Sunday, July 29, 2012

Working Dog Tales

Every farmer has a tale to tell about the best and worst things their working dogs have done.
Do you have a great working dog moment?
Sonya Gee from ABC Open is looking for your best and worst working dog moments.
Contact Sonya on email

Here’s a sentimental story from Tooma, a shocking yet funny dog story from Pelican Sheep Station and a super sweet story from Dungowan.

(I do realise a Labrador isn't what you would call a working farm dog but the picture is cute and I love labs)

St Joseph's Bombala

The IOC may have blocked the last post but I can share with you this little gem.
St Joseph's Primary in Bombala has released this video to show what a gorgeous little rural school it is.
Next year they also celebrate their 125th Anniversary.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Love It!!

Rural Help @ Hand

The role of Rural Help at  Hand is to provide  needed support for rural patients and their families in city hospitals across the country.
  • Rural Help at Hand (RHAH) aims to assist rural patients in practical ways so they can; to return to their family, the rural environment and their workplace as soon as possible.
  • RHAH volunteers offer and provide friendship, practical and emotional support to rural workers and their families during the recovery and rehabilitation stages.
  • RHAH volunteers work to assist in breaking down barriers of isolation, fear and loneliness that may exist for rural patients and their families now surviving in urban and city environments in the midst of crisis.
  • Building and maintaining a strong and positive link between home and the hospital in any way we can, big or small is a corner-stone of RHAH
  • RHAH advocates for and on behalf of rural patients with disabilities and their families to better ensure that their needs are understood and met.
  • Rural Help at Hand is set up and run by rural people for rural people. Our volunteers all come from a rural background and have some understanding of the realities of rural life and the practical needs of rural families.

Annette is currently looking for financial support and volunteers for Rural Help @ Hand, especially people who have organisational, promotional, computer, training and fundraising skills. 

If you want help or to help call Annette on 0438 009 522, or  (03) 6396 6160 or email

Read more about Rural Help @ Hand here.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Indigenous Trainee Chefs Wanted

Would you like to train with one of Australia’s Top Chefs in a leading Sydney restaurant that supports Indigenous culture?

You don’t need to be great in the kitchen yet, however, you do need a fantastic attitude, be willing to work hospitality hours and undertake a unique qualification offered by the National Indigenous Culinary Institute. The Indigenous Trainee Chef program is a three year course that pays Indigenous people while you train and gain excellent experience in top Sydney restaurants.
You could be working with top chefs like: Neil Perry Michael McMahon Guillaume Brahimi

 How to apply: Twelve Trainee Chefs will be selected through a one week competitive selection process beginning on 13 August 2012. You will have the chance to show the top chefs that you have what it takes to work in their restaurants.
Successful applicants will begin the Trainee Chef program in October 2012.
For further information regarding this project please call Anita from the Max Volume Projects Team on 02 4747 7906
Or email suitable resumes to:
The National Indigenous Culinary Institute is supported by the Indigenous Land Corporation.

Rural Women Survey

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The RWN is doing a short 5 minute survey to gather information on rural
women's issues.

There are three questions and we hope you can take the time to help!
Click here to take the survey. 
RWN logo: Connecting regoinal and remote NSW

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Bledisloe Cup Fesitval

Be on the Sideline for the Bledisloe Cup

They say a picture is worth a thousand words but in this case it could be worth a lifetime of memories! Grab the camera from the 10-12 August and capture photos from any junior, school or senior club Rugby game for your chance to be ARU’s official Online and Social Media photographer at the Bledisloe Cup Test on Saturday 18 August at ANZ Stadium. The winner will also receive 2x Gold Tickets to the game and a Samsung NX20 SMART Camera (RRP $999).

There will be 10x runner up prizes of a Samsung WB150F SMART Camera (RRP $249).
As part of the inaugural Bledisloe Cup Festival, ARU is looking for the photo that captures the essence of Rugby. It could be action from on or off the field. It could be an image of life in the canteen on a cold winter’s morning, or the excitement on the faces of your local side after they score a try! The SAMSUNG Snapshot Photographic Competition is your chance to capture the magic of grassroots Rugby.

All you need is a camera and your imagination so get snapping, email or upload your photos here and go in the running to be sideline as the Qantas Wallabies take on the All Blacks on Saturday 18 August.

The photos will be judged by a panel of senior Getty Photographers and the winner will selected on the 15 August.

Click the following link to find out more


Sunday, July 22, 2012

Love, Love Love

Just found these gorgeous brooches at Birdsnest  and am in love

Red Revival Vintage Fashion Marcie Model Brooch

Red Revival Vintage Fashion Joan Model Brooch

If I wasn't saving my pennies I would buy right now
Doesn't mean you can't
I will just look and adore
Just thought I would share.....

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Tough Truths

You can’t control everything.
Sometimes you just need to relax and have faith that things will work out.
Let go a little and just let life happen.
Because sometimes the truths you can’t change, end up changing you and helping you grow.
Here are twelve such truths… via

Everything is as it should be.  It’s crazy how you always end up where you’re meant to be – how even the most tragic and stressful situations eventually teach you important lessons that you never dreamed you were going to learn.  Remember, often times when things are falling apart, they are actually falling into place.

Not until you are lost in this world can you begin to find your true self.  Realizing you are lost is the first step to living the life you want.  The second step is leaving the life you don’t want.  Making a big life change is pretty scary.  But you know what’s even scarier?  Regret.  Vision without action is a daydream, and action without vision is a nightmare.  Your heart is free, have the courage to follow it.

It’s usually the deepest pain which empowers you to grow to your full potential.  It’s the scary, stressful choices that end up being the most worthwhile.  Without pain, there would be no change.  But remember, pain, just like everything in life, is meant to be learned from and then released.

One of the hardest decisions you will ever face in life is choosing whether to walk away or take another step forward.  If you catch yourself in a cycle of trying to change someone, or defending yourself again someone who is trying to change you, walk away.  But if you are pursuing a dream, take another step.  And don’t forget that sometimes this step will involve modifying your dream, or planning a new one – it’s OK to change your mind or have more than one dream.

You have to take care of yourself first.  Before befriending others, you have to be your own friend.  Before correcting others, you have to correct yourself.  Before making others happy, you have to make yourself happy.  It’s not called selfishness, it’s called personal development.  Once you balance yourself, only then can you balance the world around you. 

One of the greatest freedoms is truly not caring what everyone else thinks of you.  As long as you are worried about what others think of you, you are owned by them.  Only when you require no approval from outside yourself, can you own yourself.

You may need to be single for awhile before you realize that, although the co-owned belongings from your failed relationships might not have been divided equally, the issues that destroyed the relationships likely were.  For how can you stand confidently alone, or see the same issues arising in your newest relationship, and not realize which broken pieces belong to you?  Owning your issues, and dealing with them, will make you far happier in the long run, than owning anything else in this world.

The only thing you can absolutely control is how you react to things out of your control.  The more you can adapt to the situations in life, the more powerful your highs will be, and the more quickly you’ll be able to bounce back from the lows in your life.  Put most simply: being at peace means being in a state of complete acceptance of all that is, right here, right now.

Some people will lie to you.  Remember, an honest enemy is better than a friend who lies.  Pay less attention to what people say, and more attention to what they do.  Their actions will show you the truth, which will help you measure the true quality of your relationship in the long-term.

If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never have enough.  If you are thankful for what you do have, you will end up having even more.  Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold; happiness dwells in the soul.  Abundance is not about how much you have, it’s how you feel about what you have.  When you take things for granted, your happiness gets taken away.

Yes, you have failed in the past.  But don’t judge yourself by your past, you don’t live there anymore.  Just because you’re not where you want to be today doesn’t mean you won’t be there someday.  You can turn it all around in the blink of an eye by making a simple choice to stand back up – to try again, to love again, to live again, and to dream again.

Everything is going to be alright; maybe not today, but eventually.  There will be times when it seems like everything that could possibly go wrong is going wrong.  And you might feel like you will be stuck in this rut forever, but you won’t.  Sure the sun stops shining sometimes, and you may get a huge thunderstorm or two, but eventually the sun will come out to shine.  Sometimes it’s just a matter of us staying as positive as possible in order to make it to see the sunshine break through the clouds again.

Which truths do you live by?

Do You Know a Graduate Leader of Tomorrow?

We've got a story to tell. Be part of it.

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GrainCorp are currently looking for Graduates with the determination and drive to succeed in a career in Agribusiness.

Could you be part of their success story?

Do you know a Graduate leader of tomorrow?

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GrainCorp have launched their 2012 Graduate Program – and they would like to enlist your help in sourcing our leaders of tomorrow.

GrainCorp are currently searching for six bright, outgoing Graduates with the drive and determination to succeed on their 13-month Graduate Program, beginning this November.

About the Program?

The recruits will apply for a position in one of four key business units;

• Country Operations
•  Marketing & Trading
•  Grain Domestic Marketing
•  Ports

Each Graduate will also gain wider exposure into the workings of  business via a series of rotations to each of the  divisions.

Perhaps you know a recent or upcoming Graduate, or a friend or relative of one. If so, please let them know about the rewarding Graduate careers on offer at GrainCorp.
GrainCorp is ready and able to provide all the training, support and development they will need for a successful future in Agribusiness.

Interested Graduates can find out more and submit their application online at

For any questions please send an email to the Graduate Recruitment Team or call Sarah Roche on 02 6926 8450

A Fantastic Opportunity for Australian Writers

A fantastic opportunity for Australian writers -  published, unpublished, student and mature age - to be part of an initiative that not only supports the National Year of Reading 2012, but also has the potential to improve the skills of the 46% of Australians who struggle with literacy.

The National Year of Reading 2012, in partnership with the Tasmanian Writers Centre has been given a grant by the Department of Industry, Innovation Science, Research and Tertiary Education, to run a writing competition as part of Adult Learners' Week 2012 (ALW).

Published writers will have the opportunity to win a $3,000 cash prize for their work, and emerging / unpublished writers, $1,000. The judges will be looking for stories that excite, inspire and challenge audiences. Fourteen stories (8 from published authors, 6 from unpublished) will be chosen as winners, and these will be announced during The Reading Hour in Sydney 2012.

Hey Hey Heywire

Entries are open now for the 2012 Heywire competition.

This is your chance to be part of something big.

The HEYWIRE competition is now open to people aged 16 - 22, to submit a story about life in Australia outside the major cities.

Your story can be created in any form of media: text, video, photography or audio. And if you are selected as one of our winners (roughly 40) your story will be featured on ABC Local Radio, ABC Radio National, ABC TV and

Want to know what makes a great Heywire entry - see here.

If you want to know more see here.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Rural Women's Gathering 2012

On the 12-14th October 2012 Parkes will host the Rural Women's Gathering.

 An extensive program is organised for the weekend with something to suit
everyone. There is a vast range of workshops on offer, keynote speakers,
delightful food, photographic exhibition, Waste 2 Art Display, Creative
Market Stalls, Elvis entertainment and much more...

  • NSW Rural Women's Network

Registrations are now open, get in early so you don't miss out and you
will be entered in the draw for an opportunity to win your registration
fee back. Early bird registrations close 24th August 2012.

Keep checking the web blog,  
for any updates or extra information. You will find an accommodation guide
on the blog which you can download.

Should you have any trouble securing accommodation, contact the Parkes
Visitors Centre on 6862 6000 

Are you the Wallabies Ultimate Fan?

Australian Rugby Union is looking for the Qantas Wallabies ‘Ultimate Fan’ in 2012 with the development of a new look Rugby Rewards Facebook application.
For any issues, queries or concerns with Rugby Rewards visit the FAQ page
After the success of the globally recognised Rugby Rewards Facebook application in 2011 ARU has developed a new look app that gives Qantas Wallabies fans the opportunity to get closer to their heroes than ever before.
In 2012 it has taken on an exciting new look, which will allow fans to compete against one another in a bid to win a spot on the Qantas Wallabies ‘Ultimate Team’ and in the process be crowned the inaugural ‘Rugby Rewards Ultimate Fan’.
The 2012 Rugby Rewards will be launched prior to the Qantas Wallabies first Test of the 2012 Castrol EDGE Wales Tour on Saturday 9 June at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.
Via the Qantas Wallabies Facebook page, fans will be able to track their points tally through their own Facebook page and see where they sit – against others – in the bid to be crowned the inaugural ‘Ultimate Fan’.
Fans will have the chance to accumulate points by doing what they love – talking about and watching Rugby content across Facebook and Twitter; and attending any of this year’s Castrol EDGE Test matches.
They will also get the chance to gain exclusive access to a range of public and tiered rewards as part of the Rugby Rewards initiative.
These tiered rewards will be based off the individual fans level of interaction with the Qantas Wallabies and their Official Partners across Facebook and Twitter.
Fans not participating in the ‘Ultimate Fan’ challenge will also have the opportunity to take advantage of a number of different rewards with a range of ‘public rewards’ offered to all fans across the Test season.
At the conclusion of the 2012 domestic Test season the Fan with the most amount of points will be crowned the inaugural Qantas Wallabies ‘Ultimate Fan’ and will receive a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
As part of Rugby’s prestigious John Eales Medal evening, on Thursday 1 November, the ‘Ultimate Fan’ will be presented with a bespoke hand-crafted Medal as part of the awards ceremony on Rugby’s night of nights.
In addition, the top 15 participating Rugby Rewards fans, including the ‘Ultimate Fan’ will have the opportunity to be a part of the Rugby Rewards Ultimate Team.
The Rugby Rewards ‘Ultimate Team’ will be chosen, like the ‘Ultimate Fan’ based on the amount of points they have amassed at the conclusion of the 2012 domestic Tests season.
Members of the ‘Ultimate Team’ will receive a one-off experience to rub shoulders with their Qantas Wallabies heroes at the squad’s training ground at Coogee, a night at Crowne Plaza, Sportscraft and BlackBerry products, Le Coq Sportif footwear and a Rugby Rewards ‘Ultimate Team’ photo.
The team will also be gifted their very own unique team kit, including a one-off Qantas Wallabies jersey courtesy of KooGa and The Wallaby Shop.
In the coming weeks ARU will begin to release a series of online video content explaining the changes to the revamped Rugby Rewards application.
Using Qantas Wallabies players and Australian Rugby’s favourite mascot Wally the Wallaby fans will be shown just how to use, interact and win with the all new Rugby Rewards.
For all the information you need and to be a part of Rugby Rewards in 2012 visit the Qantas Wallabies Facebook Page

Saturday, July 14, 2012

ARU Partnership with UN Women Australia


UN Women Australia has announced a new partnership with Australian Rugby Union which will see the two organisations work closely on raising awareness about the role women play in leadership and sport.

The partnership will also have ARU and UN Women Australia driving support to ensure young men and women are provided with the skills, knowledge and experience necessary to become leaders in their communities, workplaces and families.

The partnership will help build the profile of women, both in sport and in the area of community leadership.

ARU will also support the expansion of UN Women Australia’s activities and fundraising through the promotion of annual International Women’s Day celebrations and by supporting the growth of UN Women Australia’s Young Women’s Leadership programs. 

See here for more

Are You In A Good Mood?

We all know at least one.
You are having an excellent day and someone enters the room and Wham, your good mood is stolen.

It's incredible how other people can make us feel so bad.

Not fair and not okay, as I would tell my children.

Begone those mood stealer's.

Martha Beck has a sure fire way to help you with her 6 Types of Emotional Muggers—and How to Defend Yourself Against Them

I love the advice "eat some chocolate"

Read more here

and remember the age old advice

Loving...The Birdsnest Story

Country girl + city career + rural romance = success

Check out The Birdsnest Story here featured on the ABC last Friday night,
and how a small business in the NSW town of Cooma is developing a worldwide market selling fashion items online.

That's Jane, second from right, the whiz behind Birdsnest with other birds from the nest.
For me a trip to Cooma isn't complete without a stop into the shop.
My girls love it too, my boys, well they usually knock something over, but they know I need my fix.

Find the Birdsnest website here


(Don't you just want to hang with them and soak up the gorgeousness)

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Click! A Photo Comp That’s All About Cotton

Click! is a brand new photo comp that’s all about cotton – the people who grow it, the farms it’s grown on and the products it makes. The comp is open to all photographers, from pro to not-so-pro, in Australia and around the world. We’re looking for creative and beautiful images that tell the story of cotton, from farm gate to fashionista. So if you’ve got photography or cotton, or both in your veins (or on your body for that matter), get Clicking!

  • Cotton the Product – grown, used and worn 
  • Cotton Farms – landscapes, the things we grow 
  • Cotton People - at work and play


  • One overall first place winner:  Canon EOS 1D camera (soon to be released, every pro’s dream) 
  • One overall runner Up:  Canon EOS 5D Mark III camera (the gun new release from Canon, every photographer's dream) 
  • One Judges Encouragement Award:  $1000 camera shop voucher (to spend on anything you like) 
  • The best 10 images will be part of an exhibition at the Australian Cotton Conference, 14-16 August 2012
  • Email images to
  • Provide your name, contact phone, address, the category you are entering and a caption for each image 
  • You can enter as many images as you like

Midnight, 13 July 2012

For more info see here

Monday, July 9, 2012

Country Conversations 2012

The Cowra and Canowindra members are pleased to host "Country Conversations 2012", our annual symposium, on behalf of NSW Women in Agriculture.

"Country Conversations 2012" will be held in Cowra on the weekend of August 17 - 19. An information and booking form is attached and also copied below for your convenience. The full program is also attached.

We looking forward to welcoming many members and friends to Cowra for "Country Conversations 2012".


RASF Rural Scholarships Now Open

Do you know a student in NSW who is in need of financial assistance to complete their studies?
If so, the Royal Agricultural Society Foundation's 2013 Rural Scholarship can help. The Rural Scholarship is an important way of helping rural students in NSW achieve their education goals through University, TAFE and apprenticeships. 

The students who receive these scholarships make a positive contribution to the future skills availability and success of rural Australia.

To learn more about Rural Scholarships click here or to apply now click here. 

Applications are open until 30 September 2012. 

Wrapped in Merino

Join the world record attempt for the World's Longest Social Scarf .

Woolmark is making a world record attempt: to create the Worlds Longest Social Scarf. There are great fashion prizes to be won every week, including Net-A-Porter vouchers and wonderfully soft Merino wool scarves.