Frederick McCubbin takes us along the Wallaby track.

I always admire artists who capture the true essence of the Australian outback, those who portray it in an honest and raw fashion. Frederick McCubbin is one such artist. He started painting the suburbs of inner Melbourne, but finished with his art adorning galleries across the world. His mesmerising interpretations of the Australian bush reflect [...]

By | July 21st, 2016|Blog, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Cropping in Australia: A shaky start.

I’m sure if Captain Phillip was here today he would be amazed to see the versatility of our grain products. Australian wheat based noodle, bread and bakery products can be found across the globe and include Chinese style noodles, Wanton Dumpling skin, European pan bread and Indian flat bread. And our sorghum fattens some [...]

By | June 15th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Barnaby, Boat people and Depps’ Boo

Did the temporary ban on live cattle exports to Indonesia really lead to an increase in boat people arriving in Australia? So says Barnaby Joyce. Five years ago the uproar over footage filmed at an Indonesian abattoir led to the Labor government banning live cattle exports. It was a temporary measure to address the horror [...]

Coffee Break Quick-Pick: The Book of Lost and Found

The Book of Lost and Found. Lucy Foley’s debut is a ‘star-crossed’ lover’s tale narrated through multi-generational story-lines. After the death of her ballerina mother and adoptive grandmother, Kate uncovers family secrets about her mother’s real parentage. The story is told via flashbacks from the point of view of Tom Stafford, a renowned artist and [...]

By | April 19th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments


              Tranquil waters               Tasty cocktails               Soft sunsets     Fragrant moments

By | February 8th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Books that have inspired, entertained & amazed.

Recently I was asked by Better Reading to share my love of books. Here are twelve out of a too-long list. What are your favourites? Four Classics 1. The Man from Snowy River – A.B. Patterson: Iconic Australia. Our much-loved copy arrived at the homestead by horse (wrapped in brown paper in a saddle-bag) in [...]

By | September 15th, 2015|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Sheep & Cattle Stations

Sheep & cattle stations. Our property in north-west New South Wales, was settled by my great-grandfather in 1893 and started with a nucleus of merino sheep which were overlanded from another of our holdings to the south-east. Gradually, as more land was accumulated, it evolved into a sheep station over the first seventy years of [...]

By | September 12th, 2015|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Grandpa’s Hat – Sat 1st August Dubbo

All good causes deserve support where possible and when my old friend Jen Cowley told me about a project very close to her heart I learnt about a vital organisation that receives limited state funding. All of us have lost a loved one in our lives or experienced loss and or grief. If you live in [...]

By | June 27th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

A creeping natural disaster.

And the drought goes on… I’m wondering if anyone is going to take a stand for rural Australia. I’m speaking of those areas such as Western NSW and Central and Western QLD still fighting the extremes of a never-ending drought. Surely it is time for serious attention to be given to those who are suffering. [...]

Coffee-break Quick Pics: Two very different works explore rural living

Don Watson use to be Paul Keating's speech writer which probably makes you wonder how he could write in-depth about the bush. He did however grow up in the bush and apparently he did a far bit of research for this work which is more episodic revelation than linear narrative. The work is touted as one [...]

By | September 24th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments
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