Monday, November 29, 2010

Cooma Races

Come to the Ti Tree race course for the biggest Race Day in Cooma. Held annually with the main race being `Sundowner Cup`, named in honour of the movie `The Sundowner`s` filmed in and around Cooma and Adaminaby in 1959. One thousand locals where extras at the Ti-Tree Racecourse when the race scene was filmed.

Come and experience a great day out at the Races.

Event Date: 4/12/2010
Contact  Enquiries:  Phone: 02 6452 2371
Mobile Phone: 0411 432 901
Location: Ti Tree Racecourse Cooma New South Wales

Subscription Offer for Christmas

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Family Confidential The Waterhouses Tonight on ABC1

The racing family that has survived and thrived against the odds, the Waterhouses, tell of their bruising experience through four generations of bookmaking in Australia.

Gai Waterhouse is on top of her game now, having trained some of the biggest track winners in the country, but there was a time when the mud flew at this family and the going got very rough.
Family Confidential The Waterhouses
Monday, 29 November 2010

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Country Street Style - Ando

Three girls and a babe

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Fabulous blog links for a Sunday

Heidi Rookyard Photography and blog

Servicing, but not limited to, the Central Western NSW area, Including: Dunedoo, Mudgee, Dubbo, Coolah, Gulgong, Coonabarabran, Narromine, Trangie, Parkes, Forbes, Orange, Bathusrt, Lithgow, Gunnedah, Mullaley, Tamworth, Qurindi.  If you do not live near Heidi a visit to her blog and website is a must and in Heidi's words will quite simply "take you away".

Posie Patchwork 'the blog'

Follow the blog and leave a comment for your chance to win a copy of  Handmade Living and cute crafty sewing kits

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Call us

We are always looking for things to write about at Bushbelles so let us know of any events, people, issues etc that we could profile.
We love our country street style section as well so if you have any snaps of lovely country people on the street  you can forward and we will put up.
We love photographing events to put on our social pages too.

For Sale Valadem Forbes


Someone with a passion for homewares and decoration to take over the reigns at Valadem. Valadem is growing and with two very young children I cannot give it the hours it needs so it is now officially for sale!!! Very reasonably priced, please contact me if you have any genuine enquiries. My number is 0419893255

Friday, November 26, 2010

Will your idea transform your Community?

The $25,000 Question can help make it happen.

The Royal Agricultural Society Foundation is offering young people the opportunity to secure up to $25,000 to deliver a new and innovative rural community project.

They will consider inspired projects as diverse as playground equipment for your local kindergarten or a tree-planting day to combat salinity.

To enter simply tell them how you would use $25,000 to realise a project to benefit your local community.

Eligible entrants must be 35 or under on 1 May 2011 and projects must be located in rural or regional NSW.
Applications close 14 January 2011 – apply online at

For further information please contact the Royal Agricultural Society Foundation

T: 02 9704 1234 E:

Heywire Winners 2010

The Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth, Peter Garrett announced the 2010 winners of ABC Radio's regional youth initiative Heywire at the Australian Youth Led Convention at Parliament House in Canberra today.

The 33 2010 Heywire winners have shown just how diverse and talented rural and regional Australia is.  Congratulations to Brendon Reynolds from Pambula who is one of the NSW winners.

Read his story here

Loving the Fabulously Chic Curious Chocolatier.

If you love chocolate you will be in awe of Heidi Ross and her delightful and delicious chocolate shop The Curious Chocolatier from Canberra.

Heidi Ross with her love and fascination of chocolate has created the most fabulously chic online chocolate shop.

"I continue to be inspired by the world around me, by it's people, culture, food and art. I could not be happier or more tired. Starting a store of any kind is not for the fainthearted, but fullfilling the dream helps me get through the sleepless nights. I continue in addition to the online store to doing in-store tastings with our stockists. Maybe I will see you there. This website has allowed me to share my chocolate lifestyle with you. I hope you enjoy the products, and even incorporate some of our recipes into your repertoire."

Products range from the above Chocolate Tea Gift sets (all available individually as well) to the absolutely fabulous range of delicious designer bars in flavours which include dark chocolate with rosemary and apricot, mint dark chocolate and raspberry (my favourite) and caramel milk chocolate with pecan.

The packaging in themselves makes it look too gorgeous to eat but definately worth a try and a fabulous present for the girl who has everything.

Also in stock is the Love bar which is perfect for special occasions or just to perk your day up.

Try the Chilli Beer Nut Brittle for something different

Or put the lime in the coconut with lime and coconut milk chocolate

Flavours that you can not imagine have been created and although I have not tried them all am planning to work my way through the cyberspace shelves of chocolate.

Heidi also has a blog attached to the shop and you can sign up to become a chocolate pot stirrer to receive newsletters and recipes.

From reviews that I have read this chocolate is first class and has an international following but I recommend you judge for yourself.  With Christmas around the corner it makes a perfect gift or an indulgence for oneself.

Sharing Young Women’s Stories: Inspire, Action, Vision

Equality Rights Alliance is celebrating 100 years of International Women's Day in 2011 and
want you to be a part of it!

Their International Women’s Day Project is called "Sharing young women's stories: Inspire! Action! Vision!". The project is designed to roll out in three phases:

1. We want to share stories of inspiring women, past and present

2. We will create an online space for young women to take action and discuss their views and thoughts on Body Image and Women’s Representation. See for a sneak preview or what’s to come....

3. We will also work with young women to be part of a vision for change in an action to change society’s and media representation of women – for the better.

In the first phase of the project We want to share stories of inspiring women, past and present. Who are the women that inspire you? Who were the women that inspired you when you were younger? Who are the women that inspire you now you are older?

All you need to share is:

· An inspiring woman
· 300-400 words about her
· If possible , we’d love to also collect images. This might be an image of the inspirational woman...or an image that reflects how you have been inspired.

Submit it to Only submissions sent via the form will be accepted.

To help get the project rolling , please make a submission by Friday 17 December 2010. Any queries or for assistance, please contact Garmisch Riley, our International Women’s Day Project Officer:, ph 02 6175 9926
Can’t wait to hear what you have to say!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


Birdsnest new Christmas Online Magazine

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


Gifts from Birdsnest online shop

Ranges from new mum, good luck, cowgirl and heaps more.

Makes shopping for the perfect gift very easy.

One for the Country Girls

Monday, November 22, 2010

The Road is Long...

Sharni of Sharnanigans and Sex and the Country fame has another project on the go.

She is up to week 3/4 of the Couch to 5 km running program and its all for a good cause - The Afgans Women's Writing Project - head over to Sharnanigans to read all about it.

The AWWP helps women in Afghanistan have a voice, to be heard , to make sense of their world through the powerful tool of writing.
She is asking for our pledge - that's all for now and then at the end of 9 weeks we pay up.

Sounds like a good reason to pledge to me.

Check out her jogblogs - who hasn't hid from a car before and what about the grasshoppers! Need I say more - they are very entertaining and you can almost taste the hoppers in your mouth and feel them down your shirt. She is doing it tough out Hay way and needs our support - and new shoes.

Country girls have to contend with all kinds of adversities and one of the worst is holes in our joggers while we jump puddles and slide in the mud if we are lucky enough to have had rain. We like to look good while we are puffing too.

So get behind the fabulous Sharni and help her get to the end of her 9 weeks.

Go girl

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Perfect for Sunday Mornings

Orginally seen on The Bottom of the Ironing Basket click the video link below.

Warning - might make you want to redo your engagement announcement or get married all over again.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Tamworth Christmas Fair

Some of Tamworth’s most well known musicians are performing at the annual Tamworth Christmas Fair on Saturday 20 November donating their time and talent to brain disorder research. This is the seventh Christmas Fair, organised by the North West committee of the Brain Foundation, and this year the highlight is a feast of live music.

Promising a whole day of shopping in style in the picturesque gardens of the Tamworth racecourse, stall holders display unique Christmas gifts from jewellery to jam, while shoppers are captivated by the beat of live jazz and good coffee.

The Fair hosts a swag of different stalls to tantalise the Christmas shopper. Jewellery, home wares and fabrics, belts, bags and hats, antiques, cards and stationery, clothing, spices, garden sculpture, fresh flowers and plants are all for sale.

As well as all that the gorgeous Annette from Under the Loupe will be there with her beautiful jewellery which she creates in her home studio on their farm.  Check out her wares.

Entertainment for the kids includes face painting, a jumping castle, mini trikes and a visit by Rodney the Clown. Everyone can enjoy creating a work of art at the Sand Wizard stall.

After all that shopping you’ll need a coffee or lunch and the committee provides a delicious fresh chicken salad or quiche plate, or the Lions barbeque is in full swing. Freshly Berried is serving berries and ice-cream and the Jockey Club bar is open for a cool beer or wine with lunch. Imagine sitting under the plane trees soaking up jazz music and enjoying good food and wine, knowing your Christmas shopping is all wrapped up!

Established in 1970 by Australian neurologists and neurosurgeons, the Brain Foundation aims to reduce the incidence and impact of disorders of the brain through provision of support, community education and research.

From the proceeds of the 2009 Christmas Fair, the North West committee of the Brain Foundation donated a massive $15,000 to support research entitled “Do strokes cause dementia?”

The 2010 Tamworth Christmas Fair is at the Tamworth Racecourse on Saturday 20 November from 9.30am to 4pm. There is plenty of parking space, and also disabled access.

Entry is $3 per person, under 12’s free.

Event location:
Tamworth Racecourse
Jewry Street, Tamworth

Event Contact:

Pip Warner, President North West Committee
Ph: 902) 6769 3808
Mobile: 0419 322 388

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Birdsnest Sale

Words To Live By....

"When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, "I used everything you gave me".

Erma Bombeck


Loving ... Flipsters - Save Our Soles

For those of you who have not tried them yet Flipsters are the bomb.

What are they?

Flipsters are stylish flip flops which fold up to an über small size. They’re super comfy and fit easily in your smallest handbag.

Those of us who like to go out dancing in nightclubs in Oxford St until 4am (and who doesn't) know that you are not going to last all night in 12cm heels.

This is when you whip out your flipsters and begin to feel your feet again.

They are not disposable shoes either, you can wear them over and over again (tried and tested).  For end of race days, weddings, after pedicures, beach etc they are a very handy edition to your bag.

Buy online here or enter competition here by November 30 to win a pair.

Regional and Remote Grants Round - Support available for the 100 Events for 100 Years Initiative

UNIFEM Australia will run an open grant round for events held in regional and remote Australia between November 10th 2010 - December 1st 2010. Successful grant applicants will receive up to $1000 to support their event. Grants will be determined based on the selection criteria.

To apply for a grant, please submit an application of no more than two pages that addresses the selection criteria here  Applications should be emailed to by COB on Wednesday December 1st 2010. Any questions about the grant round can be directed to the UNIFEM Australia National Office on (02) 6285 8254.

For more information, please email

or visit:

Little Gypsies

Ethical. Natural. Fair Trade. Collectable.

Little Gypsies is a gorgeous collection of Fair Trade toys, eco-friendly educational games, cute gypsy style clothes, and ethically made gifts for babies, toddlers and mums.  They travel the world in search of beautifully made, playful products that capture the heart and soul of different cultures and comes to you from Byron Bay. The beautiful Casey Arnaud (pictured left) and Veda Dante have created an "easily accessible, online children's store that offeres beautiful pieces with real meaning; items that were made with love, that told a story, and were both socially and environmentally responsible,"

The essence of Little Gypsies is to support businesses that have a public mission to help communities and their local environment. Casey and Veda are especially focused on supporting neighbourhood and Fair Trade projects that help create a better life for marginalised and underprivileged people.

“Three percent from every Little Gypsies sale is donated to Green Gecko, a Cambodian-based project that aims to improve the lives of street children living in Siem Reap, by empowering these children with skills, care and support to enable them to break the begging cycle," Veda says with pride. 

"At Green Gecko, the children can eat a hot lunch, attend English classes, feel secure, play with other kids, get a hug, have a shower, and receive medical attention. Take a look at to see why they inspire Casey and I so much.”

Right now they are having a massive 50% off clearance sale ends Christmas Day 2010

Some of the gorgeous products on sale.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The Girl Effect: The Clock is Ticking

There are so many amazing women's stories that never get told.

From Mary who gave birth and raised three children on a paddle boat, to Betty who runs a local Newspaper and recently received the Order of Australia – all remarkable women, and all with a story to tell.

Murray Darlings aims to bring these short inspirational, personal and funny stories to the screen by working with the residents living along the Murray or Darling Rivers.

Mildura resident, Sarah Simmons and award-winning film producer/director, Lara van Raay are behind the project and are creating a beautiful archive sharing Australia with the world.
Five stories are already up on the website... including Patty Brynes a member of our NSW Rural Women's Council:

Sarah and Lara have finalised their contact list and are ready to begin their unique project. Support is being sought from local companies for funding. Sponsors of this project will receive extensive coverage throughout the interview, filming and final stages providing each brand the leverage for an intimate connection with local, inspirational and influential women, as well as with the final viewer.

Think you can help? We'd love to hear from you. Please contact us HERE.

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The Australian Federation of Graduate Women NSW Inc

Young Members Network

Proudly presents a public lecture

A Sustainable Science:

Capturing Carbon Emissions

by guest speaker

Dr Deanna D'Alessandro

School of Chemistry, University of Sydney

(L’Oréal Australia Women in Science Winner 2010)

Where: Mitchell Theatre, Level 1
Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts Building,
280 Pitt St, Sydney
(Near Bathurst St; closest station: Town Hall)

When: Monday, November 22

6.15pm Light refreshments, 6.30-7.30pm Lecture
Cost: Free (Donations gratefully accepted)

RSVP: by 18 November E:

University of Sydney Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Dr Deanna D'Alessandro, was awarded a 2010 L'Oréal Australia Women in Science Fellowship for her work on molecular sponges that can capture and release gases such as carbon dioxide using light.

As a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley (USA), Deanna created metal-organic frameworks that could survive the tough industrial conditions present in power plant flue gas and still capture carbon dioxide. They’re not ready for commercial use yet – but they are a step closer to cost-effective carbon capture. Her materials could also have many other applications, such as hydrogen storage; gas separation; electrodes for sensors, and capacitors for electronic circuits.

In late 2009, Deanna returned to Australia to develop her own career as an independent researcher and she will commence an ARC QEII Fellowship in 2011. ‘I’m building a research team here in Australia that will help me turn my ideas into reality and contribute to a sustainable future.’

So, you've got a 'Mental Illness' ... What now?

So, you've got a 'Mental Illness' ... What now? is a FREE new resource written entirely by mental health consumers – people who have been diagnosed with a ‘mental illness’.

The book provides an introduction to the mental health system from the perspective of those who have been there and experienced the system first-hand.

Beautifully illustrated with cartoons by Our Consumer Place staffer, ‘batty cartoonist’ and 2004 HREOC Human Rights Award winner, Merinda Epstein, and punctuated throughout with thoughts about ‘madness’, creativity, power, language and the human condition, this resource will appeal on many different levels.

The book is brimming with useful information, all from the perspective of people with lived experience of ‘mental illness’.

To receive a free copy of So, you've got a 'Mental Illness'? ... What now? visit

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Audition for Harvey - Cooma Little Theatre

Auditions for “Harvey” are on 7:30pm Tuesday 30 November at the theatre

A Pulitzer-prize winning play written by Mary Chase in the 1940s (and an award-winning 1952 film starring James Stewart), “Harvey” gives us a late spring evening glimpse into the lives of the people who surround Elwood P Dowd and his best friend Harvey... who is a six-foot-one-and-a-half white rabbit.

It’s a funny and heart-warming and thought-provoking story.

The production dates are planned for 18 March through 2 April 2011 – seven shows including one or two matinee performances.

Because Christmas and New Year happen between now and then, it doesn’t leave a lot of time! SO...

Auditions will be held on 30 November 2010 at 7:30pm at the Cooma Little Theatre, Monaro Avenue Cooma, followed by a read-through and distribution of scripts early in December.

Depending on availability of cast, rehearsals will begin during January.

The most demanding role is that of Elwood – he appears in every scene and will be required to attend most if not all rehearsals. Other characters will not be required for all rehearsals.

Due to the short lead-time for rehearsals (at best, nine weeks), director Caroline Fox anticipates two rehearsals per week – days and times to be agreed.

The cast of ten has male and female roles for characters aged from their 20s to their 60s, and every character is delicious.

Detailed character descriptions will be available at the audition. If you’d like to see the descriptions in advance, contact Caroline via .

Westfield Belconnen

Westfield Belconnen is excited to be opening the first stage of the Beautiful New Belconnen on Thursday 25 November.

Featuring Aldi, Coles, Woolworths, Dan Murphy’s, Ziggys Fresh Market and 19 specialty stores, the Beautiful New Belconnen is sure to provide the best in fresh food shopping in North Canberra.

Tell us why you or a friend should have the privilege of officially opening the new fresh food market in addition to receiving $1000 Westfield Gift Card.


Entries close Friday 19 November.

The winner will be notified on Monday 22 November.

To celebrate the new addition in the community, we’re calling on all locals to either nominate themselves or a friend to officially open the new shopping experience on Thursday 25 November at 8am. Don't forget to include your contact details.

Opportunity to Work From Home

Team Members Program - NEW!

Brolly Sheets is the online store for waterproof bedding.

Like the idea of earning an income around your family life? Want to share in Brolly Sheets success, reap the rewards and become part of the team? We are looking for enthusiastic people to join our team and get really stuck in to spreading the great news about what Brolly sheets has to offer.

Brolly Sheets offers an excellent opportunity for you to sell our range of products to your network and further afield. You get commission on all sales. By being part of our team you get your own unique promo code that you use when you promote and market Brolly Sheets.

Everyone of your customers who use the promo code gets a discount off their order – which is the best way to ensure that they will remember to use your promo code, so you get your commission.

Why become a Brolly Sheets team member?

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If you want more info - just email Diane at and we will take it from there.

Plus 25% OFF

25% off all stock bought online until Friday 12th November 2010. This is for all orders and delivery to Australia or New Zealand.

Just enter "show10" as a coupon at check out and its as simple as that!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Need a Personal Stylist?

Great blog post from Cherie Quade Fashion Editor of Style Magazine on employing the services of Personal Stylist.

MAEVE Magazine Issue 3

MAEVE Magazine now online

Yes Its Been 20 Years

Its school reunion time.

Do you dread these functions or look forward to them?

In preparation for my 20 yr school reunion I went for a search on the web.

One article tells me how to prepare emotionally
  1. Remember that you are no longer a kid and that you have grown into a mature adult. By this time in your life, most people have left the immaturity behind.  (Well that is questionable for some - not me of course)
  2. Everyone has some doubts as to meeting former classmates. It's alright to be a little scared and nervous. You may be surprised to find out that a lot of others feel the same way. (General concensus is that everyone feels this way) 
  3. Usually nerves will be involved.  Don't panic by worrying about a few extra pounds or fewer hairs on your head. After all these are the best years of your life, so don't sweat the small stuff.  (Yea right)
  4. No one is perfect. It has been 20 years since school so everyone will probably have had difficult things occur in their lives. Remember you are not alone in this category.  (Thank God)
  5. I is not a letter in the word me. Don't make everything about you. And don't brag too much about your successes. There may be other people there that haven't had it as nice as you, be kind.  (Or they may just be exaggerating completely - there is always one)
  6. Only go to your reunion with a positive outlook. Most unfortunate or embarrassing things that happened will be forgotten by now. If not, just remember that these situations made you who you are today.  (Actually most things will be remembered and there will probably be photos of it)
  7. Never forget to tell people how you care about them. You never know if everyone will be together again in the next 5 or 10 years or so. Life happens and you might not get the chance to tell them later.

Another article put it more bluntly

Let's face it, many people desire to reunite with their former classmates simply so that they can:

A) Brag about how great their life is;
B) Get a kick out of discovering that the handsome jock and former prom queen have gained excessive amounts of weight; and
C) Feel gratified in knowing that some people's lives have turned out to be just as bleak as theirs.

It also includes a list of things to do:
  1. Reach your goal weight: This is a no-brainer. As much as we hate to admit it, looks do matter, and everyone will be dying to see what you look like after 20 years of being out in the real world. Be confident in knowing that people will be talking about how fabulous you look, rather than how humongous your backside has become.  (Sure about that)
  2. Watch the news: Since everyone does not read the newspaper (or read period), you should make it a point to tune in to the news every once in a while. Some news stations will provide you with adequate information on politics, global affairs, and local news so that you can facilitate a discussion on topics that showcase your intellectual side.  After all, you would hate for people to think that even as an adult, the only news you follow is that of Brad and Angelina's plans to save the world, or Paris Hilton's latest fashion craze.  (Um)
  3. Find a sophisticated drink that you like.  More importantly, know which drinks will make you look sophisticated. A cosmopolitan, yes. A Heineken, not so much. Therefore, if you're not a social butterfly and don't know how to break the ice with the people who made your life miserable for six years, at least you'll look as though you have a lot of interesting and intelligent things to say as you stand in the corner, nursing your drink all night.  (This I can do)

Another important piece of information I found was:

Never go to your high school reunion pregnant or they will think that is all you have done since you graduated.

Um, well, with 4 children it is almost certain that is all I have done since our 10 yr reunion.

In any case I absolutely cannot wait for the weekend.  It means a child-free weekend in Sydney with best friends - yes all from school days.

I cannot wait to catch up with old class mates and for the scream fest "Ahhhhhhh myyyyyyy ggggggggoooood".

Our 10 yr reunion was a hoot and we laughed about what the 20 yr one would be like.

I was lucky, I went to a great school with great girls (all girls boarding/day school of course).

Now "what to wear, what to wear"

Again see Birdsnest 

and enjoy the clip below from Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion