White Gold

The term ‘white gold’, a long time ago, was used for wool, especially super fine merino fibres that would sell for an absolute bomb. Because we’re mainly meat producers and some of out sheep produce fairly strong micron wool, (which isn’t usually worth as much as fine merino fleeces is), this pile of fertiliser is…

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Situations Vacant – Senior Farm Hand…

…required for a busy stock based enterprise, approximately 100km east of Esperance. Prime lamb production, including a feedlot, cattle and hay making are some of our main focuses with a small amount of cropping. A four bedroom house, with a primary school bus to the front gate, is available with a good wage for suitable…

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The Bashers!

The Variety Club Bash comes with a reputation of hard working, fun loving people who love raising money for kids. So when they rolled into Condingup, this morning, for breakfast, we knew we were all in for a good time! I’m not sure how many four wheel drive cars rolled in, but they were covered…

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The 2011 Condingup Community Fair

Every year at this time, our local school holds a large fundraiser.  I’ve spoken about the Condingup Community Fair before – a great fun day had by all. Last year, we launched Blue Skies there, this year, I’ll be signing books and next year, I’ll be lauching Purple Roads there. There’s going to be jewelry,…

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The sky is falling…

There have been interesting happenings at the McDonald farm recently… it seems flying ‘things’ are falling out of the sky, over us. When Skylab came down over Esperance, parts of it were found by Anthony, as a child and we often watch jets zoom across the top of us (we also know that we can…

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Sending peaceful thoughts…

Last night as I took these photos, my kids were happily eating their tea. The boss had gone for ‘a quick fish’ at Thomas River and my dogs were happily running around my feet. No one had any idea what we would be seeing on the TV, twelve hours later. I almost feel like it…

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Getting away…

There are times you just need to drop out of life for a few hours. Relax. Talk to each other and the kids and get away from the hum drum of normal life. Well that’s what we did on Saturday night. Getting to Kennedy’s beach involves some serious four-wheel driving, so you know that once…

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When chaos reigns supreme!

The rain has brought the frogs out, which in turn usually brings the snakes. Thankfully I haven’t seen any, in the last week, but I’m sure they are gliding, slithering and sliding all around the house at night – ugh, it doesn’t bear thinking about! These little fellas, in my opinion, aren’t cute and I…

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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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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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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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