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About Jessica Fealy

Jessica Fealy is a qualified Chartered Accountant, experienced workshop facilitator, farm wife at Blue Sky Produce, mum of four and business owner at Back Paddock Business. Jess is passionate about the value of small business in rural communities and the real benefits that can be realised in business when profit and purpose combine.

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Palm Cove – Bell Girls Weekend 2014


IMG_5139There are soooooo many blog posts floating around in my head at the moment with our whole camping holiday to share still, but I’m going to start with a post from a few weeks ago to fill you in on the awesome weekend I had with my mum and two sisters.  This weekend really kicked off ‘holiday season’ for me as this is the best, and really the only time of year, that we can squeeze a bit of time off from the farm at Blue Sky. Continue reading

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O’Briens Creek, Mt Surprise.

We finished off our two weeks away last weekend with a few nights camping with family at O’Briens Creek and doing some gem fossicking. My Aunty Leanne wrote a post about it on her blog ‘Travelling is An Adventure”. I thought I would share the post on our blog too as it will probably be a week or so until I get a chance to do our post about our time at O’briens Creek. It was a great weekend and a really lovely spot!! Leanne has some great photos of our time there in her post so check it out!

Travelling Is An Adventure

Well, the picks are sharpened in anticipation of a big weekend fossicking. Bring on the luck and some good weather, but first to pick up the boys.

Murray and I went to Cairns Thursday afternoon to pick up Andrew and Simon who were winging their way to us to go camping and fossicking for a few days with us, Grandad, Uncle Stewart, Uncle John, their cousins and their families. Time of arrival was 6.50pm but they arrived twenty minutes early which was a wonderful surprise. My heart jumped when I saw them both, it had been four weeks since we had left home, and them, and I missed them. There was much chatter and laughter in the car on the trip back to the Tableland where Grandad and Grandma were anxiously waiting to see them too.

Friday morning arrived with much excitement. Packing done, time to hit the road. Mt…

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Guest Post – Sarah & Malte

Today’s post is the first ever ‘Guest Post’ to feature on the Are We There Yet? blog.  I asked Sarah & Malte if they wouldn’t mind sharing with us the adventure of their time travelling around Oz.

Sarah and Malte were the first ever backpackers to work with us on the farm at Blue Sky Produce for three months last year.  They set the bar pretty high for all our other workers going forward. They were two of the most hardworking and lovely people we have ever met!  Added to that they enjoyed teaching us ‘Wizard’ – a really fun German card game and then whipping our butts at it!! Lucky they taught us a few German swear words too!!  Malte and Sarah are just about to head back home to Germany and we are sad to see them go – they spoilt the kids while they were here at Blue Sky and we loved getting to know them and learn a little about their lives in Germany.

They have seen so much during their time in Australia – more then most of us Aussies will ever see!! Thank you Sarah & Malte for sharing your travels here and best of luck for your futures ahead – I hope we get to see you again sometime!

Sarah & Malte after a hard day of mulching - not the most fun job!

Sarah & Malte after a hard day of mulching at Blue Sky – not the most fun job!

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Two Weeks Away

Hi Everyone!

I know we’ve been missing in action on the blog over the last few weeks but we are currently away on two weeks holiday taking Black Betty on her maiden camping trip! As I write this we have been away for nearly a week and are currently enjoying a few nights stop at Lawn Hill National Park.

The boys have gone canoeing this morning and Lexi, Kipp and I are relaxing in the shade at the national park and making the most of the first internet/reception we have come across.

We are really, really happy with our new camper and can’t wait to fill you all in on our adventures when we get back in a bit over a week! Continue reading

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Fealy Family Photo Shoot

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Sunday Snapshot – Cairns Ironman Event


Yes, I’m posting our Sunday Snapshot two days late, on Tuesday this week, cause, that’s how I roll at the moment – late, a bit unorganised, but we get there in the end!

Our Sunday this week was spent volunteering at the Cairns Ironman Event with the boy’s Scout Group.  We took the opportunity to spend the night before the event in Cairns, doing a bit of shopping, visiting Poppy and Rema and having a dinner out – a real treat! Continue reading

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Taking Stock- June 2014

DSC_0097It’s the middle of the year already and I’m feeling a bit out of whack.  I’ve gotten slack with lots of things; blogging, meal planning; buying instead of baking, grocery shopping too often, not reading to the kids, not keeping on top of homework, not exercising, eating too much junk etc, etc, etc – I’ve lost my mojo a bit and am feeling slack, sluggish and unorganised  I don’t like it!

So, tonight I’m ‘Taking Stock’ again using Pip’s list.   Continue reading

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Carisbrooke Station

Hi Everyone! I’m just reblogging this Carisbrooke Station post from our trip last June as the photos I uploaded originally while we were on the road were way too small. We had such a great time there with all the family! I wonder if it is still this dry now? Anybody been out to Carisbrooke Station recently??

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DSC_0726On our second day at Carisbrooke Station we decided to join in with some of the Grey Nomads on their station tour. Station owner Charles guided us to Python Canyon where we had a short but fairly steep walk down to see some Aboriginal paintings. It was nice to visit something so interesting in a fairly non-commercial setting.

Off for a hike to Python Gorge to see some Aboriginal Paintings

Looking out over Python Gorge

Python Gorge

All the kids walked down & back up by themselves and so did the Grandparents!

All the kids walked down & back up by themselves and so did the Grandparents!

Aboriginal Paintings – Carisbrooke Station

Cooper & Tobes

From there we went on to the station’s private opal mine. Of course with Grammy & Grunda with us we were keen to do some fossicking and Charles was happy just to leave us there…

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Lexi Turns Five


Lexi turned five on the weekend.  Five already?  Where has the time gone?  I haven’t even finished putting her baby photo album together yet!!

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