Steve and Dotty

Snakes alive
Bendigo Weekly
The warmer months have me and my family engaging in more than our fair share of alfresco dining with the trusty four-burner Beefmaster barbecue earning its keep, parked conspicuously on our timber deck overlooking the bush. Weekends herald the almost mandatory bacon and eggs breakfas..
07-Dec-2017
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Slipping back to cricket
Joel Peterson
The pages of history are littered with triumphant comebacks, moments remembered for their against-all-odds outcomes. In sport they have brilliant names: The Music City Miracle and the Greatest Comeback On Ice to name a couple. In history, there’s Mandela, and they tell ..
01-Dec-2017
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Door opens on a new world
Steve Kendall
GLADSTONE my big, brown cat has drawn attention to himself recently, including in this column. He roams the house at night yelling and cussing, demanding access to rooms he has no need to be in. Finally the long-suffering Mrs Kendall and I remembered the super-duper flash cat door we had..
23-Nov-2017
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In the world of the snowflakes
Steve Kendall
THE heat was on at the weekend, and I finally discovered the true meaning of the snowflake generation. Of course I have heard the term often enough, but now I have seen it. It’s something about them melting when the going gets tough or too hot. My biggest farming days of the ye..
17-Nov-2017
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Trick for a treat
Steve Kendall
I have two dogs. Well actually I have a dog and a pug. What’s more the pug has only one eye, but the long-suffering Mrs Kendall did such a good job with the surgery, he looks like he is resting one eye. He puts that good eye to very good use as you can imagine, mostly when he ..
09-Nov-2017
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Boxing with the bees
Steve Kendall
Our tech/IT man has just come back from his honeymoon, and he’s sporting a huge swelling. Custard, as we charmingly call him, has been out of the office for two weeks, he’s been to Queensland and had a grand old time with his new wife, but it was in sunny Bendigo where he came to..
02-Nov-2017
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Impelled to repair
Steve Kendall
ONE of the joys of modern living is the ability to own a dishwasher. Of course this goes hand in hand with the benefits of a clothes washer and drier, but it was my dishwasher which decided to go bung. After setting it to run overnight I had the horror on Friday morning of seeing and err..
26-Oct-2017
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Dianne Dempsey is going live
Dianne Dempsey
You would think you’d be safe mucking around on your phone late at night. You’ve pulled up the drawbridge, you’re not drinking, you’re not even driving, you’re just mucking around with Facebook… Generally I just voyeuristically look at the messages. Oh, M..
19-Oct-2017
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Life in the big smoke
Dianne Dempsey
Without meaning to sound like a total dotard (yes Donald you’re not the only one) as the years go by I find it more difficult to negotiate the city traffic. OK, I freak out, grip the steering wheel tightly, perspire (I’m a lady) and have kittens. Oh yes, I also shut my eyes...
12-Oct-2017
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Running out of steam
Steve Kendall
It is often said that you do not miss something until it’s gone. This certainly came true last weekend when the hot water ceased to flow. We had a fault with the heating and after the plumber had been the heating was fine. Trouble was, the hot water stopped working. The fir..
06-Oct-2017
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Sleep-killer cat
Steve Kendall
I was so happy when I adopted a big brown cat from the RSPCA. To be honest I had a bit of a battle to get him, but in the end my persistence paid off. He’s an elderly gentleman of 10, and he is very set in his ways, and there lies the problem. I imagine in his previous home he..
27-Sep-2017
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Ringing in change
Steve Kendall
I know I mention the sheep a lot, but they take up a lot of my spare time. Last weekend we set about the task of marking and injecting and checking the lambs from this year. Due to a variety of weather and availability reasons, we finally mustered the team on Sunday. We may have been..
14-Sep-2017
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A tough approach
Bendigo Weekly
And the Mother of the Year Award goes to... Not me. I am a mother of two primary school aged kids. There are several occasions where they are the first to tell me I am the worst mother in the world. In some instances I might agree but overall they are happy, healthy well-rounded ki..
07-Sep-2017
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Do all roads lead to Rome?
Steve Kendall
AS I left it last week, Molly the red tractor was axle deep in the mud. Of course I could not just leave her there, so the plot started to remove her from the bog, and a bog it was. Of course the beaut ute was out of the question, as was the neighbour’s tractor, so I took a leaf ou..
31-Aug-2017
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Molly in the mud
Steve Kendall
LAST year I managed to bog the ute and trailer in the paddock. I unhitched the trailer and managed to pull the ute out with the tractor. The trailer stayed there for a few weeks until it was dry enough to remove. Trouble was, the new lambs ha..
24-Aug-2017
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A mixed bag
Steve Kendall
NOT one yarn bomber came to see me at the Bendigo Writers Festival. Despite my polite offer I was left high and dry. Their work was there, but no bombers. Anyway, I was busy at times so I may not have been able to say much. The festival itself was a joy, and I got to interview j..
18-Aug-2017
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Woolly time of year
Steve Kendall
IT is a woolly time of year. I have my reasons for this statement. One, I am spending hours looking after lambing ewes, and their offspring. It’s been cold and wet and the ewes have been choosing the coldest and wettest times to give birth. Seems to be over now, but as usual th..
10-Aug-2017
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Trouble, by George
Joel Peterson
THE Peterson household is an interesting environment at the best of times. But recently, a new form of fun has been introduced to the mix – a puppy. Specifically, George the Labrador. As this column is frequented by the Kendall canines, it’s only fair that my ne..
03-Aug-2017
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US SOS trouble
Sharon Kemp
YOU get 15 years to life for kidnapping in the US state of Utah. For kidnapping your own children, you get to keep them, but only after questions from police in two US states and two North American countries. Yes, I was suspected of this felony. Previously, just the thought of being..
27-Jul-2017
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Frozen lamb
Steve Kendall
THE long-suffering Mrs Kendall and I are in the middle of lambing. You would have thought we would have given up on this “hobby” by now, as it’s quite a draining effort. We have about 120 ewes in various stages of the birthing project at the moment with a good few lambs..
20-Jul-2017
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