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Thursday, 20 February 2014

My Valentine's Day

Last Friday Matthew and I had the opportunity to attend the Queensland Rural Press Club's first luncheon of the year in Brisbane, an event held once a month with a variety of interesting guest speakers in attendance.

"The RURAL PRESS CLUB (RPC) aims to strengthen the links between rural media, public relations, agriculture, business and government groups in Queensland. It was founded by a group of agricultural journalists over 40 years ago who wanted to promote the development of pastoral and agricultural resources in Australia and to spread knowledge of new farm developments, ideas and techniques to the Australian community".



As well as being able to listen to National Farmers' Federation president Brent Finlay talk about the future of family farming in Australia and the NFF's involvement with new trade negotiations, the yet to be announced drought relief package as well as the government's recently announced Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper, the RPC also announced this year's Excellence in Rural Media Awards.  It also proved an exciting opportunity for a socially-starved mum to dress up and pretend my husband was flying me to Brisbane simply because it was Valentine's Day.

I was extremely humbled to be awarded the inaugural 'Excellence in Social Media' award for this blog.


Pictured with National Farmers' Federation President Brent Finlay and Rural Press Club (Qld) President Brendan Egan. (Photo compliments of Qld Country Life).

I'm guessing that's my fifteen minutes of fame done and dusted.  Thanks to those who have already forwarded congratulations, it was an unexpected honour.

38 comments:

  1. Hey well done!!!!! Huge congratulations!

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    1. Thanks Ali, rather unexpected but much appreciated.

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  2. Many congratulations Fiona! The internet has made such a difference to how we connect as women and as a country - so often the rural/city divide creates a gulf of misunderstanding, thanks to you, we are all better informed ..... and entertained!

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    1. Amy, I'm hopeful that other rural bloggers like myself and Sharon can help to 'bridge the gap' between city and country, if indeed there is one. Thankyou.

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    2. geez I don't think I'm even in the same category as your award winning self!!!

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  3. Wow congratulations and well deserved to. I am sure he did fly you to Brisbane just because it was Valentine's Day and I hope you enjoyed it.

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    1. We had a lovely day away from 'normality' Anne ... and he did give me the chocolate heart that came with our morning coffee.

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  4. That is so cool! Congratulations! Very deserving.

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    1. Thankyou CountryMum. I've been so enjoying your amazing photography that's been arriving in my inbox in past weeks.

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  5. Congratulations Fiona..very much deserved! I absolutely love your beautiful photographs and stories from the land, always written with such honesty and, as always, your wonderful humour. xx

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    1. Thankyou Cassie, though I'm preaching to the converted talking to you, with your rural ties. I'm going to enjoy a meal at RockSalt one day in the near future.

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  6. Hi, I think it's about time I introduce myself. I stumbled upon your blog over a year ago, when you did a guest segment on Kidspot (I think) and have been following it ever since. I grew up in Europe and have lived in Australia for 10 years now. Just like so many other Australian city people, I had/have no idea what 'real country living' is like. The beautiful photos on your blog as well as the sensitive and sometimes witty comments keep on showing me a little glimpse of what farming is like in this country. Thank you! I think you very much deserve the award and I look forward to many more blog posts to come.
    Just because of the whole 'I read about your life, feel free to look at mine' thing, here's the link to my blog: dekeyserstijn.wordpress.com It is in Dutch however. ;-)

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    1. Thankyou Nele for dropping by, I'll be sure to return the favour, though I'm not sure how good my Dutch is!

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  7. Well done Fiona. You do such a great job with your blog. The stories and beautiful photos of farming life always have me looking forward to your next post. Congratulations. x

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    1. I could learn a lot from you Zara with your beautiful photography and eloquent writing. Thankyou for your kind words.

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  8. Congratulations. But the big news is I got an email from Sally.How good is that!

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    1. And she is equally excited to have received a reply. Hope all is well with you Old Nev.

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  9. Congratulations! What a fantastic and well-deserved honour. You look fantastic in the red dress too!

    xx Susan

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    1. Thanks Susan ... I was a bit lost without my big girls home to offer wardrobe advice. Of course husband went with the red, and it was Valentine's Day after all.

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  10. Congratulations Fiona! I am only a new follower to your blog but really loving it! What a great achievement!

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    1. Thanks so much Jessica, I was quite blown away myself.

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  11. Congratulations on a well deserved honour. Since reading your blog I have been able to see the good times and bad times. Politicians should read your blog and other farming blogs to see how farming life really is. You have a unique way of showing it how it really is on the land with the facts and a little bit of humour. I secretly think that Matthew really flew you to Brisbane for Valentines Day!!! Congratulations again.

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    1. Thankyou Louise, it still blows me away that anybody reads this blog, but I'm certainly appreciative of those that do. Every life is full of good and bad, sometimes it's nicer to read about the good though.

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  12. Congratulations! You deserve it Fiona. Reading your blog, it always amazes me how different your farming life is to ours in England, yet the same things bind us together (I’m talking about the weather!). Keep posting those photos – they’re a welcome burst of sunshine!

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    1. Thanks Anne, I enjoy seeing the similarities between farming in different countries too, and the fact that the confounded weather keeps us all guessing, just different ends of the spectrum in our two countries.

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  13. Congratulations. I love your blog and read every post! Bonita

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    1. Thanks Bonita, lovely to see comments from people I had no idea were even reading.

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  14. go you good thing. Do hope Matthew didn't look like a bushranger alongside your rather slick looking self!

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    1. I reckon it must be your turn next,

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    2. Ditto to what Old Nev said Sharon.
      And yes Ned Kelly came along for the ride!

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    3. you called him Ned Kelly, not I ;-) (actually, is it more ZZ Top, than bushranger....?!) snicker

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  15. Oh well done Fiona!!! Congratulations, so well deserved!!! I adore your blog - it truly reflects 'real' Australian country life as well as country values - and you are a wonderful Ambassador for it, albeit VERY glamorous in your red dress. You look beautiful. Mel x

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    1. Thankyou Mel, I'm happy to be an ambassador for the bush, just as you are an incredible ambassador for your home state.
      Not sure on the glamorous, I look at photos of myself and only see wrinkles!

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  16. Just read this. Woohoo! You are a clever lady and deserve all your success.

    You look beautiful too.

    xxx

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  17. Congratulations, it is wonderful to have recognition for your blog!

    I enjoy reading every post, and love the frankness and humour you utilise in your writing. Your photographs are simply amazing, often requiring little in the way of extra commentary. (I got a little teary over the photo of Sally and her dog embracing - such a inspiring visualisation of pure love!)

    As a girl from the 'burbs' your blog has given me a greater appreciation of what hardships and highlights the farming communities experience. Your family is an inspiration to ours, and when we hear about the rains in 'middle qld' we often think of you!

    Thanks for sharing your story,
    Deb

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  18. Just many more congratulations are in order! Just love your blog and the great fotos.

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  19. Congratulations! Very well deserved!

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  20. Wow! Congratulations Fiona! Well-deserved award to a brilliant farmer who shows the world what it's all about!

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