Moving focuses mind on what matters

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I’M writing this column from my home office crammed with boxes. Those boxes are bulging with the work and memories of the past 12 years of my life. We moved house on Saturday. There’s nothing like a big shift to focus your mind on the passing of time; on how quickly the years fly by; on how much life changes year to year. We arrived to this house the month prior to … [Read more...]

Sink your teeth into a food story

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FIFTEEN years ago I met a vegetable farmer from the Scenic Rim. He was one of the first full-time farmers I’d met. Prior to meeting him my only real exposure to farm life had been a school holiday visit to a Moree cotton farm with a school friend. I remember returning from Moree, to my cushy life on the Gold Coast, and exclaiming to my parents, ‘Who would be a farmer? … [Read more...]

In search of joy

Marie Kondo

I looked at the calendar and was horrified. It's already June. Shouty advertisements announcing the end of financial year sales are assaulting our eyes and our ears and the middle of year is nearly here. Where has the first half of 2016 gone? What have we achieved? What do we have to show for the time? Dear world, please stop, I want to get off. I don’t know about … [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...]

Dying for a status update

Hands up who has posted a Facebook status update while driving? Sent a text to a friend from behind the wheel? You're not a lone. Apparently 84 per cent of Australians admit to texting and driving. It's so rife that it has a name Intexication. Research reveals driving and texting is as harmful as driving drunk. Yet more and more of us do it and we're setting a terrible … [Read more...]