This should put a smile on your face this morning
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Monday, November 28, 2011
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Loving Princess Mary's visit to Broken Hill, NSW
For our very own Royal Flying Doctor Service
Gotta love a royal who goes bush!!
And loving the locals who wolf whistled her
I bet all those people who travelled hours to greet her did so in their Toyota's!!!
More pics here
Friday, November 25, 2011
The new 'Farm safety Is fun" DVD for children starring Scallywag Scarecrow and Farmer Fran the puppet is now available for sale.
If you wish to purchase this DVD go to our website-http://safetyaroundfarmseducation.com/
or phone Vicki Connell on 0357281694
Thursday, November 24, 2011
I was very interested to read that the lovely Mia Freedman along with Jennifer Hawkins and Sarah-Jane Clarke and Heidi Middleton of Sass and Bide fame are the new Range Rover Evoque "City Shaper" ambassadors.
They each received their new Range Rover Evoque last week at the Opera House and good luck to them I say.
Jealous much - hell yes.
But it did make me wonder why all the ambassadors for these items are always in the city. Surely country folk count for something. I do understand that the above vehicle is a city car so it would not suit my country roads anyway.
I really do need a 4WD - a real one.
Why don't they set me up to be an ambassador for a real 4WD.
I need a vehicle that can comfortably hold 4 children plus friends. One that will do many, many long trips - lets face it, that is most days. One that can drive through snow, rain, floods, bull dust, mud, grass, over rocks and through plagues of locusts. I need to be able to tow a horse float and a trailer. I need a vehicle that can handle tough dirt roads and roads covered in potholes. (atm I am waiting for one of my shocks on my current vehicle to be fixed from rough roads!) I need control and speed. And lets not mention the dirt, oh the dirt! I don't need dirt but I live with it and everything is covered with it. And yes I like luxury too. I wouldn't mind a "honking great sound system", lord knows I drive with music blaring - mostly to block out the children whining on long trips, which I have said is most days. TV screens for long trips - yes well lets face it most trips are long trips in the bush. 360 degree safety cameras would be great too but I do pride myself on my parking so I could actually give the parking system that parks for you a miss. I like to be independent. And useful. I like to think I can actually drive a car, (even though my husband would debate that).
Toyota pride themselves on having the earth's greatest 4WD. Really. Well let me have a go at it.
Plenty of room. Liking the idea of a cooler box as well, water is a necessity on a long trip.
I like their safety features and storage ideas.
Mostly I just want something that is sturdy and safe, (doesn't have to be huge) - and I will need to occasionally wear a heel with it so it has to look good as well.
What do you drive?
What would you like to drive?
What is the best vehicle for country roads?
And would Toyota and Nissan etc ever have country ambassadors?
After all we are the folk who buy the vehicles for our road conditions.
Good luck to the Range Rover ambassadors, maybe they could spread the word that country folk are open to being ambassadors as well! (And I could really work a 4WD - even a city 4WD)
And check out the Mamamia post, it has generated lots of debate.
“I've got two daughters who will have to make their way in this skinny-obsessed world, and it worries me, because I don't want them to be empty-headed, self-obsessed, emaciated clones; I'd rather they were independent, interesting, idealistic, kind, opinionated, original, funny – a thousand things, before 'thin'. And frankly, I'd rather they didn't give a gust of stinking chihuahua flatulence whether the woman standing next to them has fleshier knees than they do. Let my girls be Hermiones, rather than Pansy Parkinsons. Let them never be Stupid Girls.”
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Honour to God
Loyalty to the Throne
Service to the Country
Through Country Women
For Country Women
By Country Women
I have recently taken my pledge as a CWA member
A group of very enthusiastic young women in my local area have re-opened their branch which closed years ago.
We are young, energetic and rearing to go and do good in our local community.
Are you a member?
We are young, energetic and rearing to go and do good in our local community.
Are you a member?
Life on the land is challenging enough for the nation’s food and fibre producers without the added strain of mental illness.
But for the farmers who live in the far-flung corners of our nation, their voices are not always heard, as Patrick Tombola discovered after spending several months living on farms in western New South Wales. via
“I don’t wanna be shaped like a girl I LOVE being shaped like a WOMAN & trust me ladies your man wont mind either"
This picture was tweeted by Miley Cyrus yesterday.
Find out why here
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Friday, November 18, 2011
A cover image is being sought for the next edition of The Country Web - a very special edition to celebrate 2012 Australian Year of the Farmer.
This edition will feature stories about women farmers who have played a key role in shaping and building primary industries - women who have excelled across our communities, displaying innovation, creativity, determination and resilience.
Profile photos of women farmers or women farmers in their 'workplace' are wanted.
Pictures need to be good quality high-res images, full of colour and character.
You may also like to include a short story (up to 200 words) about this special farmer and why you have chosen them. (Please make sure you have their permission to send in the photo and story).
Email your photos by Friday 16 December
Friday, November 11, 2011
The R & M McGivern Prize is a prestigious art award that promotes artistic excellence in watercolour, oil and acrylic painting.
The award was established through the will of the late Muriel Evelyn McGivern who passed away on 29 January, 2000. The award is in memory of herself and her husband, the late Reginald McGivern.
The prize is awarded every three years from the date of Mrs McGivern's death. It was first awarded in 2003.
Each year a different theme is selected, the 2012 theme is Uncertainty.The winning artwork becomes an acquisition piece which remains the property of the City of Maroondah for the purpose of the exhibition.
Applications for 2012 have now opened. Should you be interesting in applying or would like to find out more information please visit http://www.thetrustcompany.com.au/philanthropy/awards/rm_mcgivern.asp
The 2012 award is valued at $25,000.
The National Rural Health Alliance said applications are now open for the Rural Australia Medical Undergraduate Scholarship (RAMUS) Scheme, funded by the Australian Government and designed to encourage medical students with a rural background to pursue a medical career in rural, regional or remote Australia. Successful applicants will receive un-bonded scholarships worth $10,000 a year while completing a standard medical degree at their chosen university. Subject to availability, 120-140 new RAMUS scholarships will be awarded in 2012 through a competitive application process. Successful applicants will be selected on the basis of their background of having lived in rural Australia, demonstrated financial need and their commitment to work in rural, regional or remote Australia in the future.
To access online application form, or find further details about the RAMUS Scheme, applicants should visit RAMUS website here.
Orange’s answer to Symphony in the Domain is here – and we’re playing all your favorite movie scores!
SYMPHONY AT THE MOVIES, conducted by Graham Sattler, is a family outdoor spectacular performed by the 50 piece Orange Symphony Orchestra and 30 members of Orange Regional Conservatoriums' Symphonic Choir, performing all your favorite music from blockbuster movies such as Star Wars, Lion King, Jaws, 2001 A Space Odyssey and much, much more.
A perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon - pull up a beanbag, and enjoy the company of family, friends, a picnic and a glass of wine in a beautiful outdoor vineyard setting. We invite all to attend - and kids under 16 are FREE!
Saturday 26 November 3pm
For ticketing information visit http://www.orangecon.org.au%20or/ phone 6361 7974
It's a moment that happens only once in a hundred years. Where will you be at 11.11 on 11.11.11?
ABC Open invites you to capture where you are and what you're doing right at that minute, and share your photo with us in a visual time capsule - a collection of images from all around Australia.
HOW TO CONTRIBUTE
Take a photo at 11 minutes after 11 on Friday, 11th November, 2011. It doesn't have to be a world class image, just an evocative photo capturing the moment. If you need some inspiration, check out this little video we made here. You can take a photo in the morning, or the night, or both.
HOW TO UPLOAD
There are three ways you can join in:
- Be sure to include your name and the location (both the town/city and state)
- Upload directly to www.facebook.com/abcopen
- TWITTER: You can also tweet your photo with the hashtag #abcopen11
- EMAIL: Or simply email to us at email@example.com
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
An exciting new women's project will begin in January/February 2012 on a small eco-friendly farm in Exeter in the Southern Highlands of NSW.
Women aged 50 and over will come to stay at "Eden Farm" (4-5 at a time) throughout the year for periods ranging from a couple of weeks to a month or more, depending on availability.
As the year-long project progresses they hope, as women, to be able to demonstrate and discuss the feasibility of older women living a communal life together (e.g. house sharing with friends or others).
They want to come up with some creative ways of addressing a few of the challenges women face as we grow older - no matter whether we live in the city or the country - such as affordable housing and sometimes insufficient money to fund increasing longevity.
The Women's Communal Living Project is aimed at women over 50 who are, or may in future, live alone and who plan on living independently for as long as possible without necessarily relying on family or moving into a retirement village.
Share ideas and discussions about how friends or small groups of women on their own can take charge of their futures by living an active creative life together if they are widowed, divorced or on their own.
Costs are designed to be affordable for women on limited incomes.
Whatever our ages now, we will all need to address the issue of housing as we grow older and while creative communal housing options will not suit everyone the idea still has a lot going for it.
The potential benefits for the individual, the environment, community services and governments are innumerable but could include the following:
- Provide companionship and better health outcomes by alleviating loneliness and depression amongst those living alone
- Peace of mind for family members with less reliance on them Increase population density for the provision of community services
- Reduce an individual's carbon footprint
- Release more housing and rental properties to families and couples
- Provide a creative alternative to current retirement housing options
- Reduce the pressure on aged housing/care by delaying the time of entry into tiered aged care institutions
- Create micro communities looking after each other - with shared resources
- Provide quality of life benefits for the individual and social capital for the communities in which they live
- Increase productivity and creativity - essential in healthy ageing.
Check out the website here
A mid week break for you all.
If you don't know who this is go here
For all the young single girls and anyone who wants to watch really, watch his interview below (I think it was filmed before the whole Tiger Wood scandal thingy - I hope so anyway!) and wait until his last comment. Despite what my sister says I think he sounds very down to earth - and he is a farm boy!
If you want to watch Richie in bed go here and click on the link Brown v. McCaw (9th clip down).
See doesn't that make your Wednesday better!
The theme for the No.56 edition of The Country Web is 'Our Farmers. Out Future. It will join in the 2012 national celebration of Australian Year of the Farmer.
This very special year will put the spotlight on how important primary industries are to all of us no matter where we live. Farmers contribute to just about every aspect of our life - farming feeds, supports and sustains us with all sorts of produce.
We want to hear your stories about how women in particular have played a key role in shaping and building primary industries. Women have often been unrecognised and we are looking for stories of how they have excelled across our rural communities, displaying innovation, creativity, determination and resilience.
We're looking for:
- Stories of women who have played a key role in shaping and building primary industries;
- Stories of women farmers from a range of industries who are doing
- something innovative or creative to remain viable;
- Stories of young rural women who have chosen farming as their career and are contributing to life in small rural communities;
- Poems about rural life;
- Latest books from rural authors about life on the land (contact us for our 'Book Placement Request Form' - costs apply to have your book featured).
- Postcard or a photo (view from your verandah) and a short description about why you love life on the land and what's so special about your little piece of the country (up to 200 words).
2012 also heralds the 20th Anniversary of the Rural Women's Network and we welcome any reflections or memories of your involvement in Network activities.
If you are interested in submitting something please: firstname.lastname@example.org
. Final content is required by 16 December for publication in March 2012.
Monday, November 7, 2011
Do you live in rural Australia? Do you like to paint? Would you like your artwork to appear on the cover of Australia’s health 2012?
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, in partnership with the National Rural Health Alliance, is conducting an art competition to source cover art for AIHW’s publications. The theme for the artwork is the health and wellbeing of Australians.
Eligible entrants are people living in rural, regional and remote Australia. Four prizes of $1,000, $500, $300 and $200 are offered for winning artists. Entries close 5.00pm (EDST) Friday 6 January 2012.
Full details and application form available on the Alliance website: http://www.ruralhealth.org.au/