Carrot picking joy

The look of pure joy is hard to top. Young and old, it doesn’t matter, everyone’s faces tell the same story. They’re having fun, old-fashioned, simple, out in the sun, fun. No gadgets, no new world technology, no high-speed, gut-churning rides … this fun is all down to carrots. Seriously. Last weekend, in a carrot paddock 100km southwest of Brisbane, 800 people … [Read more...]

Craft, community and cake

In the small Scenic Rim town of Kalbar old-fashioned crafts are being kept alive thanks to a group of women who meet every fortnight. The Kalbar Craft Group formed 33 years ago. The group is as much about friendship and community as it is about craft. I recently attended a Kalbar Craft Group meeting to speak with one of the original members, Olive Neuendorf and Kalbar … [Read more...]

Scott’s the PM’s go-to man

For a man who works in politics, a world that thrives on gossip, ego and power plays, Scott Buchholz is surprisingly – and refreshingly - direct. He’s a no-nonsense bloke; a man who says it like it is. But he’s also warm and sociable – his greetings are often delivered with a giant bear hug. Parliamentary insiders believe it’s these qualities that prompted Prime Minister … [Read more...]

Heidi helped free friend Peter Greste while establishing wilderness retreat

For 400 days Heidi Ross ran the Free Peter Greste international media campaign. How she did it – and where she did it from – defies most media campaign strategy rule books. The communications hub for the worldwide campaign was Heidi’s 104ha property on the border of the Lamington National Park, in the Gold Coast hinterland. She relies on satellite Internet and admits … [Read more...]