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  • “It’s starting to blow a bit”

    If I was living in Queensland I’d be starting to wonder who I’d annoyed. After much of the southern part of the state was declared a disaster zone earlier last month thanks to some of the worst flooding ever seen, northern Queensland is now facing it’s own disaster – Cyclone Yasi...
    Posted to nufsaid (Weblog) by anonymous on Wed, Feb 2 2011
  • Spuds at Spud’s

    I’ve come to the conclusion I’ll have to start wearing platform shoes if I spend any more time on farms. I understand the need for giant cars when you’re driving across bumpy and muddy terrain, but does the clutch on four-wheel drive cars really have to be so toe-stretchingly far from...
    Posted to nufsaid (Weblog) by anonymous on Thu, Jan 13 2011
  • Size isn’t everything

    I fell for it again today. Not having much old stuff in the country, touristy spots attempt to make up for what they’re lacking in age by promoting their size. There was the giant cassowary near Cairns, the enormous bull in Rockhampton and the whopping wool bales in Hamilton. The other thing guidebooks...
    Posted to nufsaid (Weblog) by anonymous on Thu, Dec 23 2010
  • Blending in with the greenery on Kangaroo Island

    I’ve been experimenting with a new look today. Nice, eh? Obviously, this is Grotbags and not me. As if I’d wear a hat like that. I’m referring more to the green skin. It’s a good look, and one I managed to achieve pretty well thanks to an hour-long crossing from Adelaide on the...
    Posted to nufsaid (Weblog) by anonymous on Sat, Dec 18 2010
  • Getting stuck into bee-keeping

    I don’t know whether all guests get this treatment or whether it was just reserved for me, but I was greeted today by a Nuffield chum armed with a roll of duct tape and a pair of rubber gloves. It’s not as weird as it sounds. Or not quite, anyway. I’ve driven just a few [...]
    Posted to nufsaid (Weblog) by anonymous on Thu, Dec 16 2010
  • A floody good time in Keith

    Bearing in mind the amount of rain I’ve seen in Australia so far, it’s hard to get my head around the idea that the land is not usually so green and irrigation systems are vital to crop production. The farm I’m currently staying on is owned by Brendan Smart, a Nuffield scholar from...
    Posted to nufsaid (Weblog) by anonymous on Thu, Dec 16 2010
  • A cheesy disappointment

    Driving through this part of Victoria I’ve seen a lot of cattle country, with fields alternating largely between Angus and Holstein herds (or beef and dairy cows, for the non-farmers amongst you). Like a lot of the state I’ve seen already, the rolling hills around here are more than a little...
    Posted to nufsaid (Weblog) by anonymous on Tue, Dec 14 2010
  • Mining for sheep

    I’ve been pretty amazed by some of the scenery on the doorstep of my Nuffield chum’s farms, and none more so than at the final stop of my little road trip around NSW and Victoria. Rowan lives on the edge of a place called Taralgon, about 90 minutes east of Graeme’s place in Fish Creek...
    Posted to nufsaid (Weblog) by anonymous on Thu, Dec 9 2010
  • Rain stops play

    I’ve been looking froward to this seciton of my trip for weeks – visiting my Nuffield chums. First stop is Dave Gooden, about two hours west of Wagga Wagga. Dave farms 9000 acres with his wife Heidi, his brothers and their wives and his Dad in Lockhart. It’s a mixed cropping enterprise...
    Posted to nufsaid (Weblog) by anonymous on Wed, Dec 1 2010
  • A spoiled sheep station

    Three hours south of Sydney is a little place many Australian’s seem to hold dear to their heart. “What are you going there for?” one friend asked when I told them of my planned trip. “Don’t stay for longer than a day,” another said. “Nothing happens there.”...
    Posted to nufsaid (Weblog) by anonymous on Sun, Nov 28 2010
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