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Friday, 29 June 2012 by

  I haven’t been blogging much lately as I’ve been rather busy.  With winter sports on I feel like I spend most of my time in our car, driving 60km to town so son can play auskick one day and then another trip for our hockey training. Then come weekend its off to which ever town we are playing, this weekend it’s against Bruce Rock which is just over an hour and a half trip to get there. I don’t add up my time spent in our car….I think the total would scare me!! And in the country it’s not just me doing it, everyone travels.   I do have some guest blogs coming up with new rural authors Barbara Hannay and Jennifer Scoullar, also Helene Young with her thrid book Burning Lies. Will be great to hear more from these wonderful ladies.   Now some details on where I will be in July. For

Spoilt chooks

Monday, 04 June 2012 by

  A while back we got a heap of chooks from a friend, and combined with ours it overloaded the chook pen. This weekend we (and in we I mean Hubby, while I held a few bits of tin when I had time) finally got the new shed finished. I counted my chooks a while ago and was shocked to find I had 18 and not forgetting our two ducks. Since when did we have so many chooks?? No wonder we had about five dozen of eggs in the fridge a while back! But not now, the cold has put them off the lay. So the girls are very happy with the new bigger shed. Their old shed is now used to store their feed.  Seeing as it was a long weekend, and the day was a glorious (if depressingly rainless) day, we lit up the bonfire to roast some marshmallows in celebration of the

Research

Tuesday, 29 May 2012 by

  Okay so my dog Sally has nothing to do with this blog on research, I just needed a nice picture and besides – she is famous after all. Did you know she was on page 3 of the Weekend Australian. 🙂 Now thanks to Karin, who asked about my research process, I will attempt to share with you how I go about it, research that is. (I’m sorry if you fall asleep whilst reading this.)  When I decide to write about something in particular, say shearing in Heart of Gold, then I research it further.  Seeing as I had worked in a shearing shed, I knew most of it. But I’d never shorn a sheep, or even knew how to do it correctly. Now Lindsay, my male lead character, is a brilliant shearer, so for him to know…I had to know. Yes, I could have thrown on my boots and headed out to the nearest shearing shed

My two minutes

Tuesday, 22 May 2012 by

Well the weekend just gone has been a busy one, but very exciting.  Prior to the weekend I spent a whole day with photographer Colin trying to get a good photo for the Weekend Australian to go with their article.  Because his boss was very vocal about how the shot should look, hence why it took so long, we had a good idea that it wouldn’t be on page 9.  So to finally get to Saturday and find this huge photo of me (and my dog Sally) along with all the covers of my book on page 3 was beyond amazing. I don’t think I realised just how cool and a big deal it was, until I saw it. By the time he took this photo, I was totally out of smiles and doing a grimace while I squinted in the arvo sun. And my lovely Sally dog had a big sore on her face by her ear, which I’d

Penguin Presents – Fiona Palmer

Monday, 07 May 2012 by

Not that long ago I blogged about the film crew that was in Pingaring, doing a doco for Penguin. Well it’s finally finished and Andre Sawenko has done a fantastic job putting all the shots together. (Especially my parts…I didn’t give him much to go on lol) So here it is, I hope you enjoy seeing where I live. After all, it’s what inspired me to write. 🙂    

Camera Crew

Sunday, 22 April 2012 by

I know its been ages since I’ve blogged but lifes just been a little crazy. School holidays haven’t helped, feels like the kids have been home for ages and still they don’t go back until Thurdsay! And now that hockey has started (yes, as I’m typing this my body is hurting) I’ll have even less time for things. But we had a little bit of excitement in out tiny 5 house town last week with the arrival of two fellas from over east. Andre, and his camera man Jono, flew, then drove, to our wheatbelt town to do some filming for Penguin for an online clip.  I was overjoyed that Penguin were putting in the effort but totally freaked out by the cameras. I don’t talk great, I have a brain and mouth which don’t tend to communicate to each other very well. So for the two days I was nervous as hell. (made worse by the

Bits and pieces

Sunday, 01 April 2012 by

My mum is away so I’m back doing the mail run for a few weeks. But i’m not complaining, it is great to get out and drive around the country side. My first port of call was Burnside Farm where I got to catch up with Coco (who, last time i’d seen her, was called Sparky lol). I had lots of cuddles and couldn’t belive how much she’d grown. Does she look like she’s laughing?? lol Then, when I went to drop Hendry’s mail, I had to fight with a dead tree to reach their mail box. It sure made a pretty sight the way the top of the tree had crashed into the ground. I walked through it like a dead stick jungle. It was very sturdy. Wonder how long it will last. (would make a great bonfire 🙂 )  And nearby one of Jane’s horses kept guard over the farm. You can see more of

The Gates

Monday, 26 March 2012 by

Some of you will have your copy of The Road Home and you would have seen the Erindale gates on the inside.  I wanted to tell you about them as I took that photo. The gates were made by my grandad Colin Stone, long before I was born. He was from Kulin and brought land in Pingaring and married etc. He had a son and three daughters, my mum being the oldest. At some stage he brought more land, which he named Erindale after my Aunty Erin, who is the youngest. And so he made up these gates.  Later in life they sold the Erindale block so they could retire to Albany and the main farm, Gumlea, my Uncle continued to run. Even though another famer owns the land now, its still nice to drive past and see the history still standing there. It was the reason why the farm in the book is called Erindale. My

Another book released!

Friday, 23 March 2012 by

Well what can I say….it’s fantastic to have another book out on the shelves and the reviews so far have certainly made my year! Here are two recent ones. Book’dout Beauty and Lace And all the comments on my facebook page are wonderful. Thank you all so much for taking the time out to comment on The Road Home or share your photo’s of it.  It really makes the hard slog so worthwhile.  There are more reviews due in some papers and magazines in April as well as radio interviews. This is while I head to Perth for a small tour.  These are my dates… Tuesday 10th April – 12.30pm Talk Event Dymocks Hay Street & City Library.  Wednesday 11th April – 6.30pm Talk Event Dymocks Morley & Ballajura Library. Thursday 12th April – 6.30pm Talk Event Wanneroo Library – 23 Dundebar Road, Wanneroo – more details to come. Thursday 12th April – 11am I will drop

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Albany signing

Monday, 19 March 2012 by

On Saturday I headed south to the coastal town/city of Albany. Love Albany. Such a pretty place. I spent my holidays there as a kid with my grandparents sometimes so it holds plenty of memories. Here I am with Lockie who set up the signing. Great display in his shop window.  I was there for just over an hour signing and big thanks to those who dropped by to get a book.  Love meeting fans, young and old. And I caught up with friends, which was great. We had the whole gang (kids) so we went to Venice after for lunch and then a stop by the shops for a quick look. (When you live that far from shops, its a delight to be able to check them out. ) My flowers from the signing. 🙂 We stayed the night in Albany, staying with friends who’s house has a gorgeous view of the ocean.  We went for a walk along

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