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Wild Spark

Just two crazy ladies who love life. Dan (Miss Chardy) lives on a remote cattle station in the NT, 5 hours from town and Ed lives down in Brisbane, 30 minutes from the City - together we are helping to bridge the city/country divide. Wild Spark is a rural women's network - connecting rural, regional and remote women, helping them be the best they can be no matter where they live.

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Just two crazy ladies who love life. Dan (Miss Chardy) lives on a remote cattle station in the NT, 5 hours from town and Ed lives down in Brisbane, 30 minutes from the City - together we are helping to bridge the city/country divide. Wild Spark is a rural women's network - connecting rural, regional and remote women, helping them be the best they can be no matter where they live.

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Just 2 crazy ladies who love life and love a chat over a glass of wine.  Here is a quick intro.  We can't wait to share this podcasting journey with you.  

Apr 13 2020

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1. Our first episode - just two crazy ladies who love life

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Well here it is, our very first episode.  An introduction to who we are and where we live.  We are totally fumbling our way through this new world of podcasting, sorry about the echo - we will surely sort that out now that we are professional podcasters!  Heads up - there was a massive delay when I was chatting to Ed so that is why I (Dan) sound a little vague and ignorant at times, but I guess that is just how it goes when you live at bum truck nowhere! Sorry!!  Please hang in there as we find our feet.

Recommendations Hand Sanitiser: Bettyquette

Books: The Nightingale by Fiona McIntosh The Giver of Stars by JoJo Moyes Netflix: Hart of Dixie Schitt's Creek Stan: Yellowstone The Bold Type Podcasts: How I Survived Motherland Aus

Apr 16 2020

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2. How we met, our day to day life, cookbook, homeschooling and weight loss.

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In this episode Ed and Dan chat about how they met, under very sad circumstances.  

They give each other a run down on what our life looks like at the moment with Ed living the quiet life in Brisbane and Dan still stuck on the station at bum truck nowhere - going into her 6th week of not going ANYWHERE!  

There is a bit of talk about Miss Chardy's Guide to Station Cooking, or as Dan's husband declared it: "The most effed cookbook ever" - this is of course the cookbook Dan had published earlier in the year. 

They also chat about homeschooling all the kids - as Dan's boys can't go back to boarding school for another 5 weeks.  She was feeling a little anxious to say the least about it all.  

Lastly, they will be chatting about their health and weight loss ass they try and get back into some sort of routine to reach their goal weight.  

A note from Dan:  I am so sorry about the sound quality of this - our second ever - podcast.  It was a bit of a disaster with both of our dodgy internets - we promise to be back better than ever next week - we will get there - one podcast at a time.  Wish us luck.  Have a fabulous day.  

You can pre-order the second (new and improved) edition of Miss Chardy's Guide to Station Cooking right now at www.misschardy.com

Apr 22 2020

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Episode 3

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In todays episode we get to know a bit about Ed and find out where she grew up.  

In our second segment: Spot the Difference - we talk all things grocery shopping and how that looks different for each of us.

We have a little check in with where we are up to with our weigh loss - spoiler alert - it isn't great!  

Our last segment is recommendations: Podcasts: Motherland Aus, Happy Hour with Lucy & Nikki, 90 or Nothing TV Show: Doctor Doctor on channel 9 or you can watch online at www.9now.com.au

Dan's Cookbook: Miss Chardy's Guide to Station Cooking can be purchased at www.misschardy.com

Please head over to our facebook page: Wild Spark Tribe and follow along with us, you can also find us on Instagram at Wild Spark Rural. 

Apr 30 2020

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Power city v's outback & recommendations

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We are starting to find our podcast groove after this - our 4th episode.  Today we chat about the difference in how we get our power - city v's outback.  I am sure it is way more interesting than it sounds!  Dan tells us about her childhood and where she grew up.  Just 2 friends having a chat.  Enjoy.  

Recommendations

Dan:

Netflix - Unorthadox Podcast - Show + Tell  Cookbook: Miss Chardy's Guide to Station Cooking Ed:

Cheese Therapy Ink Gin

May 07 2020

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Spot the Difference

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Today we talk about the differences in schooling your kids in the city compared to the middle of bum truck nowhere.

May 12 2020

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Episode 5

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Today we hear from Ed again, the next chapter in her life, find out where life took her after she finished high school at Hervey Bay.  We also have some fab recommendations for you.  

L'Oreal True Match Foundation Roses Only

May 12 2020

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Episode 7

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This week we find out more about Dan and where life took her after finishing school.  

May 21 2020

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8. Beauty city v's outback, recommendations & lots of laughs

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We needed to cheer Ed up today, in the end there were lots of laughs and a few snorts from Ed.  In "Getting To Know You" Ed chats to us about her work and about the eye surgery she had last year that has changed her life.  Spot the difference this week is all about beauty - well really it is just us laughing but that's ok. 

Ed's Recommendation

Mount View Homestead Farm Stay - 20km south of Toowoomba on the Darling Downs

The Eye Health Centre

Dr Andrew Apel (Ed works at Ipswich Private Day Hospital) Call Leah on 0435 957 771 

Dan's Recommendations 

Netflix: Sweet Magnolias (Season 1, 10 episodes)

Apple Airpods

Original (the set I have and love) $249.00

Pro (noise cancelling) $399.00

Second Generation $319.00 (with wireless charging case)

May 27 2020

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9. Spot the Difference - Tradies, Getting to Know You - Dan, Recommendations

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How do you get things fixed at your place?  City v's Outback this week is all things tradie related.  Dan has been waiting since October last year for a new air conditioner in her kitchen, but you learn to be patient when you live at bum truck nowhere.

Recommendations

Ed:

Muvo Purple Shampoo & Conditioner - $32.95 each

Mount View Homestead 

Dan:

Goldwell Dual Senses Blonde Serum Spray - $25.95

Netflix: When Calls the Heart

Please don't forget to hit like and review us - we would be so grateful.  It also helps others to find our podcast.  Thanks a million.  

Jun 04 2020

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10. That year Ed lived in France, Part 1. Recommendations & all the other general crap we talk

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Well if you stick around until the very end of this episode you will hear me tell Ed that is wasn't as big a shit show as Episode 9 but I was wrong... oh dear it was a bit of a cluster you know what - but we have pushed on - life wasn't meant to be perfect was it!!!

In this episode Ed talks about that year she lived in France with her husband and 2 young kids... but we did lose about 20 minutes of her recording so we will pick up next week with part 2 of her fascinating story - sorry!!! 

In spot the difference we chat about asking for help when you have young kids and what that looked like for Ed living in the city and what that looks like in the outback.

Recommendations:

Ed - Burnbrae Little Gem Pinot Gris

Dan - Motherland Aus Podcast - Episode 27 with me (Dan), she is still watching When Calls the Heart on Netflix and of course Miss Chardy's Guide to Station Cooking

Quotes:

Ed: "The best kind of people are the ones who come into your life and make you see the sun where you once saw clouds, the people who believe in you so much you start to believe in you too, the once in a lifetime kind of people"

Dan: "It's ok if you don't like me not everyone has good taste" or even worse: "I may look like a potato now but one day I will turn into fries and you will want me then"

Jun 11 2020

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11. Ed's France Story Part 2, Listener Questions and Recommendations

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Today Ed continues with her amazing story about that one time that her family all went to live in France for a year!  Such a fascinating story.  We have a few listener questions that were fun to answer and our recommendations.  

Quote of the week: "If life gives you lemons, find someone whose life has given them vodka and have a party"

Jun 18 2020

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12. Laughter, the story of Dan's broken neck and recommendations

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This week we hear about the time Dan ended up in hospital down in Sydney with a broken neck after a car accident.  Spoiler alert - it has a happy ending.  

The usual chit chat, snorting and laughter with a few quotes thrown in for good measure.

Recommendations:

Ed

Rimmel Extra Super Lash Mascara - on sale at the moment and only $6.47! 

Levis 312 Shaping Slim - yes please!!!!  You can also find them at Just Jeans, David Jones, Myer & The Iconic

Podcast: Motherland Australia

Dan

Podcast: Nothing Much Happens - a podcast to help you fall asleep.

Jun 25 2020

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13. The usual chit chat, Ed's secret to staying wrinkle free & recommendations

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This week involves our usual chit chat.  We flick back to Ed for "Getting to Know You" and she shares here secret on staying wrinkle free.

Recommendations

Ed:

Botox/Disport - Face Academy, Milton Brisbane Phone: 1300 366 960 Peter Alexander PJ's 

Dan:

Audiobooks  BorrowBox - download the app, join a library and use your library membership to sign into BorrowBox - the audiobooks are all FREE

Audible - $16.45 per month and first book is free

My favourite audiobooks:

The Tattooist of Auschwitz Wild by Cheryl Strayed What I know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey The Accidental Entrepreneur by Janine Allis Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer The Crossroad by Mark Donaldson The Trauma Cleaner by Sarah Krasnostein No Shortcuts to the Top by Ed Veisters Shoe Dog by Phil Knight

Some great books to listen to in the car with the kids: A Fortunate Life by A.B. Facey and all the books by David Walliams 

Quote of the week: "I'm going to make the rest of my life the best of my life"

Jul 02 2020

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14. Laughter, a day in the life of Dan & recommendations

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This week there is SO MUCH LAUGHTER!  Getting to Know You is all about Dan and what a day in her life looks like.  We also have our usual recommendations.

Ed:

Berlei Bra

Dan:

This week Dan can't stop banging on about Intermittent Fasting - she has only been doing it for 3 weeks but has already dropped about 3kg and 13cm, she feels amazing and this is her new way of life.  If you are interested to know more she highly recommends you start by listening to Gin's podcast and also checking out her website.  

Podcast: Intermittent Fasting Stories with Gin Stephens Audiobook: Delay Don't Deny by Gin Stephens Book: Fast Feast Repeat by Gin Stephens  Website: www.ginstephens.com 

Jul 10 2020

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15. The Technical Issues Episode... sorry!

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This week we had some technical difficulties and editing it was like trying to piece together a puzzle so it you make it to the end you definitely deserve a medal.  Sorry in advance for the poor audio and Dan nearly deafening you and Ed being really faint at times.  It was a total cluster f*%k.  Also: explicit language!  

Recommendations:

Ed - Apple Airpods - $249.00

Dan - Breville Breadmaker - $99.00

Dan & Ed - Levis 312 Shaping Slim - best jeans ever! - $129.00

And... Intermittent Fasting ... just had to squeeze that one in, ha ha ha ha ha.  

Jul 16 2020

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16. Intermittent Fasting & Our Usual Laughter

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Dan talks Intermittent Fasting - she has lost 4.6kg since starting - and Ed just rolls her eyes out loud.  Just our usual chit chat this week and recommendations.  Oh and Dan shares tells us about the first time she drove the horse truck across the countryside.

Recommendations:

Ed - TLF Foundation 

Dan - Rattle Gun and kit for changing tyres - blocks of wood, overalls, towel and shower cap to save your town clothes

Jul 30 2020

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17. Covid catchup, Ed's mature age nursing studies & recommendations

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The world is still all over the shop and we are over it - COVID we have had it with you!  Ed tells us all about how she went about studying nursing as a mature age student and we have our usual recommendations.

Ed recommends a full run of blood tests to check for everything

Dan recommends a podcast: The Deep with Zoe Marshall

Aug 03 2020

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18. Having a baby city v's country, how do you stand in the shower and recommendations

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This week Dan & Ed chat about how things looked when they brought their babies home from hospital - city v's country.  There is, of course, the usual chit chat, dribbling of shit and lots of laughs.  

Recommendations:

Ed - L'Occitane Lavande Foaming Bath Bubbles

Dan - Book/Audiobook - The Happiest Man on Earth by Eddie Jaku

Aug 15 2020

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19. Recording TOGETHER in Dan's wardrobe!

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Oh my goodness, we were so excited to finally see each other after 5 months.  We had not seen each other since we started this podcast, but... this week Ed came to visit me up here in the NT!  It was super exciting to be able to record the podcast together in my wardrobe!  

Recommendations:

Shelly's Egg & Bacon Pie from Miss Chardy's Guide to Station Cooking (cookbook) www.misschardy.com

Trek West Tailored Hiking Tours - www.trekwesthiking.com

Blend 11 Muesli - www.goodmix.com  "Best poo's ever... guaranteed!"  Apparently - I am waiting for my Blend 11 to arrive so will keep you posted.

You Beauty Podcast - Interview with Lisa Wilkinson 

Sep 03 2020

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