Thursday, July 26, 2012

Socialisation and Isolation

I did write a pictorial post on this topic ages ago about my experiences.

*** Just some more thoughts ***

When coming out bush people worry about isolation and their social life.  Let’s do some comparisons and look at different situations.

Work Contact ---

Your work social life will go from just seeing them 9 hours a day to 24 hours a day to seven days a week.

Also you will find yourself having work drinks at some stations every night of the week, something which you probably didn’t do on a regular basis in the city, unless you work with a friend. 

Definitely increased contact here J 

Can also be frustrating as often they are not people you would choose to hang out with.  But make the most because these are often interesting people in their own right.

Old Friends and Family Contact ---

On a station unless you have mobile service you will no longer be talking or texting mates everyday.  It will more likely be once a week.   You still most likely will have facebook and internet access it is a good time to start communications like this.

Text and talk will decrease.  As will daily contact with friends and family.

It can make you feel very homesick if you do communicate a lot anyway.  Sometimes it is good just to through yourself into local and station life to avoid this.

Socialisation ---

When I say socialisation I am talking about the stuff that happens with friends not people you live with all the time.

Now if you are person in the city who just goes out every weekend and not on week days then this can remain the same or similar.  But if you are a person who goes out week nights then this will decrease.

Outback social events tend to be bigger and more fun affairs at times.  People are also friendlier which makes it easier to go out and have fun.  Their won’t be opportunities to go clubbing every night of the week but you will be able to go to the pub, rodeos, races, balls and BBQ’s at the neighbours lake.

Outback fun is different to going out in urban areas -- different not less.

Please get scared off by the isolation just remember

that often you social life is not less just different

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Farming parodies

Has anybody been watching all the farming music parodies cruising around all the social media.

I love the fact that in our Year of The Farmer farming is hitting the front.
Fiona Lake has wrote an interesting article on the Peterson Farm Brothers utube sensation I'm farming and I grow it
The Peterson Farm Brothers also have released the Farm Slam Poem on Itunes,  be interesting to see hour much money they earn off this.
Also check out this Dairy Farm song by Lil Fred called Farm It Maybe

I don't know if we are bridging the city-country divide but everyone is being entertained and that will bring people together.

A mate sent a picture of her swag the other morning,
would you like to camp out with that much ice on top?

Monday, July 16, 2012

Tutor Top Ten with Outback Girl

Tutor Top Ten with Outback Girl

TEN "essentials" that I cannot live without:


NINE words I love are:


EIGHT of my coping strategies, in no particular order:

Listen to music
Play a game
Go for a walk
Chat to a friend
Rant to my online support group
Clean and scrub :)
Read a book

SEVEN things I love about my "every day" life …

Sunday- watching bones and castle while I enjoy the last of the weekend.

Monday- talking to my family

Tuesday- trolling over the latest social media to see what is new

Wednesday- hump day what more can I say

Thursday- enjoying having no lessons and speeding through the work at the end of the week

Friday- finishing the week with fun and looking forward to the weekend

Saturday- wearing the pj's for as long as I want and catching up with friends

SIX of favourite quotes or moments in no particular order:

If you can't be a good example -- then you'll just have to be a horrible  warning. 

Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once.

When choosing between two evils, I always like to try the one I've never tried before.

Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity. 

 “Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.”

 “Ever notice how 'What the hell' is always the right answer?”

FIVE things I do everyday, without fail:
read my emails and messages

cruise over facebook and/or twitter

think of my family and friends in their distance homes

dream of not ever having to clean again EVER

enjoy an relaxing afternoon smoko while I recover my energy 

FOUR stores/websites I frequent and the blog

THREE photos I love: 

TWO decisions I've never regretted
Living in the outback and not heading into town to get a degree.

I love the fact I have travelled across the many states of Australia and don't regret not backpacking across the world as a 19-20 yo.

ONE additional and very important thing you should know about me is …

I love a good road trip with mates and believe that friends and family are everything.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Eat healthy --- Let's have a BROWNIE

The following recipe comes from a lady from the United States.  So I guess you could say it is a traditional American brownie.

First time I tasted it my wisdom teeth were playing up but despite the pain I soldiered through many pieces it was very yummy.

It also brings great memories of the station I was working on at the time.  We had a lot of fun in the paddock.


Melt ¾ cup butter and add ¾ cup cocoa and 1 teaspoon vanilla.

Mix in separate dish.
1 tspoon baking powder
½ tspn salt
4 eggs
1 ¼ cup flour
2 cups sugar

Mix altogether

Bake at 180 degrees for 30 -35 minutes.