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...]

Early experiences vital for children

This parenting gig is a tough one. There are plenty of books advising us on the right way and the wrong way to raise our children but ultimately (for me at least) it's a work in progress. One area I feel we could have done better in the early years was engendering a love of reading in our boys. Sure we read to them but neither have developed a real passion for reading. I … [Read more...]

Ali shoots holes in quilting stereotype

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I can't sew to save myself. A dodgy button repair is about as good as I get. But when I saw the work of Tarome textile artist Ali George I quietly wished I'd paid more attention in school home ec classes. Ali creates the most fabulous art quilts. She's been creating quilts for decades and this weekend for Open Studios of the Scenic Rim, you can meet Ali at her studio (an old … [Read more...]