It’s hard to explain, to someone who hasn’t lived ‘in the bush’, what it’s like to be here day in day out. There’s a lot to love about living here, when I’m not finding creepy crawlies in my house. One of the hardest times to live in a small town is when the industry around you is struggling. This is especially true if the reason a year isn’t going well is due to something as simple as rain.
It feels like an awfully long time ago that we moved to Mullewa, it was harvest, I was pregnant and we lived in an old, run down farm house 32km on the East side of town. It was hot, dry, and so beautiful I fell in love. Apart from moving to a different farm (this time closer to the coast, yay!), and now having 3 kids not much has changed. I still love the country we live in- the red loam soil, the way it takes only the slightest rain for everything to turn green and pretty, and the community we live amongst is still as strong and vibrant as ever. Continue reading
Living on a farm is pretty amazing, but I put a call out to my lovely Instagram friends the other day, asking if they had any questions about rural and regional life, and I received a few really great questions. Kelly from Be a Fun Mum asked me about how we foster opportunities for kids with what are sometimes limited resources, which is so relevant to our current life that I couldn’t help but jump on here and answer! Continue reading
Hi everyone!! I thought in between the motherhood posts, I’d give you a little update on what the family has been up to. Continue reading
I swear it gets earlier every year. this is the time of year that is the most stressful for our family- seeding (some call it planting) is here once again. This is when the big decisions that could affect the success of the whole farm get made- what variety of what grain will go in which paddock, and when. Start too early and you might find your seed germinates and dies in the autumn heat, start too late and the crop might not get the rain when it most needs it, or might not grow enough before the weather warms up yet again. Continue reading
I know countless numbers of people are wondering just what happens when you combine a handful of people, some ink and sharp tools of a lazy Sunday afternoon, so I though I’d spare you a trip to Mullewa and give you a peep.
Sometimes it’s the littlest things that make me love living where we do. Good friends, and being surrounded by beautiful land are two things that make my heart sing. With a hot and humid few weeks and lots of power outages I’ve been struggling to find my love of farm life, but a gorgeous afternoon playing at the flooded road crossing has sorted me out!
Here I am, sitting in the airport at 3pm on Wednesday 9th November 2016, having finished the face to face part of my journey with the Young Rural Women’s Muster, hosted by the National Rural Women’s Network- a peak advisory body with a mission to empower and enhance the lives and capabilities of women in regional, rural and remote Australia. I sit here utterly exhausted, yet absolutely empowered and invigorated. I have been shown the power and potential I have always held within myself yet never recognized Continue reading
I am currently sitting in my hotel bed, it is 4.30am in Western Australia and 7.30am in Canberra where I am right now. I have been so lucky to be selected to attend the Young Rural Women’s Muster, hosted by the National Rural Women’s Coalition in Canberra for 3 days. It’s is an intensive leadership opportunity designed to bring together young women from rural, regional and remote Australia and give us some of the necessary skills to become leaders in our own communities.
While we are on the cusp of day 2 (a visit to Parliament House to meet some of the inspiring women in power in government) I thought I would share my (learning and physical) journey so far. Continue reading
It’s harvest time! One of the busiest times of the year, where everything seems to kick into a higher gear and everything is a bit more stressful. It’s the time of year where all the hard work and long days pays off- the paddock that had lime sand applied, the crop that was seeded in autumn (May/ June in WA), then sprayed and possibly fertilized, is finally ready to be taken off and moved out by truck, train or boat, to feed someone somewhere else in the world. Continue reading