Category: the farm

Old houses have lots of creaks and groans in the middle of the night

I survived another night and I’m even getting used to the bumps, creaks and groans. And believe me, in an old house there are many. And so many of them sound like footsteps.

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A toast – to overcoming fears and having adventures

I went to the dam today. “So what?” I hear you ask “You do that all the time” Yes, but usually it’s with Doc in the Hilux, this time it was on my own on the quad bike. We have a lovely view of the dam from our veranda, and can sometimes hear the distant …

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I am woman and I can travel alone

I mentioned earlier that I might go on a solo outback trip this year. Well, plans are firming. We’re still a fair way from a definite, but it’s getting closer. As a first step, I’m going to practice being on my own, out in the middle of nowhere.

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Out west, where the sunsets are golden and there are a million stars

It’s summer and everybody is taking their annual holidays. Australia is in the middle of the hottest heatwave on record and everybody’s heading en masse to the beach, so why am I going west? No, not to Parramatta, way out west. Well, I live by the beach so can go there anytime, and while everybody …

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Our country dunny

For somebody who hates ‘poo’ talk, Doc has an obsession with toilets. At the farm we have two milk-crate toilets. For those not in the know, that’s a milk crate with a hole cut out of the top and a toilet seat attached, so that even though you have to dig a hole in the …

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Just a little fire in the bathroom …

I slept through sunrise again. This time I blame Doc for setting fire to the house last night. And for that story we have to go waaay back …

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