Goshen Station Camping

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One of the best camps we have ever done hasn’t yet been recorded here on the blog, so time to rectify that!

Campsite No 5 at Goshen Station is awesome.  We spent a week here in July, 2016 and loved it.  It was the perfect cure for the hangovers we were sporting from a busy week and awesome night hosting the Boots for Change dinner on the farm the weekend before, complete with guest Paul West from River Cottage.

Goshen Station is a working cattle station where the first series of Australian Survivor was filmed in 2001.

It is about 5.5 hours from Cairns (90 kms past Mount Garnet) west of Blencoe Falls.  We took the Mt Garnett (Gunnawarra Road) way in and then went out via the Kirrama Range Road – a fantastic round trip. Continue reading

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Easy Valentine’s Day Ideas

love-1356538452Xd3With Valentine’s Day coming up next week, I’ve been inspired to write a post about it.

I’m not usually a Valentine’s Day fan, but I’ve decided to make a bit more of an effort this year.  I think it is something to do with trying to slow life down a little in 2018, to spend more time focusing on the important things which are the people I love and the things I love to do.

I don’t disagree that Valentine’s Day feels a bit contrived – Matt thinks it was all invented by the greeting card industry to convince us to buy expensive flowers, cards and chocolates, but I think this is kinda missing the point.

Valentine’s Day is about love.

I like the idea of having a day to remind us to be kind, to be nice, to love the important human beings in our life, especially in today’s times of busy, busy, busy, where making a bit of extra effort often gets forgotten, or put on the too hard/too tired pile.

I think a little TLC goes a long way.  I also think that it takes effort to make marriages and family work and I’m going to use Valentine’s Day as a reminder to put some oomph in. Continue reading

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Fealy Family Highlight Reel for 2017

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Seeing as I did such a terrible job of blogging in 2017, I thought the best way to bring everybody up to speed was to do a ‘Fealy Family 2017 Highlight’s reel’ post, so here goes …..

The major events of 2017 were Matt’s Nuffield Australia scholarship travels (Matt spent a total of twelve weeks last year overseas!), my QLD Rural Women’s finalist award, a trip to Bali for the kids and I, a visit from the Brissy cousins and Jack finishing primary school and graduating as the male school dux along with receiving the instrumental music award for the year.  Pretty awesome all in all.

However, if I had to describe 2017 in one word, I think I would have to choose ‘overdone’.  It was a fantastic year, so many amazing things, but looking back we definitely overstretched ourselves and pushed our little family to the limits of what we could cope with, and to be honest, without all the help we received from our extended family – I think the wheels would have fallen off. Continue reading

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Taking Stock – January 2018

IMG_5740Well, all the kids are back at school today and Matt is back in the Blue Sky orchard picking mangoes, which means our ‘routine machine’ has cranked into motion again.  I used to love routine and the productivity it brings, so far this year – honestly?  I just want to keep everybody at home and on holidays forever – sigh.  All good things must come to an end I guess.

I’m feeling restless, all over the place and a bit low and teary today.  Feeling old with our eldest baby starting high school and so not ready to launch back in to the craziness of mango/avocado season, work, work and all of the things and demands on our time.

So, I thought today was a good day for a ‘Taking Stock’ post – feel free to join in and post your responses too via the comments, Facebook or wherever.   Continue reading

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Roadtrip Tully, Cardwell to Ingham

IMG_2516Although things have been very quiet on the blog over the last couple of years, those of you who follow us on Facebook, Twitter  and Instagram will have seen we’ve still been out and about having a few adventures with Black Betty and Peter Prado.  As I have been getting to know our blog again, it is really interesting to review our stats and see that we still get anywhere between 50-100 visits per day to the blog through people searching for camping spots and landing on places we have visited, so I definitely want to add this small trip to the blogosphere!

Way back in June 2016 when Matt and I were both still Scout leaders, we headed off to a scout camp with the kids in Ingham and along the way managed to add in some quality family time by turning it in to a long weekend.  To start with, we took a whole day to travel just over 300 kilometres to our overnight camp at Abergowrie State Forest.  It was an ‘explore your own backyard’ kinda day.  We really loved it – we could almost pretend we were back on the road travelling around oz again!

Here’s how the weekend went down ……………. Continue reading

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18 things for 2018

new-years-eve-2238337_960_720Poooft.  Hear that? That is the sound of a layer of dust being blown off this little ole blogging space!  I can’t believe I only wrote one measly blog post in the whole of 2017 – what a disaster!  I sure did miss it but 2017 was definitely the year of total overcommitment for the Fealy Family, despite our best intentions for it to be otherwise.

2018 is going to be different!  You heard it here first and no famous last words this year. Continue reading

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Kipp Turns 2

34aa94cd29eab76aabfa4b2fc466c57bI am having blogging withdrawals and feeling desperate just to get back in to the swing of things, so today I’m doing a very quick post.  I’m going with the mantra that it is better to have some record on here than nothing at all.

This post is one of many long, long overdue, about twelve months overdue in fact.

Kipp is turning three next week and I have just realised that I have not yet done a post about his second birthday – aaaaargh – mum fail about number bizillion and three at this point.  Anyway, I’m going to do a bit of catching up over the next few weeks so there might be a bit of jumping around all over the place on the blog. Continue reading

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Ten Years of Fealy Family Christmas’s

Fealy Kids Xmas 2016

Fealy Kids Xmas 2016

I know I said I would do a ‘what we have been up to’ post tonight, but I’m feeling like I need to do this one instead.  It is a little bit of a self indulgent post – so I won’t be offended if you give it a miss :-).

The kids and I spent the day in Cairns today and managed to get a ‘Santa Photo’ for 2016 (see above).

We usually head down at this time of year so Jack can spend the birthday money that is burning a hole in his pocket from his birthday at the end of November and so we can do a little bit of Christmas shopping.  The kids get to check out the big smoke for a day, take in the lovely Christmas decorations and get a dose of city Christmas spirit.  Matt was in the packing shed today – in full mango madness, so he missed out this year.

The thing is – it’s a week out from Christmas and I am feeling decidedly un-Christmasy!   Continue reading

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Boots for Change Dinner

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There is an update coming tomorrow about what we have been up to here at Fealy Family HQ over the last 8 or so months (eeeeek) since we last posted, but today I want to share a post that has been desperate to hit the blog for months now!

Here goes …………………………………….. Continue reading

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Exciting News – A Nuffield Scholar in the house!

 

 

Nuffield Australia 2017 Scholarship winner

 

Matthew Fealy from Mareeba in Far North Queensland, receives a 2017 Nuffield Scholarship supported by Woolworths. He will investigate how the use of robotics in horticulture has the opportunity to revolutionise the industry.

Matthew has only recently made a career change into horticulture. He was a senior manager at a global travel agency for over a decade before taking on his current role as farm manager for a 153-acre family farm that produces mangoes, avocados and Tahitian limes for the Australian and export markets.

He believes that that the industry has significant labour costs and a dwindling labour supply, yet has little or no automation of repetitive tasks.

“Robotics, automation and mechanisation will not only alleviate the impending labour problem, it can also help improve profits and yield through better farm management practices,” he said.

“I see a (near) future where we can utilise advanced probes to facilitate precise fertilising and watering along with cutting-edge camera technology to assess tree health, crop and harvest forecasting, as well as maturity testing.”

As an active member of his local growers’ association, and a board member of the Australian Mango Industry Association (AMIA), Matthew continues to demonstrate commitment to the success of horticulture in Australia into the future.

“I have four children who I want to be involved in an exciting, rewarding, profitable horticulture industry. If there is a way I can help the industry, it is very much in my best interests to make it happen.”

The awarding of this scholarship will enable him to attend Automatica – International Trade Fair for Automation and Mechatronics in Germany. Matthew will also visit farms using robotics in Israel, the Netherlands and Spain. Visits to the USA and Japan will also take place.

Location: Mareeba, Queensland
Mobile: 0402 412 471
Emailmatt@blueskyproduce.com.au
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