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  • P1250256

    Rainbow Bee-eater

    The sun shone through the rainbow bee-eater’s wings as they danced above, turning to emerald. I lay on my back, floating on the warm surface of the dam, the branches of the river red gums suspended in the furnace like heat above me. I beckoned …

  • P1080023

    Sunset, swags and womanhood

    We had five swags, three daughters approaching a new stage in life, a fire and a horizon as big and flat as you can imagine. Lightning decorated the far skyline as my friend and I talked over some of the changes that come up in …

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    How to (not) make sticky date pudding

    This afternoon I was listening to the tail end of a satellite meeting for School Of The Air. My hands were empty, so I decided to begin making a sticky date pudding for a supporter trip I’m catering for next weekend. The lesson finished, and …

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    Rosemary and Saltbush Hedges

    It’s funny how life can change. Right now I’m sitting in the sun, looking over terraced rosemary and old-man saltbush hedges toward the stone shearing shed and rocky hills beyond. I just finished a coffee, and the kids are being taught by two generous and skilled …

  • Reader Review

    Spinifex Baby’, a book not to be left off your reading list. Having not known a lot about the Simpson Desert, other than the fact that it is full of sand and heat, I wondered what would draw anyone to want to move to such …

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    A new life

    The tomatoes are ripening, cucumbers are growing fat before my eyes, the kids are all in school, but not the school I was expecting. Boolcoomatta Reserve isn’t remote compared to the Simpson Desert, but is easily far enough away from Broken Hill to do School …

  • P1110480

    Never chase an emu in bike riding shoes.

     It had been a hot couple of days, the thermometer read almost 45 degrees. I was warm, but  the thick sandstone walls of our old homestead kept the worst of the heat at bay. It was 6 o’clock, and I thought it was close enough …

  • P1090751

    How do you make a sheep out of an old storage drum?

    Despite it now being January, these crafty sheep are still worthy of their very own post. Our dynamic and lovely neighbour had put her hand up to create a School of the Air float for the Broken Hill Christmas pageant. These pictures tell the story …

  • P1080859

    Centipedes hurt

    It was 3 am when my blurry eyes found the clock radio. Al was jumping around the bed next to me, pulling the sheet off and shaking his arms around. I’d been on a body meltdown for the two days prior, a strange virus making …

  • COV Spinifex Baby Final1

    Review From Booktopia

    Comments PROS Deserves Multiple Readings Easy To Read Engaging characters Informative BEST USES Australian Landscape Gift Suitable For All Readers This book paints vivid images of the Australian landscape. It offers honest, open and raw accounts of managing pregnancy, post natal depression and your relationship. …

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