Australia Day

One of the things I love about Australian’s is we love dressing up! Whether it’s for the cricket, the tennis, Australia Day, we throw throw ourselves into the celebrations! I think the sky dressed up for Australia Day too!

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Starry eyed

Treasure hunts are such fun things, whether it is at a kids party, out in the bush or at the beach! As kids we were always poking around, looking under bushes for lizards, or climbing trees to look for bird nests. I don’t know how we never came across snakes in some of the places…

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Down to the Duke!

Every year huge amounts of people make the pilgrimage from Kalgoorlie, Esperance, the surrounding farms and other places, to be near these beautiful beaches. And every year at Wharton Beach, they hold swimming lessons. This year, in amongst the hum-drum of farming (of which so much is still happening), our two are doing the lessons…

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Israelite Bay

One of the last frontiers in the fishing world, on the South coast of WA, is Israelite Bay and ‘The Cliffs’. These are at the beginning of the Great Australian Bite. It’s where the keen fisherman go and brave the wind with the sand blasting and pull in Pink snapper, sharks and Mulloway off the…

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Sun Kisses!

As the sun sinks at the end of a warm day he kisses the clouds good night. His rays are much softer than the heat he throws in the middle of the day. In the stillness of the evening, the cows are out for their nightly graze, the magpies singing their evening tune and the…

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Hearts in our mouths

Thunderstorms are not only impressive but their power is truly breathtaking. They are a reminder to humans: how we can’t control everything, (even though we try) and how much we are at the mercy of Mother Nature. As farmers during summer, we tend to be a bit wary of storms – especially if they don’t bring any rain.…

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It’s that time again

Esperance and most of WA is known for the beautiful wild flowers that appear at certain times of the years. In Esperance they mostly appear around September, but I’ve noticed a few early ones alongside the roads. This orchid is usually a shy flower that hides itself away from prying eyes! You have to look…

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Mist and Cobwebs

Today has been one of those really odd days where nature just seems to throw one amazing thing after another at us! A few mornings ago, just as I was putting the kids on the bus, a thick, heavy mist rolled in from… nowhere! It had dawned a drizzly early morning, then cleared quickly, but…

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Moon Magic

I’ve been trying to capture this photo, twice before when we’ve had a full moon. But with a camera that doesn’t let me focus manually, I’ve had trouble in getting it sharp! This one, as you can see, is still a bit blurry, but it’s just a magic sight! When I took this photo, it…

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Bush Beauty

This bush caught my eye as I was hurtling down the road, running late for lamb marking! On the way back I slowly drove down the dirt road looking for what had caught my attention, when I didn’t have time to stop and look. We call these bushes ‘Black Boys’ (from the trunks what are…

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Perfect Days

Some days its hard to describe the landscape’s beauty. This photo doesn’t look anything special, but the atmosphere during this day, was. The day was warm with little breeze blowing. The grey clouds were beginning to roll over, bringing with them the hope of rain. A neighbour was burning somewhere – bush smoke (at this…

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Fire in the Sky

If only the wind would go around to the south, I’m sure this massive cloud could drop oodles of rain on us! However, with the wind from the north, it’s unlikely that there will be any rain on our place. The sea is going to get it all!

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The End of the Day

Isn’t this photo interesting? The way that there’s a big shadow in the middle of two ray’s of sunshine? Well that’s what happens when you’ve got a big hill behind you! As the sun is setting, it gets really dark at the house and where the shadow of the hill is cast, but it’s still…

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Specky Visitors

These Black Cockies arrive suddenly and leave just as quickly! One day the pine trees are quiet, the cattle are grazing without a care in the world… and then suddenly… “SQUARK, squark, squark’! They’ve arrived. I’m sure these attention seekers have got no idea how loud their call is and how frightening it is for…

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Lovely Mornings

What a magic view to wake up to! The fogs are indicating a really wet August as we’ve had mists every morning for the last two weeks, or maybe longer … time gets away from me! We can only hope this will be the case, since there hasn’t been any opening rains yet and August…

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Lambs in abundance!

Among all the excitement of Red Dust hitting the shelves, our ewes have started lambing! This little bloke is one of many. Lambing is great fun to watch. Once they get a bit older they run, jump, pigroot and play around like nothing. Absolutely gorgeous to watch. But the other great thing about lambing (and…

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Nature’s contrasts

I guess photos of sunsets have been done over and over, but every time I manage to take a good one, I get excited! This is at Thomas River (again!). We were just setting up our camp as the sun slipped below the hills. The beach is an interesting place at sunset, one minute full…

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Mount Ragged continued …

When all us oldies managed to make it to the top, we all got a new lease on life. Now whether that was because of this magnificent view form the top or just the satisfying feeling of achievement, I’m not sure, but we all regained our breath and stood in awe of what was before…

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Mount Ragged challenge

I was talking to a mate last week and she asked me what I was up to for Easter. We hadn’t planned to do a lot, since the heifers were calving and we couldn’t leave them for long. It seems I lied! See this large rock in the distance? We went to visit it! After…

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Lost Hill

We lost our hill this morning! The fog was so thick that when Anthony left to check the calving heifers, he wsn’t sure he’d be able to find them in the paddock, let alone check if there were any problems! Then, when I ventured out to go to the bus stop I could only see…

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Beautiful Light

It’s hard to describe the beauty that the country holds in the early morning. This morning’s sunrise on the fog was just amazing. It was still, cool and quiet. The only noise I could hear, other than a few bird calls, were the cattle munching away on the grass – that’s sort of like a…

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