Kate’s new business has real legs

Kate Perry is an artist and fashion designer but her clients aren't your typical arty crowd. They're scuffy, smelly and some have very bad breath. But that doesn't deter this Ipswich graphic artist - her business has real legs ...four of them in fact. Kate is behind Dog's Breakfast Illustrations and her portraits of much-loved family dogs have attracted customers from … [Read more...]

You’ve goat to be kidding me!

One of the biggest challenges when you get married is culling the guest list. It has the potential to be a cast of thousands, as the bride and groom are pressured into inviting Great Aunt Maud, your long-lost cousin, your mum's bridge friend and so on and so on. But there are some guests who are a no brainer - you simply have to invite them. They're part of the family and it … [Read more...]

Meet Heike the donkey whisperer

I first met Heike Mack-Behle about 10 years ago when I moved to Boonah. The German-born, former champion dressage rider had also recently moved to the town with her family and was attracting quite a bit of interest for her love of donkeys. She had established an unofficial donkey sanctuary, rescuing donkeys from the knackery and from paddocks where they had been forgotten by … [Read more...]

This little piggy went to market

I'm one of those people who can't think about what she's eating as she eats it. If someone starts talking about little baby cows as I'm tucking into veal saltimbocca, well that's the end of dinner. Just can't eat another mouthful. It's a good thing I married a vegetable farmer and not a beef or sheep farmer because we'd be very broke if I had. All those little cows and sheep … [Read more...]

Hey T-Rex, pass the toothpaste

We're a little bit dinosaur crazy here at Bean HQ. A certain 4-year-old is particularly fond of the scary creatures. We have little dinosaurs everywhere ... the bedroom, loungeroom, the sandpit, in the car and in the bathroom. The bookshelves are overflowing with dinosaur books ... want to know about the triassic period? Just ask me, seven years of dino books and I'm an … [Read more...]