Wednesday, August 31, 2011

What's Your Story?

Everybody has a story to tell, you just have to keep your ears and eyes open.

What's your story?

ABC Open is all about stories. And there are great ones around every corner.

ABC Open is an exciting new way for regional communities to connect and share stories on the ABC. If you live in regional Australia, you’re invited to share your stories through photos, words, sound and video. ABC Open producers are based in regional towns around Australia to help you get started. What's Your Story?

There are many projects to become involved in so if you have a story you would like to tell, or if you would like to find out how you can be involved in ABC OPEN, email Lara van Raay at

Tuesday, August 30, 2011


"We are not destined to be victims. We have the power to choose, and this power is both the greatest responsibility we have and the greatest opportunity." -Hara Estroff Marano

In other words, your thoughts create your reality. If you don't like your reality, change your thoughts.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Best Start to the Week

I think everyone should be told they’re beautiful until they believe it. - Unknown

Friday, August 26, 2011

Meet Kate from Bendy Street Emporium Canowindra

Meet the gorgeous Kate from the Bendy Street Emporium in Canowindra, NSW.  Kate, mother of three, photographer and farmer's wife, established the Emporium in the Autumn of 2010. Kate's philosophy is, where-ever possible, to surround oneself with beautiful things.  I met Kate briefly on a trip through Canowindra last year, I couldn't not stop after reading many reviews about Bendy Street Emporium.  It is as welcoming and beautiful as it looks.  I felt like I wanted to stop awhile with a glass of wine and chat away in the afternoon sun and become Kate's BFF (that is how comfortable Kate makes you feel and meeting people who make you feel that way is a joy!).  Happily Kate also has an online shop for those of us who do not live nearby.  Enjoy getting to know Kate as much as I did however briefly - I will definately be back. 
  Town or Country
A bit of both. I need a city fix every now and then.

Music or Books
Can't live without either


Perfect Day
At home with friends and family, good food and wine, kids playing outside then falling in a heap to watch a movie with my husband with the kids tucked up in bed- not coming out every 5 minutes for a drink, story or other important child reason

Clooney or Pitt

Romantic Hero or Action Hero

Prince Frederick or Prince William
Neither more of a Prince Harry girl

Princess Diana or Catherine the Duchess of Cambridge

Heels or favourite winter boots
Heels, I am a shocking shoe snob

Australian Stockman or Surfer
Stockman, the more dust the better and must have a great hat.

Chocolate or Coffee
 Can't exist without either.

Great Shoes or Gorgeous Underware
Great shoes go really well with great underwear.

Pedicure, manicure or massage

Rodeo's or Picnic Races
My husband followed me to the Young picnics and the rest is history so I have a soft spot for a good picnic race day.

Talk it out or keep it to yourself
Talk it out definitely

Karaoke - first to sing, last to sing or absolutely-no-not-ever
In my mind I can belt it out like Aretha but the reality is more like Bridget Jones

One Beauty Product that you would recommend or can't live without
Tade black soap and Rassoul clay mask. They are all natural and amazing.

One book you would recommend to anyone or that you love and can read over and over again
The Great Gatsby

Summer or winter

One life-changing moment
Saying goodbye to my gran

Camping or 5 star
5 star, not a happy camper

One movie that makes you cry everytime
An Affair To Remember- every single time much to the embarrassment of my children, and I mean "the ugly cry"!!

One moment you would like to revisit if you could
My first kiss

Favourite movie/song
Dirty Dancing

Who would play you in the movie of your life
Cate Blanchet would be great.

Who would play the handsome hero in the movie of your life
Colin Firth after a thorough audition process.

How long have you known your oldest friend
Since we were 8 yrs old

3 things you have yet to do
See Paris
Write a book
Finish a degree (always wanted to study archeology but don't have any patience)

School days - happy or sad, good or bad memories
Loved primary school, highschool was a rollercoaster

What - or who - always makes you feel better on those more challenging days
Chocolate, wine, friends with wicked senses of humor and a hug from my family in no particular order.

Recommend a blog/website
and Bushbelles of course. (thankyou)

Something you are passionate about now
Trying not to take life too seriously. Far too much doom and gloom in the media. We need to lighten up a bit.

Happier now than you were at 20 - honestly
Much happier. I have half a clue now & don't care what others think of me. I dress a whole lot better too, don't know what made me think shoulder pads would work for me.

Describe yourself in one word only

Words to live by
Never stop learning.
No such thing as can't ( thanks Dad)

What is the one thing you know for sure
I can do anything I want if I really want to.

 Thanks so much for contributing Kate.
I think I'll have that glass of wine now!
Follow the Bendy Street blog here
Visit the Bendy Street Emporium online shop here
And don't forget to stop in and say hi to Kate on your way through Canowindra.
You will be gorgeously welcomed!

Farm mum set to shine

"SHE'S blonde, beautiful and knows how to drench a sheep, and she's a finalist in the Mrs Australia pageant.

Elise Shoobridge, 24, entered Mrs Australia after a phone call from her mum.

"I said no at first but then thought, why not?" Elise said.

Married to farmer Tom Shoobridge, Elise is the mother of William, 2, and Ben, 1.

"They're only 18 months apart. I try and get stuff done while they're sleeping," she said.

Elise looks after the kids, does the farm bookwork and co-ordinates her Mrs Australia fundraising from the farm. "I never get bored."

The Shoobridges' 14,456ha Cleveland property west of Ouse is renowned for its Angus stud cattle.

Most of the farm's 3500 cattle and 5500 sheep are rounded up on horseback.

Mrs Australia is a worldwide competition that culminates in Mrs Globe. Entrants collect donations for women and children's charities in Australia and overseas.

More than 100 boxes of babies' clothes and toys Elise has collected have been sent to remote aboriginal communities in Western Australia.

Elise will be interviewed on Melbourne's Crown Casino stage and model sportswear and formal wear before Mrs Australia is crowned on September 18.' via

Tasmanians can vote for Elise from Thursday, September 1, at

Thursday, August 25, 2011


Cattle Council 2011 Rising Champions Initiative NOW OPEN

Do you want to 'get involved' in the Australian beef industry and have your say on the issues that count? Have your voice heard by decision makers, travel to Longreach, Queensland to create networks with the 'best in beef' and go in the running to win an all expenses paid trip to Denver, Colorado, USA, which aligns with the National Western Stock, Rodeo and Horse Show. If you're between 21 and 35 years of age and passionate about the beef industry, apply now!

This initiative is made possible through Cattle Council's initiative partner, NAB Agribusiness and is supported by Rural Press Limited. This project is also supported by funding from the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry under Australia's Farming Future.

Applications for the NAB Beef Industry Rising Champions Initiative close on 31 August 2011. Visit for further information, to download the form or to apply online.

Watch this great little video on Allison McIntosh the 2011 winner and NSW RIRDC Award winner 2010

John Ralph Essay Competition

In 2010, the Australian Farm Institute established an annual Essay Competition. John Ralph was the inaugural chairman of the Institute and argued strongly for comprehensive and objective research as the basis for sound policy decision-making, particularly for the agriculture sector. This competition was established to recognise John Ralph's contribution. In 2010, the John Ralph Essay Competition was won by Daniel James Gibbons for his essay, Australia's Primary Industries - A Bulwark Against External Shocks. In 2011 the essay competition will have two categories - one for professionals with a $2,000 first prize, and a second for undergraduate students with a $500 cash prize. In addition the Institute is providing an incentive for professors and lecturers in agricultural faculties to involve their students in the competition.

There are two categories for this contest, one for professionals and one for students.

The professional category is open to farmers, agribusiness participants, policy makers, consultants and researchers.

The student category is open to person undertaking full time education. Professors, lecturers and course coordinators are encouraged to support this competition by including the essay topic in their course program.

Go here for more

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Where is the Cheekiest Place you have Left Your Lips?


What is Liptember?

Liptember is an exciting new approach to addressing women's mental health.

kalley landry ambassador


By encouraging women everywhere to play their part by wearing our official 'Lippy' every single day in September, and getting sponsored to do it!

Their mission?

To raise the awareness of gender specific mental health issues for women, funding research and programs that can be implemented to achieve optimal health outcomes for women.
Go to the website here
Join their facebook page here

CWA Zumba

My local branch of the CWA may have closed due to lack of numbers but the ladies in Tasmania sure know how to spice things up!

The incoming president of Tasmania's CWA wants the organisation to take a greater role as an advocate for healthy living for the elderly, and Zumba classes are part of her strategy.

Tasmania's Country Womens Association is celebrating a significant milestone today as it hosts their 75th annual conference in Devonport.

Jenny Ivy from Swansea is the next Tasmanian state president, has plans in her term for the organisation to act as an advocate for the elderly.

To help members remain healthy and active, and for them to be able to live in their own homes.

"We are an ageing population in the CWA and we do have younger members of course.

I would like to see us working with like minded agencies, Council for the Ageing and other organisations, in promoting the healthy well being of our members".

The Swansea branch of the CWA is organises Zumba classes while the conference had a workshop on Croquet.

Tomorrow they will mark the 75th anniversary with special morning tea at the National Trust property Home Hill at Devonport. - via

Taffeta at Temora

The Temora Women’s Network invites you to dust off your best 80’s water wave taffeta bridesmaid or wedding dress and join in the fun at the Temora Town Hall Theatre for the special fundraiser movie premiere of:

This ridiculously funny movie will have you in stiches, so grab your friends (bridesmaids) and dress up for a great night out!!.

When: Thursday 1st September, 2011

Time: 7:30pm
Where: Temora Town Hall theatre

Dress: bridesmaid or wedding dress

Tickets: $20.00 – includes delicious supper
Contact: Alison Dale on 0438 417 445

Volunteers needed for 'Opera at The Dish'

Opera at the Dish

Parkes Under the Stars presents Opera at The Dish on Saturday evening October 8 2011.

The event that is set to dazzle Parkes is only six weeks away and Parkes under the Stars Committee are seeking volunteers to bring the event to fruition.

A volunteer committee has worked tirelessly for the past 15 months to make this unique event a reality and raise funds for the McGrath Foundation who have recently placed a breast care nurse in the Parkes, Lachlan and Forbes Shires.

Volunteer co-ordinator Carolyn Rice said "The Parkes community is renowned for the support they give to community events and their willingness to volunteer. We have seen the success of our Elvis festival with the support of so many volunteers so once again we are calling on you to help us deliver another successful Parkes event".

Opera at The Dish will be a spectacular concert of well known songs from musical theatre and opera, titled Bellini to Broadway - this will be a truly memorably evening. Tickets are selling extremely well and it appears
there won't be any difficulty reaching the audience target of 2000.

Areas that volunteers will be required to assist are raffle ticket sales, gate entry and ushering, setting up chairs, some tables and marquees on Friday with pack down on Sunday. Manning the information tent, providing refreshments for performers and other little jobs that all go with delivering an event of this calibre. If you can assist in any way we need you, and would appreciate your help.

For further information or to register for volunteering please contact volunteer co-ordinator Carolyn Rice on 02 6862 2778 or email

A volunteers briefing session will be held on Wednesday 5th October at 5.30pm in the committee room at Parkes Shire Council.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Want to Know Why Mummy Bloggers Rule the World?

There is no doubt that social media is the way to go, especially in rural communities.

Bring on the rural sponsorships for rural mummy bloggers I say!!

brown leather Aldo boots - blue gingham Gap shirt - brown leather American Eagle

Saturday, August 20, 2011

I Heart Weekends

Loving looking forward to a fun afternoon

Singing for sure

and drinks

and fun, funny girls

What the hell, loads more of this

With a dash of this thrown in



Enjoy yours

50 Classics

Loving this checklist of 50 classics for your closet.  Perfect weekend job.

our checklist of 50 classics for every Matchbook girl’s closet from our premier issue!


Friday, August 19, 2011

Australian Agriculture - The Greatest Story Never Told

Farming IS the New Black

Bringing the sexy back to Australian agriculture

Last night I found Alison Fairleigh

She describes herself as Passionate. Extroverted. An advocate for Agriculture & Mental Health. Co-founder of @RuralMH (because rural minds matter) & Creator of @BringingSexy.

Alison wants to get everyone talking positively about farming

I say head on over and follow her, she's great and must have an extraordinary supply of energy!

Farming is the New Black facebook page here
Follow Alison's blog here (its very good)
Follow Alison on twitter here

Call out: Regional NSW music residency for musicians with disability

Are you a musician that works collaboratively? Are you interested in broadening your compositional skills? Are you looking to take your music to another level?

Applications for Rewriting the Score are invited from professional musicians who experience disability, practicing in all genres from across Australia.

Orange Regional Conservatorium, in partnership with Accessible Arts, is offering this opportunity to promote inclusive performance opportunities and collaborations that include musicians with and without disability  working together.

Contemporary composers Abi McGaha Miller, Issac Miller & Kayln Heffernan, Wheelchair Sports Camp.

Rewriting the Score will run from Sunday 20 November to Sunday 27 November 2011. Thirteen musicians will work together to create new music, led by Artistic Director Graham Sattler. The residency will culminate in two concert performances at the Orange Regional Conservatorium on Friday 25 and Saturday 27 November 2011.

Rewriting the Score provides a high profile professional development opportunity for musicians with disability in a supportive arts environment. Recipients will receive an honorarium fee of $1400, plus travel and accommodation expenses. Support workers/carers travel and accommodation expenses also covered where required.

More information on eligibility and the application process is available online for download.

Deadline for applications is Monday 19 September 2011.

When: Sunday 20 November to Sunday 27 November 2011

Where: Orange Regional Conservatorium, Central West region NSW

Who: Professional musicians who experience disability from across Australia
Contact: Belinda Quince, Events & Promotions Officer, Orange Regional
Conservatorium tel: 02 6361 7974 or
More information: Rewriting the Score
Access: Accessible venue and facilities

Rewriting the Score is an initiative of Orange Regional Conservatorium, with support from Arts NSW, Accessible Arts, and Mental Health and Drug & Alcohol services, Western NSW Local Health Network.

Social media storm: Farmers take to Twitter

For an hour-and-a-half on Sunday Landline was at the centre of a Twitter storm.

Read about it here

RIRDC Rural Women's Award - What's It All About?

The Rural Women's Awards

The RIRDC Rural Women’s Award is Australia’s pre-eminent Award for rural women. The Award identifies and supports emerging leaders and change agents who have the capability and resources to drive innovation, productivity and sustainability within primary industries, and build economic and social development within rural communities.

The Award acknowledges that women offer a unique approach to leadership, which involves connecting and collaborating to effect change and influence, often without the need for position or authority. The Award also encourages primary industries and rural communities to embrace diversity in leadership to successfully navigate future challenges.

The Award supports women with demonstrated leadership capabilities who have the desire and commitment to make a greater contribution to their industries and communities. It provides women with financial and professional support to implement their visions for primary industries and enhance their leadership capabilities.

Each State and Territory winner will receive a $10,000 financial bursary to implement their Award vision. Each State and Territory winner and runner-up will have the opportunity to participate in the AICD Company Directors Course and will be supported to develop an individual integrated leadership plan.

The Award is an amazing opportunity to further your leadership development, make a tangible difference and inspire others. The Award is a life changing experience that will link recipients with a positive and powerful alumni network of like-minded women across the country who are passionate about primary industries and rural Australia.

For more information and to download an application form please click here.

Watch below 2011 RIRDC Award winner Caroline Robinson