by Julie Blase – HerdTheory

My family moved around a lot while I was growing up and I came to believe that starting in a new school every year was normal. I found the adventure of exploring new backyards and bedrooms, exciting. 

One place that took on disproportionate memories for me was a small acreage on the outskirts of Brisbane. Dad and a few friends built the little home and me and my 11 siblings moved in. To complete the picture was a working dog who kept us kids company while we played endless games with the farm equipment that we found lying around. 

Although we were only there for a year or so, the feeling of space and the freedom it offered, helped me discover the girl I wanted to be. 

The truth is, we were terrible farmersas the resident cow and goats would testify and yet the dirt, fences, animals and the whole outdoor vibe somehow resonated with me. 

Despite spending many more years in the suburbs, it was this stint on our little farm that I decided I was more country than city. 

Real country folk would probably call me a latte sipping city girl, which, truth be told, I also am. Yet alongside there has always been this love of the land. 

Because of this, I have also been intrigued with the biographies of strong Australian women who joined the pioneering efforts of the bush to raise their families. I feel grateful for their lives. 

Wherever you live, there was someone at some time who tamed the land and made a way for us to come and build our homes. I consider myself blessed to live rurally right here in Logan with all the benefits of a major city on our doorstep. I have the privilege to work at home among the gum trees. 

With my horses and dogs, I have chosen the great outdoors as my office and invite anyone looking to reconnect to the land, and to feel a part of this great story of Australia, to come and see.  

You can connect with Julie on Facebook @horsescanhelpusbehealthy

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