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Mar

30

Welcome and please introduce yourself!

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Let me first say, welcome to Tallara Park!
It is my deepest hope that people will find this site supportive, informative and thought provoking and that through our conversations we can learn a little more about ourselves.

My own journey of discovery is well documented and I encourage you to read through the various pages that outline my dream, this blog, the property and the animals that call Tallara Park home. This journey is also the subject of my book “And not a word was spoken… Reflections of an animal lover” and I hope you will contribute your thoughts and opinions on the various excerpts.

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Dec

30

Putting on a show

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“I love to put on a show for my friends and family but they know that it is no show when it comes to my attitude to animal cruelty.”

And so began Kelsea’s impromptu speech in the Year 5/6 State Finals of the Multicultural Public Speaking competition, the only state wide competition for primary school students. As I sat in the audience mesmerised by this eleven years old grasp of the difference between right and wrong and her sense of justice for all living creatures I was filled with a sense of hope for the future.  Things may not be progressing as fast as I or many other animals lovers would like but I knew there and then that there are a vast army of devotees ready to take over from our generation’s legacy. Kelsea was not the only one to tackle animal cruelty in her speech and a number of the others also talked about environmental problems. They did so with sincerity and passion. Although they are children, they have an awareness beyond their years and they are the leaders of the future.

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Oct

05

Supply chain assurance – Oh really!

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Having been involved in the business training/ elearning industry for over 20 years I am well aware of the concept of Quality Improvement/ TQM/ Continuous Improvement/ Quality Assurance/ Kaizen etc, etc. There are so many terms/ concepts/ theories that relate to this area it is hard to keep track of them and their subtle or not so subtle differences. But underlying the terminology is a commitment to improving bottom line profits, eliminating waste and uniting workers/ colleagues in a shared vision. There is also a common thread that, for continuous improvement to occur, faults and errors must be identified and then rectified. In business these errors may indeed be substantial – resulting in losses to the company and shareholder profits but apart from OHS issues, these rarely result in catastrophic anguish or suffering (although I suppose some people would argue that stock market losses could be described in this way).

The point is that for me, Quality Assurance and all its nuances is a process which aims to streamline the production of inanimate things –where the errors and waste and faults have no bearing on the actual things, only those who seek to benefit from them.

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May

16

3 hours and 5 minutes

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Every now and then I get the urge to write about something not specifically related to animals. Tonight is one of those nights.

Anyone who has ever lost someone close will appreciate the significance of dates. Today May 16th is the day my father died five years ago. I mentioned that this doesn’t have anything to do with animals but in a strange kind of way it does. Let me explain…

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Mar

30

Do you believe in fairytales?

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Daisy, the mother pig knew the time was coming. She made a snug nest in the straw and delivered her piglets in the darkness. She cleaned each one as they were born, then pushed them into a bundle and lay down carefully and fed them.

The next morning the barn door opened and the farmer entered. He smiled and ran to the house to tell his wife and children. They all stood in awe and watched the new family bonding. Over the coming weeks the children are allowed to play gently with the piglets and name them. There was Barney, Arrabella, Sidney, Pluto, Ginger and Rosedrop. They grow robust and strong and soon began exploring the yard. They were small enough to fit through the wooden rungs on the fence and set off on many adventures. They made friends with all of the other young animals – the chickens and goslings, the calves and the new foal. But the animals that they were especially fond of were the lambs. They shared a similar sense of fun and they all played together until nightfall, then scurried home to the warmth and comfort of their mothers.

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Feb

21

Raising the floor

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Well the rain still hasn’t stopped. I really thought it might have by now but no, it keeps on falling. Every afternoon like clockwork – about 2 o’clock we have a dreadful storm and then it continues on throughout the night. When I watch the weather map the rain seems to come from every direction. One moment it is coming from the west, then it’s the south. Sometimes it just seems to hover over our place or maybe I’m getting a little paranoid?

Anyway the rain is a part of our life whether we like it or not. I recently came to accept this fact and decided that something needed to be done to the pig pen. Ordinarily it is dry and clean but the phenomenal amount of rain we have had has turned part of it into a river. There is no use putting dry straw in because within a day or so it is trampled and muddy. So I spoke to Ian (Duncan’s dad) about my plans to put in a raised section where the pigs could get up and out of the damp. My idea was fairly basic. We have some old pallets lying around and I asked him whether he had any flat pieces of wood which I could use as a floor. Ian volunteered to help and as he is a builder, his idea of a raised floor was somewhat different to mine.

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Feb

08

Rain – it’s not just people who are getting depressed!

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I know I’m not the only one who’s sick of the rain. It’s virtually the first topic of conversation with everyone I meet. It’s even gone past the point of looking on the positives – there are none!  There is just this relentless deluge which occasionally teases us with a day of almost fine weather before returning with a vengeance. 

My beloved Monty in the rain.

My beloved Monty in the rain.

The rain seems to have invaded my spirits. Not only are the days grey but my thoughts as well. Everything seems hard, even simple chores which is no wonder when you factor in all the mud, dirt, wet clothes and leaches.  I am even putting on weight. I am not sure whether that is directly linked to the rain but it sounds like a good excuse to me.
There are some mornings when the thought of putting on gumboots and a coat and trudging around in the rain to feed animals just depresses me. And then I think of the poor animals who have to live outside ‘in it’ and I feel even worse …. and selfish to boot.
It looks as though there isn’t going to be any improvement  in the weather for some time (I won’t go into the 28 day forecast) so I am going to purposely focus on some funny things, some everyday happenings that make me smile and hopefully will brighten your day too!

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Jan

16

Pig whisperers and performers

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I must admit at the end of last year I had grand plans of writing a thoughtful final entry that wrapped up an eventful year. That obviously didn’t happen but I have learned not to beat myself over the head over things which are outside my control. And writing, I am beginning to realise is something which is outside my control.

Then I had grand plans of writing some profound entry to start the year off and again that didn’t happen, so I am here writing a simple entry about something that happened to me during this time which did have a profound impact (on me anyway!)

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Nov

27

Sophia Loren and Billy Connelly

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Nina is the Sofia Loren of cows – a leggy Italian full of grace, sophistication and charm. Hamish is Billy Connelly – a hairy Scot with a wicked sense of humour. While they certainly appear to be the odd couple, the get along famously and have done so for the past nine years. In fact their bond is so close I suspect that when one dies, the other will probably follow soon after.

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Nov

01

Ten years

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Ten years ago today a very special person was born – my daughter Kelsea. Ten years ago today I nearly died – 13 blood transfusions saved my life. I have spent the past few days reflecting on all that has happened in this time and thankful that I was given a second chance to experience it.

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