done a great job of looking after him! Lightning drinks 3L of milk, which Hayden makes up, every morning and every night. He has the days sleeping in the…

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A Farmer’s work is never done…

It’s that time of year… The little baby lambs are about to drop is great numbers! And thankfully, this year, the ewes will be lambing onto green grass, not sand, like we have for about the last eight years. But before they lamb, the girls really need to be crutched. After all, imagine (Oh, if…

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Peek-a-boo!

I often taken our Jack Russell with me when I’m out doing jobs on the farm. Especially if I’m feeding out hay. He’s loves watching the cows and calves and occasionally he is brave enough to sit up on the back seat and bark at them. (A bigger sooky la-la, you’ve never seen. This dog…

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A Family Secret, in Silver Clouds

If you have read or are reading, Silver Clouds, you may have got up to page 257 (also the start of chapter 23). In this chapter, Tessa is rummaging around in a set of shearers quarters, which are over 100 years old. The building has thick walls and they are whitewashed with a lime solution.…

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The French Promise by Fiona McIntosh

Fiona McIntosh is a master story teller. I’m in awe of the tales she tells and how she writes –  often with three book on the go at one time. I could only dream of doing something like that! I loved The French Promise so very much and I’m sure you will too. Fiona is…

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