Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Spirit of the Land Festival Lockhart

Farm Sculpture & Arts

The Spirit of the Land Festival Lockhart grew out of the worst drought in Australian history and concerns over escalating rural suicides.

It took shape to encourage farmers determined to survive living and working on the land to use country ingenuity and create sculptures using old farm machinery, recycled scrap metal and elements of the land.


The Farm Art attracted national and international media and major corporate sponsors enabling a $10,000 first prize. In three years it became a finalist in the NSW Inland Tourism award and is fast becoming the “Farm Art” capital of Australia. It continues to expand supporting the best of Country Australia experiences in a three day Festival held on the second weekend of October each year.

Artists are now invited to participate in the Spirit of the Land Art Festival 2011, with a NATIONAL FARM ART SCULPTURE AWARD of $10,000 in prize money and additional $6000 in other awards. The National Farm Art Sculpture Award is for sculptures created from recycled or new farm materials and/or any natural element of the land in a new art form called “farm art.”
Feeding Time

The Arts Festival includes three exhibitions held in Lockhart in the heart of the Riverina District of NSW some 70 kms from Wagga Wagga and 90 kms from Albury/ Wodonga.

The exhibition categories are:
  • Sculpture (any medium, including Farm Art)
  • Fine Art (oil, water, clay, textiles, glass, ceramics, photography, multi-media)
  • Indigenous art (cultural and contemporary)
  • Secondary School (Totem Poles, Fine Arts)
  • Primary Schools (Cardboard Totems)
  • Garden Art (any medium)
  • Silhouettes (Two dimensional life sized metal sculpture)
There are additional awards in some categories including a prize for a local artist who resides within 60kms of Lockhart, and an indigenous artist award.

A Pack Of Mongrels

Registration is open to emerging and established artists who can exhibit in any or all categories. This includes farmers whose entries were the catalyst for the national sponsorship. There is no limitation on the number of entries. Entries close on 1st October 2011. A brief resume and personal photograph is requested for promotional purposes.

Award Presentations

Prize winners will be announced on Friday night at the Spirit of the Land preview.

“We’ve got the spirit”
Spirit of the land Lockhart

P O Box 98 Lockhart NSW 2656 website: www.


See website for details

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Thrive With Style

'Thrive with Style' day will help you to:

  • use effective communication strategies
  • set goals and achieve outcomes
  • improve your self-esteem and self-confidence
  • uncover your own personal colour and style!
4 April at Barellan:

5 April at Hanwood:

6 April at Hillston:

7 April at Coleambally:

8 April at Goolgowi:

Have an opinion on media – what you watch, when and why and wanna talk about it?

Screen Australia is making a major research presentation to key stakeholders about changing patterns in media consumption habits. They have done an in depth study across a range of demographics and The Australian Film Television and Radio School has partnered with Screen Australia to make short video clips of people talking about the kinds of media and content they watch. These video clips will be presented as a short series of interviews (of about 3 - 5 minutes length in total) at the Screen Australia presentation and then shown on their website.

Two Australian Film Television and Radio School students Tanya and Michael are looking to talk to community members across all ages, male or female, and who are from a regional centre. They would love to hear from people who are happy to discuss the following: What kinds of screens do you watch? (TV, Movies, Computer, Phone etc) What content do you watch on them? Do you ever multitask with different screens? How do you find out about your content? Do you take an interest if it is Australian content?

They will be in Bathurst this Thursday March 24 or Friday March 25 and are ready to book you in for an interview. Please respond with a yes or no to:  or

Webinars for the Aftermath of Trauma

This 4 part webinar series with Petrea King is specifically for people who are dealing with the aftermath of a trauma. It has been designed especially for people who have survived recent natural disasters in Australia. The content, tools and strategies however are applicable for anyone who has suffered trauma in their life.

Children & trauma: helping children recover
Monday 28 March 2011
9.00 - 10.00pm

Surviving trauma: emotional healing & wellbeing
Monday 11 April 2011
9.00 - 10.00pm

Resilience & trauma: impact of trauma & strategies to overcome it
Monday 16 May 2011
9.00 - 10.00pm

Community trauma: coming together and creating the future
Monday 6 June 2011
9.00 - 10.00pm

These webinars are held live, online
9pm-­‐10pm (EDST) (March only)
8pm–9pm (EST) and you are able to submit your questions before hand.

Register at
This is a collaborative project between the Queensland Rural Women's Network and the Quest for Life Foundation.

Friday, March 25, 2011


PeepToe - this could be good!!

And ...

Just in time for Autumn Racing Flipsters has released a gorgeous range of folding ballet flats. Perfect for when your high heels are too sore!

Grab new-style ballet flats for ONE week only at a huge 30% off when ordering online.

Available in 3 colours: Black, Beige, Silver and 4 sizes: XS [5-6], S [7-8], M [9-10], L [11-12]

Enter code missy2 at checkout for an instant 30% off!

Flipsters Flats Silver

I love the idea of kicking off heels later on but still being stylish.

Birdsnest also sell fold up ballet flats online and in store which also come in their own stylish fold away bag.

Hand Picked Accessories Fold Away Shoes

I love them so much I have a few pairs.

Did Someone Say Something Funny.....



Improve your communitcation skills,

Resolve Conflict in your work or play

Maximize your potential AND much more

Lunch and Morning Tea provided



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RSVP ESSENTIAL Jenny Croft I&I NSW 0429446417
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The Country Web....

Thrilled to get a mention in the latest edition of The Country Web.

Cover of The Country Web, issue number 54

Check out the free newsletter from the Rural Women's Network - its a must for rural women and their families.

And if you get the chance to attend one of their SOFT (Shaping our futures together) courses, do - they rock.

I attended one when I first moved back to my town and met some wonderful rural women and had a ball.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Colly Crew - 'Close That Gap'

This is a song written by young people from Collarenebri Central School, as part of mentoring process with Toby Finlayson and Matthew Priestley from Desert Pea Media. Beats by Marz 1, and fine beats at that. The song is an entry into the Generation One Hands Across Australia schools competition.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Win with Petite & Belle

WIN a $100 Gift Voucher

Simply dress your child in a gorgeous outfit from Petite & Belle this season…

Take a fabulous photo of your beautiful child…

Enter the “Winter 11 Photo Competition” for your chance to win

Load your happy snaps on their Facebook page “Winter 11 Photo Comp” Album.
Click ‘like’ to vote…By submitting your childs photo you are agreeing to the terms and conditions

Wednesday, March 16, 2011


This is the first ever make up add without retouching!

It was featured in the Huffington Post yesterday for Make Up Forever .

What do you think?

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Just psyching myself for dance practice tonight


Want to Work at Fashion Week?

Want to work at Fashion Week? Esteemed runway show producers 'Jack Bedwani Productions' are looking for people with experience ie. know how to dress (themselves and others) and aren’t afraid of long hours, towering models, screaming stylists and old fashion hard work!

Join their Facebook page and be the first to receive email call out...s for work/volunteer opportunities.

Monday, March 14, 2011

What do I Wear to a Country Deb Ball?

Okay I need some help here.

What on earth do I wear to a Deb Ball with a Hollywood theme that won't scare the locals?

Loving these dresses just in at Cint Boutique in Forbes but unfortunately do not live close enough to just pop in and try them on (and could be slightly too daring).

As much as I love online shopping I may have left my run a little late.

Any ideas or great websites?

I'm thinking fur for warmth and sparkles and definately high high heels (although Flipsters for later).

What would you wear?

Are you a single farmer?

The Farmer Wants A Wife is calling for farmers looking for love. The popular TV show is searching for farmers aged between 25 and 60 who are looking to meet their true love. Singles, male or female, must be working farmers. Interested men or women should drop an email with an introduction and recent photos to:

or phone (02) 9434 0695. Applications close Friday, April 15, so act quickly.

If you are a potential wife looking for a farmer, stayed tuned as we will reveal the results of our search for series seven here soon.
Did you know that worldwide, 36 percent of the world’s farmers are women – compared with 34 percent for men. In developing regions, the figure is much higher. In Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, 60 to 70 percent of farmers are women – exceeding the percentage of men in both regions.

So, it’s a sad irony that women — the majority of the world’s farmers – still face food insecurity.

Comments? Thoughts? Discuss here at National Rural Women's Network

Pass it on...

Check out this link to an excellent site aiming to help younger people establish healthy relationships & respectful boundaries - pass it on.

The Line

Great website

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Calling all farmers to open their gates this FarmDay

Australia’s agricultural sector has experienced a difficult start to the year but an initiative to educate urban families on the business of farming and food production may well provide the confidence and backing the industry needs to get back on its feet.

On Australia’s annual FarmDay, held on the weekend of 28 and 29 May 2011, farmers across the country are encouraged to open their gates and welcome a city family to spend a day on their farm.

Since 2007, close to 1000 city families have visited working farms around the country on FarmDay to gain a better understanding and appreciation of this important industry.

FarmDay is calling on farmers to consider hosting a family this year with registrations for hosts now open.

“Now, more than ever, it’s important for our industry to demonstrate the work that we do under complex circumstances to make sure there’s great Australian food on family tables around the country,” says FarmDay Founder, Deb Bain.

“We’ve found that the city families who have participated in FarmDay are now our greatest advocates in metropolitan areas and are educating their friends and family on the importance of supporting Australia’s farmers.

“It’s a great chance for individual farmers and farming families to promote agriculture to urban Australia,” she said.

“By spending a day on a farm during FarmDay, urban families gain a better understanding of where food comes from and what impacts supply, as well as appreciating the lifestyle and choices that farming families make every day.

“Our research indicates that 90 percent of city families participating in FarmDay come away with a better understanding of the role of farming in their daily lives and 98 percent are more likely to buy Australian produce as a result,” Deb says.

“In order to gain a greater level of understanding and support from urban Australia, it is important to provide them with an opportunity to see the great work that we do firsthand.

It’s so important that urban families understand how their food and fibre is produced and the impact that events like the January floods on the east coast and fires and drought on the west coast have on agricultural production and supply.

“I’d strongly encourage farmers to get involved in this important initiative by registering to host a city family at”

FarmDay is a not-for profit organisation proudly supported by Meat and Livestock Australia.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Grassroots Rugby Festival 2011 Mudgee

The event is a three day rugby festival hosted by Mudgee Rugby Union Club involving sporting activities and family entertainment for people of all ages. It will include pre-season tournament games from Under 7s through to Golden Oldies. It will also include coaching and skill development opportunities for players and referees at a junior level.

(I know this handsome young fellow)

The event is a regional event with approximately 1,000 players plus their families expected to attend from across metropolitan and regional New South Wales.

The event is designed to cater for families so that spectators can have a fun and enjoyable experience as well as those family members who are involved in rugby games.

A highlight of the Grassroots Rugby Festival will be a feature game between The Silver Foxes and an invitational 15 side made up of tournament representatives selected on the day. The Silver Foxes team comprises ex-Wallabies and prominent rugby players who are keen to promote rugby in the bush and at the same time support the Black Dog Institute. The Black Dog Institute raises awareness and assists people dealing with depression and bi-polar disorder.

 Silver Foxes team announced for 2011

The Silver Foxes team includes Richard Harry, Marc Avery, David Wilson, Hugh Williams, John Langford, Warwick Waugh, Owen Finnegan, Scott Gourley, Tim Gavin, Sam Payne, Mike Hercus, Joel Wilson, Tim Horan, David Croft, Robert Nugan, James Grant, Bradley Clyde, Nick Wilson, Andrew Logan, Tom Freeman, Brad Girvan, Phil harry, Andrew Blades and David Carter.

For more info see here