Getting stuck in the mundane…

Do ever find lunch boxes so hard to fill? Does it feel like you’re making ham and pickles sandwiches (or something similar) ALL the time and the kids are board with your food? Oh. I sound like an advert don’t? Sorry! But, that’s how I feel. Especially since I’ve been pre-making food for the whole…

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Happenings

  Farmers are always accused of complaining about the weather. Let me explain why. A couple of weeks ago, we got a beautiful 18mm. It fell over a few days – in fact I think we had about five or six days straight where if we didn’t get falls of five or so millimetres, we…

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Supremely beautiful…

There is something supremely beautiful and quiet about shearing sheds, when they are empty. I’ve always thought they are so atmospheric. When I was younger, I often headed up to the shearing shed on my Nana and Papa’s station and just sit and think, or even walk around and feel the smooth wood, smell the…

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Back at it!

This is where we spent most of our Sunday and it’s ‘that’ time of the year again. I guess there is a few ‘that’ times of the year on a farm, but this particular ‘that’, is lamb marking. This year, we have about 10,000 lambs to mark. No small number and it will take weeks,…

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Guest Blog: Annabelle Brayley

Introducing the lovely Annabelle Brayley of OUTBACK NURSES fame! SHe’s chatting about her love of rural fiction and her new offering, Outback Nurses. Hello Fleur, Thank you so much for inviting me to be a guest on your blog. Although I generally write non-fiction myself, Australian fiction captivates me and the evolution of the authors…

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Crimson Dawn update

I’m sorry, I really don’t know where this time has gone. It’s only NINE days until the Crimson Dawn launch and only SEVEN days until it might hit the shelf in your bookstore and TWELVE days until it will definitely be in the shops. Ugh. Nerves. Still, I gotta harden up… But, no matter what…

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G is for…

I seriously can’t believe we’re up to G already! Where has the time gone to? Before we start I just need to wish Bushbabe a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I’m so thrilled we’ve become friends across the inter webs and she’s an important part of my life. Amanda from Bush Babe of Oz has chosen ‘Grazing’…

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F is for…

Now let’s not think in the gutter here, kids! F is NOT what for what you’re thinking! It’s for Farming, fences, fires, fertiliser, foxes and ferals. But today we’re only talking about three of these. Amanda from Bush Babe of Oz – F is for FENCES Among the tools farmers use in their everyday work,…

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E is for…

We know, we know! We’re a day late in posting this week. It was a public holiday here in the West yesterday and besides me being out at the farm and madly cooking and cleaning for the week ahead, Rural Miss was also doing public holiday farm things and Bushbabe was busy with her things. So,…

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Drought is a frightening word

After watching Landline a few weeks ago, I wrote this article on drought and why the powers that be, government, farming bodies and so on, can’t make decisions on drought relief in the middle of drought. It’s too raw and emotional. The article first appeared on The ABC’s The Drum website, then was published in…

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The silent, quiet deaths

I’m sitting here at my desk, completely torn. Charlotte Dawson’s death has pierced my heart. I can’t imagine what her friends and family are feeling right now. At the same time, I feel a little sad about all the out-pouring of grief over social media. Because she was famous her death is getting so much…

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D is for…

I can’t believe we’re up to D. Can anyone tell me where these past four weeks have gone? (Actually where today has gone… Sorry I’m running late with posting this blog!)  What between Outback Paparazzi, this A – Z of Farming Series and getting ready for the launch and tour of CrimsonDawn, oh not to…

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C is for…

Cows, calves, cotton, crop, combine, crow… Yes, today is brought to you by the letter C! Thought we’d mix it up a bit today, so were going back to front. That means Gemma is up first. Gemma: C is for: Crutching A couple of years ago I was talking to a mate in the city, and…

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Happy Valentines Day!

What did you get for Valentines Day? Or was it you did the giving? Roses, chocolates, lingerie? I bought hubby a dozen roses. Yeah! I really did. Except… they were chocolate! Woolies had this really cool gimmick. A dozen ‘roses’, on long artificial green stems and the roses were wrapped in red foil. We’re not…

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B is for…

Here we go with the letter B in our A – Z of Farming. In keeping with alphabetical order, we’ve got BushBabe up first: Amanda: B is for Beef Juicy rib-eye on the bone, delectable filet mignon, rich bolognaise, hearty warming winter stews… beef is such a great part of any menu. It’s a terrific source…

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Exciting times ahead

A while ago, we bought a house. It was very exciting. We had plans, you see. Ones that involved me coming to town four days a week, so we could transition our Number One Son into high school. There is a boarding house in town but, with his autism, we thought settling him into school…

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More Intros

  Last post was all about meeting my family. Time to meet the animals. This was Weasel as a pup – he was the quietest and least mischievous pup we’d ever had…   This is Weasel now – he love to run, works best in the paddock and licks anything that moves. This includes lambs!…

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Introductions

For those of you who have been visiting me for a while, you’ll probably have a good idea of   my family and me. For those of you who haven’t, I thought it might be time to reintroduce ourselves! I’m Fleur. Mum, farmer, writer. In about that order! I grew up in the mid-north of…

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Centrelink and me

A few weeks ago, you might remember I posted a ‘Beware, rant ahead‘ blog. I need to tell you all again, I don’t usually rant and I don’t usually get so uptight and upset. To sum it up quickly, buying a house in town, so the kids could be educated was turning out to be…

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The Cover…

Squeeee! You may have seen this floating around, but here is the cover for Crimson Dawn. We’re in the process of re-branding my covers and name and this is the start of it – you’ll notice there is a lot more of the girl than in previous covers. You know what I love most about…

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