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How to make decisions

01:00pm 07 Apr 2014

NICOLE SHARP

There has been a lot of thinking on the cards lately. 

Some of it was done behind a bar, other parts on the netball court and majority on horseback. 

One thing I know is there is no better way to make a decision than to have a 500kg animal beneath you and the smell of sweat in the air.

I'm not normally a good decision maker, but I am sure at times that no one is. Right?

Hard decisions are even worse, they are something I normally shy away from but one of the many things being a country kid has taught me is to stand on my own two feet. 

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My top 10 country songs

05:00am 20 Mar 2014

NICOLE SHARP

One thing I am a sucker for is country music.We grew up partying to it, crying to it even singing it when we'd had few too many at the pub. Every song some how managed to match every part of life. So here's my top 10 songs... enjoy.

Let's start with the Good ol' Dixie Chicks

Before moving to a bit of Rodney

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My friends are my family

05:00am 13 Mar 2014

NICOLE SHARP

My heart belongs to Rio.

For those that aren't in the know, Rio, is the nick-name for Wairio in Southland.

It's so true that home is where the heart is.

Although these days Invercargill is home, it will never really be ''home''.

It's hard to explain but rural life gives you a sense of connection that you can sometimes take for granted.

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Are we all lost to the land?

05:00am 28 Feb 2014

NICOLE SHARP

In her latest blog country kid Nicole Sharp ponders the degrees of separation as people no longer experience having a connection to the land. 

Look out your window and what do you see?

Well these days I see house after house and maybe the odd tree. 

The old saying of you don't know what you have until it's gone is so true.

Especially after I left a rural community and headed for the big smoke of Invervegas. 

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Why I love the country

05:00am 10 Feb 2014

NICOLE SHARP

A wise man once told me that nothing beats Southland farm fresh lamb chops. 

He had a good point, he was my grandfather who lived in Scotland and every two years when him and my grandma travelled over for Christmas the first thing he would want was lamb chops.

A wise women then asked me where it is my love of the country comes from.

You may think that it would be an easy response but the only thing I know it is not the lamb chops on the dining table. 

Then the question arose of is there a bit of country in us all?

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