Times, they are a-changin’

Fleur and Jack

Meet Jack. He’s the new addition to the McDonald household. He’s a gorgeous, energetic, five year old Kelpie from Woonwooring Kelpies at Cunderdin.

Why, might you ask, does someone who lives in town and writes books for a living, need a Kelpie? And that would be good question because Kelpies need space to run around in and sheep to chase.

Well, this happened back in November…

New adventures

Yep, I’m finally a farmer again – 2,500 acres of beautiful stock country… But it’s not the conventional way of farming. I’ve gone into partnership with this lovely family.

The partnership… Ian, Caroline, me and of course Jack!

This picture was taken last night. The settlement went through on the 1st of February 2018 and we had a few celebratory drinks on the farm last night.

BUT, I’ve let my side of the partnership down already! The day before new year I prolapsed a disk in my back. The proper diagnosis was: a prolapsed L5/S1 severe root compression and the disk had shattered…

So, that meant a ride in an ambulance, a flight in the RFDS and spinal surgery. Not to mention three weeks in hospital. An interesting  way to spend the new year.

Post surgery

You would not believe how sexy the hospital socks are… And I took this photo after I decided if I didn’t laugh, I’d cry. So I spent the rest of the evening giggling at the red socks over the stockings. I figured the red was supposed to make me shuffle faster, however, I must’ve been given a bung pair because I don’t think anyone walked slower than I did!

sexy socks

Huge, huge thanks to my gorgeous friend Heather to came up from Esperance to be with me during the operation and days afterwards.

All of this means I’ll have a lot more time to write, which I’m doing! I’m writing a new book called Trust in Me, but before that, my April release, FOOL’S GOLD, is nearly out (March 28) and is available for preorder HERE. I’ll write a little more about Fool’s Gold in the next blog, but isn’t the cover pretty? And that’s our gorgeous Detective Dave on the front there!

Fool’s Gold

If you want to read more about it head over HERE.

And, because I don’t do things by half, I had to have a suspicious mole removed from between my toes. The interesting thing bout having  mole removed from this area, is the doctor couldn’t stitch it and left a large gaping crater which will take about six weeks to heal.

Now unless you have a strong stomach, don’t scroll down to the next picture. (GRAPHIC!)

However, if you do, you’ll work out why I’m still shuffling and laid up… and why it’s going to take me a little while to be able get back into the sheep yards. Poor Jack will have to look on longingly for about six months!

The picture was taken two weeks after my foot surgery – and there’s still a long way to go!






Suspicious mole gone!

Comments 11

  1. Congratulations on your new farm, I wish you all the best with that. Oh my go you poor thing as if the disc issue wasn’t bad enough, that toe looks just awful. I hope your shuffling gets quicker, it’s not true about red being faster. I am really looking forward to the new book 🙂 Stay well.

  2. You poor soul,you are having a rough time , sending you very best wishes for a speedy recovery. Looking forward to your next book enormously,love them and Detective Dave. The cover is beautiful! .Hugs xx

  3. I’m so excited for you and your farm journey, but seriously sorry that you’ve been rendered a bit helpless from your surgeries.
    It would be awesome if you got a farm album with photos of your new farm so that you will be able to look back on it and measure your orog was in years to come.

  4. So sorry to hear of your bad luck. I was in hospital for a dodgy L4&L5 and L5&S1 back in July. Thankfully no surgery however still going through rehab.
    Wishing you all the best and a speedy recovery!

  5. Oh you poor girl that toe hole is nasty. I truely believe if you were my child I’d be seeking a bit more dressing or covering. It is too exposed to too many germies. Get well soon you must be longing to get into the paddock.

  6. Ouch Ouch and OUCH, Congrats on your Partnership with the farm, just think how many books you can pump out whilst you are laid up with your injuries and surgeries, get better soon and take care..x

  7. Wishing you a speedy recovery, hopefully while you are laid up you will hit the keyboard and pump out some more of your fantastic books for us to read.Ps I also know a lovely lady called Heather in Esperance,

  8. Heal quickly, Fleur. I can’t wait to see how our fave detective settles in. Jack looks so cute. raring to go. that sure is one ugly hole between your toes! No red dust for you anytime soon.?

  9. Hi Fleur – Special thoughts and a lot of love for a speedy recovery. All the very best for your new business investment. I’m sure Jack will be by your side all the way. Take care! ??

  10. Oh my gosh, Fleur, what a roller coaster you have been on. That is such a massive hole in your foot. I do hope you get better quickly and without any complications. Happy writing and sharefarming. One of these days I will get to meet you. Roll on 2018. Best wishes, Shirley.

  11. Get well soon, the toe looks really nasty
    I have read all your rural novel and cant wait for the next one
    Please keep Dave going, love him
    Get well soon

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