Steve and Dotty

Too much hot air in Canberra
Steve Kendall
I WENT on a little trip last week to Canberra. I wanted to soak up our capital, and most notably the workings of parliament. We all watch the fuss on the TV, I wanted to see it for real. I looked at hotel cost, and as it was a parliament sitting week the prices had gone bananas. ..
17-Feb-2017
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A well-constructed plan
Steve Kendall
IT was the long-suffering Mrs Kendall’s birthday last week and I had to think of a plan. When I first met Mrs K she had a long-suffering boyfriend who failed to live up to her birthday expectations, and he was gone within the week, so I know the level of pressure. The first trick ..
09-Feb-2017
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The ABC of broadcasting
Steve Kendall
I WOULD like to do a bit of self promotion. Nothing new there I here you say, but this is about one of my true joys in life. Being on the radio. For the past few years in Bendigo I have been the occasional guest on the ABC Central Victoria morning show. Fiona Parker has put up with ..
02-Feb-2017
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Fit for the school run
Steve Kendall
THE holidays are nearly over. The youngsters are heading back to school next week. Though I have been at work the whole time, this has been a holiday for me, a holiday from the mummymobiles taking the kids to school. Now I know the precious cherubs need to get to school but these huge co..
26-Jan-2017
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Nipping out for a bite
Steve Kendall
WHEN I headed to Australia to live I was fully aware of the bitey things. Spiders and snakes were almost as high on the teaching agenda as the koalas and the kangaroos at school, so I had some warning. Back in 1989 I moved to Cairns in far north Queensland and met a whole new bunch of su..
19-Jan-2017
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All set for a family reunion
Steve Kendall
WE made a rookie error. Real farmers out there will scoff and chuckle at us Blockies trying to get it right, but every error is a learning experience. I am talking about sheep again, but to be honest they take up quite a bit of my spare time and take on an important segment of life. ..
12-Jan-2017
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Sleepless in the saddle
Steve Kendall
After many years of knowing the long-suffering Mrs Kendall she rekindled her love of horses. It had always been there, but it had taken a break from childhood only to resurface once we had an area with a bit of space. Lucy came first while we lived in Scotland. We moved to Australia ..
05-Jan-2017
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Who’s the party smarty?
Steve Kendall
THEMES for Christmas parties. Reckon I will be heading to my 39th work Christmas party next week, and some I have trouble remembering. Some are best forgotten for a variety of reasons, but others are just forgotten. What you need to keep it to mind is a theme. That way when you a..
16-Dec-2016
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Sounds of the country
Steve Kendall
OUR little hobby has grown somewhat, and last weekend we put 179 sheep and lambs through the shearing shed. I was in the lowly position of sweeping, baling and moving sheep, while the lofty ranks were filled by the classer and the shearer. The shearer rules the roost on these events, and the..
08-Dec-2016
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War in the living room
Steve Kendall
I THINK I have compassion fatigue, that or I am getting old, jaded and cynical. There’s a train of thought that old newspapermen get so cynical because it helps get through the tough jobs. I must admit we don’t have too many grisly tales here in Bendigo, but we do have enough to ..
02-Dec-2016
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Grass is always greener
Steve Kendall
HAVE you heard of meal envy? It’s where you’re out for dinner and the person you’re with orders a meal and when it arrives you’d prefer it over what you chose. I must admit I have not suffered it for a while, as I choose carefully, but it can cause unnecessary angst ..
24-Nov-2016
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All that glitters
Steve Kendall
I WAS let loose last week to attend a conference. I had to bear in mind I was representing the company, and best behaviour was the order of the day. I have mellowed a bit in recent years, so there was no real danger of me cutting loose but you never know. My biggest problem was wearing a..
17-Nov-2016
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The stairway to heaven
Steve Kendall
PILED another load of cash into sheep yards at the weekend, but I think the job is almost done. I never felt game to buy the whole lot at once, so have spread the expense over three years. Finally, I am fitted up without the use of baling twine and luck. All fence joints are reasonably s..
10-Nov-2016
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Air assault continues
Steve Kendall
A COUPLE of weeks ago I touched on the subject of mosquitos. I reckon I led the pack on the coverage, I led and others followed. Now is the time to revisit the subject and compare notes. By some stroke of luck I remain untouched by them, sure they have been flying around and even landing..
03-Nov-2016
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The summer slow down
Steve Kendall
WARNING, I am going to mention the C-word. Yep, Christmas is on its way, and the shops are letting us know. I have my own countdown, and it’s started this week with the Bendigo Cup. The days are (should be) getting warmer, and thoughts of that special day on December 25 are startin..
27-Oct-2016
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Sting in the tale
Steve Kendall
IN 1989 when I first moved to Australia I chose Cairns. Where the reef meets the rainforest is how the guide books describe it, and it certainly lives up to the name. In sunny Victoria we have a few snakes to worry about, up in Far North Queensland crocodiles frequent the waterways. It w..
20-Oct-2016
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Easy riding on the quad
Bendigo Weekly
I have been a man of the paddocks for a few years now, and have a couple of hundred hours on the tractor. Up until now I have managed to steer clear of a quad bike. The long-suffering Mrs Kendall decided out of the blue that she needed one, so it was put into my hands, with help from my brot..
13-Oct-2016
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Counting on the rams
Steve Kendall
THAT was a big winter, spent a few weeks of it with the lambing. Our 75 merinos were served by a couple of virgin rams, and we didn’t know what the hit rate would be. Turned out our rams were on the money with a constant stream of lambs being born from day one of due date. ..
06-Oct-2016
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Gate crashers moove in
Sharon Kemp
YOU can’t get anything past Frank. But something is going on with his black cows that makes me think they are trying to pull the hide over his eyes – to achieve their own ends, whatever that is. But he is on to them. When we visited him on the farm at Axedale recently, Frank..
28-Sep-2016
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Slurpers are taking the lead
Steve Kendall
HAVE you noticed the way fully grown adults have reverted to childish things? A few years ago the only people sucking drink through a straw were children and babies. Now everyone, everywhere seems to have a sippy cup or have to drink coffee through a lid. Always on the move, some peo..
26-Sep-2016
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