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Jumping posts and tree stumps

Being single and new to Melbourne, I knew no-one. I decided to try meeting people by answering those “Personal Ads” that appear in the local paper. Many were probably weirdos but surely there had to be a few relatively normal … Continue reading

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Overheard in a classy establishment

When my brother was going through University, he worked evenings in a high class hotel bar. We used to look forward to him coming home every weekend. He always had some great tale that would leave us laughing. Because it … Continue reading

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Mum’s Christmas Present

My brother and sister and I had been making lemon honey and lemonade and ran a stall in the local park, for pocket money. Dad had helped us make a barrow, figuring it was a good parental move to foster … Continue reading

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Paddy O’Reily’s court case

We heard there was an accident at the turn off on the highway and never thought much about it until Paddy O’Reilly’s Missus called in asking for Dad’s help. A truck driver had fallen asleep at the wheel and run … Continue reading

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Why you never abuse a psychologist

I arrived back in Melbourne at 4:30pm from a Psychology conference in Brisbane and discovered that all my luggage had been put on the wrong flight and was in Adelaide. I only had a few dollars left in my wallet … Continue reading

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What fish?

Over several years, we enlarged the farm dam until it was a reliable small lake with a population of Redfin and yabbies. In Australia, because of the bush fire risk, just before the end of winter, we would gather all … Continue reading

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The World ended last night. Did I sleep through it?

So the world ended last night. I woke up and was on my way to make the first cup of coffee for the day, when I saw my teenager (aka. the resident zombie) stumbling towards me. One look at that … Continue reading

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Why did you call it “The Rusty Rake”?

What made you call your website “The Rusty Rake”? Well I helped the folks next door, shift house a while ago. They had sold up and bought a place in the city. They had too much stuff to fit it … Continue reading

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Diversify – every year is different.

After a drought that has lasted for over ten years, we had become adept at recycling water . . . Continue reading

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In the beginning . . . Our own Red Sea

During the building of our house, the water board did a survey of our area and revised the stormwater drainage plans. That meant that some of the trenches had to be altered – not that easy when you have to … Continue reading

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