About Me



I’m a wash and wear woman who falls asleep in the commercial breaks and happily writes to avoid the housework.  I cook and grow things constantly, stalk opshops and repurpose my finds often, clean as required and parent our three kids as best as I can. On our treechange 5 acres at Murrumbateman, I channel an Aussie version of Erma Bombeck and Laura Ingalls on my good days and Nellie Olsen on my bad ones.  There is a creative life/work life balance; and I WILL find it.  Meanwhile, I laugh in the sun, alot. 



My 15 Minutes of Fame


Alyson was featured on ABC’s Stateline television show talking about living rurally, writing and chickens.  

Video courtesy of ABC Television


I don’t really look like that.  I was really nervous.  That’s all I’m saying.


16 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Hello Alyson – just popped over to say g’day from sunny qld… to a fellow giant dog “victim/lover” by the look of the latest entry. Have a great time with your blog – the housework does tend to slide…
    Smiles and Sunshine
    Bush Babe (and thanks for the link!)

  2. What a wonderful thing the internet is. I have met someone from Australia. Correct???? This is one country that I would LOVE to visit. I hope you will visit my blog in the US (from Kentucky). I have a lot of recipes posted, even though our systems are completely reversed. I will look forward to visiting your blog and learning more about your country.


  3. Thanks for your encouraging comments, guys, you really know how to make a girl feel welcome.

    BB: The housework has well and truly slid, but it’s good to know I’m not the only one who has that ‘mysteriously’ happen! 🙂

    Yay Duck Herder! I’ve missed you, girl! Glad you’re back!

    Hi Lee, love your recipes. I am absolutely Australian, as are the two lovelies commenting above. It truly is a wonderful country and I’d want to come here if I lived anywhere else! I’ve always been very excited about the cooking from your part of the US in particular, so thanks for finding me!

  4. Hi Alyson. Thanks for your inspiration. Our family is about to embark on chooks in the backyard in Canberra. The mobile chook run is ready to go, now just to prepare the vegie beds and choose the chooks.

  5. Hi Eve. I love a new chook venture! Make the most of Jon Stanhope, cause he’s on your side for this, being a great poultry fancier himself. If you ever need chook backup support, do let me know 🙂

  6. What a great video! The TV station was very supportive; you say you felt nervous, but they didn’t make you look chicken at all.

  7. Thanks Alyson, I am busy reading all the Chook books I can and of course good old Earth Garden and Grass Roots for info. I didn’t know Jon Stanhope was a poultry fancier – good to know our politicians are human. 🙂

  8. Eve, my book is in the ACT Library System, so make sure you check it out – I was living in Amaroo when I wrote it so it should be helpful (I hope 🙂 )

    Lavenderbay, my inner chicken channelled as a VERY serious egg, though. The TV station was brilliant and I went on the radio for the same mob which was an absolute hoot – I cackled all the way through that one. Now people call me the chicken lady. Can’t think why.

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