Doing It Our Way

How good is the early morning and sunrise, on any given day? Especially Australia Day.

The air is clear, crisp, clean and sound seems to travel so much further through it. Birds, animals and most young children have no concept of what is meant by the phrase, “I don’t do mornings”. And how wonderful it is that they don’t! It’s such a fantastic time of the day and their enjoyment of it is infectious. So as the sun was making its way over the eastern horizon and the moon, in its fullness, was still a long way from settling below the western skyline I ventured out with my trusty Nikon, to try and find some way of capturing the moment. Even for a professional I imagine this to be a most difficult task, let alone an absolute amateur like myself, who not only lacks any sort of skill but also the patience it takes to get the illusive “perfect” shot.

In the time it took for my morning ‘cuppa’ to cool to a drinkable temperature I happily snapped away using the magic of digital photography i.e. take a baker’s dozen of everything and there might be one semi-good one amongst the lot!! Three out of sixty or seventy…. odd…isn’t bad……is it?

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Early Morning Stretch

During this wondrous wander of the house paddock and surrounds happily snapping anything that moved (or didn’t) it occurred to me that being Australia Day we could have the day off, really get into the swing of thong-throwing and barbequing with a few “oi, oi, oi’s” thrown in for good Aussie measure.

Then reality set in.

Being self-employed, or maybe it’s just being a farmer, with rain predicted and lots to be done before the wedding there was no time for resting. Yes, I did say wedding! Haven’t told you that little tidbit of news yet, have I?

Josh and Roz announced their engagement on Christmas Eve and after many rounds of congratulations, much popping of champagne corks and the excited delivery of said news to all who needed to know, the happy couple recovered enough to advise that they would like to be married in our garden. Given that our garden would be better described as a front yard with some lawn and trees, there is a considerable amount of work to be done by September! “Keep it simple” is the sage advice I have been given, which I plan to adhere to religiously.

All joking aside, we are truly excited for Roz and Josh and wish them a beautiful journey together.

So, as a consequence our Australia Day has been spent pretty much like any other day, with everyone doing something useful. A good Australian pass-time, so perhaps we did celebrate – our way!


The Medical Centre receptionist is organising invitation lists and making wedding plans.

The builder is plumbing??

The builder is plumbing??


The eldest and the youngest farmers are dabbling in diesel mechanics

The eldest and the youngest farmers are dabbling in diesel mechanics


The ‘D’ team are performing supervisory tasks – Chip is behind the tyre claiming territorial rights…

The ‘D’ team are performing supervisory tasks – Chip is behind the tyre claiming territorial rights…

And I am psyching myself up for garden duty on whipper and chopper – no selfies allowed!

How did you spend your day, mate?

A New Resolution


Welcome to 2016, I hope it brings you peace and happiness.

When I started contemplating this blog, what to write about and then which words to use for my wish to you and yours for the year ahead, peace and happiness were the first two to arrive in my head. As is often the case with me, my mind wandered to contemplating why those two words? Why not health and happiness, or joy and prosperity, or everything you want?

I pondered this question whilst mowing the lawn this morning (hence the late blog) and smelling the freshly cut grass, feeling the light breeze on my face, soaking up my dose of Vitamin D and generally trying to enjoy the early morning experience, rather than bemoaning the job and thinking it was just another chore that needed to be done. Perhaps that’s why those words, peace and happiness, popped into my head. Maybe it’s a sign that my perspective on “things” needs to change and the words were a message to me and one which I should be heeding myself rather than spruiking them as inspirational thoughts to be passed on to you.

Maybe it’s all the distressing events in our world and the unfiltered and immediate reporting of them which, even though it’s at ‘arms-length’, seems to bring conflict and misery closer than we would otherwise personally experience.

Around the globe millions have never experienced a world where there is not some sort of large scale conflict, misery or loss, on almost a daily basis. Each one of them must yearn for peace and happiness that stems from not living in fear. Something most of us take for granted, if we’ve ever thought about it at all.

Being able to grow a lawn to mow has just taken on a whole new meaning. The more I mull these thoughts over, the more I realise that even my earlier words about enjoying the experience were selfish ones.

I can’t say this is going to be a life-changing moment for me and I am too old to become a crusader for world peace, but maybe the proverbial inner peace and happiness is projectable. You know, like the concept of “paying it forward” (did you know there is a Pay it Forward Day – it’s 28th April 2016, see info here). I wonder if all my years of volunteering count.

If you’re starting to ask yourself “what is the point is to this story”? I have to say there really isn’t one, other than to allow my wild thoughts to escape onto a page and bore those of you unlucky enough to be reading it. I guess all I can do is challenge myself and you, to put thoughts and words into action by being less self-absorbed (says she who has spent the morning exploring her own thoughts!), start appreciating what’s really important and then actually do something to help another person experience them.

As Ronald Reagan said “We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone”

Who’s on your ‘to-do’ list?

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What If We Spared More Than a Thought?

Well, the festive season is here again and as usual most of us are pushing ourselves harder than normal to make sure everyone around us has a magical Christmas. We spend more than we should, eat more than we should and sometimes drink more than we should – guess that’s why it’s also referred to as the “silly season”!

The tree is decorated, the halls decked, some gifts wrapped and in position and the last minute hunting and gathering is about to commence where we will jostle with every other frazzled shopper for the best of the last fresh produce. Why do we do it to ourselves?

We went to friends the other night for Christmas drinks and to catch up with a few people we don’t see often enough and one of the conversations of the evening revolved around the madness of this time of year and sparing a thought for those who, for whatever reason, have to spend Christmas on their own. I know some people choose that option, but many don’t and when I contemplate that thought it makes me realise just how far, from the true meaning of Christmas, we have strayed.

Several of the participants in the discussion indicated their desire to support homeless shelters; community/soup kitchens etc. over the period and others gave examples of what they do to support services that provide some comfort to those not blessed with family and friends to share the time with or the resources to spend extra.

I don’t want to put a dampener on your celebrations, nor do I want you to stop fussing over or spoiling your families at Christmas. I could ask you to fruitlessly “spare a thought for those less fortunate”, but realistically who does that actually help? It just provides a salve for our own consciences.

My suggestion is; over the next twelve months, if you do not already, that you make a conscious effort to “gift” at least some of what might normally be spent (ensuring WE all enjoy OUR Christmas) to an organisation that actually does provide year-round assistance to those who need it most.

Your conscience, waistline and liver will appreciate the sacrifice.

What think ye?

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