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
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
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
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.
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
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)