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...]

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

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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...]

Carrot beer has them hopping

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Who says social media can't be positive? It's down to social media that we now have Australia's first batch of carrot beer. Shortly after the Kalfresh Vegetables Carrot Field Day last year, I received a message via social media from Wade Curtis, a craft brewer in Ipswich. Wade had visited Kalfresh and wanted to try making a carrot beer. "Do you think your husband would … [Read more...]

It’s time for THE talk. S.E.X. Already?

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It was an ambush plain and simple. There we were, enjoying a lazy Sunday on the couch. Quality family time and all that. Mr Bean and I were reading books. The youngest was diligently doing his word revision and the eldest, who I have to nag ad nauseam to read finally conceded and picked up a book. But not just any book, he opened his school DICKtionary ... as he likes … [Read more...]

Doing Disneyland AND staying sane

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MY husband made the fatal mistake of mentioning the D word in front of the kids. We were planning a holiday to America and he asked, ‘Shall we take the boys to Disneyland?’ With that our fate was sealed. The boys’ reaction was immediate. ‘YES!! Dad!!!’ they declared, running around the house chanting, ‘We’re going to Disneyland. We’re going to Disneyland.’ Decision made. … [Read more...]