Beaching it and a wedding anniversary

Last night was our seventeenth wedding anniversary. Hard to believe that so much has happened within that time. Especially when the wedding seems like only yesterday. Two kids, two or three farm bought and sold and bought again. And as with most families, there are few people missing from our family now, who were there…

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Precious cargo

  There are times farming seems like it’s a long road without an end. The list of jobs to do, can be longer than your arm. Sometimes it feels like your treading water, not getting anywhere. And as with most jobs, they all should have been done ‘yesterday’. That’s how it is for us at…

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Fun times

I love photos. Photos are memories and I’m always snapping, where ever I go. Every time I release a new book, the call comes for new publicity photos. This is one of my least favourite things to do, because I’m much happier behind a computer screen, or out in the paddock, than I am in…

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Tilly and Tessa

  One of the things I’m told I’m good at, as an author, is my descriptions of country. This is some more amazing country I was imaging when I wrote Red Dust. (If you visit this page, you’ll see the book trailer for Red Dust and some more of the country.) Native pines, granite, vivid…

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The dreaded Christmas card

  Are you a Christmas card sender? I used to be. I’m not any more. Well, actually, that’s not quite true. I start with every good intention. For example, I actually buy the Christmas cards. Usually in about October. To give myself plenty of time. And I usually cart them in my handbag, so I…

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Sleep talking… Um, singing

We have numerous species of birds flitting around the house and I love the noises they make. There’s all the usuals like Magpies, Crows, Butcher Birds, Willywag Tails and Pigeons. The Boss is a mad keen bird watcher and has taught me lots about these feathered creatures. There were many other varieties I didn’t know…

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Flying High

Let me try and paint you a picture. It’s five in the morning and chopper pilot, Scott Bridle (http://scottbridle.com) is pacing the outside of his machine. He’s doing his checks; oil, fuel and making sure it’s airworthy. From the yards, voices of the stockmen, getting ready for a day mustering, hang in the air. The…

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A small flood

I don’t think I have ever seen a weather phenomena like I did yesterday. Our day started at 5am. We had three trucks to load and knew it was going to be hot. But it was freezing, when we first arrived at the yards, so the jeans and jumpers were pulled out of the wardrobe.…

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Trials and tribulations

What a week of weather! I know if often seems as if farmers are always complaining about weather and that’s a fair comment, but so much relies on it! On Thursday last week, it was fairly bloody hot and humid after a thunderstorm the previous couple of days. I was drenching sheep and the shearers…

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Christmas Wish Lists

It’s about this time of the year, kids start writing their wish lists for Father Christmas. Actually, truth be known, they’ve probably been doing it, secretly, since last Christmas. I don’t see the lists until they’ve been neatly written out, but I can imagine the lines being drawn through certain items as they year goes…

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Are you a re-reader?

The celebrations and competitions are still happening today, despite the rain threatening to derail harvest for a few days. This was my view as I got off the chaser bin, yesterday. Tomorrow is the last day, to enter your name in the draw to win a two year subscription to RM Williams Outback magazine. Today…

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Celebrate and Win

I’m still in the celebratory mood! This time last year I was editing Purple Roads in the tractor, this year it’s Silver Clouds! I really couldn’t be happier! Our Day 2 Competition is:   Place a comment below letting me know what you love about the new website and perhaps what you’d like to see?…

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Busy, busy…

The farm is well and truly looking like it’s summer, even though we’re only in mid-October!  Some paddocks have a gold/white tinge across the tops of the plants, indicating it’s done its time. Saturday was a warm 35 degrees, so the crops won’t take long to turn, ripen and harvest will be started before we…

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Pasture Hay in Bales

Fifty bales of hay…

This time of the year is when the craziness starts. The moment we cut the pastures or oats, to make hay, it’s like some gremlin inhabits the farm and makes everyone mad. To get really good quality hay, it’s best if it doesn’t get a rain on it, before it’s in bales. The Boss is…

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