Brush up on: HOW A DAIRY COW WORKS

I live on a dairy farm but I am far from an authority on this. After nearly 8 years of marriage I still haven’t stayed in the dairy for a whole milking. I know, terrible. But as my husband says – best only one of us smells like cow shit. There are some days though, when the children are sick, the pantry bare and the toilet needs a clean that […]

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In My Dreams

I am going to write a book, Design a fashion line, I am going to study French, Create a sparkling wine. I’d really like to buy a horse And learn to figure skate, And oh I’d like to make a frame From bits of broken plate. I am going to learn to surf, And grow a veggie patch, Then I might see how I would do In a boxing match. […]

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Muuu-uuuuum? – Answer those questions.

Most of the time I just lose patience with relentless (and tricky) questions. Here is a sample (with my almost 2 year old): Me: Don’t touch, it’s hot. Lu: Why?  Me: Because it’s just been cooked? Lu: Why? Me: Because we can’t eat it raw. Lu: Why? Me: Because it would be bad for you. Lu: Why? Me: Because there are nasties in uncooked foods – bugs and stuff. Lu: […]

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Look Back On: GENOCIDE IN RWANDA

So I started thinking about revisiting the Rwandan genocide of 1994 (I wrote about it for the original (now old fashioned, newsletter style) Megoracle a few years ago), and then – as my life is a mosaic of synchronicity but that’s a weird story for another day – Rwanda popped up everywhere – on the telly, on the radio, on the internet (I stumbled across an organisation right here in […]

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A Short Brain Workout

WHAT IS MULESING? (other than a really clunky word) It is the slicing of skin from the arse (or breech in grazier speak) of sheep in an effort to reduce flystrike or myiasis (when pooey bums get flyblown). It is named after John Mules – who first developed the practice – and was first introduced in around 1930 when Merino wool production reached heady heights. The skilled surgical slicing (by a […]

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I Was Here Once, I Am Here Still.

A story for my children.  Once upon a longtime I lived here in this place. I am small like you. In the forest I played hide and seek with my brothers. On the beach I danced and laughed with my sisters. We squeaked the sand and listened to the music of the sea. By the river and on the rise we sang. Song was our law, our lessons, our boundaries […]

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Catch up on: PEAK OIL

I heard a new expression the other day – Peak Oil. And now I feel like Queen of the Stoopids for not having heard it before. I mean I know that oil is a finite resource, that we will run out one day and that’s what all the sustainable living, renewable energy clamour is about. But I hadn’t heard of the Peak Oil Movement and that the whole running out […]

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Brush Up On: FINANCE LINGO

Nasdacks and Footsies? Aren’t they some kind of sneaky sexual games you play at drunken parties? Oh hang on, they’re those things they talk about on the news when I’m waiting for the weather to come on so I can know what to wear tomorrow. Financial Indices, that’s what they are. Financial Indices are groups of stocks that are used to measure stock market performance. People with money smarts (investors) […]

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Take a Stance on: Asylum Seekers (by request)

October 2012 Update… It’s now two months since the Manus Island / Nauru solution was reinvented (see August update at the bottom of this post) and 3421 people have floated on over in 56 boats, including a record 2295 people seeking asylum last month. A total of 10,528 have arrived in Australia since January. It has been reported that numbers from Pakistan have decreased, while numbers of Iranians have remained […]

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