International Day of Rural Women

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My eyes are hanging out of my head, we have one super tired baby, our house is a bomb site with dishes that need to be done, washing everywhere and housework tasks so far behind that I can’t even bear to think about it, but I have to tell you about the great day I had yesterday in celebration of International Day of Rural Women! October 15 has been designated by the UN as the International Day of Rural Women to recognize “the critical role and contribution of rural women, including indigenous women, in enhancing agricultural and rural development, improving food security and eradicating rural poverty.”

The inaugaral ‘Resourcing Women of the North – International Day of Rural Women’ Conference hosted by the local Northern Gulf Resource Management Group was held here in Mareeba yesterday and I got to go along.  Continue reading

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Mission Beach

DSC_0321Hi Everyone!  I’ve got a bit ‘blog stumped’ recently – mainly because we have had heaps of bits and peices going on that I am hanging out to tell you about and I just don’t know where to start!!  So today – I wrote down all the blog post ideas that are running around in my head at the moment, cut them up into strips and dumped them in a hat and pulled one out!  This way I get started somewhere! Apologies if things are a bit all over the place on the blog for the next few days until I get some blog posts done and you are all up to date again!

Right then, let’s get going, I am going to tell you about our trip away to Mission Beach in the school holidays!  It was one of the best family trips away that we have ever had and that’s saying something, as our little family has had a number of awesome adventures!! Continue reading

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Top 10 Things That Make Me Happy – Matt

Farmer boy after a hard day!As I do most of the writing here on the blog, you all get to hear lots about me and the kids and what is happening in our world’s, but not so much about Matt.  There is a bit of a ‘chain mail’ type thing floating around on Instagram at the moment and Matt was challenged to complete it this week.  The task was to ‘List the Top 10 Things that Make you Happy”.  So tonight I’d thought I’d give you a bit of an insight into the ‘world of Matt’ and share his list! He said that it was actually harder than it seems to come up with ten things. I’m still cranky that ‘Wife’ wasn’t at the top of the list, but he assures me that ‘family’ has me covered.  Hmmm, the jury is still out on that one! Continue reading

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Sunday Snapshot – “Just like a chocolate milkshake …….”

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Kellogg’s Coco Pops – “Just like a chocolate milkshake ……. only crunchy”.  I know, first up its been a while since we’ve had a Sunday Snapshot and I’m bringing it back with a photo of a box of Coco Pops?!?!?  Stay with me ok! Continue reading

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6 Things To Do These School Holidays on the Atherton Tablelands

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Hooray!  The school holidays have arrived at last!!  The Fealy Family absolutely limped to the finish line this term, everybody worn out from having the flu, the hockey season and just general school and life craziness – we always seem to find the end of the third school term tough to get through – does anybody else find this too? So, for the next two weeks, we are looking forward to no lunch boxes, no rushing and some relaxing days doing nothing at home.

While we are talking about school holidays, I have been seeing lots of posts on the internet that look like this;

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Now – that post has some fantastic ideas for things to do around Cairns, but being the patriotic Tablelanders we are (we do live in a pretty special part of the country!), it was decided we needed our own list.  So here are ’6 Things to Do These School Holidays on the Atherton Tablelands’, Fealy Family style! Continue reading

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What’s Happening at Blue Sky Produce?

 

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Hello Everyone!  Yes – we are all still alive and kicking up here on the farm!  We have had a nasty flu lay us low for the past couple of weeks but there are only a few more coughs and snuffles to get rid of and then we are all in the clear – hooray!  So, as usual, there is lots of catching up to do on the blog and I thought I’d better start with an update of all the goings on here at Blue Sky as things have been busy, busy, busy! Continue reading

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Bub No 4

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Kipp is 4 and 1/2 months old now and I have just realised I have not yet shared the photo shoot that my cousin Sarah did when he was just a week old!!

Kipp, our baby number four is a much loved and much wanted member of our family!  Ever since I had Lexi 5 years ago I was sure that we needed to have another little person in our family.  I always pictured 4 lunch boxes on the bench, 4 school bags hanging up and another little face in the back seat of the car!  Matt took a little more convincing that we needed to add more chaos into the family, that losing his drawers in the back of Peter Prado to make way for a seat in the back would be ok, and the fact that we would be doing the nappies, mess and sleep deprived thing for another few years, made Bub No 4 a pretty hard sell!!!!!  For a while there it was tough for Matt and I, being at odds over what was right for our family, it was not a decision that could be easily compromised on. Continue reading

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Lawn Hill – Boodjamulla National Park

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Here at last is our wrap up of three days spent exploring Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park at the end of June!!  After two nights at Gregory Downs we had a leisurely pack up and drove the short 90kms down the road to base ourselves in the campground at Adels Grove and spend the next few days seeing all there was to see at Lawn Hill.

The road out to Adels Grove was really great for the first 50kms or so, right up to the turnoff for the MMG Century Zinc mine.  After that, the last 40km’s were pretty rough going – lots of dust, corrugations and a much narrower road.  The Adels Grove Campground is 10km’s from the Lawn Hill National park itself but we are so glad we camped at Adels as opposed to the National Park campground – it was much shadier and nowhere near as dusty!  The only downside was that there was full phone/internet reception available at the National Park but nothing at all at Adels Grove!  I will do a separate post about Adels Grove next, this one will focus on what we got up to in the Lawn Hill National Park, there are just too many photos and to much to tell you to fit it all in one post. Continue reading

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Gregory Downs

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Right – blog posts are few and far between these days – my comittment to the gym is eating into my ‘free’ time at the moment!  However, the next couple of days are going to be dedicated to finishing off the posts about our little trip at the end of June.  So, where were we?  That’s right – I have already filled you in on the first three nights of our trip free camping along the Burke Developmental Road.  From Leichardt Falls we headed to Gregory Downs along a narrow, very dusty dirt road that ran alongside Augustus Downs Station.

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An Interview with Food Tank

We have really fallen behind with the blogging recently and as such it has been quite a while since we have shared much on the blog about life here on the farm at Blue Sky.  So, I thought you might be interested to read a little interview that we were approached to do last week by an organisation called Food Tank.

We first came across Food Tank when we were researching how to get involved with the International Year of Family Farming, which we wrote about here.  Food Tank’s mission is to “build a global community for safe, healthy, nourished eaters. They spotlight environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable ways of alleviating hunger, obesity, and poverty and create networks of people, organizations, and content to push for food system change.”  The great thing about Food Tank is that they also aim to “highlight hope and success in agriculture. They feature innovative ideas that are already working on the ground, in cities, in kitchens, in fields and in laboratories.”  Check out the Food Tank website, sign up for their newsletter and you will hear stories from all over the globe about all sorts of food system issues and emerging developments in sustainable agriculture.

Food Tank are huge advocates for family farming and we are only just beginning to think about ways ourselves to be more sustainable farmers to ensure Blue Sky Produce is profitable and still here for many future generations of farmers in the family to come.  We were quite excited to be approached by Food Tank to feature in an upcoming article relating to the International Year of Family Farming.

Below is a transcript of our interview – we have no idea if it will ever make it into print, so wanted to record it here for our own records.  If nothing else, hopefully it gives you a bit of an insight into what we do here at Blue Sky. Continue reading

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