Is it my turn yet?

Here’s Buck, sitting waiting patiently for the boss to come and let him off! He’s chained in the back of the ute, so he can’t fall off the side (it takes dogs a little while to get their ‘ute’ legs!). Today, Anthony and I were wet and drying a mob of ewes (that means seeing…

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Sheep shifting and a new puppy!

On a beautiful Sunday morning the kids had the job of shifting a mob of sheep (I always go with them but hang right back or right at the front to slow the ewes down, so I’m there if they need help.) Today they took their bikes and two dogs – Rocket, the Jack Russell, a well…

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Rainbows: Gabbi Bresnehan

In my few travels around the country and around where I live, I am always amazed at the women who do incredible things. Most of these women don’t think they’re extraordinary, but I can assure you they are. I wanted to introduce you to some of the ones I’ve met – their stories are sometimes…

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ABIA Awards

It’s been such a busy time for us recently, with seeding, sheep work and all sorts of other things on the go! It will be like this until after Christmas now with hay making, shearing and later, harvest. We’ve been lucky enough to have good rains and everything seems to be on track for a good…

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Sheep work

This time of year is always busy with sheep work. There’s ewes to be drenched, lamb marking and so on and so on. I’ve hardly spent more than an hour inside the house  these last few weeks during daylight! Thankfully, it’s not just Anthony and I doing all the work! Shaun is a bloke who…

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Stand off

Driving to a friends house early a few mornings ago, I came across this amusing sight: a cow, who looks like she might be in the throes of birth and an emu having a staring showdown! Now, I’m guessing, because cows are polite creatures and emus can tend to be a bit bossy, that the cow may…

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Shifting a mob

Today there is a catastrophic fire danger for the South coast of WA. It’s gonna be a stinker of a day and we’re just about to have another meeting to see if the Bushfire Brigade are going to issue a Movement of Vehicles in paddocks ban. There’s a smoke haze from a fire to the…

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Oh, how dusty!

As part of our farming operation we run a prime lamb feedlot. It’s a management tool that gets the lambs off the paddocks during summer, which in turn helps keeps our soil structure strong and (hopefully) stops paddocks from blowing, when the strong sea breezes come in every afternoon. We become quite friendly with the lambs over…

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The Edit!

I love getting the first clean, fresh, pages, back from Allen and Unwin – it looks like a book and is ready to read. It’s like starting again and seeing the book through fresh eyes. This edit was particularly difficult for me. We were going flat chat with harvest and I had a deadline to…

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From sunset to sunrise!

This is what my world looked like at 4.15 this morning! Magic isn’t it? We in WA are lucky not to have daylight saving, but it does mean that our sun gets ups up at horrible hours – it kissed the horizon at 4.35am! Anthony and I were up – it is going to be a…

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Blue Skies for Harvest!

Well, after a week of rumbling and grumbling, lightening and torrential rain, in a few spots, we’re off harvesting again today. We’re down in our far back paddock and this is the view from the chaser bin. I took this one of the hottest days we had this week (about 40 degrees) but you wouldn’t…

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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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Season finishes

Our season has come to an abrupt end. There wasn’t any gradual change in the grass as there can be some years. It went from green to golden in the space of about three days! Now is the time that my love/hate relationship starts with summer. I am not a fan of hot weather –…

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Golden Hay

Look at all our beautiful hay! The cows will be happy with us this year! I love it when it looks as golden as this (always reminds me of the fairy tale, Rumplestiltskin), but I love it even better when it’s all been carted and stacked in rows, away from the weather. Holly, the pregnant Kelpie, has…

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The old and the new

Today was a very exciting day! Our brand new toy, a John Deere tractor, was delivered. Tractors are such a huge part of our farming life – I think, either Anthony, I or our workman, are in one every day! If we’re not feeding hay with it, we’re spraying, seeding, pulling the chaser bin, carting gravel,…

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Wanna roll in the hay?

It doesn’t seem like twelve months ago that we hitched up the mower to the tractor and started roaring through our oats crop! Today, that’s exactly what happened. Anthony’s towing a mower conditioner, which is like  a huge lawn mower, but inside of it, there’s special rollers that crimp the stems of oats, ‘just right’…

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Ram Sale

Our annual sale – Tomorrow! For many years now, we’ve held an annual ram sale in Esperance. We gather up the best of our rams, truck them to town, wrestle them into pens and let farmers pass judgement on them! Tomorrow is the big day (18th Sept 09). At the moment, I’m snatching five minutes…

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FNA Transport

This is why, when you live on a farm, you need a four wheel drive! Often you become a transport company! Ours is called FNA transport – officially Fleur and Anthony Transport, unofficially,  a rather rude word starting with F Average Transport! I took some of the extra wool into Esperance, to make the journey to…

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