• Jack the Immortal

    For most of the properties that I have worked at during my woolclassing career, there would be a 12 month stint between visits. While most of the woolgrowers are exceptional and a large chunk of them I now fondly call friends, it’s their working dogs that get me excitedly holding my breath in anticipation for work to start Monday morning, hoping that they’ve still kicked on for another year. There are a few dogs that have a special place in my heart, Bullet from Dunwinnie, Wooly from Tarwoona, Tripod from Avon Downs. Old Jack though, he’s one very special old mate of mine. Jack is 14 years young. His front…

  • WHITE GUM WOOL

    When I first walked into Nan’s simple, yet stylish Oatlands home in Tasmania’s southern Midlands, she was unpacking groceries delivered from an organic produce supplier in Hobart. As she spoke of her home, milk formula made from scratch was gently simmering on her stove top for her poddy lamb. This woman had me at hello. Jumping into her electric ATV, she drove me to meet her poddy, her seven dogs and we headed up the hillsides into Nan’s world, ‘White Gum Wool’. Nan has always longed for a life on the land, she has an affinity with the animals surrounding her. Pursuing a career as an oceanographer for the majority…

  • Naomi, Audrey, Kenny & Paddy

    Naomi McLennan

    Watching Naomi walking around her Terip Terip property, ‘Arrabri’ with her three dogs, Audrey, Kenny and Paddy, you can almost hear the land under her feet talking to her. She has a spiritual connection with the land, like they were meant to be. It’s the land she has known her whole life and the land that she has made a life from. Her parents, Bruce and Denise live just around the corner at Taradale. They too are running their own farm and still work closely with Naomi on a daily basis. While the general rule is, never work with friends or family, Naomi and her folks are a refreshing exception…

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