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Australian Opal Centre

G’Day Mob,

I live a good life.

Keeping fit, staying close to nature through farming, and sharing the stories of rural Australia are three things for which I am most grateful.

This week I have indulged in all of them, starting with a hockey carnival on the weekend that saw six games, a couple of late nights and endless hours of laughter with good friends. Coming home it was straight into farm work – drafting cattle, checking paddocks and enjoying the sun on my face and a good dog by my side. Then there were a couple of interviews for my writing, which brings me in contact with extraordinary people and sees me travel to extraordinary places.

One story I was particularly proud to be a part of was on the Australian Opal Centre, published in the current edition of Outback magazine.

"A Vision Splendid"; Issue 96; Aug/Sept 2014

“A Vision Splendid”; Issue 96; Aug/Sept 2014

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Bribery Wrap

G’Day Mob,

Wow, thanks for the feedback regarding advertisements on the Rocky Springs Rambles. This is what I have learnt from you comments:

  • Ads don’t seem to appear if you are another WordPress user,
  • The odd ad will appear if you are viewing the blog on a computer and are not a WordPress user,
  • Advertisers are targeting smart phones,
  • I am not advertising The Little Tokyo Porn Shop

But the best revelation was you are not actually bothered by the ads, and smart phone users have smart phone brains, which allow them to filter out the unwanted grab for their money. I don’t know what we should read into the fact most advertising is for cellulite reduction and cars – but I will leave that little gem with you.

So thanks once again Mob, for the education.

Oh, that’s right, we were going to giveaway a copy of Outback Magazine. I nearly forgot.

Drumroll please ……..

Due to her diligence in investigating from both her computer and her smart phone, the winner is ……… Cathy Tony Abrahams.

Well done Cathy. I’ll be in touch soon.


Bribery …… no sorry I meant Giveaway!

G’Day Mob,

Well, in a first for the Rocky Springs Rambles I have a giveaway (cue applause). One lucky reader will be sent the current edition of RM William’s Outback magazine, with a short story by yours truly on harvesting Coolatai style.


But this is not a game of chance and there is a catch. I need your help. I am drowning in anxiety.

See the problem is that the Rocky Springs Rambles are hosted on a free WordPress site. This means that WordPress may, from time to time, attach advertisements to the blog. And my problem is that I can’t see any from this end. So I don’t know if I’m advertising, or how often, or what (and here my mind really runs away with the possibilities).

So, dear mob, in the comments section below please tell me if you are seeing any advertisements. Tell me how often you are seeing them. Tell me what (cringe) I may be advertising. Or better still, tell me you’ve seen nothing. And go in the running to win this great magazine. With great photos like this:


All comments received before 9pm (my time) on Monday 9th Dec will be judged by an expert (no not Cobey or Desley) and the winner will be announced in the next post.

Thanks mob – hopefully panic attack avoided.

You Read It Here First

G’Day Mob,

Regular readers of the Rocky Springs Rambles will recall a post from December last year when Coolatai lizard man, Alex Dudley, shared some of his remarkable wildlife photos. If you missed it check it out here.

Well, dear Mob, you were actually getting a sneak peak of something special. Alex and I have since collaborated on a story for RM Williams Outback magazine.

"Special Skinks"; Issue 91

“Special Skinks”; Issue 91

I expect you all to rush out and buy the latest edition of Outback (Issue 91, Oct/Nov 2013) and read all about a little scalyback skink called Eric, and his close relatives Erica, Ericson, Bootle and George.

If rushing out and buying a copy is not going to cut it in your corner of the world, you can view an extract here.

And you can tell all your friends – “Oh I read about that ages ago. I knew them before they were famous”!

Words from an Opal Heart

G’Day Mob,

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