Mango prices bad news for farmers

Next time you go into a supermarket or a fruit shop and see really dirt cheap prices postpone your celebrations and spare a thought for the growers. Cheap retail prices can only mean one thing - the growers are losing. I'm not after sympathy, farmers a're in a supply and demand business, but just give it a bit of thought. I recently interviewed a Queensland mango grower about … [Read more...]

New direction blooms for Stephen

I wrote this story for Queensland Country Life recently. It's about south-east Queensland commercial rose grower, Stephen Spierling, whose business and home were wiped out by the January 2011 floods. He was luckier than most - his family all survived. But given what they saw and experienced a year ago he has vowed they will never return to live on the property that had been … [Read more...]

The future is … grey

I just bought a great new book called B is for Botox, an alphabet book for the middle-aged. I relate to much of it, but especially to this page. What has sent me grey - was it marriage, children or both? Every morning I wake up and see another grey hair. The most annoying part is there's a big patch of them right at the front in the middle of my head ... time for … [Read more...]

Husband training: throw him a bone

I first wrote this for the Gold Coast Bulletin. My training efforts have not progressed well since the time of writing ... on the man or dog front. MOST women will not be surprised to learn that husbands and the family dog apparently have much in common. I’m not making this up – according to British TV Show host Annie Clayton, women would do well to train their husbands … [Read more...]