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.
What have you been up to? I’ve been busy. Really, really busy. I know that’s really not much different to usual, but I have pictures to show you for once, so here it is, what I’ve been doing with my time lately. Continue reading
Every year on the Western Australia Day long weekend the rodeo comes to Mullewa. We have been a part of this since its inception, and while a few things have changed (kids added and grown, roles added and changed), the fact remains this is one of the craziest times of year for our family. It’s a weekend of fun and laughter, chaos and stress, but once its over we all feel so proud to have helped make it a reality. Continue reading
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
This week is the week we all get the chance to recognise the volunteers that make where we live a better place! Volunteering is something that absolutely everyone can do, it doesn’t have to be a big thing, in fact often the little things can make the biggest difference!
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.
In any community- big or small, urban or rural, the single best way to meet people and make meaningful connections is to volunteer. By selflessly putting yourself out there, you are showing people who you are and volunteering says only good things about you. It says you’re thoughtful, and care about something other than yourself, and if you volunteer- give you time for little in return- in my opinion you are someone I want to know.
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