Just how much does the weather affect our behaviour and outlook?

March 10th, 2017

Earlier this week, I completely lost my mojo. There was no obvious explanation for it.  Had I just scoffed six roast chickens? Run a marathon? Been up all night? No to all of the above. The only reason I could think of was the weather. This wet season has been a particular disappointment – usually […]

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Latest news – workshops, webinars & dinner speaking engagement

September 17th, 2016

Unique rural travel tips workshops during October 2016: As well as presenting ‘Making photography work for you’ workshops, I’m thrilled to bits to be presenting a new workshop I’ve called “Ag travel around the planet – without costing the earth” at this year’s QRRRWN Conference in Roma (Queensland) and the NSW Rural Women’s Network conference […]

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Quality merino wool jumpers, coats, skirts, blankets

June 19th, 2016

I wrote this blog post listing Australian wool clothing makers who are online, because surprising numbers of people end up on my website after searching for Australian Merino wool-related subjects. Many are looking for woollen garments or information. So here’s a useful shortlist of some of the better-known retailers and manufacturers, so that you can […]

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Rural Women’s Organisations – Australia and other countries

February 20th, 2016

Australia is fortunate to have a number of strong state and national rural women’s groups.  Each is unique, though perhaps these differences aren’t immediately apparent to anyone on the sidelines. Rural women’s organisations (worldwide) include at least one of the following aspects.  Some include all three: A strong emphasis on directly lobbying governments to improve […]

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Travel to rural and agricultural events – all over the world

February 16th, 2016

Twitter makes it clear how much people involved in agriculture have in common, all over the world.  Most share similar values and interests and have the same sense of humour. Websites, blogs and social media now help innovations spread in leaps and bounds.  Previously, any number of people would be simultaneously working on similar projects, […]

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Social media use in rural Australia

September 29th, 2014

This is how Australia’s bush grapevine now works. On Saturday I drove home from Longreach, taking photographs along the way. I just got a call from a bloke carting livestock, asking if I was in Charters Towers on Saturday. I’d tweeted a photograph of his roadtrain, refuelling at Charters Towers. It was seen by someone […]

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Realism preferable to perpetuating “superwoman” stereotypes

September 19th, 2014

Young women can be left with false expectations and many older women find it daunting, when faced with a bevy of seemingly ultra-capable superwomen, most of whom steer well clear of mentioning any kind of fallibility (mistakes, and what they aren’t good at). So Alexandra Gartmann’s talk at this week’s QRRRWN* Conference was a breath […]

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Many of our top 100 chief executives are from regional Australia

September 11th, 2014

21% of Australia’s top 100 chief executives were born in regional Australia, according to the “Pathways to CEO” research undertaken by the University of Sydney Business School. It is discussed in today’s Sydney Morning Herald and more on the research will appear in the Australian Financial Review’s “Boss” magazine. When overseas-born chief executives are removed […]

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A Place to Call Home

September 8th, 2014

Are television dramas set in rural Australia, good or bad for the image of the bush? I’ve just finished watching “A Place to Call Home” (recorded on digital TV). Quality in every respect. Excellent story and cinematography, interesting characters and top actors.  The icing on the cake? It’s 100% Australian. Set in the 1950s, it […]

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Cyclones and natural disaster insurance

April 11th, 2014

Cyclones (hurricanes) are just a collection of storms that have got organised into a circular movement (due to the earth’s spin) with a falling central air pressure that is sucking in moist air from the surrounding area. Big tropical storms form over warm sea temperatures, during the ‘wet’ or ‘monsoon’ season, when air humidity is […]

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