The O’Dwyer family has begun Christmas preparations early.GEOFF ADAMS June 10, 2014 3:07am
The O’Dwyer family has begun Christmas preparations early.
Last week they finished planting about 1600 Christmas trees.
Marcus and Fiona O’Dwyer have been growing trees for about 12 years, since they bought a rural block of land to raise their three children at Kialla.
‘‘We were both raised on farms so we wanted to have a place the kids could enjoy,’’ Marcus said.
They were looking for a low-maintenance land use to occupy their few hectares when Marcus discovered he couldn’t buy a real Christmas tree anywhere near Shepparton.
Now they have a few thousand Pinus radiata trees in their back yard.
‘‘It’s a very happy business,’’ Fiona said. ‘‘It’s about Christmas time and the smell evokes positive memories.’’
The couple has encouraged their children to get involved in the Christmas tree project.
‘‘We wanted them to learn responsibility, about growing things and rewards for working hard,’’ Fiona said.
The reward is a beach holiday for the family and the children easily volunteer stories about swimming, body boarding and the odd shark tale from their favourite holiday place.
Demand for the trees starts on December 1 and can run right up to Christmas.
‘‘We had one guy came looking for a tree on Christmas Eve,’’ Marcus said.
‘‘He’d just got out of jail and wanted to take one home. He said: ‘I have to go home with a tree. I had $40 but I had to buy a packet of cigarettes on the way.’
‘‘That was about 4
Two teenage boys have been arrested following a series of traffic incidents in Shepparton last night.
Fine weather and a strong number of athlete registrations will ensure this weekend’s Yarrawonga Mulwala Multisport Festival is another huge success.
The fifth annual King Billy Retreat Open Garden Party will be held at Rushworth on Saturday and Sunday, October 25-26, from 10 am to 4 pm.
The head of the Building Designers Association of Victoria has big plans for the association.
St Joseph’s Primary School students have been preparing their push carts ahead of next month’s KidZcapers.
KCLC supported Southern Processing win award
Members celebrate over the weekend.
The four-day Murray Darling Association annual national conference will be held in the Berrigan Shire next year.
Frank Hill is thrilled with his repaired 1948 grey Fergie.
As weather warms, so does car theft; Cobram police urge drivers to lock parked vehicles.
Deniliquin McDonald's raised more than $1300 for McHappy Day on Saturday.
The latest in stone and pome fruit research and development will be the focus of a forum at the Horticulture Centre of Excellence at Tatura tomorrow, Wednesday, October 22.
Lions Benalla donates $1200 to buy a bar code reader for Lorraine Billman who will soon be able to go shopping without her husband.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.