Steve and Dotty

Counting on the rams
Steve Kendall
THAT was a big winter, spent a few weeks of it with the lambing. Our 75 merinos were served by a couple of virgin rams, and we didn’t know what the hit rate would be. Turned out our rams were on the money with a constant stream of lambs being born from day one of due date. ..
06-Oct-2016
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Gate crashers moove in
Sharon Kemp
YOU can’t get anything past Frank. But something is going on with his black cows that makes me think they are trying to pull the hide over his eyes – to achieve their own ends, whatever that is. But he is on to them. When we visited him on the farm at Axedale recently, Frank..
28-Sep-2016
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Slurpers are taking the lead
Steve Kendall
HAVE you noticed the way fully grown adults have reverted to childish things? A few years ago the only people sucking drink through a straw were children and babies. Now everyone, everywhere seems to have a sippy cup or have to drink coffee through a lid. Always on the move, some peo..
26-Sep-2016
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Notes from a grumpy shopper
Dianne Dempsey
1. Supermarkets: To those hard workers at the checkout. I appreciate your courtesy but please do not ask me how I am as I have been indulging in an existential crisis for many years now. Please do not have self-serving type checkouts. For starters I can’t work out how to use them and m..
12-Aug-2016
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Cloak of invisibility
Steve Kendall
I DID another silly thing on Saturday. I made a fuss in a cafe about poor service before my meal. This is foolish on many levels, one you never know what little extra will be added to your breakfast or tea, and two the meal takes forever to arrive. Maybe the extra time is so they can..
05-Aug-2016
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Not hooked on crochet
Steve Kendall
Steve gets in a knot over raids by the Bendigo yarn bombers Crocheting is a fantastic pastime for people, I have nothing against it, people are free to enjoy it, but why should it be forced upon us in all its mismatched colour? I have to be honest and say my sister used ..
22-Jul-2016
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Sporting chance for young hack
Joel Peterson
Oh, how I have waited for this. In four years at the Weekly I’ve been on the front page, the back page, but never in the loftiest position reserved only for those who walk the corridors of power... Steve’s column. I have been the much-mocked subject of said column, concocted plen..
14-Jul-2016
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In at the deep end
Bendigo Weekly
Intern Tash reveals the inner workings of the Weekly newsroom MEDIA WATCH was to be the entree to my first all-important internship at a newspaper. Not what you would expect. I watched presenter Paul Barry the night before I dived in at the Bendigo Weekly for my real taste of life ..
08-Jul-2016
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Chasing the vote
Steve Kendall
SO the election is finally here. Like everywhere else in the country Bendigo has been doused with promises and the doling out of our money. On the surface these offers of cash post-election are great, but the money is from the public purse so we are only getting our own money back. We are aw..
01-Jul-2016
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End of the dark days
Steve Kendall
WE have crossed the line. We are on the outward end of the very dark tunnel called winter. It may get colder, but it won’t be getting darker. It serves me right, and it’s my own choice, but the alarm goes off at 5.45am in our house. The long suffering Mrs Kendall drinks tea b..
24-Jun-2016
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The electoral paper chase
Steve Kendall
THANKFULLY I am away on July 2 and was able to vote early. This involved walking along to Hargreaves Street from the Weekly’s city hub in View Street. The printers had been busy over the weekend, and each member of the party faithful were clutching the all-important how to vote car..
17-Jun-2016
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Cooking by the book
Steve Kendall
I have been married in one guise or another for many years now. You think I would have learned by now. Let me tell you a story... Because of the dark, evenings have become a bit of a rush, feeding out sheep/horses/dog/chooks and all of the other things that need doing, so the long-suffer..
10-Jun-2016
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The inner caveman
Steve Kendall
IT was mighty cold on Tuesday, and it coincided with me having a day at home. This was pure coincidence, and nothing to do with the fact that leaving a warm bed when outside was white with frost seemed silly, not at all. I was sick. With the wonders of modern technology and some great br..
03-Jun-2016
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Cockerel finds a voice
Steve Kendall
THERE has been a major shift in the household on two counts. The first is of a gender issue, the other is a vocal restriction. But they have a link. Our friendly Golden Wyandotte hen turned out to be a Golden Wyandotte cockerel, and believe me now he knows he’s certainly crowing ab..
27-May-2016
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Marilyn’s had enough
Dianne Dempsey
Dianne Dempsey reveals all Marilyn is getting tired. You just have to look at the fake grin plastered over her face to see the strain of working 24/7. Marilyn’s iconic pose, from The Seven Year Itch (1955) in which a gust of wind blows up her billowy white dress,..
20-May-2016
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Jeggings in a tight spot
Steve Kendall
I KNOW English is an evolving language, but a couple of words have sprung to my attention this week. One of them is a dog breed called jug. It’s a cross between a pug and a Jack Russell. To all intents and purposes a crossbreed or mongrel. This would be fine if they commanded the p..
13-May-2016
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Rams on a roll
Steve Kendall
IT’S all about sex. If there is one thing I have learned since taking on livestock it’s that. I realise to have lambs we have to introduce rams to ewes, but I never realised the enthusiasm they had for it. I have about 90 ewes, mostly M..
06-May-2016
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The hijack of Anzac Day
Steve Kendall
IT seems the must-have accessory nowadays is a relation who served in the war. Thankfully major conflict is in the distant past and we can only hear of large battles from some now very ancient warriors. Vietnam veterans are flying the flag of returned servicemen and women, and Australia&rsqu..
29-Apr-2016
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Three wheels on Wagen
Steve Kendall
THE day finally arrived when the long-suffering Mrs Kendall and I headed off to Melbourne for lunch. We were invited by a former colleague of Mrs K, and as we don’t get out much made the effort. Arrival time was set for 11.30am, yum, pre-lunch nibbles too. As we live half way d..
22-Apr-2016
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Hay, Hay it’s fatten day
Steve Kendall
NO rain, no grass. Here we go again. Of course this all happened the year I bought some sheep, but I guess it’s to be expected. We put the rams in with our merinos on March 9, and the boys have been busy both day and night covering the 80-odd ewes. Boy, do they make some stra..
15-Apr-2016
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