Hello to our favourite month of the year when we cast aside the layers of winter and emerge from our hibernation to embrace the season of new growth and new little creatures from animals great and small.

Baby Henry, always a willing worker at The Bush Store.

As the old saying goes “spring is sprung, the grass is riz, I wonder where the birdies is!!” Gratefully this year, thanks to the beautiful rain through winter, the spring flowers have started to emerge everywhere, and the countryside is starting to look amazing, as wildflowers that haven’t bloomed in years due to the lack of moisture, are thrusting their little heads up through the ground, and as the weeks go past, will provide a magnificent display in God’s great garden – the beautiful Australian bush. Nothing beats wildflowers. No finely arranged garden is a patch on what nature can provide!

Here at The Bush Store, we have been doing a bit of travelling over the winter, going to a few places with our pop-up shop in our trusty shop trailer. We’ve camped in our trailer, and we’ve camped in a big shed in our swags to take our shop to various events. Sometimes, we even get to stay in motels!

The Shop trailer getting ready to go on the road.

So far this winter we have been to places such as Thargomindah for the Shearers Shindig, the Charleville Campdraft, AgGrow in Emerald, out to Windorah to meet travellers as they go out to the Big Red Bash, the Yowah Opal Festival and the Terrick Ram Sale and the Blackall Beefup Forum.

We are also planning to go the Valera Vale Droughtmaster Bull Sale on the 30th September. We are still working on dates going forward from then. If anyone has any suggestions, we will gladly be open to them!

Inside our PopUp Shop!

Jeff and I enjoy meeting people as we trip around as work at our 89,000-acre sheep and cattle property permits. Having such a beautiful season, this is easier this year than most!

We also welcome people to come and have smoko with us at “Barbara Plains” Wyandra in the homestead and see our “shop”. I am looking forward to working on a permanent space here at “Barbara Plains” and not just in our “popup capacity”. If anyone wants to visit us, please phone through to make a suitable time.

Beau with the cake he helped make!

Many people who visit us in our popup shop, are always so amazed at the quality of the handbags, bags, purses and wallets made by the Australian Bush Collection in Sydney. These 100% leather goods are lovingly made by the craftsmen that work in the Tempe factory. We travel around displaying our wares to try and encourage people to take seriously the importance of Australian manufacturing as it is up to us all, to try and keep this dream alive, not only for ourselves, but for the children to come.

cow standing under handbag that is hanging from the tree

My baby girl “Codi” who was my number one helper, but sadly passed away not long after this photo was taken.

As I always tell people, The Bush Store is not our core business, we are primary producers who have the shop on the side to promote Australian manufacturing and agriculture.  As anyone who comes into our store can tell you, I don’t mind a yarn and Jeff and I are both very passionate Australians who love our nation and want people to realise that is vital for us to do our bit to ensure that agriculture and Australian manufacturing has a future, so that we all have a future.

September 2022.