Steve and Dotty

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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A new breed of pig dog
Steve Kendall
I HAVE been making my own bread for many years now and find it tastes better than any I can buy. But just this month I had a double drama. I made a loaf with the end of one tin of yeast and the start of another. The loaf turned out as solid as a rock, but not wishing to waste..
13-Apr-2017
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A pack of trouble
Steve Kendall
IT is close to 40 years since I was first introduced to the questionable joys of beer. There are all sorts of tales about how bad it is for you in quantity, but I like it at a moderate level. In all of those years I don’t think I have ever dropped a beer glass or bottle with beer ..
06-Apr-2017
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Start the day with Mrs K
Steve Kendall
IF you think I have been looking tired recently, I have a story to tell. I am about to reveal some of the bedroom stories of the Kendall household. The long-suffering Mrs Kendall has some morning rituals which I have to pander to, and she is very demanding. Each morning at 5.45am t..
30-Mar-2017
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Shining a light on power
Steve Kendall
EVERY night when I watch the ABC news there is a story about power prices rises and supply shortfall. Even this week prime minister Turnbull announced a tweak to the Snowy Hydro scheme, just enough to keep Western Sydney powered. Here we are in 2017 and we can’t supply enough powe..
16-Mar-2017
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Life in the fast lane
Bendigo Weekly
I thought I was becoming an expert with pugs, but it turns out I was only an expert with old pugs. Pugs are those flat-faced dogs that snuffle and drool. Over the past few years, the long-suffering Mrs Kendall and I have adopted a few elderly examples as they tottered out their final yea..
10-Mar-2017
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Pollies milking the cash cow
Steve Kendall
SO once again we hear of politicians stretching the guidelines on expenses. It’s as if they live in a world so far removed they can’t see the decent thing to do. I know it’s not all of them, but there appears to be a few a little too grabby with other people’s mo..
02-Mar-2017
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A final wave for IanO
Steve Kendall
WHEN I first hit Australian shores as a migrant I landed in Cairns, far north Queensland. It was a big change from London as you can imagine and I found myself banging on the door of the Cairns Post newspaper looking for a job. As luck would have it they employed me, even giving me a ch..
23-Feb-2017
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Too much hot air in Canberra
Steve Kendall
I WENT on a little trip last week to Canberra. I wanted to soak up our capital, and most notably the workings of parliament. We all watch the fuss on the TV, I wanted to see it for real. I looked at hotel cost, and as it was a parliament sitting week the prices had gone bananas. ..
17-Feb-2017
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