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    Craig Eddie – Open Sesame

    Remember Open Sesame – the magic words that allowed Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves entry into the treasure filled cave? Well Boobook Explore, located in Roma Queensland, has its own version of open sesame. It is snails. Snails, you ask? That seems fairly innocuous, doesn’t it? To the average person the word snails does… Read more »

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    Life is Never Boring – Echidna

    Ever had one of those weekends when you thought you would do “this” and you ended up doing “that”.  It happens plenty of times at our place.  My son and I were going to do some concreting first thing – cement in some posts for an outdoor gym he was creating.  Craig, my husband, was… Read more »

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  • stock route cattle country outback queensland

    Life is Never Boring – Stock Route

    After picking up the kids from school in Roma and travelling home the other day, we had to give way to a different type of traffic – not unusual for Outback Queensland. Thought I would pull over and take a photo. This mob of cattle is travelling the “long Paddock”, which is an Australian colloquial… Read more »

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  • Early Mornings on the farm dogs cattle Roma region Queensland Outback flood water

    Life is Never Boring – Flood Gates

    I ducked out to the farm recently (about 40kms north of Roma, Queensland), it was a beautiful early morning trip to check on the cattle, see how the grass was growing after the beautiful rain we had received and to see how our flood gates were holding up.  Flood gates are the fences we put… Read more »

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  • mustering dogs

    Life is Never Boring – Mustering

    Recently, I spent a couple of days mustering cattle to treat them for Buffalo Fly. The buffalo fly, Haematobia irritans exigua, is a small biting fly 3.5 – 4 mm long. They feed off cattle and buffalo (hence their name), and cause irritation which can result in reduced production, if cattle are heavily infested.  They… Read more »

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  • baby emus just hatched

    Life is Never Boring – Emus

    Hi I’m Meryl. I had a tourism planning meeting in Roma, Queensland a couple of weeks back.  When I came outside of the Visitor Information Centre at around 1pm and found these two tourists enjoying the rain.  It is not often we get emus in the middle of town, and when we do they are… Read more »

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  • Life is Never Boring – Extreme Weather

    It never ceases to amaze me the amount of time and support long term locals give up to help their community across Outback Queensland.  The owners and staff of BOOBOOK are another great example of this, even if I do say so myself. Two years ago, I and some fellow like-minded people, started a junior… Read more »

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  • Roma Big Rig tourism centre information

    Life is Never Boring – Roma Tourism

    Hi, I’m Meryl and I’ve been lucky enough to be invited to help review the Roma Big Rig Oil Patch display along with other people from within the region.  A few years back the Maranoa Regional Council produced The Big Rig Master Plan, which identifies a lot of great actions.  Unfortunately funding availability has restricted… Read more »

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  • woman on horse on her farm in Roma

    Life is Never Boring – Part One

     Hi, I’m Meryl.  I live on the outskirts of a country town called Roma in Outback Queensland.  Between my family, the farm, running an ecological consulting business, ecotour business, and community interests, life is never boring.  This is the beginning of my Blog, as I aim to share with you weekly some of the day… Read more »

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  • guide tour woman flower botanist wildflower

    Introducing our Botanist, Rose

    What does being a botanist mean? If you check the dictionary the broad definition it gives is a person who studies all plant life – from grasses to tall trees. However there’s more to it for me. Being a botanist is not just learning the names of plants, it’s also about being passionate for plants,… Read more »

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