26 episodes

A Graziher podcast telling stories of women who live in rural and
regional Australia. Stories from all kinds of women who have lived all kinds of lives from all
different walks of life.

In our first season, over eight episodes, join our hosts, Skye Manson and Emily Herbert, as they speak to women from all over Australia.

Hear from farmers, mothers, photographers, business owners, from teachers, nurses and doctors too. Hear from women who have moved to the country and who moved out of the country. Everyday women we all have a story to tell.

Life on the Land Graziher

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 291 Ratings

A Graziher podcast telling stories of women who live in rural and
regional Australia. Stories from all kinds of women who have lived all kinds of lives from all
different walks of life.

In our first season, over eight episodes, join our hosts, Skye Manson and Emily Herbert, as they speak to women from all over Australia.

Hear from farmers, mothers, photographers, business owners, from teachers, nurses and doctors too. Hear from women who have moved to the country and who moved out of the country. Everyday women we all have a story to tell.

    Fleur McDonald's writes best selling books based on experiences of overcoming adversity in farming

    Fleur McDonald's writes best selling books based on experiences of overcoming adversity in farming

    Our guest on Life on the Land this week is prolific rural fiction writer from Western Australian Fleur McDonald. In the last 12 years she's written 18 books, the latest 'Something to Hide' is out this week. Long before Fleur was a writer, she was chasing the dream to be a farmer, hassling the patriarchy at every opportunity so she could build her skills and one-day own her own piece of land.

    She realised this dream when she moved to Esperance in Western Australia but her story gradually became complex and difficult, even her writing had to be done in secret sometimes.

    Fleur's own tale is of a lifelong love of the land peppered with challenges; isolation, anxiety, divorce, disability and many disappointments.

    Thank you to our Series Sponsor - Blundstone Australia.

    Graziher's Autumn Edition is on sale now at your local stockist and for a limited time in selected Coles Stores. This issue is jam-packed with goodness so don't miss it.

    • 46 min
    Elisha Parker wears all the hats

    Elisha Parker wears all the hats

    From a school of the air childhood, where afternoon's meant sticky hands from the
    molasses feed run in the 90's drought to riding bikes, chasing birds and starting mini-businesses, there emerged a girl with a quite confidence landing her as a lawyer, an ag-tech innovator and an exciting new advocate with an inimitable spark, that's hard to extinguish.

    Even in the wee hours of the early morning, while soothing sleepless babies, Elisha Parker is excited about the opportunity to spend time not catching up on sleep but working!!

    Elisha is from Clermont in Central Queensland. Daytime means working full time as a lawyer.
    Night-times mean fine tuning her innovative website cattlesales.com.au which she co-founded in 2015. There's also two young children in the mix and handful of other community projects - not to mention the fact that she's the QLD finalist for the Agrifutures Rural Women of the Year award this year. So what is the perfect childhood recipe to produce such a go-getter of women?
    By the sounds of things is just a freedom to explore life possibilities.

    Thank you to our Series Sponsor - Blundstone Australia.

    Graziher's Autumn Edition is on sale now at your local stockist and for a limited time in selected Coles Stores. This issue is jam-packed with goodness so don't miss it.

    • 36 min
    Stephanie Trethewey created a podcast to overcome the isolation of rural living

    Stephanie Trethewey created a podcast to overcome the isolation of rural living

    If you haven't grown up on the land the foray into rural life is often closely followed by a the feeling of isolation, being separated from your people and different from your normal environment where everything you knew was familiar and ordered. Isolation is definitely not unique to the bush it's a challenge that so many mothers in rural Australia have experienced.

    Stephanie Trethewey is one of them and she's making much of it. Her podcast, Motherland, interviewing ordinary and extraordinary rural Mum's has had over 110,000 downloads.

    Her new vocation is not what Steph ever imagined , she was born in Sydney and with a career as a TV reporter she had not a thought for a life on the land. But on a quiet news day while working in Queensland, she interviewed her now husband Sam Tretheway and thought he was kinda cute and the rest is history. This is her story!

    Thank you to our Series Sponsor Blundstone Australia.

    Stephanie has also written a piece for the Autumn edition of Graziher which is ON SALE NOW. If you are interested in purchasing a subscription for yourself or a friend visit graziher.com.au

    • 34 min
    Fanny Lumsden comes from a long line of farming families and show ponies.

    Fanny Lumsden comes from a long line of farming families and show ponies.

    This chick, ARIA award winning Australian country music singer and song writer Fanny Lumsden is a such a legend. The energy that she gives off even via a computer screen is pretty special. Fanny is a born to be entertainer, who somehow maintains the authenticity of a girl who's grown up on a farm, she sees the true beauty of small communities (insert her Country Halls Tour) in Australia and yet has 8 golden guitars awards sitting on her mantle piece. And is still surprised at the ongoing success or her career.

    Part of her story is what happened in 2020. One thing was bushfire - her home was in the middle of the Dunns Road fire. It became a mega-fire, 6-hundred thousand hectares in size. A proper Armageddon. Then on the day her 3rd Album was to be released - COVID lockdown hit. It was bad. We talk about this but not before we wind it back to a topic that's is pure delight; her childhoods and the days of singing in the sheep shed and doing circus moves on the back of her horses!

    Thank you to our series sponsor Blundstone Australia.

    If you'd like to meet more women like Fanny, you can do so on the pages of our magazine Graziher. You can purchase a subscription at graziher.com.au

    • 48 min
    BONUS: Maggie MacKellar on writing, journalling and being in touch with Life on the Land

    BONUS: Maggie MacKellar on writing, journalling and being in touch with Life on the Land

    our latest guest was farmer, historian and author Maggie MacKellar who now lives in the tiny town on the east coast of Tasmania - as Maggie so beautifully told us in her interview released on Monday there's been many bumps in her life. One thing that's helped her process the blindsides that have beset her is writing and journalling, a discipline she does religiously each morning. Not only has it helped her overcome adversity but her words have become the basis of books and memoirs. So she shares with you, her practise and what it brings to her life on the land.

    • 14 min
    Maggie MacKellar was saved by her Life on the Land

    Maggie MacKellar was saved by her Life on the Land

    In her life to-date farmer, historian and author Maggie MacKellar has navigated some of the most horrendously unexpected undertows of life. But now, in her home with her partner, in a tiny town on the east coast of Tasmania, it's their Life on the Land that's brought her to calmer waters again.

    Some of you may already know Maggie's story, she's been on ABC TV's Australian Story twice. The first was the story of her husband, Mike who became acutely unwell with a mental health illness, which quickly took hold of his once healthy mind and escalated to a situation where he took his own life. Maggie was 6 months pregnant with their second child at the time. Then, soon after, Maggie's rock, the person who gave her breath - her mother - was taken when an acute cancer took her life leaving Maggie reeling again .....

    When we asked Maggie if she'd like to be interviewed she was needed to think. Because stepping back in time is not something she, or her children do often ...... and when she looks back now, she admits, things are no less hard or harrowing, but they do look a bit different.....

    Thankyou to our series sponsor Blundstone.

    Our Autumn issue is so close and will be arriving soon on Subscribers doorsteps. If you'd like the same surprise in your mailbox you can subscribe for yourself - or a friend - or both at graziher.com.au

    Thanks for listening, we'll be back next week with another story of Life on the Land.

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
291 Ratings

291 Ratings

Ginni's Mobile ,

Fabulous podcasts

Thank you Skye for your wonderful Graziher podcasts. Your guests are a fantastic inspiration. I have loved every story and wish podcasts had been around when my Mum was a young farmer’s wife fresh from the city. She raised 4 kids, taught all correspondence lessons (& then gratefully packed us all of to boarding school!), was involved in various charities, was housewife, mother and farmer. Occasionally she took time out to sew and loved to write as well. A woman of true resilience like you and your beautiful guests. Please keep up the great work. I love hearing everyone’s stories.

Melrose Libby ,

Great podcast!

What a fabulous podcast full of amazing women with interesting stories to tell.

Awokenpermaculturalist ,

Amazing

Such an inspirational and beautiful podcast!

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