Craft, community and cake

Irish Skinner, Sue McFarlane and Olive Neuendorf

In the small Scenic Rim town of Kalbar old-fashioned crafts are being kept alive thanks to a group of women who meet every fortnight. The Kalbar Craft Group formed 33 years ago. The group is as much about friendship and community as it is about craft. I recently attended a Kalbar Craft Group meeting to speak with one of the original members, Olive Neuendorf and Kalbar … [Read more...]

Kate’s new business has real legs

Kate Perry and Bruce

Kate Perry is an artist and fashion designer but her clients aren't your typical arty crowd. They're scuffy, smelly and some have very bad breath. But that doesn't deter this Ipswich graphic artist - her business has real legs ...four of them in fact. Kate is behind Dog's Breakfast Illustrations and her portraits of much-loved family dogs have attracted customers from … [Read more...]

Town stops for formal parade

Boonah School Formal

The more time I spend living in a rural town, the more often I think to myself, 'Well that wouldn't happen in the city'. The prime example of this is the annual High School Formal parade. Each year the local seniors frock up and are driven down the main street in an incredible fleet of cars, tractors, trucks and motorbikes. This year I recorded a story about the … [Read more...]

Meet the farmer allergic to his produce

Rob Hutchings

Imagine being allergic to the product you farm? That's the situation for Scenic Rim crayfish farmer, Rob Hutchings. It wasn't always that way but Rob says after years of handling the native Australian crustacean, he's developed an allergy to his produce. It's so severe that he reacts just seconds after eating crayfish. Thankfully he can still handle crayfish and every … [Read more...]

Motto of a farmer’s wife: Be prepared for anything

Team Just Veg

There's a bit of an insider joke among farmers’ wives that when you marry a farmer be prepared to turn your hand to anything. Irrigating, tractor repairing, planting, drenching, smoko, book-keeping, school teaching, delivery driving … these are just some of the jobs a farmers’ wife may be called upon to do. I’ve been married to a vegetable farmer for the past 11 years and … [Read more...]