What’s a boy to do?

What’s a boy to do when the sheep won’t run? Have a rest of course! These full-wool girls were not at all interested in running into the sheep crate today! We were loading them up into the truck so we could cart them back to the other farm for shearing, but they were being a…

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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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The Winner!

Well, after trawling through all the entries for the Farm name comp, we finally have a winner! But before I tell you who it is, I’ve got to thank everyone who entered. The response was enormous, with entries coming from as far away as New Zealand. The decision was actually really hard – now I…

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Our Girls

These beautiful looking sheep are our stud ewes, complete with their long, lean and muscular lambs! As part of our farming program we run a White Suffolk Stud – something that my main character in Blue Skies, Amanda, does. These girls are just about to be run through the jetting race – to make sure…

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Bogged!

This is what you get, when you’re shifting sheep, yabbering on the phone and not concentrating! Sent to bring some sheep into the yards, I used the time to call a friend – when I’m busy writing, I don’t always stay in contact with my mates as much as I should. I was quite happily…

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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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SEPWA Ladies Day

The SEPWA ladies day was an inspirational day for all who went! I felt like I was an impostor amongst all the women that spoke – they were all so clever and had achieved so much! To a degree, whether they spoke about farming, viticulture or achievement, the message was simular – you can achieve…

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Meet Harold

Have you ever read For better, for worse and for lunch by Christina Hindhaugh? It is the most hysterical book, based on a city dweller who marries a farmer and her experiences as she adjusts to farm life. Christina has a character in there named Aunt Grace, or more aptly, Amazing Grace! Aunt Grace mentions…

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Blue Skies … nearly there

Blue Skies is nearly complete. I have the editing to go and I’m positive that I’ll make the September 1 deadline – which is fantastic for me and Allen and Unwin, as they’ve already got the freelance editor, Ali Lavau, booked to start work on the manuscript, basically as soon as it arrives. I’ve really…

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The Return of the Tiger Snake

Radio announcers often talk about how wonderful it is to have beautiful warm weather for weekends, not realising that farmers often need rain. However, the warm sunny weekend, that was sent to us recently, was a welcome relief from the cold, grey days that we’ve been experiencing! As you can see by the clear picture…

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Final days for competition

With two days to go until the Farm Name comp finishes, I’ve just had a phone call from my publicist, Kate, telling me about the overwhelming response that we’ve received! That’s Life, the magazine with heart, have kindly been running this comp over the past couple of weeks and they’ve been inundated with entries! Thank…

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Last Days

It’s the last days to enter the farm name competition. It finishes this Friday (31st July 2009). Head to That’s Life web site, to read about Adrian, his farm and what sort of a bloke he is. Hopefully my descriptions of his character and farm will give you an idea of what he’s like and…

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SEPWA Ladies Day

If you’re anywhere around the South Coast of WA, I’d love it if you could put the 6th of August in your diaries! The SEPWA group is a farmer initiated organisation, started to represent the wheat growers on the South Coast. Since it’s conception in 1993, it had grown tremendously, their activities including lobbying, field…

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It’s finished

Well the shearing shed that we’ve had put into our machinery shed is now finished! Doesn’t it look great? We can’t wait to use it, so the next photo might be of some crutching here. But we’ve got a bit of work to do before that can happen. All the gravel area will have to…

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Here’s the Competition!

Together with That’s Life magazine, we’ve thought of a way that you can be included in helping write Blue Skies! If you head to this link you can enter the competition that we’ve got going for a farm name. You’ll have your name mentioned in the acknowledgements if I chose the name you’ve entered, plus…

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Building for shearing

We were lucky enough to be able to buy the inside of a shearing shed, complete with catching pens, grating, gates… the works. Having two farms 18 kilometres apart and only a shearing shed on one of them, makes life quite difficult at times and involves stock trucks carting sheep backwards and forwards at shearing…

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Lambing and Shelter

Our ewes lamb from April through until early August. It gives us a range of ages and therefore we’re able to send lambs off at different times of the year. It spreads the risk and cash-flow! Lambing during winter can have its downfalls ifs a particularly strong cold front come through and there are lots…

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Graceful Ibis

We have a lot of Ibis around our two farms. They love getting in around the dams and putting that long, sharp beak to work, hunting out bugs! They come in together in huge flocks (I assume they’re called flocks and not mobs or ‘a murder’ (as in crows). They are so graceful and hang…

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Everyone has their spot!

When we all go around the farm in Anthony’s ute, we all have special spots because it’s really only a three-seater ute. We’re four, plus a little dog who really thinks he’s human so therefore he can’t be left behind on the chain (oh, the shame!) Anthony drives, Rochelle sits in the middle, I sit…

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