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Easter at Hopetoun

Thursday, 16 April 2009 by

Hope everyone had a great easter and got some kind of break or at least got to have some fun. We went to Hopetoun with the family and had a great time camping. Here’s a picture of Blake on his first trip to the beach on arrival. We did plenty of sitting around the camp fire at night with the kids roasting marshmallows faster than we could eat them. We went out fishing three times down the river in Jason and Julene’s boat, caught plenty of fish but had to throw them all back as undersized, some only by a centimetre or two. But nonetheless it was great just to spend some time with members of the family, some of whom came from Perth just for the catch up. Cheers for a great weekend!

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The Family Farm cover is printed

Friday, 10 April 2009 by

Here’s the final cover for The Family Farm and the blurb from the back cover Isabelle Simpson longs to take over the family farm, but her ailing father is locked in a tragedy of the past and won’t give her the break she deserves. The stand-off between them threatens to tear the family apart. Izzy decides to break free and make a new start for herself – even though that means leaving the handsome Will Timmins and all her mixed emotions about him behind. But when hardship falls on the farm again, Izzy returns with an even greater determination to resolve the family feud. As she gathers with her friends in the close community under the shade of the gum-tree tavern, confessions are made, long-held secrets are revealed and hearts are set free. Set under the blazing blue skies and in the golden wheat fields of Western Australia, this is a colourful story of family

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Bookish party

Wednesday, 25 March 2009 by

Our latest Pingaring bookclub night was, as usual, a lot of fun. Regardless of the bottles of wine, etc, on the table, we do actually discuss the books we read (in among the gossip, as sometimes we don’t get to see each other until the next bookclub six weeks later). It’s a great group of girls and we have a blast and get to read books we normally wouldn’t pick for ourselves. Our next read is Dear Fatty by Dawn French – it should be a hoot!

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Speedway makeover

Monday, 23 March 2009 by

On Saturday we went to Narrogin for Speedway to watch my Dad race. We arrived at Frankie’s shed to pick up Dad’s car and were very impressed with the new paint job. My Uncle Alan is a signwriter so it comes in handy and with a few helpers they had put on new panels and spruced the Falcon up. (Most of them being Holden fans, of course, they’d added a few extra improvements by painting over all Ford badges and stuck on Holden ones) On the top of the car a sticker reads “Pimp my speedway car performed by:” and a list of mates who’d helped with the makeover. (Dad thanks you all soooo much!) It was a big night of racing, 30 junior cars had turned up and needed three separate heats. Dad races in the Street Stock division and started each of his heats at the rear of the field as he’d just

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Clean Shears at the Woolorama

Tuesday, 17 March 2009 by

I’m into my new book called The Cleanest Cut and went to the Woolorama especially to watch the clean shears and gain some knowledge for the book. Cheers to Julene and Jason for introducing me to Nigel Reid who gave me the lowdown on the clean shears and how the points work, etc. It was greatly appreciated seeing as Nigel was soon off to shear in the Open. He’s in the red singlet and was the first to bung out his starting sheep in around a minute and eight seconds. I really enjoyed watching the shearing and came away happy and confident to continue with the book. For all interested our winner in the Open was Mark Buscomb who did his 10 sheep in a time of 14.52 and an overall score of 64.80.

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Wagin Woolorama

Tuesday, 17 March 2009 by

We recently went to Woolorama at Wagin, I needed information for the next book, and so we tramped around with the kids. They had a few rides and ate plenty of stuff that sends them silly, but overall it was a great day. I really liked the vehicles on parade and especially liked Kathleen’s recently finished ute.

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No rusty bit of junk

Thursday, 05 March 2009 by

Does this old girl still go…for sure! This post hole digger belongs to my uncle and we borrowed it to do all our post holes for our fence around the house. Beats doing them by hand. It’s a tow start job, and you need to put air in the tyres and fill it up with oil, but she still runs. They don’t make them like that anymore.

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The best fed chooks

Wednesday, 04 March 2009 by

They certainly are! I get beautiful deep yellow eggs full of goodness. I have five chooks and four young chicks, which have grown up so fast. They live in the enclosure with our fruit trees and they ate all my grapes this year so I will have to be on the ball next year and get in first. This is only the second year for all the fruit trees and they are going great guns (they should be – some of the tractor tyres they are growing in are worth thousands … one is near new but has a hole – what a waste of money!).

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Early bird reading offer for Red Dust

Friday, 27 February 2009 by

My good friend Fleur McDonald, from Esperance way – yay, another WA writer, is soon to have her book Red Dust out on the shelves. It’s all very exciting to see another rural style book out there and this is Fleur’s first book and I myself can’t wait to read it. So for those of you interested this has just come through from Allen and Unwin’s eNewsletter. Here’s a chance to read Red Dust before it’s published. All you have to do is sign up for the Allen and Unwin’s eNewsletter and follow the instructions below. If you’d like to be the first to read and review a fantastic outback novel from a fabulous new author before it is published, then send an email to with ‘Red Dust review’ in the subject and tell us why you want to read and review Red Dust by Fleur McDonald (due for publication in May). We have two

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That's my boy

Friday, 27 February 2009 by

It was a glorious afternoon and we were all sitting around this beautiful shady lilac tree on the lawn having a few drinks. Blake (my three year old) was having fun climbing the tree and my Aunty Di took this photo of him. He is a boy all over and loves driving around in their buggy, although his pop had to make extensions on the pedals, so that he could reach them. Below: Their beloved buggy, with Mackenzie is taking her cousin Trent for a ride.

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