People of Harrow: trooper Bruce 

That big bloke through the window there is Bruce, a local farmer who is a natural with horses; for twenty years he and his horse (or rather, one horse or another) have been volunteering to appear in the renowned Sound and Light Show. The show re-enacts (and, no doubt, embellishes upon) Harrow’s historic past, and Bruce’s trooper is a show favourite, especially when the horse appears outside the Hermitage Hotel to meet members of the audience. It’s a great night out, where you’re guaranteed a good feed of historically-inspired tucker while you learn about Harrow’s early history in a hilarious, rollicking show. 

Panasonic Lumix DMC GX7 with 20mm f1.7 lens. In camera monochrome filter used; edited with Snapseed app.

Love My Town: Harrow in the spotlight 

Harrow is a vibrant town and community, way out west in Victoria, Australia, rich in history and character. I moved here a few years ago when I fell in love with a hand-made house (I tell people I moved here for an amazing house, and stayed for the wonderful community), and have never had a moment’s regret. Coming here felt like coming home. In the time I have lived here I have volunteered for community service for the first time, been the editor of the local newsletter, edited a book as part of a five-year community project, learned to contribute to something bigger than my own life, made forever-friends, and become the best version of myself so far. Harrow – where volunteerism has become a fine art – is filled with people with similar stories.

Tonight, Harrow’s people crowded into the local pub to watch the screening of the Harrow episode of ABC TV’s Back Roads, though it was hard to hear it over all the hooting, laughing and congratulating of various folks as they came on screen. It was a crazy, happy night, and one that will be remembered as part of Harrow’s continuing folklore – from 1800s pioneer town to the little village that punches above its weight to remain relevant when other towns are giving up the ghost.

God bless you Harrow, you’ve got a lot to be proud of.

Happy Australia Day: silo art at Sheep Hills 

Along with many others, I’ve been musing on the notion of celebrating our love for Australia on a day that the first Australians think of as commemorating the invasion leading to European settlement and irreparable damage to an ancient culture. 

I don’t want to get all political about it, but I wanted to show you how we decided to celebrate this day. This is the new mural at Sheep Hills, between Minyip and Warracknabeal, featuring Wimmera Elders Ron Marks and Regina Hood, along with a young boy and a young girl, to acknowledge indigenous culture and knowledge. 

I’m so grateful to have been born in Australia, I love my country.