Farm Life – Part 2

So after I last posted on the 10th here is what has happened…..

On the evening of the 10th Andy’s sister Lisa and her husband Phil decided that they were going to come over as their son Ted who is 15 was on school holidays and wanted to come over to help with mustering the sheep as shearing started the next day which means a lot of sheep need to be pushed through the shearing shed.

They live around 5 hours away but the dad is a pilot and has his own plane so they decided to fly over and land on the airstrip…..as you do!

So naturally I got quite excited and went down to watch them turn up and land, which was pretty cool to watch, and what I also found really cool was the fact that this little beauty came running off the plane! What a dog! Her name is Princess Grace and well obviously she is a princess, she has her own fucking plane!

So that night we sat around drinking wine and eating food, I tried to get Princess Grace to sleep in my room but she got rather upset as she gets a bit of separation anxiety from Lisa oh well hey!

For the rest of the week it was all pretty much the same, looking after Dan, hanging out the washing, burning the rubbish, feeding the chooks and also going over to the woolshed to help with drafting the sheep into different gates ready for the shearing.

Mustering the sheep was difficult at first but once you understand how they move it gets easier, plus I had one of the sheep dogs called Red helping me, although he does get a bit distracted looking at the little lambs and then just doesn’t listen to me. We use big paddles which you can shake to make noise and also give them a little pat of the bum to get them moving if they aren’t moving forward.

So what we had to do is move them from one gate into another and then it pushes them into a tiny gate called the crush which then goes into a single lane with different gates at the end which is where Andy stood and drafted them into different gates and he can count 3 ways which I don’t understand how he can do that but no one can speak to him when he is counting or he would obviously loose count!

So from there they then go into the shearing shed which again gets split into lots of different gates for the different shearers. At the bottom of this gate are a set of swinging doors where the shearers will come through and grab a sheep to bring through to the shearing station.

I watched them all shearing and they seem to go pretty fast, they seem to compete against each other for how many they can do and they also want to get paid a lot as they get paid per sheep, it’s really easy for the sheep to get cut while they are getting Shawn because they move around a lot, and I even saw one running around on a bent leg because one of them got the hamstring which I am told is really easy to do, poor things!

So after they have Shawn a sheep someone comes along and picks up the fleece pops in on a table in the middle and they then rip of the bit around the bum as its all stained, so that bit gets used in any black wool items. After that they take off all the edges as that’s the lower part and has more prickles in and that goes into one bin. Then they class the wool based on how far it stretches, the length and how much yellow is in the fleece, if there is a lot of yellow then it’s of lower quality as it’s some kind of impurity.

If any of the sheep that they shear have any black wool at all they have to shout out ‘black wool’ and someone will come along and pick up that wool and rip out the bit with the black wool in or if it’s got bits of black throughout the whole fleece they will put the whole fleece into a separate bin, the sheep itself gets blue chalk put on its nose so that when the drafting starts again afterwards Andy knows they have black wool and that means they need to be tagged with a certain tag so that when the ram sale begins they also know to sell the ram or the sheep with the black wool as they don’t want to continue to breed black wool.

After the wool has been classed someone else will grab big bunches of it and put it into a pressing machine which will compress the wool so they can wrap it up ready to be sold, I was told that one of these big packs would typically be sold for around $1000 depending on the quality of course.

I found it really interesting watching and learning about all of this as I never really thought that that much effort went into my woolly jumpers back home, and now I can understand why wool can be quite pricy, it takes a lot of people, a lot of dogs and a whole lot of sheep a lot of time and effort to get your woolly jumpers ready!

So for the next 2 weeks that’s pretty much what was going on, Andy and Ted would go out in the morning to muster the sheep and I would look after Dan and do all the household stuff while Tarsh got on and did her office work and then in the afternoon me Tarsh and Dan would drive over and help draft the sheep ready for the shearers the next day, while Dan would sit in his pram and watch and be happy and excited about the sheep or start to cry so I would have to try carry him and draft the sheep which was actually really difficult to do.

On the Friday of my second week here me, Tarsh and Dan drove over to the closest city called Swan Hill which is a good 1 ½ hour drive away, it was a very busy day of food shopping, going to a few different places to get everything. Then new clothes for Dan as he has grown out of most of his clothes now, seeing potential day care for Dan, servicing cars and sorting internet out, and then trying to fit lunch into all of that too.

On the way to swan hill we saw a few kangaroos on the roads dead and even saw on the side of the road alive but not able to move properly as looked like it had a broken hip, Tarsh called Andy and left him a message telling him about the kangaroo and asked if he could come out and shoot it to put it out of its misery, on the way home we called Andy and he said he hadn’t got time to go out so there I was thinking we were going to have to kill a kangaroo and feeling very upset and scared about this but when we arrived to where the kangaroo was I saw it was missing a head! What the fuck?? Someone chopped his head off!? Poor thing! I hope it was quick and at least it wasn’t in pain anymore!

On the Saturday I drove up to one of the dams with one of the dogs to watch the sunset which was incredible, I have never seen anything like it, across the flat land that just goes for hundreds of miles I could see the sun completely disappear and wow to the colours in the sky! They were insane! Pinks, oranges and reds! It was so pretty.

After the sunset we had food and lots of wine and I ended up being rather drunk by the end of the night, which meant I spent most of the next day trying not to die in bed as I am now getting on a bit and clearly getting useless at handling my booze! Oh the shame!

After this I decided that I was going to stop drinking every night and have a bit of a detox, that lasted all of 2 days until the Tuesday (19th) Princess grace flew in on her private plane again and we all sat around the table eating curry and drinking wine! Then after that night it seemed to go back to normal, drinking wine in the evenings around the table! Well I’m not going to complain about that haha.

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The next few days were back to looking after the dogs, and chooks, and Dan until the Friday which was the last day of shearing and we needed to do inject the rams with a little bit of sedative so they were easier to shear and I also ended up shearing my first sheep. (Well 2 of them but not the whole thing) It’s a lot harder than it looks and you need to be really careful not to end up cutting them, I was scared to do it because I didn’t want to hurt it, especially around the hamstring. The guy helping me was really nice and had to move me around to get in the right position, he was also quite tasty too which is always a good thing to have a hot teacher! I did end up getting kicked a few times by the sheep but it didn’t actually hurt that much so that was good! So it was definitely an experience and I’m glad I gave it a go!

After the sheep shearing happened me, Tarsh and Dan drove to Moulamein, Tarsh drove with Dan and I followed in the Ute which is the first time I have drove on the actual roads here (apart from the Barbie car on magnetic island but that doesn’t really count now does it) and on the way there 2 Emu’s ran out in front of Tarsh’s car but luckily she didn’t hit them, that was the first time I’ve seen Emu’s in the wild.

So we went and dropped the car off at the garage and then next door is the coffee shop/art gallery where we had a coffee and I felt like I was getting investigated by the police officer about how I was going to get my second year visa signed off, I just pretended not to hear most of the questions, then Tarsh went with Dan to see someone while I went over the road to the shop to get some food in for the week and then to the place next door to that to grab the meat and beer.

Moulamein is tiny, there is one pub, one small and expensive supermarket, one garage, one coffee shop and one takeaway food place where we got 2 pizzas from and headed on back home, on the way Tarsh’s Cousin Charlie came up behind us and followed us back home too.

He was nice but omg doesn’t he talk a lot, he just went on and on and on, I don’t understand how he gets anything done or how he manages to breath when he speaks so much about just anything and everything. I just zoned out most of the time but then he would say ‘Sami, Sami, I’m trying to tell you something’ or ‘I haven’t finished my story yet’

Tarsh walked down the corridor out of the kitchen to go to the toilet and we all must heard her scream at the top of her voice and then shout ‘SNAKE!!!’ we all ran to her rescue and Charlie managed to get the snake and kill it, when we saw the colour of it, it was brown which is one of the deadliest snakes in the world and even though it wasn’t a big one it would still be big enough to kill you! And that was the first snake I have seen since being in Australia! Remind me why I’m here again?

After we had calmed down from the snake situation Me and Tarsh kept drinking and drinking just to get over the near death experience and as Charlie was telling us more and more stories and he brought in a hat made from a cat and then a briefcase full of posters and whips telling us stories about them, and eventually me and Tarsh were pretty drunk I ended up smoking to chill me out and finally got to bed around 1am.

We woke up the next day which was the Saturday and just had a bit of a chill day as we were feeling slightly hungover, I wonder why? And later on that night a guy called Henry turned up and they call him rocket and omg he is bloody beautiful! He’s my age, tall, dark and extremely good looking! Which is all well and good for me to have a bit of eye candy but also a bit annoying when I am making sure I stay away from all men at the moment due to my track record with the dickheads I seem to go for!

He stayed for a few nights and helped them out around the place putting lights in as he’s an electrician, I tried my best not to talk to him too much so that I didn’t end up doing anything stupid haha, but still continued to look at his beautiful face! Yummy, yummy, yummy!!!

So he left on Tuesday and I spent the day looking after Dan and trying to get all this updated and then pack ready for Melbourne, as they are going away for a couple of days so I am going to Melbourne and getting a lift down with Andy. We are actually meeting sexy man rocket there and going for food and a couple of drinks before they go off to watch a show and I will go and see the beautiful Christy again.

They have also got me and her tickets to see Aussie rules football so I am looking forward to going to see that! Should be a good night

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First week on the farm

Monday 4th April

So I got picked up at 10 by a man named Darryn and his son Lachlan and we started the 5 ½ hour trip up to Keri-Keri, which is a 60,000 acre sheep station to the north of a small town called Moulamein in NSW!

We stopped a couple of times to grab some food and some work boots and I slept quite a lot on the way but each time I woke up I noticed how different the landscape was, it went from city buildings to town houses and shops, to trees and lakes, to bushes, to red soil and Barron land, to black soil and yellow fields, and then back to red soil and bush land with a few trees here and there before arriving to what Darren called the front drive way up to Keri-Keri.

This drive way went on and on and on and we drove for another 5/10mins before I saw a big bunch of trees, but greener trees than what the rest of the land we had just drove down had, we drove in between a bunch of trees and there it was the house in the middle of the land, an oasis in the middle of nowhere, really hard to imagine that this would be here!

So when I arrived I met with Andy, Tarsh and dan. Tarsh showed me around the place and showed me my room for the next week or so as Darryn and Lachlan are staying in the cottage this week, as Lachlan is learning how to look after the sheep and cattle for his school work experience.

We had a cup of tea and a chat and then had a wonder around the outside with Dan, where the chooks (aka chickens) were and introduced me to the sheep dogs, although the sheep dogs were not what I was expecting at all, I was expecting collies but got these little cutie pies instead.

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We had a bit of a wonder around and then made some dinner and had an early night.

Tuesday 5th April

I woke up around 7am and headed out to the kitchen to grab a coffee and some breakfast. Everyone was in there pottering around doing the same, and we all had a chat around the big island in the kitchen!

A girl called prudence who is 17 turned up to help out gathering or mustering the sheep ready for shearing next week with Lachlan and Andrew and those 3 all went out to go and work on motorbikes, we had to turn the radio on just in case they called back to the house for help, which was really loud and crackly and hard to understand at first.

Tarsh took me out in the morning and showed me how to feed the dogs, and chickens and what to do with the bins, as they don’t have any bin men who come out here so they have to burn all their rubbish, so in the house there are 3 bins. 1 is left over food which goes into a tub which gets mixed with water and thrown into the chicken pen. The second is for all tin cans and bottles etc. which go in the tip, and the third is for all other rubbish which will get burnt.

So all the rubbish that goes in the burning bins gets brought out and tipped into a big steel bin outside, some newspaper gets put on top and you then light that in the morning and let it burn throughout the day.

The chicken bin gets thrown on the floor of the chicken pen and you open the gate so they can get out and roam around.

The washing line is around here too so that’s also a daily or every other day job.

Then it’s over to the dogs to feed them and let one of them out of their cage at a time as they can either run off somewhere when they are together or worse and get into fights and kill one another, which had happened with some of the dogs they had in the past.

Where the dog kennels are, is where the old staff quarters used to be (well some of them anyway) and it looks all run down but in a good way, it looks old and like it has a story which I love, everything here does its amazing.

So I was mainly looking after Dan while Tarsh got all her computer stuff done and doing a little bit of cleaning, Andy also came back and asked me if I wanted to go and help gather in some lambs that had got separated from the heard.

So I went off with him over to where the lambs were and Lachlan and Prudy were there trying to get them together but they are really hard to catch as they are jumpy and only a few of them, I did try to help a little bit but not too much as I didn’t really know what I was doing, we were there for a little bit but it wasn’t working so Lachie and Prudy had to bring the whole heard back so they would join them.

Later on that day me, Tarsh and Dan drove up to the woodshed to watch the sheep go through the lanes where they get marked with paint to show what breed they are, after we watched them do that we headed back to the house and made dinner, had some wine and a chat around the big island in the kitchen.

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Wednesday 6th April

I woke up around 8am and had breakfast and a coffee and then headed on out to do the laundry, bins, dogs and chooks.

I played with the dogs for a bit and then went back to the house and chilled with Dan while Tarsh got some more of her work done on the computer, we watched frozen and played with toys all day and also went out for a walk around the farm to see the dogs as he loves animals which is pretty good seeing as he will have to living here.

Later on in the day Darryn took me out on the buggy to teach me to drive it over to the tip which is where the other bin goes, so we grabbed all the beer cans and headed over to the buggy or as they call it the rhino and I started it up and put it into drive and went on over to the house tip which I was told had been going for around 20years. The rhino was easy to drive, it’s really loud though sounds a bit like a go-kart.

 

There were also lots of other things around here that has been dumped like old fridges and kids toys like swings and slides and then there was all the vehicles that had stopped working so they left them there, and this one had loads of cactus growing out of it which looked really cool. They say rubbish I say something cool to look at, a bit of garden art if you will!

After we were at the tip we got back in the rhino and drove a little further back towards the house where there were more rundown buildings with old cars in and rusty old tools and even some baby prams that looked really old, Darryn was telling me lots of story’s about the history here and that these buildings were from the 1920’s – 1950’s, I found it fascinating.

Then just before getting to the house we looked in one more of the sheds which were some old workshops for the horses where blacksmiths used to work, they don’t have any staff here now and just have the sheep for the shearing, it’s still really interesting to hear all their stories and makes me love it here even more.

Then we got back and hoped in the Ute and Darryn drove me down to the highway which took around 20mins all the way there and the whole way there we were driving through their land which was insane, and that was just one tiny portion on it.

The rest of the day I spent looking after Dan and then in the evening we cooked food again and sat around the island in the kitchen drinking wine, such a hard life!

 

Thursday 7th April

I woke up again around 7:30am and headed on into the kitchen for coffee and breakfast and then me and Tarsh went out to gather up the horses as they had a farrier coming to look at them that day in the afternoon to see if they needed to be put down or could keep on going.

They have 4 horses (well Tarsh does anyway) and 2 of them are very old, one is 28 and the other one is 36 and I was told that horses only live to around 24/25, and the 2 old ones are not looking so great, they have been left to themselves in the paddocks for a while so they are like wild horses.

We went over to the big shed and got in the Ute which is this big thing below, and Tarsh told me to drive I was quite scared as the biggest thing I have ever drove is my Nissan Micra which obviously isn’t that big at all, but I jumped in and turned it on and then realised that I couldn’t reach the floor with my short legs haha so we had to try and pull the chair closer which didn’t seem to go forward that much picking up bullets off the floor while trying to do so. Once it was close enough tried again and it seemed to work and off we went, after all the worrying it wasn’t actually that hard to drive but I was feeling pretty proud of myself!

We drove down to where the horses were and Tarsh got out and went over to them and started to lead them back, she asked me to drive back to the house and get her a radio and also open one of the gates for her, I was then a little nervous again as I had to drive the Ute on my own but again wasn’t actually all that scary at all, so I did that and went back over to her and we eventually rounded up the horses and got them into the cattle yard to separate them up and have them somewhere easy to get to for when the farrier arrived in the afternoon.

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We headed back to the house and had lunch and looked after Dan some more and then the carrier arrived so we went back over and I watched him doing their feet where he would cut big chunks off and then file them down so they were all smooth and even and then he checked their teeth, when he checked the 2 old ones he said their teeth were quite bad which would explain why they weren’t looking to great as it probably hurt them to eat and he also thought that the one had an infection and advised us to give him some antibiotics.

After he left we went and jumped in the rhino and got some hay to take over to them and some anti biotics for the ill one, we let the other 2 healthy horses out to roam around and then dumped the hay in the cattle yards for the 2 old ones as Tarsh was calling the horse dentist to come out to look at them and also so we could give the ill one the injections.

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Then it was back to the house for dinner and wine around the kitchen island again, I’m starting to like all this wine!

 

Friday 8th April

I woke up again around 7:30 and headed over to the kitchen for coffee and breakfast, we got Dan all ready and then packed up a little basket of toys and his bottle, nappies etc. and then we headed on out.

It was time to round up the cattle, as Tarsh has lots of cattle that Andy wants to get rid of because they keep trashing his fences and breaking them down. So our job was to go find them and round them all up into one big mob of them and lead them back to the cattle yards, so they could get sorted into the ones that they were going to keep and the ones that they were going to sell and the ones they were selling are going straight to an abattoir as Tarsh knew they needed to be sold but didn’t want to sell them to anyone that going to miss treat them and they would end up there eventually anyway and it’s good to do it when they have had a happy and good life. She had been researching abattoir’s also as she wanted them to go somewhere they were treated well and it happened fast, no halal killing as they die in a really horrible way for halal meat!

The horses got moved into another paddock that is close to the house so there was room for the cattle and off we went!

I was driving the Ute and had Dan in there with me and Tarsh and Lachie went out on the bikes, we let Nate out and he jumped on the back of Tarsh’s bike……. What a dog!!

We drove up through the paddocks and I followed the bikes until we finally found the sheep, doing this really made me see how big this place was and how much the animals must feel like they are in the wild! I saw so many kangaroos jumping in front of the Ute and also lots and lots of animal skeletons. Tarsh and Lachie drove off on the bikes and I drove down by the fence ready to get behind them when they got down there, I ended up getting stuck in a hole and had to radio over to Tarsh to come and free me, and she put the Ute into four wheel drive so it didn’t happen again.

We all had radios on us but mine seemed to be the best one because I was in the Ute and it had a big antenna for the signal so everyone kept having to talk to me for me then to relay the message to everyone else, this ended up causing quite a few laughs as I sounded like a post English girl on the radio which they are not used to so they were all laughing at me a bit haha, and saying that if their neighbours tuned in and heard me they would be wondering who they had working for them which I found quite funny.

It was a long day as cattle move quite slowly so it did take a while and Andy and Darryn went off back to the house to cook some pies and sausage rolls to bring out to us for lunch, I did a lot of sitting around with Dan and feeding him while the others rounded up the cattle, and even had 2 little brightly coloured birds fly over to us and hover around the Ute as they must have been confused as to what the Ute actually was, but I thought it was pretty cool to watch.

After all the other cattle had been rounded up by the big dam that I was waiting at we all started to get them going back towards the house again, and we noticed there was a tiny little calf that looked only a few days  and very out of breath. We backed off a bit so the calf could rest and feed of the mother for a little bit and then pushed on.

We were very nearly back and then Tarsh told me to head on back with Dan which I did and put him to bed and then had a bit of a clear up, they came back not long after and again we had dinner and wine around the kitchen island.

Saturday 9th April

This was quite a quiet day, I did the regular things like the chooks and bins and then spent most of the day with Dan, who was not a happy bunny at all.

He was crying all day long, I think he had finally got fed up of my face, everyone else were in the cattle yards separating the cattle into the keep and sell paddocks, I went over in the afternoon with Dan to watch and it was really interesting to watch this as they have to get them one by one into a little lane called the race which goes into a small space called the crush where they lock them in and push their heads through the front and lock their heads in the head bail so they can’t move and then come over and tag their ears with electronic tags so they know they are theirs!

Dan started crying again so I took him back to the house and put him to bed for a nap and then did some cleaning and then me Tarsh and Lachie had some dinner and some bubbles and watched some prison break before having another early night.

Sunday 10th April

Another quiet day today in the morning, I woke up a little later around 9am and headed on into the kitchen for coffee and breakfast.

Dan turned 9months old yesterday which means he can go onto solid food now so I decided I would make some egg muffins for him (and us) to have at lunch time. I also gave him some promite on toast (which is like Marmite but not as nice!) he seemed to like that although he didn’t do much eating of these solid foods! More like picking up and squashing in his hands and shoving it on his face! Haha

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Tarsh was out most of the morning rounding the cattle up that had jumped over the fences last night and also getting all the ones that were being sold on the trucks to take them away, and Andy was rounding up the sheep ready for shearing tomorrow.

I chilled for a bit writing up the rest of this and then went out in the afternoon to help with the sheep. So we drove up to the woolshed and there were lots of sheep that needed to be sorted. They were all in big caged areas and we had to push them into another cage which then lead to a small lane with a gate on the end that can change what paddock they would lead to, so me and Tarsh jumped in to the paddocks with the sheep and one of the sheep dogs called red came in to. We had big paddles with like rattles inside to make noise so the sheep would run away from the sound, but they all huddle together and if you just run at them they won’t go just straight forward, they will split of and go all over the place so you need to go around them and kind of go in at an angle to push them into the corner. It was a lot harder than it looks as the mob got smaller and smaller they were harder to get to go in a direction that you want them to.

But we did manage to get them all done, and gave me an idea of what I will be doing for the rest of the week once shearing starts tomorrow.

So that’s one week done and it’s been amazing so far, I love it here and love that this is my life now, yes it’s been a bit of hard work looking after Dan so much as I am not used to it but it’s been good to do, and also being around all the animals and learning to drive all the different cars (if you can call them that haha) let’s see what next week brings then hey!

 

 

 

 

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A day in Melbourne

I arrived in Melbourne extremely tired as I hadn’t been able to sleep the night before I think I must have been too excited to leave Brisbane finally and see the little one.

So the flight landed around 8:50am ahead of time but I had to sit around waiting for the checked bags to come out for 45mins, which was a ridiculous amount of time to wait but oh well nothing I could do about it so I just sat there smiling like a bit of a weirdo because I was not in the shared house in Brisbane anymore and I knew my life was going to change again and I was just extremely happy about that.

After the bags came out and I grabbed the transfer over to the little one as she had been so kind to let me stay with her for the night at her shared house, which I thought was a really cool place! There were hammocks and sofas out the front (along with a Dick shaped wooden bottle opener which reminded me of the Dick flute, and yes I stole it so I can eventually turn it into dick flute number 2 –may Dick flute 1 rest in peace!) there was lots of writing on the walls inside and pictures of housemates who had been and gone, an outside area around that had more sofas in and also graffiti walls! I loved this place. We caught up and then got changed and headed on out for breakfast and coffee. It was the first time in 6 months that I had put on jeans and a jacket! Little one showed me around Melbourne and took me to a place in one of the lanes where I had my first ever French toast!

Why have I not had French toast before???? OMG it was so good!

After food and coffee we wondered around some more, looking at the sights of Melbourne, including some lanes that were completely covered in graffiti and when we were there were lots of people on ladders spray painting the walls and was quite busy, which I’m told its nor usually like that and is normally quite quiet.

We turned a corner and someone was making a music video there which sounded really good, and next to them were a couple of guys who had put down some wooden blocks and were breakdancing on them, I loved this place, it was such a cool atmosphere.

We then walked over to a cool coffee place with chairs on the ceiling which was reviewed as the best place in Melbourne for coffee but we didn’t go in as the que was ridiculous, so we found a quieter spot to get some more coffee in!

After that we walked around some more streets and then decided to go to the big art gallery but on the way there we heard some beautiful music from the park so we decided to go and sit down on grass and relax listening to her beautiful voice which was lovely.

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Then some more walking around, and getting either really hot one second and having to take off jackets etc. and then really cold the next and wishing we had bought even more clothes, Melbourne is a very strange place weatherise!

After lots of wondering around the different streets, listening to lots of people sing or dance or do some live stand up comedy (every street here had some new entertainment to offer) and shopping for bug spray ready for the farm we went back to the house on a tram (first time on a tram baby) and chilled for a little bit before heading back out to a bar to grab some food, which happened to be the most confusing food I have ever had to order!

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As little one described to me, it was happy hour and I could get pizza and salad for $5, when we got there however it was that I could get a pizza for $5 or get a salad with pizza toppings for $5, I wanted pizza and salad but not pizza with a pizza salad haha, so I ordered a cheese pizza and BBQ chicken salad but ended up getting a bowl of what looked like nachos and was also really spicy haha.

We were supposed to leave here around 8pm as soon as happy hour was over but as usual that did not happen, one jug lead to another jug which lead to another which lead to us chatting to the guys on the table next to us and then going and joining them out side where we met another one of their friends who had us all wanting to pull our hair out over a trick with a straw where you have to try and turn it onto the other side of your hands without bending it, it was very hard and stressful but we managed it in the end, and then walked back to the house.

We woke up around 9am the next day and had some breakfast and said our goodbyes, as I was getting picked up at 10am ready to go to the farm!

I loved Melbourne! It’s such a cool city! I love the laneways and think it would be quite a cool place to actually live! There was so much going on every corner you turned, someone singing recording a music video or busking in the street, breakdancing you name it! There was even some guy dressed up like a football hooligan with a carry around karaoke machine singing Shania Twain….I mean come on now what more could you possibly ask for?

I loved seeing little one too, it was so nice to catch up after not seeing her for about 4months and was so good to talk about our 6weeks travelling down the coast together and missing Beth lots and lots too!

Ahhh good times but onwards to the next adventure for now….. It’s onto the sheep station!

I will update about that next week, if the WiFi is working ok, as I am here now and its pretty slow, and taking a while to get this one up, so bare with….

 

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Bye Bye Brisbane (about time)

So I officially am leaving Brisbane tomorrow! I cannot fucking wait!

So let’s just catch up since I last wrote, so Craig (who I met in Cairns) came and stayed with me for a couple of nights on the 19th and we decided to get drunk on the first night, we got a few cans of cider to drink at the house before going out and then headed on down to the valley where we had a few more drinks in a couple of bars and had a relatively tame but enjoyable evening, going home just after midnight.

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I woke up the next day however feeling incredibly sick and couldn’t get out of bed all day – what has become of me? I am officially getting old and cannot hack drinking at all anymore! Every single time I do the entire next day becomes a write off!

So it was really nice to see him but I obviously ended up losing a whole day trying very hard not to die and then the next day I was back at work and then it was time for him to move on again!

That week went quite fast and I had the room in the house all to myself which was nice! So I was very lazy and just stayed in bed every night after work watching films! Ahhh the boring life haha.

I also spent a lot of time ordering food because something in the fridge and freezer in this house smells and makes all the food around it taste weird which makes me feel sick, so my saving hasn’t really gone massively to plan! Oh well hey!

So the following weekend 25th March was Easter weekend which meant that it was a long one off work and I refused to just sit around doing nothing in the house, it was also my last full weekend in Brisbane so I decided to treat myself and take myself on some little dates.

So on the Friday I went over to Stradbroke Island – to read about that CLICK HERE.

I was really happy with the day there and decided to also treat myself to Australia Zoo which is Steve Irwin’s Zoo, so I went there the next day on the 26th March and to read about that then CLICK HERE.

I didn’t do anything at all on Easter Sunday as everywhere was closed so I chilled I’m bed watching films being lazy and then Luke from Aussie way hostel text me telling me he was going home, so I said I would meet up with him the next day to say goodbye.

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I woke up pretty early as I always do now and headed on into the city for breakfast and to grab some more underwear as I officially do not fit into the ones I have thanks to yep you guessed it the donuts! (I also don’t fit my work trousers and had to wear my black pj bottoms to work on the last couple of days what a Fatso haha.)

Luke came and met me just before lunchtime and we decided to go grab a coffee somewhere, where we stayed for a few hours catching up, chatting about the good times in the hostel and the bad! And how much we will miss everyone we met there (apart from one complete Dick head obviously)

After a few coffees we realised we were right by the Irish bar we had gone to for new years and thought we would go and get 1 pint of Guinness, so we went and sat upstairs on the balcony to people watch in the sun! that 1 pint lead to another which lead to another and another and before we knew it, it was dark, we were drunk, I was smoking (if I do it when I’m drunk it doesn’t count!) and we were joined by a few people.

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It then got so late we got asked to leave the upstairs balcony and head downstairs, the thought that I had work the next day had completely left my mind, and I was being dragged onto the dance floor by some random girl who had decided to join in our party! I remember we became friends over the hatred of the guy Luke was talking to.

Now I do not remember exactly what happened next but what I do remember is that this guy was a douche and kept telling me I was stupid (because I don’t know what’s going on in the world, and know nothing about politics etc.) and then I also remember him saying something about him being better than me because I was a woman.

Idiot man speaking like shit to me + I don’t even know how many pints of Guinness = don’t mess with me! This is the guy…..

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So all I remember is getting hit in the head but apparently I punched him first, whoops! Well like I said people really should know better than to call a very drunk woman stupid and then tell her that you are better than her because you’re a man!

Anyways…. This guy got chucked out of the club and we carried on drinking, Luke then reminded me that I had work the next day! – FUCK!

So we say our drunken goodbyes and I head back to the house, I remember drunken calling my best friend Kristy drunkenly and I also remember drunken crying on Snapchat – oh the snap chat shame!

I wake up the next day at 8am oh shit I am supposed to be at work now!! Erm….. Ok well there’s obviously no point in me going so let’s just stay in bed!

Feeling sick, head hurting from the punch feeling sorry for myself I order a massive load of Thai food and stay in be watching episodes of friends! Well what else can you watch hangover!

Once I had recovered I go into work the next day and power through the rest of the week until I can finally walk out of there on the Friday and know I don’t have to speak to any stupid people or get shouted at about a fucking parcel ever again (at least I hope not anyway haha)

I am now just eagerly awaiting my flight to Melbourne so I can see the ever so beautiful Christy again (who I met at the beginning of my travels and travelled with her for 6 weeks down the east coast, waaaa i miss those times so much now!!)

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So my last day in Brisbane I have taken myself for breakfast and coffee and then chilled at the house updating the blog and washing clothes and packing etc., my flight is at 6am tomorrow morning and I am getting picked up at 4am!

So time to go see Christy and then onto the sheep station for my second year visa work!

It’s a little bit sad to go but not so much haha as everyone else has moved on now too!

Brisbane it’s been emotional!

Over and out!

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Australia/ Steve Irwin Zoo Review

I decided to go with the greyhound package for the zoo! click HERE for the link to the deal.

It was really pricey but I had only heard good things about it so thought why the hell not!

It cost around $90 and that included the travel there and back and then the ticket for the entry too!

I got there at 9am as soon as they opened and walked straight in, it seemed really busy as it was Easter holidays but luckily this place was big enough for everyone to spread out and not feel crowded which was really nice!

As soon as I walked through the gates there were members of staff hanging around with snakes, birds and koalas for you to pet and hold which I thought was nice.

I walked around the first area of the zoo which was close to the entrance which had all the crocs, lizards and turtles, and tortoises in (Massive Tortoises) and then I headed back over to the front to get the ‘safari train’ over to the end of the zoo so I could work my way back, which they do advise you to do.

I didn’t stick around the last bit for too long as it had zebras, giraffes and rhinoceros which I have seen loads of back home in the safari park! I want to see Aussie animals!

So I walked back up through Bindi’s island and then through the kangaroo walkthrough, and stroke them, god I love kangaroos so much!

Then it was time for the show in the crocoseum which as it was Easter had the Irwin family there feeding the crocs! See video below.

Other than them feeding the crocs they had lots of birds flying around the whole place which was really good to see! It was a really good show!

I really do like this zoo because they have lots of walkthrough areas with the kangaroos and with birds and koalas, so when I had finished my day at 3pm and had a couple of hours to kill I could just go and sit in the kangaroo field surrounded by kangaroos and wallabies and just chill with them!

Also the food stalls at this place are really good for somewhere like this! They have all sorts!

Fish and chips, burgers, coffee, sushi, pizza! And not too bad prices either.

I do think this place is expensive but I also think it’s worth it, they have lots of info about Steve Irwin around the place and you can tell that all the animals are treated really well, they have lots of space to roam around.

They also have the animal hospital on site which you can have a little sneak peak in where lots of animals get brought into them every day which they treat, which is amazing!

5 bees for sure! 100% recommend.

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A day on Stradbroke Island

Stradbroke Island was such a nice surprise for me because I hadn’t actually read that much about it and being in Brisbane city for so long I kind of forgot how beautiful Australia is!

So from Brisbane city it took me around 2 hours to get there, on the train and then a bus to the water taxi.

The water taxi cost me $19 for a return, and the trip on the boat was beautiful in it’s self.

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And then a ticket for an all-day pass on the bus on the island was $9.50

The island was a lot bigger than I thought it was going to be as it took around 20mins to get over to the point lookout (good job I didn’t decide to walk it)

Once I was there I went into a place called fishes at the point and grabbed a coffee and a bacon and egg roll for $10 which is a bargain!

After this I headed on over the road and roamed around the point lookout, I wasn’t expecting the beauty that I saw here and it actually took my breath away!

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I was even lucky enough to see a big group of dolphins swimming around but couldn’t get a good picture of them, so decided to actually enjoy the moment and quit trying!

After the gorge walk I headed on down the road to find a lot of steps down to a beach called Frenchman’s beach. It was beautiful here and when I got there I was the only one there which was incredible. The waves were big and the sky was blue it was a perfect day, I strolled along the beach with my feet in the water and then sat on some rocks at the end just watching the waves (and singing little mermaid songs) for a while, then decided to walk back up the steps and carry on exploring, on the way back to the steps I noticed that there were hundreds of dead what I can only say are jelly fish along the beach! Hmmm…… maybe it was deserted for a reason and maybe I shouldn’t have been walking in the water after all!

I carried on walking down to the next beach which was called cylinder beach and this one was a busy beach with lots of people in the water with perfect waves, so I put my things down and went and had a swim, then did some sunbathing.

It was a perfect little day trip and didn’t cost a bomb to get there from the city centre either!

100% recommend coming over to this beautiful island even if it is only for a day, I know you can go exploring the island in 4×4’s though and that is supposed to be really good so you may want to stay overnight and go on a tour.

But my little day trip to the beach was good enough for me! I got to see wild dolphins for goodness sakes! I’m a happy woman!

5 bees for sure!

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