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New beginnings in this season of joy


When it gets to this time of the year, we notice the change of pace and the change in priorities in our life. Christmas gatherings are being arranged along with our normal activities and we tend to double-book ourselves with our commitments with family, friends and community.

The focus and excitement over the past week for me and the family has been on the arrival of my second great grandchild, a little boy, the first great-grandchild and son Nathan and his partner Bridie Gaze.  Hamish William Hunt arrived in Albany on Wednesday 15th November. He is the first grandchild of my only daughter Judy and her husband Ken Hunt.

All this excitement is happening over their very busy time of harvest. And it hasn’t finished yet.  Judy and Ken’s eldest son, Darren and his partner Hayley are expecting their first child in the middle of December. From what I can gather though, somehow everything on their farm seems to be ‘Business as usual.’ 

Something not often achieved on farming properties these days. These two little people with be the fifth generation of the Hunt family on their farm in Woogenellup, which is north of Albany and East of Mt Barker. I am looking forward to spending some time with them over the Christmas period.

I have not abandoned the promotion of my book. This week a Book Review was published in The Countryman. I think I may have had one sale from the article through the website, but I can’t be sure. I am hoping that more rural folk will get to know about the book by reading this Book Review.

One response, so far was from a young farmer who attended the ‘Meet the Author’ at Dandaragan early in June and had bought a book. He saw the review in The Countryman which gave my phone contact. I was thrilled that he took the time to phone me to reminisce with me his own experiences of farming in the area.

Anyone who has read ‘A Piece of Good Land’ will know that this is how it all began, when Ron read that virgin land was being offered for farming in The Countryman published on 8th September,1955. 


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