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Queensland Floods

It’s with a heavy heart that I’ve been watching the news coverage of the Queensland floods. I’m sure that NSW will be feeling the effects soon, as their water profile will be full from floods before Christmas and once the water and soil profile is full, there is nowhere for the water to go. It…

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Reflections and looking forward

Happy New Year! I’m completely amazed at how quickly this year has been and gone. As a child, my Mum would always tell me, not to wish my life away, which was pretty hard, when I was ten, and thinking I was much older and knew better than she did, or sixteen and badly wanting…

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Colours

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. Our family certainly did, although we and the rest of Perth, sweltered through  38+ degrees during the ‘big’ day! It really has got me beat why Father Christmas would want to wear such a heavy outfit,  as he pops into our houses during Christmas eve. In fact…

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Merry Christmas!

Tomorrow my Christmas starts. We have family coming for the big day, so I won’t be online too much. Munji trees amaze me. They’re parasites and live off any tree or bush that is near them. This one in particular is awesome, because three weeks ago I would have sworn it was dead! No leaves,…

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Big boots to fill

Our front door is always cluttered with boots.  If it’s summer, it’s usually just of the rossi kind – normal slip on work boots, but if it’s winter they’re of the muddy, rubber variety. This door way is the bane of my life – it’s forever covered with mud, sand, grain, hay or anything that…

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Christmas Cheer

Christmas is an important time for families to be together, laugh together, eat together. It can seem that in the busyness if life, the all important family time gets eroded. That’s why Christmas is so special for our family – we all try and get together. We love making people smile over the Christmas period…

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Ah, Esperance weather! And more books!

The clouds started to gather, yesterday afternoon. The headers were racing to try get as much crop into the bins, before the rain came… Or maybe it wouldn’t rain, it just pretending it might. At about 8pm Hayden came running out of his room. ‘Mum, Dad I can hear rain!’ Oh good. We only had…

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Community Spirit

We haven’t been suffering nearly as badly, as our counterparts in NSW or Victoria, where the rain has been coming down in inches, wreaking crops and washing away roads, fences and hope, leaving nothing but maintenance work, in its wake. The cruelest thing about the rain is it’s come after suffering years of drought. WA’s…

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Cattle are curious creatures!

Cattle are curious and destructive creatures. Most of the time, they love just munching away in the paddock or snoozing in the sun, but there are times when their inner teenager comes out and the mischief starts;  jumping fences, getting in the laneways, busting through gates… or knocking troughs around. They love water and if…

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Our Crazy Menagerie

It all starts with Rocket – an important part of our family, but when in the paddocks, responds best to: ‘Split ’em!’ Retired Rexy doesn’t mind who’s around him, while he sleep! Wally sleeps where drops! We have visitors climbing the walls… …and animals that love to swim!

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The changing colours of the season

It’s nearly harvest – in fact some of the farmers to the north of us, have already started. Harvest indicates, to me, that summer is here. Long hot days, snakes, flies, strong seas breezes (if we’re lucky!) in the afternoons, the rumbling of trucks and headers at any time of the day or night… and…

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The first signs of summer

Yesterday was a shocker of day. The wind blew hard from the north and it was above 35 degrees. I was really pleased that I chose yesterday to head to town and do the shopping! (Nothing like air conditioned shops and ice cream!) There was a forecast for thunder storms in the evening and that…

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Gorgeous calves!

These cattle don’t really look like calves, do they? But they are – they were born in April and are a far cry from the really cute, little 30 or 40kg babies they were, when they were born! (For all the mums out there, aren’t you pleased your baby wasn’t that big?!) At the moment,…

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Shearing and storms

We started our main shearing on Monday – a busy time, but it’s always fun! I love the smell of the wool as it gets thrown on to the wool table and the hustle and bustle of the shed. Music blares out from the inside of the shed; it’s the only time we work in…

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What a view!

This is how cattle yards should look! Standing quietly in the evening light, the only noise being a chain banging gently on the rails or a bird, who has perched himself on the loading ramp, singing. This is not how it was, today! Chaos I think would be a good word to describe it –…

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Four seasons in one day!

One of the things about Esperance and spring time, it the weather! It’s completely unpredictable. Here’s an example; last week, Tuesday and Wednesday were above 35 degrees – a rather rude shock after the pleasant, good living weather we’d been having. The heat caused the crops and grass to ‘turn’ into the colours that suggest…

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Special spots and book shelves

This chair is a memory from my childhood. It used to be my Nana Parnell’s and it used to be green. It had a hole the size of a twenty cent piece right in the middle of the seat. A coal from her open fire caused that. It’s actually an antique; a ‘Smokers Bow’. I…

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Walking on the Rock!

Well, it’s not “Raining on the Rock” (John Williamson http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IcgPdppG_k ) but we’ve been walking on the rock! On a cooler day, we thought it was safe enough to go for a bit of an explore. The hill is basically made from granite, with crevices of soil that allow native pines, and all sorts of…

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Burning

Today the kids I have been out burning. Even thought there is a serious side to what we’re doing – reducing the amount of fuel in case of fires during summer – there’s always fun to be had! The kids were in charge of their own fires (I kept a close eye on them, of…

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Meet Our Vet

Meet Dave. He’s our vet. Dave lives a varied, exciting life and has many stories to tell! Like the cat that turned feral and shot into the roof, through a very small hole. They spent the best part of an hour running around the ceiling to get it out! There are many more hysterical tales! Then there are the…

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Cropping

Farmers are funny creatures (me included!). Leading up to the break of the season we’re all bemoaning the fact it hasn’t rained and how much we need it. We scan the skies, the weather sites on the internet and listen intently when The Country Hour weather report is on. Finally it rains. The country starts…

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