Category Archives: rural life

pickers and permanent people

When we went to Young a couple of weeks ago, we sort of jumped the gun.  A variety of other plans throughout the week got shifted, so we ended up with a free Saturday and we really wanted some cherries. … Continue reading

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down on the farm

We have just returned from one of our most exciting weekend adventures yet – a trip to a real, live, working farm near Corowa. One of Lisa’s colleagues (LCP) invited us for a weekend away a few weeks back; she … Continue reading

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red dirt girl

One of the attractions of Australia, as we have mentioned ad nauseum, is the climate. We just got tired of the cold and snow in Edmonton. And we also got tired of planting flowers every year that didn’t do much, … Continue reading

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the steep and winding road…

When we got home from the Spirit of the Land festival last weekend, Lisa saw an ad in the local paper (the Daily Advertiser) for the Batlow Apple Blossom Festival this weekend. Since we are trying to experience as much … Continue reading

Posted in agriculture, apples, Australia, Batlow, bogans, driving, fall fairs, farmers market, festivals, food, horses, koalas, lizard, market, mountains, pie, Riverina, road signs, rural life, shows, skink, small town culture, Snowy Mountains, traffic signs, wildlife | Tagged | 2 Comments

Recycling, Lockhart style

A few weeks ago, at the Muddi Markets in Wagga, we talked to a woman (Trish) at a booth advertising the Spirit of the Land Festival in Lockhart. One of her best friends lives in Canada, so we had a … Continue reading

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things that make you go “Huh?”

Overall, Australia isn’t that much different from Canada. We share a British heritage, we speak the same language (sort of), and so the general everyday life is easy to understand. But every now and then, we come across things that … Continue reading

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long weekend wagga

It is Labour Day weekend here in Wagga. A month later than in North America, it is out of sync with many other things we associate with Labour Day: in Canada, Labour Day was a time when kids returned to … Continue reading

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