Have you seen the recent spate of “what I wish I knew before having kids”, or “7 things you didn’t know about birth”- well here’s my rural orientated version- these are some of the things that I didn’t know I needed to know before I moved out of town to live ‘truly rural’. If I could go back in time to 8 years ago, this is what I’d tell the younger, pregnant, intrepid me.
Life on the farm definitely has it’s ups and downs, but I’ve got to say spring is one of my favorite times of the year. The flowers are blooming, wildlife is reemerging and everything is still green and full of life. The wildflowers are so magical where we live, it’s a fantastic time to have a drive out if you are nearby!
A few years ago I sat down with a beautiful friend who had just won the Western Australian Rural Ambassador award- in fact she had taken over from me, the first time in WA that the award had been won by two people from the same town in back to back years- quite an achievement. We discussed what we could do with our newfound public profiles, our new networks and an ignited passion to ‘do something’ with the opportunity we had. With Liz’s passion for mental health advocacy and her skills in health promotion, we decided to create a video, it would have two sides, it would educate people about our area and what farmers ‘do all year’ and it would draw attention to and give some support to men’s mental health because more men die by suicide than road accidents every year– a scary statistic. Continue reading
Phew! The Ag show is over for another year! It was fantastic day and lots of fun but gosh it’s hard work. Someone asked me to describe how an event like our local Ag show actually comes about after commenting about how busy we were in the show office on show day-
“Wow, an event like this is a lot of work, you’ve been busy at the heart of the show ‘eh?!”
Yesterday felt like it was about 0°C, it was cloudy, windy and looked like it was imminently going to rain the entire day (it didn’t), it was also the day the clearing behind our house was planted with trees. Every year the farm we live on buys and plants trees and by all reports it is a pretty fun day. Continue reading
Anyone who lives in rural WA knows just how annoyingly common power outages are. Some are for planned work, some are due to lack of maintenance and others are due to inclement weather, and sometimes it seems like the power goes off for absolutely NO REASON AT ALL! Continue reading
Life on a farm is full of pretty amazing moments. I love being surrounded by wide open spaces. We see the most awesome things almost everyday- kangaroos, snakes and lizards, sunsets and sunrises- we get it all. This is an insight into the highs and lows of life on a farm, and first up is Burning Season (oh the joys)