• Blogging

    Welcome To Our New Home

      Welcome to our new online home, we are very excited to be able to share our space with you at last. The last couple of weeks have been a time of steep learning and discovery as I’ve been preparing our new ‘abode’. My desire is that you will find this space welcoming, inviting and easy to navigate, please contact me with any comments, queries or requests. One purpose of our new space is to ‘house’ our various websites and blogs under ‘one roof’, to this end we are busy spring cleaning. We will soon be ‘opening the doors’ to a new look for our book website, Aussie Book Threads, where our family shares…

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    Instagram Tour: Australian Outback and Out West

    I’d love you to join me for an instagram tour a follow on from our blog tours, it’s time today to have a visual fest. Whilst I read/follow a variety of blogs and instagrams I’m particularly drawn to some more than others, which I’m certain is the same for most of us, why some blogs and instagram accounts strike a cord more than others I can’t say, but that’s just how it is. Join me today as we visit with Aussie mamas who live in the Australian Outback and Out West. From The Verandah Ainsley at From the Verandah lives in Central Queensland with her husband and six children on their family Station…

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    Blog Tour: Gentle and Creative

    Want to climb aboard with me as we embark upon another blog tour? Last week we toured Aussie Farms and didn’t we view some lovely, eye catching blogs:) Join me today as we spread the blog love and visit with some ladies who personify gentleness and creativity. Karen at Pieces of Contentment is a dear friend and also a distant cousin, Karen lives locally and we have been friends for nearly seventeen years. A friendship with somebody as special, gentle and wise as Karen has an impact and she has modeled and taught me much over the years.  In some ways we appear similar we both; have a strong Faith in Our Lord, are…

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    Blog Tour: Aussie Farms

    Want to climb aboard with me as I take you on a blog tour? Are you keen to find new blogs? Jump on and join me as we spread the blog love, today we’re touring Aussie farms. Chantille Fleur Sarah from Chantille Fleur lives in North Queensland and blogs about life on an organic farm and taking pleasure in the simple; farming organically, baking bread, grinding spelt grains, using rapadura (attention caught:) and sharing her gorgeous photos.  I’ve only been reading Chantille Fleur for a short time but am very drawn to her dreamy pics, to her pace of life. She can also be found on instagram. Mel at Coal Valley View lives on a strawberry…

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    When Drop Down Menus Won’t Work

    The humour of me giving blogger technical tips hasn’t escaped me, however I’d like to share a few tips I’ve recently re-learnt. My technical knowledge is random, I’m quite technically challenged in some basic areas and yet lately I’ve been reading and discerning html code and am going to chat on the topic. I’m still shaking my head in bemusement. A few months ago I was determined to install drop down menus here on my blog.  After reading several blogspot tutorials and hyperventilating over how difficult it seemed, talk of searching within my html code and installing code tends to have that effect, I found this tutorial by Ro Little (thank you…

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    A Reader Survey: Results

    A couple of weeks ago I asked for your help filling in a survey which many of you kindly did. I received nearly 60 responses which I thought a reasonable number for a small blog. It was a lovely surprise to hear from readers who normally never comment, when you took the time to fill in the survey and leave sweet, personal comments I was able to ‘meet’ many ‘new to me’ readers, so special. I poured over your opinions, comments and suggestions. Not only was it interesting (yes I’m quirky that way) but now have a clearer vision for blog direction for the upcoming year. As promised sharing results…

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    Love to Hear Your Voice: A Reader Survey

    Can you believe nine years have passed since I first picked up the pen keyboard here! Some months the words and pictures have flowed easily and frequently, other months sparsely.  One thing is a certainty though, I’m so glad (and so is my family) that I’ve continued blogging all these years. What memories I’ve captured that certainly wouldn’t have been recorded at all otherwise. I’ve definitely grown as a writer and more recently as a photographer, developing and honing my skills, crafting words and pictures together brings me pleasure ’cause nurturing creativity is important, really important. Without you though, my dear reader, we couldn’t have a conversation, we couldn’t be…

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    Your Favourite Posts and Mine of 2014

    As the year draws to a close it’s interesting to look back and note what posts resonated with you my readers, sometimes your favourites are mine, sometimes not.  It’s often a surprise to me which posts are the most popular, sometimes it’s the ones I labour long and hard over, often it’s the posts I dash off quickly, there’s just no way of knowing which posts will appeal to you. All I know is I must keep writing and I want to thank you, my readers for keeping on reading and commenting, I love that, I love the community we have built. Top hits for 2014 are the new pages installed…