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you for sending the recipe. I really like it & want to make by
say thanks to Olive.
Aki, How are you? Mum has asked me to send you a copy of this
250G BUTTER, CHOPPED – We use margarine
2 teaspoons vanilla essence
2 cups Castor sugar
2 cups self-raising flour
1/3 cup custard powder
1 cup milk
a deep 23cm square cake pan, line base and sides with baking paper
all ingredients in a large bowl of electric mixer, beat on low speed
until ingredients are combined, then beat on medium speed until
mixture is smooth and changed in colour, spread into prepared pan,
bake in moderately slow over for about 1 ¼ hours, stand 5 minutes
before turning into wire rack to cool
cold cake with sifted icing sugar
Olive and all Myella Staff
Thank you for such a wonderful time that my students from Meikai
University and I had on our visit last week.
We all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Your patience, kindness and
generosity in spirit was much appreciated. I hope that CQU Language
Centre will ask me to join you again. It was good to get on a
horse again. I was always called on when things were going to be
difficult or when they were short of a man so you knew there was going
to be trouble.
Olive I'll do some homework/research and taste testing on sausages and
let you know. We don't eat them often so it will be a while.
CQU Language Centre
hope you have recovered from having such a mad bunch of people stay last
week J .. How's your man ???
really did have the most amazing time, with so many stories to share and
obviously the mad video to show people !!!
you Thank you so much xx
here are a selection of photos and also a link to the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdZK2H4xXbs.
guys all do such an amazing Job at the farm, please send our love to
your parents, and we really hope to come again xx
am trying really hard not to do the teacher run down ha ha ha
hugs and keep smiling
I know you probably
get hundreds of these thank you e-mails but I wanted to send you my
I was quite emotional
when I left the farm yesterday (surprised myself) because I felt like
my time there had been special. I hope I never forget riding around on
the horses (even though I struggled to keep up!) and I'll miss
our morning cattle chats. I would've liked to have got to know you
better. You were insightful and fun to talk to.
Anyhow, thanks for a
great experience and if I get any more amusing tales I'll get in
All the best to
everyone on the farm, take it easy
On 21-5 and 22-5 I stayed at your farm, during my travels in Australia.
You might remember me, I was the one spilling the milk ;-) (sorry!)
I just came home in Holland and wanted to let you know that I had a
great time with you there!
Thank you again for two wonderful days on the farm. It is one of
the best memories of my holiday.
I enjoyed being with the horses and the riding very much. While we were
riding I took some pictures of Shane, who told me that he was not very
But now I look at them on the computer, there is one really good picture
of him, that I would like you to give him :-).
Once again: thank you!
With kind regards!
to the Myella team,
First of all I love your website. I was searching the internet for a
farmstay with horses and you seem to have everything we are looking for.
We are a family of four Hervey Bay, 2 adults and two girls (10 and 12).
We do love horses and our 10-year-old is horse mad.
interested in a stay maybe the weekend before the next school holidays.
We don't need a pick up, we drive directly to your farm. We are looking
forward to be around horses and get to know how to groom, feed and ride
them. We also like to take part in the everyday life of a cattle farm,
feed chooks and help with the cattle (I am looking forward to milk a
cow...lived around cows for many years but never got the chance to milk
one ;-) )
I am looking forward to hearing from you soon.
I thoroughly enjoyed meeting you too. I loved the stay at the farm
and I appreciated the time you took for the girls and myself. Your
teaching skills are excellent and we all loved the way you showed us how
to ride and how to work with the horses. It was very exciting and
entertaining and great to do some practice by moving the cattle and
doing some games. I like your personality. You have humor, you
get things done, you are straight forward and I admire your
ability of "judging" us in our strengths and
weaknesses. As for me, it was a very personal experience when you told
me I was trying too hard to get the horse to do what I wanted
it to do. I will always remember the situation with the cattle where I
chased the one cow instead of looking at the whole picture to save
the rest of the mob. I will transfer it into my daily life by (hopefully)
being more aware of my environment. Anyhow, it was great to meet
you and I learned more than just riding a horse. Thank you for
experienced you teaching us horse riding I thought you have the
qualities to do more with horses. I don't mean boring riding lessons in
an arena but by using the horses in a team of riders to teach the riders
not just riding but also a lot about themselves. Apparently horses are
used in therapy as well. You mentioned you like to work with people and
I picked up your enthusiasm about it. You have all the facilities on the
farm to establish something for yourself.
Have a nice and quiet evening and give my love to the family.
We had a wonderful time, everyone is still talking about it. Please pass
on our thanks to Lyn, Peter, Olive, Shane and Annette.
Rocky Special School
is a great place where I have taken many people before, a coach tour
from New Zealand my daughter’s 10th Birthday with many of
her friends and their families and of course my own family and
friends, they have all loved the Myella Experience. Myella cater for
many kinds of functions. Windscreen O’Brien’s have taken their
managers there for their state managers conference. The local Police
had their annual day out at Myella. Many of the local government
facilities and contactors to the area also use Myella as a place to
accommodate out of town workers.
got back on easter sunday. everyone is asking us, "why
are you so tanned/dark/black?"... i guess everyone here
associates australia more with the cold places like sydney
and melbourne and are not aware of the crazy amount of sun one
can get in queensland, truly a sunshine state! i'm glad
shane sort of forced us to use the sunblock lotion before the
Peter, Olive and Lyn
you all so much for having the Capricorn Enterprise Volunteers and me at
Myella yesterday. We all had a wonderful day and really enjoyed
the side trip to the bridge and Baralaba.
feedback I have received has been all positive and for the people who
had not been before, it was quite enlightening to see such a great
product so close to Rockhampton.
thanks to Shane for safely transporting us out and back.
you once again
We really enjoyed our stay and your hospitality, definitely the
highlight of our trip so far! @ the "Rocky" airport lounge
now waiting for our flight. Take care n hope everything works out in
Family history is a huge hobby of mine, and I just wanted to tell you
that some of the information on your website about the McNiven family
has really helped to colour in the rather sketchy portrait I have of my
McNiven ancestors! It's really lovely that you have all this on your
site, and I was able to back up some of my mother and aunt's vague
stories with information from there, as well as expand my family
tree sideways with the familes of my ancestors' siblings. So, thanks
Charles McNiven's cousin Annie (daughter of John) was my
great-grandmother. Her husband William Young lived from 1883-1950; their
only child Margaret Elsie (known as Margot) was my grandma and I
remember her well. Her husband John Harris (b.1909) died in 2004 at the
ripe old age of 94. I never met him.
In case you wanted up-to-date information for your tree (and I see you
have correspondents who might find this useful so feel free to pass this
on to any of my relatives you might be in touch with), their descendants
are (all living):
Ingrid Harris, b.1936, never married
- one son, Robert William (Rob) b. 1972. Rob isn't married but has
2 children with his partner Samantha Manning. They are: Miranda (Mira)
Rose, b.2005, and Patrick (Paddy) b.2008
Margaret Ruth Harris, b.1948
Spouse Richard James Bleksley, b.1950
- three children, Daniel Richard, b.1980; Sarah Margaret (me), b.1982;
James Andrew, b.1985.
No grandchildren yet!
If you have any other information about the McNivens' icecream business,
I would love to have it!
Lynn, Peter and Olive,
My name is Annie Hayward, and I was a tour guide for Oz Exposure
(Let's Trek) for 4 years. On many occasion I had the pleasure of
staying a few nights at your farm stay. I was the guide who would
bring my groups in their own special farm "outfits" that we
would donate to you afterwards.
just heard on the news that Biloela is flooding. I wanted to write and
let you know that I am thinking of you and all the Myella staff and
family (and all the animals!) during this time. I hope that everyone
you have the chance if you could please respond to let me know how you
faired in the storm.
have attached a photo if you don't remember who I am!
& Tony Nicol
Peter and Lyn
Cannot thank you enough for your warm welcome and our Canadian friends
never forget your country hospitality. They absolutely loved the visit
the 'farm'. Had a great time on Hamilton Island. Back home in Noosa.
can get to see you again one day. Check out the photos!
Di and Tony Nicol