Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Everyday Rural Hero's for Cystic Fibrosis

Loving the spunk of the these two rural wonder women.
Read their story and donate here to raise funds for Cystic Fibrosis Australia


We are raising funds for Cystic Fibrosis Australia by entering in "The Great Escape" Cystic Fibrosis Car Rally in September 2013.
This is a cause really close to our hearts, we really want to make a difference for the treatment of people with CF, and the funds we raise will all go towards research into CF and to find a cure.
My son Charlie is a busy 7 year old boy living with CF in rural NSW, and it is his experience of the disease and his ongoing determination to make life great that has inspired us to enter the rally and raise the much needed money for CF Australia.
Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is the most common, genetically acquired, life-shortening chronic illness affecting young Australians today. It primarily affects the lungs and the digestive system, however, it also affects a number of other organs and systems. Complications increase with age, requiring ever increasing levels of (self) care and support. On average one in 25 people carry the CF gene (most of whom are unaware they are carriers).
The rally begins on the 9th of September and goes for 10 days, starting at Mudgee in NSW and then into the QLD outback, over to Rainbow beach and finishes in Nelson Bay on the 19th of September.

Photo: Wondering what on earth we are doing? Check out our everyday hero page to find out!!!

Our journey began.....
Two great mates WONDERED IF...
Two great mates WONDERED HOW...
Two great mates WONDERED WHEN...
Two great mates DECIDED NOW!
To enter the rally and create some STRIFE
Raising MONEY is our GAME
We can't do this without some FAME...
WONDER WOMAN stole the day
We knew that she was here to stay!
Platform boots and hotpants too,
Will serve us well the whole way through!
For us to succeed and have our WAY,
We need YOU to want to PLAY!
Please dig deep and PAY UP FAST,
to make CF a thing of the PAST!
Life is WONDERFUL, we believe in FATE,
so get on board to make it GREAT,
for our little CHARLIE...

Photo: Hi all, thanks so much to all our friends who have visited our everyday hero page! We are doing really well with our fundraising but we have lots more to do!! Help us get there and reach our goal to say goodbye to Cystic Fibrosis forever!!


Share this link with your friends and contacts, so we can make a difference in the lives of people living with CF.

Love to you all, the Wonder Women xxxx

Monday, April 29, 2013

Born Country Baby

Born Country Baby

Loving new label Born Country Baby

Cowboy Boots

From their website..
"We’re passionate about connecting the city and the bush, teaching little people where food and fibre comes from and celebrating all things country!

We create classic, quality rompers, tees and shearer’s style singlets with a country flavour. Sizes 000-6.
And we’re proudly Made in Australia!"

Shearer's Poster

Head on over to Born Country Baby and check out their gorgeous range.


Cute, cute, cute.  Too many to post so have a look.


Country Hearts High Tea Kentucky

Free Mother's Day Pamper Webinars

Rural Biz training are holding Free Mother's Day Pamper Webinars.
Sounds like a great opportunity to me.

Tues 7 May 2013
'Identifying and dressing to your body shape'

Thurs 9 May 2013
'Colours that suit you, putting it all together - colour and style.
Cost effective & DIY secrets to skincare'

To find out more information and to register:

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Celia Pavey

I have just downloaded Celia Pavey's recording of A Thousand Years from last nights episode of The Voice.   Love it.

Watch it here and get behind Celia who is from Forbes, NSW.

You will be singing the song all day.

Good luck Celia

Friday, April 19, 2013

Dalgety Women's Day

Get along to the ever fantastic Dalgety Women's Day on Wednesday 15th May 2013.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013


KIRBASSA ~ Beautiful Handcrafted Jewellery Made In BOMBALA!

Made by two local sisters, Kirby and Kass, Kirbassa unique jewellery offers bold funky loveable handmade statement pieces which can also be customised to your own styles.

I also think the pieces are very pretty and individual.

You can shop their range here

I always love hearing about rural girls doing what they enjoy and making a business out of it.

Head on over and like their facebook page and take a browse.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

QRRRWN Conference 2013 - Rural Women To Gather in Blackall

Rural women from across Queensland will gather in Blackall from September 9-11 for the annual Queensland Rural, Regional & Remote Women's Network (QRRRWN) state conference.

In its 20th year, the conference is well known for attracting inspiring speakers and running educational workshops, motivating participants for the year ahead. The 2013 QRRRWN Conference is no exception, with convenor Alison Mobbs and her local committee designing a vibrant program with the theme "Women of Heart, Passion & Purpose".

"We are delighted to announce our key note speakers are ABC Landline presenter, Pip Courtney, founder of the Baked Relief charity, Danielle Crismani and outback coach and mentor Robyn Pulman," Mrs Mobbs explained.

"We will also be holding our annual QRRRWN cultural competition and announcing the winners of the QRRRWN Strong Women Leadership Awards."

Mrs Mobbs explained that the conference will be a 20 year celebration for QRRRWN, and delegates from across Qld and interstate are expected.

"QRRRWN's annual conference has a reputation of equipping women in every community and we are ensuring the 2013 conference continues this fantastic tradition."

For information and the draft conference program head to www.qrrrwn.org.au/conference or call 0488 888 976  

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Farewell Zanda

Sadness reigns in my home today as my husband and many others make the long trek back to the 'Curry' to farewell Zanda McDonald.

For those who have lived and worked with Zanda it is an incredibly emotional day.

I met my husband on Devoncourt when I worked there as a terrible cook (I could never be as good as Robyn)  and he was headstockman.  He spent many years growing up with Zan as did many others.  Zan was always a positive influence on him and a great friend.

Once you have worked on Devoncourt and indeed for the McDonald's you are taken into this magnificent family.  A family that so many still feel so close to.

As someone told me "there will never be another like him in our lifetime" and indeed a light has gone out in the world.

So many beautiful memories.

Prayers and thoughts are with his family today.

Farewell Zanda.

You will remain in our hearts forever.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Latest Issue of the Country Web

Make yourself a cuppa and take some time to sit and relax on your verandah
while you immerse yourself in this latest issue of The Country Web, themed
'Views from the Verandah'.
The Country Web Number 58 Cover

Rural Women Disadvantaged - Any Real Surprise?

"Women in rural areas are more disadvantaged than women living in urban areas when it comes to sexual health."

Head on over to Mamamia today where this is being discussed.

"Women living in urban areas may take for granted their relatively easy access to family planning services that provide information and ways to freely determine the number, timing, and spacing of their children. For women in rural areas, the picture can be very different."

Read full article here

Does this happen in your town?

"The study highlighted an overall lack of women’s health services in rural communities, as well as some alarming patterns in reported barriers to accessing them."

Are you surprised by this article or are rural women used to being disadvantaged?

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

My Son Shines in the Dark - Kathy Lette

Educate yourself on World Autism Awareness Day
If you haven't experienced Autism first hand you have probably judged someone because of it.
I did.
"How I envied the normal worries of other mothers, who fretted over sugar content in cereal, how to make broccoli interesting and why their offspring wouldn't eat anything that hadn't danced in an ad on television. The parent of a special needs child has to be their legal advocate, fighting his or her educational corner; full-time scientist -- challenging doctors and questioning medications; executive officer -- making difficult decisions on their behalf; and also, full-time bodyguard against bullies.
High school didn't improve things. My son called his school "Guantanamo Bay". It would take me an hour to haul him out of bed, and only then with a mixture of cajoling, begging, pleading and blackmailing. By screaming till the paint peeled off the walls, I could usually half stuff him into his uniform, but not before he'd trashed his room in the process.
My "brilliant" mothering skills became strikingly apparent when I would then run back to my room and sob into my pillow. Eventually I would summon up the strength to drag him, as he cursed and cussed, to his school gates, before dashing to work, all distraught and dishevelled and panda-eyed from mascara leakage."
"The problem with going back to work is the fact that Mr T missed 60 days of school last year due to illness. Kids with Aspergers have a low immunity and low pain threshold and hence, the missed days of school. What employer is going to put up with me taking time off work all the time? That is without having go to the school for meltdowns etc. Not to mention the days his younger brother was off from school sick as well. Not to mention Mr T wouldn't cope with before and after school care and holiday care.
 I dread going to appointments and hearing about what is wrong with your child as you feel like it is your fault your child is the way they are, even know you know that it isn't.
You get to a stage where you don't want to hear anything else because it really upsets you and as I said, you feel like it's your fault, so you avoid these appointments or put them off so you don't have to deal with feeling like the worst parent in the world and like you have failed your child."

Be aware

Monday, April 1, 2013

The Land Sydney Royal Showgirl

Don't let the word fool you. Being a ''showgirl'' is not about sparkly costumes and dancing, but fostering links between city folk and rural NSW.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/about-town/noble-country-girl-gets-a-taste-of-royalty-20130330-2h06e.html#ixzz2PA0vAbRG

Showgirls at the Royal Easter Show.

What Is The Role Of A Parent In Education?

Have you ever asked yourself that?

If you have not already read this piece from Duncan Taylor President of NSW ICPA  it probably means you are not a member of the ICPA.

"I wish parents were knocking down my door, and down their principal's door,
demanding more.... 
How do we get parents to demand more of us, of themselves, of their schools, of their children....
we have a lot of work to do" - Arne Duncan US Secretary of Education

If you are rural or remote you need to join the Isolated Children's Parents Association of Australia here.