Steve and Dotty

Ringing in change
Steve Kendall
I know I mention the sheep a lot, but they take up a lot of my spare time. Last weekend we set about the task of marking and injecting and checking the lambs from this year. Due to a variety of weather and availability reasons, we finally mustered the team on Sunday. We may have been..
14-Sep-2017
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A tough approach
Bendigo Weekly
And the Mother of the Year Award goes to... Not me. I am a mother of two primary school aged kids. There are several occasions where they are the first to tell me I am the worst mother in the world. In some instances I might agree but overall they are happy, healthy well-rounded ki..
07-Sep-2017
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Do all roads lead to Rome?
Steve Kendall
AS I left it last week, Molly the red tractor was axle deep in the mud. Of course I could not just leave her there, so the plot started to remove her from the bog, and a bog it was. Of course the beaut ute was out of the question, as was the neighbour’s tractor, so I took a leaf ou..
31-Aug-2017
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Molly in the mud
Steve Kendall
LAST year I managed to bog the ute and trailer in the paddock. I unhitched the trailer and managed to pull the ute out with the tractor. The trailer stayed there for a few weeks until it was dry enough to remove. Trouble was, the new lambs ha..
24-Aug-2017
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A mixed bag
Steve Kendall
NOT one yarn bomber came to see me at the Bendigo Writers Festival. Despite my polite offer I was left high and dry. Their work was there, but no bombers. Anyway, I was busy at times so I may not have been able to say much. The festival itself was a joy, and I got to interview j..
18-Aug-2017
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Woolly time of year
Steve Kendall
IT is a woolly time of year. I have my reasons for this statement. One, I am spending hours looking after lambing ewes, and their offspring. It’s been cold and wet and the ewes have been choosing the coldest and wettest times to give birth. Seems to be over now, but as usual th..
10-Aug-2017
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Trouble, by George
Joel Peterson
THE Peterson household is an interesting environment at the best of times. But recently, a new form of fun has been introduced to the mix – a puppy. Specifically, George the Labrador. As this column is frequented by the Kendall canines, it’s only fair that my ne..
03-Aug-2017
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US SOS trouble
Sharon Kemp
YOU get 15 years to life for kidnapping in the US state of Utah. For kidnapping your own children, you get to keep them, but only after questions from police in two US states and two North American countries. Yes, I was suspected of this felony. Previously, just the thought of being..
27-Jul-2017
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Frozen lamb
Steve Kendall
THE long-suffering Mrs Kendall and I are in the middle of lambing. You would have thought we would have given up on this “hobby” by now, as it’s quite a draining effort. We have about 120 ewes in various stages of the birthing project at the moment with a good few lambs..
20-Jul-2017
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Jam jar jammed
Steve Kendall
I am in a jam over a jar. Or the jam is jammed in the jar, or more specifically the jar lid is jammed and the jam is trapped. I was recently requested to open a jar for the long-suffering Mrs Kendall. She has a penchant for a certain French brand and snaps them up when they go on sale a..
13-Jul-2017
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Road to nowhere
Steve Kendall
My brother flew in from the UK last week, and I dutifully headed out to Tullamarine to pick him up. I generally, for no reason I know, go down the Calder and then the Tulla, and come back via Sunbury. A loop to add variety I guess. Anyway, last week all was going well as I headed along t..
07-Jul-2017
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Married to an ass man
Ronel Blanchard
I have married a hoarder. My husband has a huge shed filled with “useful stuff”. So useful that much of it is sitting in the same spot it was put in when brought home from the garage sale. Only now it has a generous layer of dust and houses a happy family of redback spiders. ..
29-Jun-2017
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Scratch that idea
Steve Kendall
All of a sudden I started itching. It was one of those annoying back itches that needed a scratch. For some reason I have strange elbows which don’t have full mobility, so a simple scratch was out of the question. I went through various scratchpost activities at work and people..
22-Jun-2017
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The vanilla slice saga
Steve Kendall
ALONGSIDE the sad wreckage of marsupial roadkill I saw a different item on the road this week. My drive to work takes me through Sedgwick, Mandurang and Spring Gully, so I see a mixed batch of roadside fodder, but on Tuesday a saw a lone hot dog. It was not in a bun it was just solo, in ..
15-Jun-2017
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Kickin' back with Ed
Ronel Blanchard
Sometimes, more often than not these days, random thoughts cross my mind, such as how my mother-in-law has stuff that she keeps for good or special occasions. Tea towels, fine china and linen to name a few. These mothball-scented items are safely tucked away in fancy wooden chests or glass ..
08-Jun-2017
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Don't be alarmed
Steve Kendall
ON Monday morning there was a gentle but rude awakening in the Kendall household. Bleep. 5am, Bleep. It was not the clock alarm or the phone, it was the fire alarm. Why it was tweeting at us was a problem, something must be up. Of course, I slept through, but the long-suffering M..
01-Jun-2017
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Growing pains
Joel Peterson
I ADMIT, we’ve been here before. You may remember a few years ago Steve the Chief of Stuff chronicled my staggering inability to grow a beard, or anything resembling one. Recently, I’ve forgotten my facial hair-related failings and attempted to grow a beard again. Not for..
26-May-2017
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Weighing in the ewes
Steve Kendall
I had a superhero moment this month, and I would like to share. It’s the time of year when we have to think about supplementary feeding our pregnant ewes. Lambs are due at the end of June, and the ewes need the extra tucker. Last year we headed up to Durham Ox for bloody great ..
19-May-2017
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Hot fun with old flame
Steve Kendall
WITH all of this recent rain and wind, a couple of magnificent red gums came to grief on the roadside near my property. They fell across the road and such was the upheaval of the root system part of my boundary fence was folded over and damaged. It’s was a v..
04-May-2017
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Wish for a fish dish
Steve Kendall
I LEARNED last week that’s it’s not the done thing in some circles to eat red meat on Good Friday. I admit I have been sheltered from the religious side of Easter for most of my life, but it’s never too late to learn I guess. So, I went shopping at large store ..
21-Apr-2017
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