Friday, March 30, 2012

Strong Women Leadership Awards

Nominations for the inaugural Queensland Rural Regional and Remote Women's Network Strong Women Leadership Awards 2012 open Sunday 1 April!

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The aims of the inaugural QRRRWN's Strong Women Leadership Awards program are to:
  • encourage women to identify and celebrate the strengths they contribute to their community through their participation in agricultural, social, business, education, community-based, benevolent or other activities
  • provide a structure where QRRRWN can mentor and develop all entrants in the program so they can grow personally and professionally to be stronger women in stronger communities
  • provide a learning-ground and stepping-stone for women who wish to gain confidence and skills and progress further to apply for larger scale awards programs such as RIRDC Awards, Telstra Awards etc.

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The process of entering awards is rewarding in itself, and as you progress through the process you meet fabulous people you may not have otherwise met, you learn so much, and you add a new dimension to your life. We encourage you to nominate and enter yourself and/or others, be a part of our awards process, join in the fun and be there at the awards celebrations in September at our annual conference in St George.  

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1. Read more about the inaugural QRRRWN Strong Women Leadership Awards here and access the Online NOMINATION FORM to nominate a strong woman for the awards from 1 April. 

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Nothing But The Best

I don't mind admitting today I need some real inspiration to deal with everything in front of me

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Country Town Rescue Starts Tuesday, 27 March, 8pm on ABC1

Country Town Rescue

Cannot wait to watch Country Town Rescue tonight.

The trailer makes me think all involved are very brave.

Go Trundle!

Youth In Agriculture Dave - Sat 14 April

Jam packed with activities, Youth in Agriculture Day celebrates agricultural initiatives and achievements of our young people.

Catch-up @ the Clydey on Youth in Agriculture Day

From the bush to the boardroom, come along and celebrate the great contribution young people make to agriculture and rural communities at the Youth in Agriculture Day party!


Can't Tie A Scarf?

You will never be stuck in front of the mirror again trying to tie your scarf to match the bright young things when you know how to tie a scarf 37 ways?

I am particularly taken with the four-in-hand

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Purple Roads

Purple Roads by Australian Author Fleur McDonald

Anna and Matt Butler were childhood sweethearts with a dream of owning their own land, a dream they achieved through hard work and determination.
But as the seasons conspire against them and Matt is involved in a terrible accident, the couple face financial ruin and the loss of their farm.
As they fight for everything they hold dear, they suddenly find themselves caught up in events much bigger and more dangerous than they could ever have imagined.
Purple Roads is a story about maintaining faith in yourself, staying true to your ideals and, most of all, the belief that some things are worth fighting for.

I am so looking forward to reading Purple Roads....

Visit Fleur McDonalds website here

FarmDay 2012 May 26&27

  Fun, Friendship & Understanding

  FarmDay is when a farm family hosts a city family for a day of real hands-on experiences
and a greater understanding of the day-to-day life of the farming family.

 If you are a city family you will have a wonderful opportunity to share a day in the life of a farming family - you will be able to assist in some of the daily work of producing food and fibre, have conversations about what it means to live on the land and gain a real insight into the similariites and differences of a rural and urban lifestyle and business. Of course, there will be great food to be shared and wide open spaces to be enjoyed, all of which will come together to make FarmDay 2012 one of the most memorable events of your year!  FarmDay offers a great opportunity to take a short break away - so why not make a long weekend of it, and  take your time discovering your new part of rural Australia!

If you  are a farming family, FarmDay is a wonderful chance to share your lifestyle and business with a city family who are keen to understand how you go about producing the food and fibre for which Australain farmers are renknowned.

Involving your visitors in a "hands on, boots on" way is a great way to start discussions about the hows and whys of farming. Sharing in the delight of your visiting family as they make new discoveries around your farm is a rewarding and refreshing experience, and is a strong demonstration of how you are able to strengthen the ties between our rural and urban communities.

2012 is the Australian Year of the Farmer - FarmDay offers a brilliant opportunity to share in the spirit of the year - so mark it off on your calendar and sign up to register for FarmDay 2012

For more info see here

Saturday, March 24, 2012

The Snowy Mountains Readers' and Writers' Festival

Saturday 7th April to Monday 9th April in Jindabyne

Hear authors talk about their writing
Learn about writing at workshops
Want to self publish?  Go to the workshop
Q & A sessions with panels of authors
Have a poetic breakfast
Enjoy a Literary Dinner
Talk reading, talk writing
And enjoy many more activities for all!

Write 4 Fun Competitions

Write 4 Fun is a unique site that showcases some of the finest young writing talent in the world today. This site is jam packed full of FUN!!! Great stories and poems to read and share with friends, the chance to enter contests to win great prizes and tons of information on getting published.
Entry is NOW OPEN in the 2012 Write4fun Art Competition!

Art Competition 2012 

Students are encouraged to enter their most creative piece of artwork and compete for the awesome first prize of $1000 and the choice of either an Apple iPod Touch, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DSi XL or Sony Digital Camera!

Entrants are encouraged to let their creativity run wild as artwork can be in the form of a painting, drawing, photograph, collage, charcoal art or computer designed original art (please no 3 dimensional pieces).  There is no theme to the competition this year so entrants can choose to create their masterpiece as they please!  Entry is FREE and all entries must be in by May 4, 2012.
For more info see here

WRITERS WANTED 2012 - Legendary

Entry IS NOW OPEN in the Schools Writing Competition for 2012! Students all over Australia are invited to enter their short stories OR poems, and battle it out for the great cash prizes on offer.

This round- there is no theme!! Entrants are encouraged to let their imaginations run wild and get their creative juices flowing to write on ANY TOPIC and in ANY STYLE. Students from ALL GRADES are welcome to enter - Kindergarten to Grade 12.

Entry is FREE and all entries must be in by March 30, 2012. 

For more info see here

Monday, March 19, 2012

Ask An Aussie Farmer?

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A proactive group of farmers who met through social media now plan to use the same technology to connect to city-based consumers and families as well.
The group, which consists of farmers and graziers from all corners of Australia, will today launch the “Ask An Aussie Farmer” page on Facebook, and a supporting account on Twitter.

The voluntary initiative is designed to provide consumers with a central place to have their questions about food and fibre production answered by the very people who produce it.
The site will also seek to counter misinformation spread about agriculture on social networking sites and in the general media, and to promote the many positive stories the farming sector has to tell.

Ask An Aussie Farmer can be found on Facebook here 
The group's Twitter account is @AAAFarmer
The group can be contacted by email at

So go on
Fire some questions at them....

Rural Women Building Resilience in the Face of Change

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Saturday, March 17, 2012

No, No and No, Not If We Can Help It

There has been talk of banning the old-fashioned lamington drive in primary schools because of new health food changes in primary schools.  via

In any case show your support for the best CWA lamington recipe

Degree of difficulty:Medium



125g butter
3/4 cup castor sugar
2 eggs
1 3/4 cup SR Flour
2/3 cup milk
1 tspn vanilla

3cups icing mixture

1 tspn butter
1 tspn vanilla
1 tbspn cocoa
desert spoon of golden syrup


Cream butter and sugar. Add vanilla, add eggs one at a time. Add flour alternatively with milk.

Pour mix into a greased lamington slab tin, 11 inches by 7 inches and bake in a moderate oven for about 30 minutes.

After it's thoroughly cooled cut into four centimetre by 4cm pieces. Wrap cake in foil and put in the freezer.

Put icing in a double boiler - over boiling water.

Then put a lamington on a fork and ladel icing over the top until covered, hold it while it drips then roll in fine coconut.

Dry on cake rack with greaseproof paper over the top of it, or underneath to catch the coconut.

Mix all ingredients together then add a dash of boiling water to mix to a running consistency, but not too runny.

TIP: When transporting Lamingtons put extra coconut at the bottom of the container to prevent sticking to the bottom.

Serving suggestions

With a good cuppa or hot chocolate!

2012 NSW Women of the Year Awards

To acknowledge and recognise the contributions of women across our State, the NSW Government is proudly holding the 2012 NSW Women of the Year Awards

The awards acknowledge women across NSW and give the community an opportunity to recognise women’s outstanding contributions.
You are invite to submit your nominations for the 2012 NSW Women of the Year Awards.
Do you know a woman who has:
·         motivated or inspired you
·         excelled in her academic, personal or professional life
·         been a leader in your community
·         made a quiet contribution to her community?

  Awards will be given in two categories:
·         Premier’s Woman of the Year
-          a woman who has demonstrated excellence in her career, field or passion;
-          an inspirational role model for women in NSW; or a
-          significant achiever in a traditionally male area.
·         People’s Choice - Community Hero
-          Local heroes and/or volunteers; or a
-          Quiet achiever who has made an outstanding contribution to her local community. 

In choosing the recipients of the 2012 NSW Women of the Year Awards, consideration will be given to the nominees’ achievements in 2011, as well as their past achievements and ongoing contribution to the NSW community.
Nominations can be made online by going to from 8 March 2012. Application close on 23 March 2012.

Trundle Hotel 100 Year Anniversary Ball

100 Years Anniversary Ball 100 Years Anniversary BallWhere is the longest verandah on the main street?

Trundle of course

100 Years Anniversary Ball

The Trundle community will celebrate the 100th Birthday of the Trundle Hotel in style with an Anniversary Ball planned for Saturday 5 May 2012 at the Trundle Memorial Hall.

 Construction of the Hotel commenced in 1909 and was completed in March 1912 so to celebrate this milestone, hotel owner, Dannielle Ward saw it fitting to have a celebration event for the community to come together and recognise the historical significance of the Trundle Hotel….

The event will kick off at 6pm and the theme is formal with a touch of 1912. Tickets are available from the Trundle Hotel for $50 per person and will include a light supper, complimentary refreshment, sticker and a stubby holder and entertainment provided by the dynamic Gabe Middleton.

In a fitting tribute to the 100 year celebration, the Lions Club on behalf of the Trundle Hotel, will stage a fundraising auction at the event to raise much needed funds for repairs to the glorious old timber veranda. There will be several items to be auctioned along with selling off the new floorboards that will be laid on the 66 metre long verandah and a plaque to be erected with an honour roll of people who were successful in purchasing floorboards on the night.

Hotelier Dannielle Ward and her family are passionate about the preservation of the Trundle Hotel and have been consistently improving and renovating the Hotel for the past three years.

Purchase your Trundle Hotel 100 Year Anniversary Ball tickets from the Trundle Hotel by phoning 02 6892 1009 or visit the website

The Grace of Loss

A fabulous piece on how to be classy when it doesn't work out the way you expected by Danielle LaPorte

Loss brings out our truest self.
And while natural grace doesn’t come naturally to all of us —
especially when we lose — it can be cultivated…
if you go out of your way to be grateful.

Lord knows I've been there a million times.....

A Soothing Start to the Weekend

Fibre Of Our Nation - Nation-Wide Competition

Fibre Of Our Nation is a competition to highlight the stories within every bale of Australian wool. 

Choose a category, write a short story and take some photographs OR make a short video.
There are four categories with a photo/text AND a video section in each:
  • Heritage: characters and history of wool in your family.
  • Custodian: the animals and landscape of wool on your property.
  • Community: the important role wool plays in your local area.
  • Humour: make us laugh and have some fun with wool. 
A short story of up to 400 words and some photographs or a video of up to 3 minutes.

Closing date for entries June 30

Go here for more information 

Friday, March 16, 2012

Friday Night Drinks

Is it obvious I am looking forward to a drink tonight?