A Few Weeks In Port Elliot

Tuesday 7th Feb

We woke up around 9am and got all our things packed up and said our goodbyes to Alec and Marie. We jumped in the van ready to go and Jim turns the ignition and nothing happens. He tries again and absolutely nothing happens.

GREAT! The battery is dead! – This bloody van is going to give me an aneurism!

Well I guess it’s time to check out the battery pack I purchased last year that comes with jump leads then! Yep it works and she’s on!!

Why has the battery drained overnight though? Everything was off! What on earth is going on? Should I have even bought this bloody van? I’m starting to doubt it!

So we manage to get her started and then drive to a super cheap auto to pick up a 12v charger for the van that splits into two so we can charge our phones and the fridge while we are driving, but of course the battery is super low so Jim stays in the van keeping it running while I go in and grab the adaptor.

Then back on the road again to start making our way to port Elliot beach house. We need fuel too so we make sure we drive for a while to get the battery charged and then stop when it’s very near empty to fill up, only when we pull up the van wont now turn off!

The key turns to the off position but the engine is still going, ahhh ok so maybe that has something to do with why they battery got drained overnight, maybe something happened over night that means the power is always on, so we don’t know what to do and I just tell him to stall it as we need to put fuel in. when we stall it, the engine stops but the power is still on.

WHAT THE FUCK IS HAPPENING? WHY IS ALL THIS HAPPENING? NIGHTMARE.

Well not much we can do about it now, onwards to port Elliot, when we arrive we were amazed with where the hostel was, right by the beach and some amazing views. We pull up and of course the van won’t turn off again so we decide to unplug the battery to try and save the power, so it doesn’t drain again. Not ideal at all but it will do for now.

When we go into the hostel we meet Bridget and Steve who own the place and they show us around the house, which is amazing. It’s the best hostel I have ever seen and I get all giddy and happy thinking that this place is going to be our home for the next few months. Steve then tells Jim that he may have some work for him on the vineyards with his friend which is great, already got some work lined up. So now I just have to find myself some paid work too and then we should have a good few months here saving and not spending much money on accommodation.

After we had checked in we went for a stroll around the footpath that goes around the coast and again it was so beautiful it just made me feel so happy that this was our home for a while.

Feeling super happy and motivated to find paid work now!!

In the evening we all had a Bbq together to say welcome and to get to know each other along with some wine and beers which was really nice.

Wed 8th Feb

We woke up around 8:30am and got ourselves some breakfast and coffee and then got ourselves ready to start our new jobs as cleaners. I was on bed duty, so I was remaking the beds in the rooms and also wiping the rooms down and vacuuming. Jim’s job is cleaning the bathrooms which is a bit of a shock for him having never cleaned a bathroom in his life haha. I managed to snap a picture of him looking oh so happy about mopping those floors. Haha.

Once we had finished our cleaning we decided to drive over to Victor Harbour to get some food shopping in for the next few days but first we had to get the van back up and running. So connect the battery back together and then we can go, and of course when we arrive at Coles we have to stall it and then disconnect the battery. FML! This is ridiculous! Seriously need someone to look at it, and we were hoping that Steve’s friend who Jim is supposed to get some work on the vineyards with could look at it, as we have been told he knows a bit about cars.

When we got back to the hostel we cooked up some curry with lots of veg and to Jims surprise he actually enjoyed it, I told him that vegetables are nice and if he just tries things he will be surprised what he enjoys, plus he has no other option on our tight budget!

After curry we grabbed a couple of beers and played some ping pong in the games room for a while.

Thursday 9th Feb

It was baking hot today, was 42° and everyone went down to the beach after cleaning in the morning but I was determined to find work so I spent the day trying to find work anywhere, but also getting annoyed because it is out of season so there is not much work around with such a small place and with the van playing up its going to be really hard to get anywhere.

I got my CV’s printed and walked around everywhere in Port Elliot and handed my CV in only to be told they were not looking for anyone….great!

Remain positive!! Something will come up I’m sure of it!!

Friday 10th Feb

After we had done our cleaning duties of the morning we decided enough was enough and the van needs to be looked at by someone rather than waiting around for this guy on the farm who may or may not be able to help us, so we took it to a mechanic that was nearby and they checked it over for us but unfortunately they said they weren’t able to help us as it needs to go to an auto electrician and they think that mice could have got in and chewed up some of the cables in the dashboard while it was stored on a farm. Waaaa, not good news at all.

We called the only auto electrician in Victor Harbour and he said he couldn’t fit us in until Wednesday morning, so I spent a lot of the day feeling annoyed and upset about this bloody van which is seeming like I should not have bought now and also the fact that we are really going to struggle to find work here.

After all my self-pitying I decided to snap myself out of it and go and join everyone in the TV room and Steve brought us all some pizzas out which is so nice of him. They really are nice people here.

We all started digging in, and this crazy lady who is staying here decided she would come and help herself so some too, although I’m pretty sure it was not for her as he was giving it to us as we were staff, but she managed to stuff at least 6 slices down her face.

She is so strange, she goes around chatting to herself and keeps everything in her car and keeps going out to her car to get things out of it which is directly in front of our window, and she chooses to wear these short dresses with stockings on and is always bending over so we get a full view of what she’s packing! Not a pretty sight at all haha.

After pizza, we all walked down to one of the 2 pubs in Port Elliot and watched a guy playing all sorts of instruments including a didgeridoo which was really cool.

Saturday 11th Feb

Me and Jim decided to go down to Victor Harbour again after cleaning to try and find work there and had a walk around everywhere handing our CV’s in and filling in application forms only to realise towards the end that I have managed to print off my old CV which has not got anything new on since 2015. NOT GOOD!!!! So I had to run around everywhere asking for email addresses to send them over the proper version when I got back home.

WHAT A FUCKING IDIOT!!!

When we got back, I cooked up a stir fry and then me and Jim went down to the other pub with Steve and Bridget where we met Nigel (the guy with the Vineyard) he was really funny and had so much knowledge about everything, he was quite fascinating to talk to. He grabbed Jim’s number and said he should call him for a couple of day’s work this week, so that’s good.

Sunday 12th/Monday 13th Feb

My glorious breasts turned 4 years old on Sunday. Good old plastic fantastic beauty’s that they are, and to celebrate I decided that I would cook myself a roast dinner which took forever in the tiny oven they have here but so bloody worth it!

Ahhh…nothing better than I good roast potato.

Monday we didn’t really do anything other than our cleaning in the morning as it was quite cold and raining a bit. I spent a while applying for jobs at McDonalds and kfc, while Jim had a stroll around port Elliot going to caravan parks and shops we had not been in, including the butchers.

Then in the evening we watched a couple of films, including Iron Man, as I downloaded all the marvel films and series to watch in order this year which should take a fair while with all the TV shows they have out now.

I got a text later that night from a guy putting on a reggae festival next weekend saying that he needed help on the bars, finally some work to do! Although it’s only for one day, but better than nothing and plus it’s at a reggae festival so will be fun too.
Tuesday 14th Feb

The sun was back out, as were the shorts. After we had done our morning chores me, Jim, Tessa and Nesi borrowed the car and went to a wildlife park nearby where Jim got to stroke his very first koalas and kangaroos.

It’s a nice park, but lots of the enclosures either didn’t have anything in, or didn’t have signs for what was in there and some of it was very overgrown so you couldn’t really see the things inside the enclosures.

Me and Jim bought some kangaroo food and decided to walk around all the kangaroos, some of them were really big and were very impatient for their food, so can be a bit scary, one of them seemed to get rather excited when it was close to Jim and had his lipstick out for the world to see. Haha

I got another call from someone who had seen my add on gumtree looking work, they asked me to go to some lady’s house to clean the following day. Yayyy more work for me! And even better, as soon as I got that message I got another one from the festival guy saying he needs help setting up on Friday too if I want a bit more work. Whoooppp!!

Now I just need full time job and then I’m sorted. Fingers crossed baby!

Then it was back to the hostel for a chill, while Jim went down to the beach to do some body boarding with a couple of the girls and I chilled at the hostel with my cup of tea like an old person because I knew the water would be cold. I’m such a baby with cold water! I need my water to be tropical and even then sometimes I find it cold.

Wednesday 15th – Friday 17th Feb

We took the van in to be fixed on Wednesday and left it with him while we went back and cleaned the hostel, he called us back and quoted us $300 to get it fixed as some wires had melted through and that was what was causing it to not stop. He said he would call us when we could pick it up, which he did on Thursday. We went and picked the van up and when we got there the cheeky bastard decided to charge us $400, I asked why it was $100 more than he had quoted and he said that there was more work to be done on it than he originally thought. Not much we can do about that is there! But seriously pisses me off! Doesn’t help that the van is painted with the union jack on so they are bound to overcharge us.

LET’S HOPE THIS IS THE END OF HER PROBLEMS OR I SHALL BE THE ONE TO DESTROY HER!!!!

Later on Wednesday I went and cleaned this woman’s house for a couple of hours, which was fine but it was only 2 hours which was $50, I seriously need more money than this!

Didn’t do anything on Thursday and Friday apart from search and search for jobs and get replies from the ones I had applied to saying they weren’t looking for any more staff. I think I’m going to have to start thinking about leaving early now as I can’t stay here for another month hoping to get full time work when it’s so quiet, and even if I do will Jim?

Jim actually went on Friday to do a full day’s work on a the vineyard, but that won’t turn out to be full time work so we do need to start thinking of something else….but that’s the beauty with travelling! If somewhere isn’t right you can just pick up and move on somewhere else.

Saturday 18th – Monday 27th Feb

The next week was rather boring, I spent most of the time either eating or trying to search for work and so did Jim, although he had a couple of days working on the farm.

We went to the beach a couple of times and I buried Jim in the sand. We also had a couple of nights all together with the people in the hostel, one for one of the German girls birthdays where we all had a Bbq and listened to Steve play his guitar, and then another night where Steve and Bridget cooked us all a lamb roast which was SENSATIONAL.

I got offered a job at a café but it was only part time so still won’t get me much money, but I said yes anyways as still need the cash for now.

They wanted me to work on Friday and Saturday 24th & 25th which is also the days I was working at the festival, so I had a whole week of nothing and then 2 very busy days.

The festival work was really fun, firstly I went there to help set up on the Friday and I was just drinking with them most of the time and then on the day of the festival I finished work at the café and then got picked up to go to the festival where I thought I was on the bar but they asked me to be the person on the door which was fine because It meant I got to sit down after running around the café so that was nice. I was also supplied lots and lots of free booze while doing the work so even better, and even better still plenty of good looking men for me to look at while I was working too.
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I eventually stopped being on the door around 9pm and then went into the bar to help them out and that is where my memory fades quite a lot, I was so drunk and 9pm soon turned to 3am when the festival had long finished and the remainder of the people there had decided to bring all their band supplies into the bar area. It was a very funny night indeed and I was so totally drunk I don’t remember much at all but what I do know is getting paid $250 for a night of drinking and fun is always a good thing.

However as I didn’t rock up back to the hostel until about 20 minutes before I had to clean and also feeling rather sick and dizzy I felt like I couldn’t face cleaning that morning so I went to the reception desk and spoke to Steve and told him I needed to pay for the night at the hostel as I couldn’t work. He then told me that was fine but that I had to pack my bags and leave the next day because of it! Hmmm….not very nice but tbh I think it’s for the best anyway! This place is boring the hell out of me and other than the festival work it’s not looking to hopeful.

So I spent the whole day in bed recovering and found myself somewhere to stay in Adelaide and on the Monday morning I woke up, packed my bags and left.

Time to try and find some proper work in Adelaide now!

 

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Van Drama & Morphett Vale

Tuesday 31st Jan

Tarsh drove me and Jim to Swan Hill on the Tuesday and we went and bought our tickets to get to Ballarat where we would be staying for the night. When we got to the train station we found out that trains had been cancelled due to track maintenance and we would be getting a coach to Melbourne and then a train from there to Ballarat.

We left swan hill at 12:43pm and arrived into Ballarat around 7:20pm, jumped in a cab and went to our accommodation for the night which was also a fancy looking pizza restaurant. We checked in and went through to our room which was really nice and we had a TV. Turns out we were the only ones in the room for the evening which was nice.

Once we had showered and sorted ourselves out we thought we should get something to eat, but the pizza from the place we were staying at was actually quite pricy for us, luckily over the road was a take away pizza place that was much cheaper so we headed over there in stealth mode and then back to the room hiding our cheaper pizzas.

Wednesday 1st Feb

We woke up after a good night’s sleep around 8am and packed our stuff away, checked out and then went to the train station for breakfast before jumping on another coach which this time was going to Hamilton – the van is getting closer and closer!!

 

Di (Tarsh’s sister) came and picked us up from the train station in Hamilton and took us for a coffee and a drive around the kid’s school which was beautiful. They are so lucky to go to those schools.

We then drove back to Di’s where the van was waiting for me, looking beautiful as ever, although it had a lot of cobwebs on as not been used for a few months, so me and Jim did some cleaning of the van to get her ready for our journey to Adelaide the following day.

Not long after we got back the boys came home from school, and it was time to go and feed the sheep as it was summer all the feed in the paddocks had dried up so they didn’t have much to eat, so the boys job each night was to drive out into the paddocks and hook the Ute called Burnie (because there was a big fire a few years ago in one of the paddocks where the Ute was so it got burnt)

Jack went off on his motorbike and Jim jumped in Burnie with harry with harry driving, and I went in the new little go-kart type thing with Di to watch them doing it.

It was really funny to watch because normally sheep run away from you when you drive through the paddocks, but they were all running after the Ute because they knew they were going to get fed from it, so we all drove over to the big containers of barley and the boys hooked it up to the back of the Ute to start feeding it into the van, when it was full of they went and the sheep all following behind trying to get some of the seeds.

After watching the boys do that, we went back to the house for dinner and then me, Jim and Di decided to watch a movie. We watched girl on a train which I thought was really good, then it was time for bed when it finished which was after midnight and we had to be up and leave at 7am.

Thursday 2nd Feb

Thursday was just one of those days where anything that can go wrong will go wrong.

Firstly it all started off by oversleeping, not by long but I woke up at 7am instead of leaving at 7am, and we didn’t end up leaving until around 8:30am, which should still get us to the vehicle inspection place on time in Adelaide which we needed doing to get the van registered. Although on the way we had to stop a couple of times because the van got to hot so we had to leave it to cool down on the side of the road a few times.

We eventually made it to Adelaide and then noticed that our fuel and temperature gages and our indicators were not working, but we thought we should just get to where we were going as it was only 10mins down the road, so we did and then we were told we wouldn’t get the van in to be inspected that day – which in hindsight is actually a good job because they do more checking than I thought of just checking the van is what I have said it is and that it isn’t stolen. They do basic safety checks too which obviously it wouldn’t have passed without those working.

Before we left we asked some guys in the car park what they think it could be and they told me to check the fuses to see if one had blown. We drove out of the inspection place and parked it on the road and did some looking around at the fuses and we managed to find the blown fuse, luckily we had some spares in the back so I changed the fuse and to our surprise the gages were working again, quick high five feeling all proud of ourselves!

Get back in the van and fire her up, put in the locksmiths into the sat nav and off we go. I think we must have drove about 50yards and then the van started spluttering before just dying completely. WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING ON TODAY??

I ended up calling the RAA and signing up for a year’s membership of road assistance although I had to pay a joining fee because I wanted to use it immediately, but it didn’t actually end up costing loads considering a year’s premium membership was including in the price, it came to $258 and by the seems of things we may end up using it more than once.

While we were waiting for the RAA to turn up we thought we would make the most of a bad situation and fire up the soda stream and get our chairs out, we didn’t have to wait for long before he turned up to have a look at the rust bucket.

 

He checked everything around the engine first and couldn’t find out what was wrong and then he checked the fuses and the one to start the van had blown which sits next to the one we had just replaced, and that one was about to blow! He pulled it out and it was just a big mess of melted plastic, how did that happen after only driving it around the corner, for less than 10 seconds?? But he managed to sort it out and the van was now starting which was great, and we had enough time to drive to the locksmiths.

When we got to the locksmiths one of the guys came out and had a look at the only lock on the van but it didn’t work, so at the moment we were having to leave it unlocked which isn’t very good. He said he had a box of the same locks in the shop which had been there for a few years and no one has bought so we could have them for $50, but they couldn’t fit it for us so we just thought as it was nearly 5pm and everywhere was closing that we would get them and try to change it ourselves.

Onwards to my Nan and grandads friend’s house (Marie and Alec) and then what happens? Of course the fuse for the fuel and indicators blows again!!!

ARGHHHHHHHHHHHH…….this bloody van!!!

We got to Marie and Alec’s house which was really nice to meet them, as they are good friends of our grandparents and have been for years, but moved over to Australia around 40 years ago on a £10 ferry ticket from England to relocate here. We went inside and had a quick catch up and then we thought we better try and sort this lock out on the van while it was still light outside. When I say we….I mean Jim while I sit in the passenger side watching.

Alec came out to help Jim too and kept offering different tools for us to use, which is a good job we did this at their house because we wouldn’t have had all the tools to do this ourselves.

Well it eventually got done and we went inside for some food and to spend some time with them, and an early night.

 

Friday 3rd Feb

Alec had told us last night that there was an auto electrician just around the corner from them which was perfect, so we drove the van around to them and told them what was going on and they said they would have a look at it for us.

They ended up keeping it for an hour and it cost us $115 but they managed to fix it for us, they told us they had checked everything and found a dodgy wire by the engine which they have now fixed so it was back to working again! Yayyy!!!

Is our luck turning around??

We quickly raced back to the house and grabbed a few things and then headed straight back out to a different vehicle inspection place which was just north of Adelaide, when we got there we had to fill some forms out and I realised I had forgotten my driver’s licence, luckily Jim had his so he had to fill the forms out. We waited for a couple of hours and I thought I should call up the registration call centre to find out exactly what we needed to get her registered, and found out we needed a proof of address, which we could get a signed paper from the bank stating our address, and we both needed our passports. After the couple of hours we then got her inspected in less than 10 minutes.

We then drove into Adelaide city to go pick up my bank card from Australia post and then drove around for ages trying to find somewhere to park which was actually really hard as it was really busy and the van is actually too high to get into the multi-story carparks. We eventually found another commonwealth bank on google that was on our way back to Alec and Marie’s so we headed there.

By the time we had done all of that it was too late for us to get the van registered as we needed to go back to the house to grab passports and things, so we thought we would just stay for the weekend at Alec and Marie’s and get it registered on Monday instead.

So we went back to the house and had a stir fry with them while listening to some of their stories about their life which was fascinating to hear about all the things they have done and how much Australia has changed in the time they have been there.

Saturday 4th /Sunday 5th Feb

I went out on Saturday morning to go and grab some things for the van like oil and screen wash, and then I also got Marie and Alec some wine and flowers to say thank you for being so welcoming and letting us stay with them, which has been so kind of them.

 

When I got back from shopping which I almost didn’t because the van wasn’t starting and I thought I was going to be stuck, but Jim talked me through how he gets it started and it seemed to work. Thank god! I decided that I would clean the van up and let the airbed down so we had more room in there to store our stuff without it getting lost.

Then it was 4pm and we all went over to Alec and Marie’s daughters house who was having a birthday party for her 2 year old son called Bronx. It was really nice going round there and meeting everyone and Bronx was really cute.

Sunday was just a chill day, I caught up on my blog and also got all the documents together ready for the big day tomorrow of getting the van registered.

In the evening we all went out for food to a restaurant about 10mins away which was really nice.

Monday 6th Feb

We woke up nice and early and went off to the registration office to get her sorted.

When we got in there, we went to the front desk and they gave us a few forms to fill out and a ticket number. They were calling the numbers really fast and we didn’t even have enough time to fill out forms out before we were called up to the desk.

It turned out that Jim didn’t have enough information to give over to them for him to get registered so it’s only in my name, which is fine because he is still able to drive the van.

SHES REGISTERED!!!! WHOOOOPPPPPPPPPPP

When we had finished all of that and changed the plates over to the new ones we decided that we would like to stay with them for one last night and cook them dinner to say thank you, so we went to the supermarket and bought all the stuff for spag bol and then went back to the house to chill for the rest of the evening and also managed to fit in a facetime call to our nan which was really nice.

It was so nice staying with these guys, they are such fantastic people, so welcoming and kind.

 

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A week at Keri-Keri

Tuesday 24th Jan

Me and Jim woke up around 6am and checked out of our hostel, then walked down to the main street in St Kilda to jump onto the tram to Southern Cross Station.

Our train was delayed for about 10/15mins because they hadn’t attached the front onto the train, but we got on eventually to start the 5 hour journey up to Swan Hill where Tarsh would be meeting us.

We arrived into Swan Hill around Midday and Tarsh came to meet us at the station, it was so nice seeing her again and I couldn’t wait until I saw dan although I did have to wait until 4pm when he got out.

We helped tarsh with her shopping for the next week and also went and grabbed some lunch and before we knew it 4:30pm came around and it was time to go see Dan. Me and jim waited in the car while she went and got him and when they came out I ran over to him hoping for his eyes to light up and remember me….but nope! He was pushing a lot a little pushchair and when I ran over and said his name he looked up at me and then looked back at where he was going and continued! Waaaaaaa my poor heart has broken!!

We drove back to the farm and I sat in the back with dan with a mission to force my love upon him and to annoy him until he remembers me which seemed to sort of work.

When we got back we of course had wine o’clock and had some pizza and stayed up chatting around the kitchen island.

Ahhh it was so lovely to be back here and even though it was only a few months ago it felt like longer, especially as dan had grown up so much, I got him to wear one of the Birmingham city hats that my dad had sent them over for a thank you for looking after me.

Me and Tarsh took over mine and Jim’s stuff to the cottage where we would be staying, which will be strange for me as I was in the house the last time I was here.

Wednesday 25th Jan

I woke up quite early because the sun was coming through the blinds and I could hear Mr. Rooster doing his wake up call, so I strolled back over to the house and got my self a coffee and then Dans little face appeared screaming loudly and running all around the kitchen island. My god where has that tiny little boy gone that I was looking after?

After breakfast we spent the day driving around in the UTE searching all the dams for trapped sheep, as there legs get stuck in the mud around the dams because the dams were getting low and all the mud/silt that was on the bottom of the dam was now out in the open for them to get stuck in as they had to come in further for a drink.

Tarsh drove while me and jim had dan on our laps and then I would look after dan while jim helped tarsh get the sheep out of the dams by throwing a hooped piece of rope around their neck and pulling them out. – don’t worry about it being around their necks, sheep have got very short but strong necks so they can take it, and also when they are as stuck as they are you cant really get it anywhere else, so its either get pulled out of the dam by the neck or stay stuck in the dam and die basically.

After we had drove round a few dams and saved a few sheep we headed back to the house and chilled for a while looking after dan while tarsh used me and jim to her advantage and managed to go and get some work done in her office.

Not long after it soon became wine o’clock again and Jim started helping tarsh make some potato bake to go with our Bbq, while I gave Dan a bath, when i had finished giving him a bath I had to go and get changed because I was absolutely soaking wet, he was finding it absolutely hilarious to start throwing buckets of water all over me but what a cutie pie he is! Cant stay mad at that little face for long.

Jim was helping Andy with the Bbq when I got back while me and tarsh drank some more wine and had a catch up in the kitchen, it felt so nice being able to do that again but also sad as I knew I was only there for a week this time.

Thursday 26th Jan

We went back out to check the dams for sheep but we had to go in the normal car this time as the Ute’s battery was dead.

When we got back Tarsh needed to get some work done so I looked after Dan while she did that and we did some painting which ended up in Dan being completely covered in paint and then mud as he had been watching Hughey dig up mud in a little corner which he thought would also be a good idea to do, so he was filthy, and I had to give him a bath to clean him up.

While we were doing that Jim went out in the other ute with andy to go and check all of the water they had running through the channels, to move the sheep away from the dams to stop them getting stuck.

Friday 27th Jan

We went back out again to check some Dams and one of the ones we had pulled out the day before had died, there was also a little lamb that was stuck and we thought it was the same one that kept getting stuck every day so Jim and Tarsh carried it over to the car so we could move her to another dam that wasn’t as low as the others. Jim got in the back of the car with her to keep her in one place while we drove her over to the other dam.

When we got back to the house everyone was nakered and had a bit of a nap while I did some job applying for places in Adelaide. I found one ad that I really wanted which was to work for a couple of hours a day in a hostel in Port Elliot which is in South Australia and you get your accommodation for free in exchange for a couple of hours work in the day helping with cleaning and painting etc. and they wanted about 4 people to come and help out so I sent over an email asking if me and Jim could go and work with them.

When everyone woke up after their naps we went over to one of Tarsh’s friends houses which is another farm and about 30mins drive away, there house is beautiful and had a swimming pool so we attempted to get dan in the water but he seemed to hate it and was crying as soon as we tried to get him in.

Then it was back to the house for dinner and a couple of drinks, then bed.

 

Saturday 28th Jan

The ute was all fixed for today so Jim did the driving to go and check the Dams. We found a small lamb without a mother and looking very week so we decided to bring it back to the house and let it sleep in the chook house. Tarsh made up some milk for it and we both had a go at feeding it.

In the evening when it was cooler we both did some motorbike practice, Jim was actually really good and picked it up really quickly. I was really nervous as the last time I tried riding the bikes here I fell off, so It took me a little longer to get used to riding it.

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After our bit of practice with andy and tarsh watching us we then felt more confident riding and went out to check one of the dams, as we pulled up there were lots of kangaroos at the dam that had come in for a drink as it was close to sunset.

Once we had pulled the sheep out of the dam we sat really quietly by the dam hoping that some would come back for a drink which they did. It was really nice to watch.

Before we left we noticed that one of the sheep was stood by the dam hardly moving, and we were a little worried about it so thought we would come back first thing to see if it was ok, when we got back to the house we told tarsh about it and she said that It may have been bitten by a snake if it wasn’t moving away from us.

Poor thing.

 

Sunday 29th Jan

When I woke up in the morning I went over to the house for my coffee and shortly after Jim turned up looking a bit sad and when he came in he told us that he had gone to feed the little lamb in the chook house and it was dead.

Unfortunately lambs are really hard to keep alive when they are that young as they rely so much on their mothers.

After we got over the trauma of the dead lamb me and jim went out on the bikes to go and check all of the dams, it was so hot and really hard as the wind blowing in our faces was hot and felt like a hair drier, Jim seemed alright but I found it too hot and I felt really dissy and like I was going to pass out at one point. My bike was a kick start bike and I even found that hard, obviously im not cut out to be a farm girl at all! At one point I was following an old track to one of the dams and then it suddenly disappeared and the bike sort of got stuck in some very soft crumbly mud, I put my foot down to try and stop it getting stuck but it didn’t work and I ended up banging my shin on the foot peddle and then the bike fell over. Lol.

God that hurt!!!

when we checked the dam with the possibly snake bite victim from last night we unfortunatley found the sheep dead stuck in the dam, so we had to pull it out of there which was difficult, and when we did we noticed that it had a bit of foam coming out of its mouth so we are pretty sure it did get bitten by a snake.

When we got back to the house, I had to have a bit of a lie down as I was absolutely baking hot and then realised it was around 43º no wonder I was feeling so hot.

It was then time for me to start getting the next few days organised like trains and work etc. so I went over to the cottage to grab my laptop and bank card only I couldn’t find my bank card anywhere. Uh-oh! I spent the whole day looking for it and couldn’t find it anywhere.

While I was sorting all of that out, Jim was busy riding motorbikes and driving the ute over to the tip to find bits of wood that he could use to sort the chook house out for tarsh.

Monday 30th Jan

It was the last day at the farm which was sad as it has been such a great week. I spent the day again searching for my bank card but couldn’t find it, so I had to call the bank to get a new one sent to a post office in Adelaide for me, and then I spoke to my nan and grandads friends, Alec and Marie who live close to Adelaide and they said that we could go and stay with them for a few days when we arrive there which is really nice of them.

I kept pestering the man in port Elliot about working with them and he finally called me back so I managed to have a chat with him and he said he would give us a call on Thursday or Friday to let us know if we can go and help him out.

Then I got our hostel booked for the following night and figured out what trains etc to get while jim was building the chook house and then doing some shooting with andy down the airstrip.

I spent a while with a naked Dan in the garden running around after him, giggling at his little bum!! what a body!! haha

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While i was packing all my stuff Jim was out shooting targets up the airstrip.

Cant believe its time to leave again, after such an amazing week with them.

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First week back in Oz!

Saturday 14th Jan – Monday 16th Jan

My mom, rich (step dad) and Joe (brother) drove me and my brother James (Jim) to the airport on the 14th Jan, they stayed with us while we checked our bags in and then said our goodbyes by the security check which obviously included some tears.

We walked through security and headed to our departure lounge where as grabbed some food and some drinks and waited until it was time to board the plane for our first journey to Guangzhou airport where we would have a three hour wait for our second plane to Melbourne.

 

We boarded the plane and headed to our seats and realised as soon as we got in them that it was going to be a tough journey. The seats were so small and had hardly any leg room and we had to sit on there for 11 hours! Not fun at all, but oh well hey! It’s a means to an end, pop a couple of sleeping tablets and wake up sore and tired on the other end.

When we were in Guangzhou the time seemed to go quite fast which was good because the airport is absolutely rubbish, hopped on the next plane to find we had more leg room for this one which was a delight! – pop another sleeping tablet and wake up half way through the journey thinking we were nearly there only to find we still had 5 ½ hours to go! Arghhhhh!! Back to sleep, and finally wake up in Melbourne!

We then got on our transfer to the hostel and went to check in but we were told that check in wasn’t until 2pm and it was around 11am at the time, so we dumped our bags and headed down to the beach where we were told we could shower. When we got there we went our separate ways into the men and women’s toilets and realised that the showers were communal! – How am I supposed to have a full on shower in here?? I walked out of the toilet and had a look around and found a unisex toilet which was just a single shower and lockable door, so I shouted into the men’s toilets to Jim and he was having the same dilemma! So I told him about the other shower and said we could just use that and take it in turns.

So I go in first and take all my clothes off and get my shower gel etc. all sorted, walk over to the shower and realise that there is no shower head and just an open pipe pointing upwards with nothing attached to the top of it…..brilliant how is this going to work then?

I turn the shower on and loads of water starts shooting out all up the wall….Hmmmm ok well this is going to be interesting! Guess it just a case of washing the important bits then, better than nothing I suppose, and oh yes of course the water is bloody arctic style Baltic! Let’s get this over and done with quickly! Face, pits, bits and feet – over and out.

Then out to Jim to inform him of the disappointing news and his turn to experience the worst shower ever! 10 minutes later he walks out looking mighty disappointed with the whole experience!

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After we were sort of clean and changed into our summer clothes we walked down Acland street and went to the common wealth bank to pick jims bank card up which took a while as it was really busy in there, but we got it all sorted and he now has a bank card and even set up a savings account where he transferred over half of his money to start gathering interest, good idea!! Think I need to do the same when my money comes in!

When all that was sorted we were starving so decided to have a stroll and go grab some food, I spotted Spud bar which I have eaten at before In Melbourne centre and it was delicious so I knew we could get something good from there, which we most certainly did! Nom nom nom!!!

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Then it was a quick walk up the road back to our hostel as it was time to check in, when we got there we asked about where the pool table was that we saw on hostel world when booking and they said it was in the bar that was unfortunately closed on Mondays, but they told us where we could go that was nice and cheap so…..dump the bags in our room and back out down to Lona bar which is at the top of Acland street, we signed up as members which was free and meant that we got happy hour prices all the time. Win!!!

We had couple of drinks at the bar and then decided to go for a stroll down St. Kilda beach which was really nice. Christy (little one, who I travelled with at the beginning of last year) had messaged saying she was going to meet us around 8pm that night, so we decided to go to the supermarket and grab some pasta for our dinner and head back to the hostel for a well needed nap!

I set my alarm for 7pm and got up to make me and Jim some pasta and then we left to go meet Christy down by the beach, where we were just in time to watch the sunset and It turned out to be one of the best sunsets I have ever seen! The photo doesn’t even do it justice, the sky light up with luminous pink, reds and oranges, it was incredible.

Once the sun had gone down we had a stroll up St. Kilda peer to go and see the penguins which we did see a couple but it was so busy it was hard to see anything so me and Jim decided that we would come back the following night when it was later and the crowds shouldn’t be there.

So me, Jim and little one walked down to Acland street and got some mint choc chip gelato and then all went home as little one had to get up for work and me and Jim were absolutely knackered.

 

Tuesday 17th Jan

We both woke up around 8am and went to take advantage of the free breakfast in the hostel kitchen which was just your simple toast or cereal with juice or coffee, but saves us paying for a meal which is always a good thing.

We then went and got changed and then walked down to a 7 eleven to top up the MiKey cards that me and my dad were using back in September and then jumped on a tram to the city.

When we got there we went to the laneways and had a coffee, and then did some strolling around the city so I could show Jim all the funky buildings and the graffiti streets which Melbourne is famous for.

We also managed to go and grab a coffee from brother baba budan coffee shop which I have wanted to try every time I have been in Melbourne but it’s always been way too busy and haven’t had the patience to stand around and wait for so long, luckily this time it was nice and quiet so we went in and had our coffee inside which was cool because they have loads of chairs hanging from the ceiling and the coffee tasted so god damn gooooood!!

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Then we had a stroll down to Southbank and chilled on the grass for a bit and made our snack of rice cakes, with peanut butter and banana – extra yummy, extra filling and extra cheap. After our snack we hopped back on the tram and went to check out the hostel bar where we played some pool or should I say I attempted to play pool but failed miserably compared to Jim and his pool skills. Then decided to go sit outside and take advantage of the $15 food and drink deal which got us a huge plate of chicken Parma with waffle fries and salad which one plate was big enough to feed 3 people, so I couldn’t finish it! It also came with a pot of your drink of choice.

Before we knew it, it was 7:30pm and a free comedy night had started down in the basement of the bar which was actually really funny. They had lots of different comedians come on each for about 15mins with 10 minute breaks in-between to go and grab a fresh drink from the bar, and it turned out to be a really good night.

We met some English girls outside the bar and got chatting to them for a while, and me and Jim came to the conclusion that we need to invest in some t-shirts that clearly state we are brother and sister and NOT A COUPLE FOR GOODNESS SICKING SAKE!!!

It got to 11pm and we decided to do the 20minute walk down to the peer to go and fingers crossed see some penguins, which we were in luck, as soon as we got to the top of the peer there was one little guy walking across the path way, and more sitting on the rocks grooming each other…..so so cute and well worth the walk down there.

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Unfortunately my dream of me sitting on the rocks and them all flocking to me to become my travel companions didn’t happen so I will have to settle for the memory of their cute little faces instead.

Then it was time to walk back to the hostel and get some sleep. Zzzz.

 

Wednesday 18th Jan

I woke up around 9:30am to a text from Jim saying ‘let me know when you’re up sis’ and I was thinking he was still lay in the bunk above me not wanting to speak to wake everyone else up but soon found out he was downstairs after being awake for a few hours and had decided to take a walk down to the beach.

He came back upstairs to meet me and I quickly got changed and we both decided we needed something more substantial than toast and cereal for breakfast so we had a stroll down to Acland street to find somewhere for a cheap breakfast. Most of the places were over $10 for just your plain eggs on toast so we decided to carry on walking all the way down and decide after we had seen all of the menus, when we got down to the bottom of the street we came across a little place called ‘La Roche’ which was doing $8 eggs and bacon so we of course decided to go there. It was bloody beautiful and a massive plateful which was just what the doctor ordered! Always pays to go for a bit of a wander to come across good deals. It was actually a cool little bar with some good music on too, so we will be definitely coming back on the weekend when they do a big breakfast deal for $15.

Once our food had gone down and I felt like I was no longer in a food coma we got up and walked down to the bank so Jim could update his bank details with his Aussie number and then did a bit of window shopping in the hippie shops.

Then quickly popped back to the hostel and showered and also to grab jims passport and other documents we needed and headed down to the library to use the free internet and sign Jim up to get a Tax file number so he can work and get paid when the day comes, and also do other bits and bobs like sorting the hire van registration out for Tasmania and checking out airport transfers etc.

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Once that was all done we walked down to the botanical gardens and chilled there for around an hour. I brought my laptop with me so I was trying to catch up on all my blog stuff and Jim brought his sketch pad with him and decided to sketch the statue in the centre of the little pond. We were sat there for about 30mins and then a guy called Jeff walked over and asked if Jim was drawing, he then sat down with us and showed us his drawing of the same statue and also showed us some of his other sketch books. His stuff was really amazing and he was giving Jim tips on drawing with ink instead of pencil.

We got to chatting about Uni and how Jim had dropped out of Uni as didn’t really enjoy it and the whole animation side of art, he then showed us a tv clip that he was involved in where he gets to travel the world and sketch chefs while they are cooking, and the sketch book that he showed us was the background for the tv clip, it was really interesting meeting him and hearing some of his stories, he is also a fantastic artist and he asked Jim to add him on Instagram so he could follow him back and see the end result of the statue drawing.

It was really nice meeting him, and just hearing about his stories of how he became an artist and really great to hear that he is doing a mixture of travel and art, and it seemed to give Jim inspiration to do the same kind of thing.

We walked back up to the hostel for some more rice cakes and then walked back down to the Lona bar at the top of Acland Street for a beer and to continue m blog and Jim to continue his drawing, only this time he got out his journal and started sketching in there. I wish I could draw, if I could I probably wouldn’t have a blog, and would do some kind of scrap/drawing book of my travels but unfortunately I am not gifted with the arty side of things, so best to stick to typing on a blog instead I think.

Then it was a pretty chilled night ready to pick the car up nice and early in the morning.

 

Thursday 19th Jan

I woke up around 6:30am to a text from Jim telling me to let him know when I was awake, our body clocks are all messed up still. I got up and walked to MacDonald’s to meet him and grab a breakfast while I was there. We couldn’t pick the car up until 9am so we were just pottering around for a while waiting for 9am.

9am finally arrived and we got the car, Jim wanted to drive first and we began the long journey down the great ocean road to the 12 apostles.

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It ended up taking us so long to get there because we kept stopping at beaches and viewpoints to look out at the stunning views. We did also stop in Lorne to grab some food from the supermarket as luckily I had been down this way before with the family I worked with at the farm and I knew there was no more supermarkets on the way.

So we got our little pots of salad and our rolls and meat to make ourselves some cheap but yummy food and got back on our way determined not to stop again until we got there.

Well……at 3pm we finally arrived, a whole 6 hours after we had picked the car up, but it didn’t disappoint, It was so beautiful and just incredible that these things were formed through fossils of dead fish.

It was really busy but we managed to push our way down to the stand to have a look out into the sea and then we drove a little way down the road where we could go down LOTS of steps to the beach and view them from there which was really cool. Although the tide was coming in as we got down there so me and Jim got absolutely soaked!

Time to go home! I did the driving on the way back and we went the short way, although I absolutely hated the car! It was a mix between automatic and manual and I just couldn’t work with it at all! So it stressed me out and I was happy to get back to the hostel.

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Friday 20th Jan

It was a rainy day and I wanted to find things to do inside, I woke up and was absolutely starving so decided to go for breakfast to somewhere called ‘The Banff’ in St Kilda. Jim wasn’t up properly yet so I went on my own as couldn’t wait. The food was delicious!! Most important meal of the day, so it has to be good!!

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While I was there I met a guy who lived nearby and got to chatting with him, he then gave me lots of suggestions of places to go to inside due to the rain. One of the places he suggested was the police museum where they have lots of information about Ned Kelly and even the armour he used to wear on display.

I messaged Jim and he came up and met me and we went off into the CBD, and went to check out the police museum, it was actually really cool in there, just to read about what the police had to do with all the Kelly Boys and how they managed to track them down etc.

Some of it was upsetting as they had a car on display that had been blown up by someone that hated the police and did kill one of the female police officers.

After the police museum we caught some trams up to an art shop I had found for Jim so he could get some new pens and paper for his drawings, while I was in there twiddling my thumbs because I don’t know the first thing about art so I found it a bit boring I realised I was starving and used good old google to find somewhere cheap for food. I found a place that was just around the corner called ‘WonderBao’ that was a fast food place but for Asian bread rolls. We went there and I had no idea what these things were but they were absolutely delicious I ended up having two.

Not having travelled Asia much I had never come across a Bao before but I asked them in there and they said it was bread but it was steamed instead of baked. Nom nom nom.

Once we had finished in there we walked to the library to meet one of the guys from our room and he was telling us about how much police there were around today and we hadn’t really noticed it ourselves, and thought nothing of it. Jumped on a tram and as soon as we did we noticed a massive crowd of people and lots of police around, we had no idea what was going on and at first thought there must be something happening in Bourke street, like someone famous there and need police escorts or something.

I decided to google it as I needed to know if it was Chris Hemsworth or not as we were deciding if we should walk back up or carry on to the ACMI.

When I read the news I was in shock and couldn’t stop thinking about it, and to be honest I don’t really want to write about it as it makes me so fucking angry and upset, anyone that doesn’t know what I’m on about can click here to read the news about it all…..

Anyways…..bypassing all that horrible news, we went to the ACMI which was actually really cool. It’s a history of the moving image so takes you right from the beginning when they managed to take photos and clip a book of photos together in a machine and turn the handle to flip the pages all the way up to the current day and has lots of games you can play too. I really enjoyed it.

When we had finished in there we went back to the hostel and stayed in the bar for the night drinking and meeting other backpackers.

Saturday 21st – Tuesday 24th Jan

So I’m not going to go much into these days, but basically we were supposed to be going to Tasmania on the Saturday and had got up to check out the hostel and get to the airport but Jim decided that he didn’t want to go so we ended up arguing and having to cancel the campervan etc. and booked in to stay in different places, I spoke to Tarsh (from the farm I worked at last year) and she said I could come up and stay with them.

Me and Jim ended up making up and he decided that he would come to the farm with me.

And that is all I am going to say about those few days!

Apart from that the night before we left Melbourne I went into the city to see little one again and we made healthy pizza and healthy ice cream and said our goodbyes! It’s sad because I don’t know when I will see her again now as I am pretty sure I won’t be heading back to Melbourne again before I leave for Bali & NZ in September! Waaaa. Sad times!!

Now……Onto the farm.

 

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Dad’s Visit to Australia

Friday 9th September

The night before dad arrived me and Tarsh were sat at the kitchen table drinking wine and realising that I was leaving over the next few days and that my dad was actually arriving the next day.

I then get a text from him saying that his flight from Singapore has been cancelled – WHAT!!!!

So me and Tarsh were then trying to find another flight for him to Melbourne but we weren’t having much luck.

In the end he ended up getting a flight to Sydney and from there he then had to fly to Mildura which was the opposite way to where we were heading the next day.

It was all a bit of a drama but it all worked out in the end.

Saturday 10th September

So we all wake up nice and early to get Dan fed and Tarsh was going to take my van to swan hill to get a wheel alignment and me, Andy and Dan were going to go to Mildura to get my dad.

Dad then messages me and tells me that his plane is actually delayed to Mildura by 2 hours, what is going on? He’s not having much luck is he!

But anyway, me and Andy leave the house around 9:30am to go and get him and it takes around 3 hours to get there because of how wet the roads were leaving the farm.

But we got there and he got there so it all worked out in the end.

I ran over to him and gave him a big hug, he looked really tired (well I’m not surprised!)

Then back in the car to go back to the farm, Dad sat in front with Andy and he was telling him lots of stuff about the farm etc.

When we got back there Andy had to go back out to pick Tarsh up as it was too wet to bring the van back in, so Me and Dad had a couple of beers and had a stroll around the farm with Dan and I showed him the cottage he was staying in and all the old staff sheds etc., which he enjoyed.

This was his very own cottage for the next few days….

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The rest of the night we spent drinking a lot of beer and wine and catching up and also Andy and Tarsh telling my dad’s lots about the farm. I think it’s safe to say that my Dad ended up being rather drunk!

Sunday 11th September

We woke up around 8am the next day and I did my usual chores and my walk but took my dad with me and Dan this time.

So we took the bins out to the incinerator to be burnt, then onto the chooks to collect the eggs and give them their food, then we went and got the dogs and took them for a walk up round to where the tip is and down to where the magpie kept swooping at the dogs all the time, I had pre-warned him about the magpie so he brought along some sticks with him to throw at the magpie which did seem to work! He didn’t swoop as much as normal and gave up sooner! If only I had brought along sticks with me to begin with!!

Then we walked up to the house dam where the dogs go swimming and I usually stand there and throw in sticks for them to catch so we did that and let the dogs race to the sticks, well not Cashie as she just stands there barking at the other two and trying to bite Nate when he comes back in.

When we came back to the house everyone was ready to go out so I quickly went and got changed and we all drove to Kyalite to go to the pub there. It’s the closest pub to them really and takes about 40mins to get to.

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It’s a nice little pub though with lots of room and lots of things on the walls, like fish and crocodiles and even a boat.

We had dinner there and the food was really good, we all had fish and chips apart from Andy who had steak.

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We also had quite a few beers there (well of course you have to in a pub don’t you)

After food we went down to an old shearing shed for my dad to have a look at, it had lots of information in their about shearing and had some old wool in there and even some info on Keri-Keri. It was really interesting to see.

We then went back to the farm and went straight up to the dam by the woolshed to watch the sunset and also watch a group of birds flying around and catching all the mosquitos which was really cool.

After that we went back to the house and had dinner and more drinks around the kitchen table.

Monday 12th September

I spent a lot of the day packing up all my stuff that I had left around the house as I was leaving the next day after nearly 6 months there.

Tarsh drove dad around the property and he got to see the eagles nest with the massive brown eagles and what they had dropped out of their nest like bones and bits of fur.

He also went up to the shed to watch the guys doing the wool side sampling of the rams that were being sold.

I finally got all my stuff together as we were leaving quite early so my room looked really empty and it hit me that I was leaving so I felt quite sad, but I still enjoyed the evening.

Tuesday 13th September

We woke up around 7am and had breakfast and got the last things together. I left my message in the visitor’s book and then we all jumped in the car and drove over to the van ready for me and my dad to drive away from the place I had called home for so long.

It was a very emotional goodbye – (by me and Tarsh anyways haha) and because I was crying my dad drove the first bit out of there.

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First stop was about a 3 hour drive and it was to a place called Dunolly which is in the middle of Victoria. I was meeting a guy there about a fridge for my van which I ended up buying off him, so my van is pretty much all set now for the big adventure next year which is great.

We stopped there for a little while for food and coffee too and then set back off to Wincanton (Tarsh’s sister’s farm).

We arrived there around 5pm and as soon as we got there in typical Austin style of being a whirlwind of energy and excitement we got back in one of the cars and took a drive down to Coleraine to see where it had all been flooded just days earlier. It was also due to flood again so everyone was getting prepared with big sandbags blocking the doorways. Di said that it was the worst that it had flooded in about 50 years.

Then it was back to the house for dinner and to plan what we were going to do the next couple of days. Because the weather had been so bad a lot of the roads were closed and there was even a closure of the Halls Gap national park which I had been planning to go to. So that was off the list.

Jack and Harry were chatting to my dad about sports and showing off their high jump tricks.

Harry also showed us his birthday present, a crossbow! Of course! That’s what every 9 year old boy gets for their birthday!! Haha.

Wednesday 14th September

We woke up early and had a look at the roads online to see if anything had changed but nope!

Di let us borrow one of their cars, so we decided to drive down to the waterfalls close to Hamilton which were absolutely incredible.

The one was called Nigretta falls and because of the amount of rain they had been having it was massive. It was pretty incredible to see especially considering that normally it is hardly a waterfall at all.

After the waterfalls we drove down to Port Fairy and Logan beach where they often have Whales.

It was really beautiful but no whales and was raining quite a lot – typical haha.

Then we drove back up to the house and had some dinner and watched some TV, and then had an early night ready for the next day.

Thursday 15th September

Again we woke up and thought that we would check out the roads to see if we could go to halls gap but they were still shut. So Di wrote down a list of places that we could drive to which was really nice of her.

First we drove down to Portland which is a town that exports lots of goods on shipping containers so we went down to the port and had a look at that, we also went to a café that she had suggested and had lunch there which was really good!

After Portland we drove along the coast to a town called Nelson where we went to look at the beach which was pretty incredible, they did have two beaches to look at but one was inaccessible because of all the flooding the road there was underwater.

Then it was up to Mount Gambier which we had to cross the Victoria/South Australia border to get to.
While we were there we visited the blue lake which was an old volcano, it was really beautiful.

Then we went and grabbed some coffee and drove over to an old sink hole which was turned into a garden and that was amazing! I’ve never seen anything like it!

 

Volcanos and sink holes……..glad I didn’t live there in those times!

Then back to the house for dinner, while dinner was cooking, we all went up to the shearing shed because Jonny had been waiting for us to be back to shear some sheep, so dad could watch and even have a go on his own.

Jonny makes it look so easy but it is really difficult, but dad had a go anyways as you can see here…..

Haha that was funny!

Then back to the house for dinner and a movie.

Friday 16th September

We were up really early as we were leaving the Austin’s to continue our journey in Melbourne, so Di took us to the bus in Hamilton around 6am.

I left the van the capable hands of Jack and Harry Austin…….god I hope it survives! haha

We got to Melbourne around midday and took all our bags to the hotel but our room wasn’t ready so we decided to go for a walk around until it was.
I took dad to the graffiti streets, down the little café laneways and over the bridge to Southbank.

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Then we got a call that our room was ready so we went and checked in and showered etc. Then we went back out for some lunch at Grill’d in the laneways.

Then we jumped on a tram over to Melbourne central and had a look at the shopping centre built around an old clock tower.

After that we decided to go over to Richmond and have a walk around the MCG, we couldn’t go in as the footy finals were on but we walked around the gardens and then jumped on a tram over to chapel street and got a few drinks in a bar.

We also ordered some nachos for us to nibble on and only realised a few mouthfuls in that it had chili on, which obviously has beef in and as dad is a vegetarian he probably should stop eating it haha. He decided to carry on but try to miss the bits with meat on! Lol

After the nachos and beer we went to a restaurant called Richmond oysters which was absolutely amazing. We only went in for oysters as we weren’t really hungry, but ended up getting oysters, and full meals too! All the fish was freshly caught and you could go and have a look in the fridges at the fish before buying it, it was absolutely amazing!

Once we finished our food we walked down to the jam factory and got tickets to watch sausage party, and while we were waiting jumped into TGIF for some cocktails.

Dad fell asleep during the film, and I nearly did! Not because it was boring, far from it! It’s absolutely hilarious! But because it had been a busy day.

Luckily we were just a short train ride away from the hotel so we jumped on the train and then as soon as we got back to the hotel fell into our beds and were out for the night.

Saturday 17th September

We didn’t have to check out the hotel until 11 so we had a bit of a lie in but still made it out in time for breakfast. So we packed away all of our stuff and left it at the hotel while we went and enjoyed our last day in Melbourne.

First stop was a café in the laneways for eggs on toast and some coffee.

Then we jumped on a tram over to St Kilda and strolled around the beach, and the shops and then the botanical gardens which was really nice.

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We walked up the big peer on the beach where the turtles are during the morning and we were hoping that we might see some but we didn’t! Typical again! Haha, but it was a nice walk up there and the view was good too.

I kept having to stop because my feet were hurting as I had been walking around all day yesterday with the wrong shoes on so I ended up getting big blisters on the balls of my foot again, which happened nearly a year ago when I started travelling! Surely I should have learnt my lesson when it comes to shoes! – Clearly not!

After the peer we decided to go and grab some food in one of the restaurants along the seafront and we had to wait a little while for a table as it was lovely weather which it hadn’t been for a while so everyone was out making the most of it, but we didn’t mind as we wanted a good table.

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We both got some seafood and I ended up getting the biggest platter I have ever seen! Is this seriously for one person??

When we finished lunch we got a tram back to the city and went to Kathmandu (it’s like an outdoor shop in Australia) dad bought himself a new backpack as his one was breaking, and he got some walking shoes.

I got myself a lightweight waterproof coat as it rains a lot in Malaysia and Bali as they are so tropical so thought it would be a good idea, and I also got myself some sensible sandals as I obviously need better shoes!

After the shopping we went to the hotel and dad changed over his backpacks then we headed back out again – with the old backpack because I said I thought it would be nicer for him to give it to a homeless person (there are so many in Melbourne)…anyways all the homeless people we walked past had bags galore and don’t think they really needed another one so we ditched it and went to a couple of bars by the river instead. The bars were really nice and it was a nice way to leave Melbourne.

Then back to the hotel, time for an uber and onto the airport…..next stop Malaysia!!

(I can’t believe I’m leaving Australia after a year!! It feels so strange!

TO CONTINUE READING ABOUT OUR TIME IN MALAYSIA CLICK HERE

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Farm Life – The Final Chapter

As usual it has been a while since I last updated my diary, and this will be the last post on the farm which is sad, but I have been here nearly six months now which is a really long time in the travelling world.

So time to catch up….

25th July – 5th August

We got back from Melbourne on the 25th July and then spent the rest of the week just doing the usual, looking after Dan, going for walks and house stuff like doing the bins etc. nothing too exciting tbh.

The 29th was a trivia night in Moulamein and it was Mexican themed, so me, Tarsh and Dan went over while Andy went to a funeral in Adelaide and we had tacos which were bloody excellent! And then did some quizzes which I actually knew quite a lot of the answers to the TV and film one so I was pretty happy.

There were themed games and a taco eating contest, which I unfortunately did not participate in, I know I would have won that one! Ahhh well haha. It was actually a really funny night.

On the 5th August we went to swan hill for the day to do the shopping for the next few weeks and we decided to get there early so I could take Dan to the library for a thing called rhyme time, which was really cute as there were a few babies there and they put on some nursery rhymes and we have to sing to the babies. This was all going well until I was getting into my dancing a bit too much and my trousers ended up splitting right up the back. Some of the children even cried which is oh so shameful so have scared children for life with my fat ass!

How embarrassing!

I also started planning what me and my dad are going to do when he gets here, and what I will do in Malaysia and Bali after I leave him. I thought I might do my open water scuba diver course in Malaysia as I absolutely loved diving when I did it in Cairns and thought that I could start doing the courses and maybe one day be able to teach it and that means I can travel to lots of glorious places and teach scuba diving.

So I signed up for the course and they sent me over a manual and some videos that I need to watch, so I started learning about all of that.

6th – 16th August

The next week was pretty much the same for me but there were also some contractors here doing lamb marking which means they get the lambs and put them up in stirrups and they use a hot knife to cut off their tails and they put a ring around their balls so they will drop off, and also put an ear mark in. what an ordeal for the lambs! Not having the best day are they, although they don’t seem to mind too much, I thought they would be screaming their heads off but they didn’t make any fuss so that makes me feel a bit better about the whole situation.

They cut the tails off so they don’t get infections which they can get very easily if they keep their tails as it creates a dark warm patch where the tail hangs and they are very prone to infection. The ring around the balls means over time the balls will drop off which makes that lamb turn into a weather, as they don’t want them to turn into rams as one ram will be able to get around 100 ewes pregnant, so only some get kept as rams, who basically get to lead a pretty good life, they never get killed for meat and just get to live out their days shagging! – I know who I would rather be! Haha.

I also got to meet a little Chihuahua while I went up to see what it was all about, this little beaut is called Pippa!

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She’s so small and I was getting worried about the eagles circling above us and that they would swoop down and take her! It was only a few weeks ago I was watching the news and that happened to someone’s dog near Melbourne! So sad! I don’t know what I would do if someone took my toby!! So anyways I insisted that she go in the back of the Ute for her protection haha.

We also went over to some of Tarsh and Andy’s friends for a bonfire Bbq which was really cool, they had loads of bonfires light up and used the hot ashes to cook the potatoes and meat, and it was really good.

17th – 29th August

Wayne came to visit who used to live and work here and he is from England but has lived in Australia for around 20 years, he stayed for a couple of weeks helping out with things that Andy needed and also did quite a bit of work on the van for me which is really nice of him.

I spent the rest of the time doing my scuba course and ticking things off my to-do list, just things like learning about my camera and sorting the van out etc.

Not long until I leave here now.

It will be sad for sure but I am getting a bit restless now, I like to keep moving and keep doing different things where it’s easy to get a bit bored here. But I am going to miss it so much when I go. It will be a sad sad day when I leave.

I did some more trying on of my clothes and had to throw my bikinis out as my fat butt can’t fit into them anymore, and nothing worse than a bikini that doesn’t fit! Makes you look even bigger and bumpy than you actually are!

On the 26th we all went to a clearing sale which is what happens when someone decides to leave their farm so they get all their stuff they want to get rid of together and then invite everyone over to have an auction on different piles of stuff. There was so much stuff there, like lots of farm machinery but also home stuff and even camping stuff. So I got Tarsh to do the bidding for me as I was too scared and nervous about not winning to do it.

I ended up getting a shower for the van haha, which I found absolutely hilarious picturing me and my brother holding the shower head up for each other! And I also got a big load of pans and mugs and knifes etc. so the van is looking pretty good and set up now ready for the big adventure next year!

I AM SO EXCITED!!

When I leave the farm I have a pretty good set up!

Malaysia for 2 weeks

Bali for 2 months

Home for 6 weeks

Back out in Jan for the van adventure!!

I love this traveling life!!

The rest of the week just back to the usual, Dan, walking and cleaning etc.

Speaking of walking……every single time I take the dogs for a walk there is a magpie that just started swooping at Red, I had my suspicions that when he was off running around that he would go terrorise the bird so it wanted its revenge. This kept happening and I kept missing it on film. But then I finally got it one day and it seemed to start going crazy, swooping at all the dogs including me!

This magpie is a knob!!! See for yourselves. Haha

29th August – 9th September

The week starting the 29th was the same, just looking after Dan and me counting down the days until my Dad arrives. Getting quite excited about it now and I’m also getting restless being here as I’m getting a bit bored of doing the same things all the time.

I do love it here but I couldn’t live here forever. I need more excitement and different things going on.

The weekend came and the beautiful man Rocket came to visit and help Andy out with putting power into his shed.

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He is so bloody beautiful it’s not even fair, too beautiful for me that’s for sure! Ahhh rocket! The things I would do to that man haha.

So he was here for a couple of days and the night before he left we went and had a bonfire up by the shed to burn an old tree down which was a really good night and then we didn’t end up eating until nearly midnight as we were drinking and talking about cocaine prices around the world and the ‘underground internet’ silk road! haha such good role models for Dan!

Tarsh was laughing saying that she has learnt so much from me being around haha.

Anyways….rockets visit was short lived and he soon left again and then it was back to the usual of looking after Dan and just getting all the final things I had to do ready before my dad arrived.

I went up to see them classing the rams ready for sale where they use the figures from the scanning and Andy also looks at the wool and decides if they will go up for auction, private sale or if they are to be culled (which means they will be sold for meat that ends up in sausages or dog meat!)

After they classed them they then had to crutch them which means the back of their wool around their bums gets Shawn as they literally just shit everywhere and all that shit gathers up all around their bums. It’s horrendous! So they get it all off so they look better for sale.

I had to move the van out on Wednesday ready to take to swan hill on Saturday for new wheels etc. as its supposed to piss it down just before my dad gets here (Typical) so the roads are going to be awful to drive on and I’m pretty sure the van wouldn’t be able to deal with it!

And so here we are, my dad arrives tomorrow and we are staying here for a couple of days so he can have a look around and then I’m off!

It’s so strange that I’m leaving after 5 ½ months of being here, I will definitely miss it and everyone here! They have become like my Australian family and I am so thankful to them for everything they have done for me! They are truly some of the nicest people you could ever meet in your life and I feel so lucky that I got the opportunity to come here but more adventures await for me now. I will always stay in touch with them and hope to meet up again when I get back in January with my brother!

Next step – back to Hamilton for a few days and then Malaysia, so watch this space!

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Melbourne & Ballarat

Friday 22nd July

Me, Tarsh and Dan left for Melbourne around midday on the 22nd, and arrived around 6pm to our motel with WiFi! Omg I have good WiFi! I am going so going to download lots of series and movies and update my music library!

I hate not having internet at the farm! First world problems hey!

So anyways…..we arrived around 6pm and I got to downloading stuff and then got ready and went over to see little one (Christy) as I won’t see her for a while because she is going home to Canada for a couple of months and then she comes back as I leave to go to Bali.

I grabbed a bottle of wine and headed on over to her house and we had a catch up while drinking vodka. Delightful!

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We were there for a few hours and then a couple of her work friends came over to join us, we carried on drinking and then we walked into the cbd to go to a bar but as we arrived there they said I was too drunk to get in which I wasn’t, I just looked like an idiot because of the way I was walking with this bloody damaged hip of mine! Ridiculous! Haha

So we went onto somewhere else and what a beaut of a place it was! The tunes were bloody fantastic so we didn’t leave the dancefloor once and I was pulling out all my moves which I really shouldn’t have been doing with the bad hip and would come back to haunt me in the morning!

Once the booze started to wear off I decided to leave and go get a kebab (as ya do!) I haven’t had a kebab in ages being on the farm so naturally I decided while in Melbourne I would eat my little (or now getting bigger and bigger) heart out haha.

So I got my huge kebab and then jumped in an uber back to the motel around 4am and then passed out.

Saturday 23rd July

I woke up on Saturday morning and got myself ready, I didn’t feel too hungover which was nice! So I think the way forward for drinking is just too pre-drink and then don’t drink while out, and also end the night with a huge greasy kebab of course!

I was absolutely starving so I went out and grabbed myself some breaky and had a stroll around the Prahran market while I was waiting for Tarsh and Dan to get ready and come to meet me.

They came and met me and then we hopped on a bus over to the cbd to take Dan to the aquarium. It was so busy in there full of kids screaming and running around but it was still good, Dan was scared at first as it was his first fishy experience but once he got used to it he loved it.

It was a pretty good sea life centre, they had penguins there too which I LOVE!! Although I did feel a bit sorry for them in their small enclosure but that didn’t stop me snapping a selfie with one of them!

#penguinselfie #🐧 #❤️

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After the aquarium we went back over to South Yarra and went into the markets again where I decided to stuff my face with some fresh mussels which were beautiful! – I told you I was going to eat eat eat while I was here, can’t get this on the farm so it’s nice to indulge! Then back to the motel and Tarsh and Andy got ready for their night out to a 50th birthday, and me and Dan were staying the motel, he ended up passing out around 9pm and I just watched banshee and drank wine which was good, and although I wasn’t even slightly hungry I ordered myself some more food! Mexican this time! Hmmmm I wonder why I have put on 2 stone?? Haha.

I went to bed around 2 and then got woken up at 3:30am to Tarsh and Andy coming home shouting around the place drunkenly! Lol sounds like they had a good night.

Sunday 24th July

I woke up to little one calling me at 9am and then got ready and me and Dan went to meet her for breakfast – yes more food!!

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This was the last time I was going to see her for a while now which is sad but we shall see each other again! Oh yes we shall!!

So we had breakfast and did some wondering around the market and then back to the motel where we had a cuppa with Tarsh and Andy and then me and little one said our goodbyes. Waaaa!!

Then me Tarsh and Dan drove to Ballarat as Tarsh had a dentist appointment the next day, and Tarsh was going to see her friend who lives there but I decided to just stay in the hotel and get an early night as I was so tired!

The place we were staying at was ridiculous, we were all in the same room and there were lots of people who looked homeless wandering around so I am pretty sure we stayed somewhere for the homeless, Tarsh was worried about us getting raped all night! Oh great! Haha but it was all fine!

Monday 25th July

Tarsh went for her dentist appointment and me and Dan went for breakfast and decided to take a stroll down to the lake where we nearly got attacked by black swans!

I knew all swans were evil! Especially black swans they just look like death!!

So I was stood by the lake trying to put a plastic sheet over the pram because it was really windy and while I was doing that a black swan came up behind me and started hissing and flapping its wings, I screamed and tried to run away with Dan and they chased us and then there were about 100 of these little black birds who then also started to chase us and I was screaming ‘get away from me!!’ I must have looked like a right fucking knob! Lol

Well we got away from them in the end but they were still trying to kick us out of their territory! So we didn’t stay at the lake for too long!

Then we walked back and met Tarsh and then Andy came to meet us as he was around the area and we had lunch then started the drive back up to the farm which took around 5 hours! – Such long journeys here!

A beautiful holiday in a holiday again! Although I think that may be the last time now until I leave the farm in about 6 weeks! – Eeeaaakkkkk excited!!!

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Farm Life Part 5

29th June – 8th July

I last updated just after I got back from Adelaide, so the 29th June was the day we left Adelaide and headed back to the farm.

Since then It has been pretty quiet with not much to do other than the usual stuff of looking after Dan and the dogs etc., and I had decided that I was yet again going on a major health kick so I was doing my couch to 5k and also the 30 day shred, eating healthy etc. as I have put on 2 stone since leaving home! NOT GOOD!

Dan’s birthday was coming up so we did lots of preparing for that with decided on kid’s games and what food we were going to have for the adults.

The Chooks also got a new boyfriend the Rooster which we called Matt after the guy who gave him to them.

So pretty boring few weeks for documenting things to be honest.

New rooster on the farm named Matthew #rooster #chooksgotaboyfriend #makesomebabies

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9th July – DANS BIRTHDAY

It had been raining a lot for the past few days so everyone was worried about getting here as most of the roads are dirt roads and it’s easy to get bogged and slip off the road and being out of range on the phone and quite a way away from anyone that can be a little bit worrying.

But people started arriving the night before so on the 8th and said it wasn’t too bad which was good, and we all sat around the table for dinner that night.

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I was out of my room for the next few nights as it was needed for family staying so I said I would stay in my van, Tarsh and Andy were out of their rooms too and staying in the cottage so I said I would get up for Dan.

The problem with that was that it ended up being one of the coldest nights there, really frosty and just plain bloody freezing so when I got up in the middle of the night to get Dan as he was screaming I was just so cold and couldn’t bear going back in the van so I ended up sleeping on the couch with him.

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Everyone started turning up the next day – Dan’s b’day, around midday, I was absolutely knackered as I had hardly slept because of being cold and also Dan waking up so much so I was really tired!

Oh well nothing a bit of bubbles won’t help!

I did end up going and napping in the van for a bit of the day too but it was still really cold in there! Deffo won’t be travelling around anywhere cold in winter next year thank you very much!!

The day was really good, Dan was just passed around everyone and seemed to be having a great day which was good!

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One by one everyone dropped off and I was downing the wine as ya do! Forgetting that I had to get up for Dan again so I was pretty drunk by the time I went to bed and passed out and the next thing I knew was hearing Dan screaming his head off on the monitor so up I got to help him, and that happened a few times so another night without sleep.

Why do kids have to require so much attention?? Haha

 

10th July -22nd July

Everyone left quite early on the 10th and then it was back to normal life again for a while, the next few days me, Tarsh and Andy ate our dinner down on the sofas watching movies which was nice.

Then Andy was back to work with matt building his new shed for all the cars they have.

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I got back onto the health kick of my running and healthy eating after the weekend but my hips started to hurt and I still pushed through thinking I was just aching because I was working out well but I don’t really know what happened to me.

All around my hips were hurting and felt like it was my bones and then after that it felt like the muscles in my groin were hurting like throbbing and I could barely walk, so I had to stop exercising completely as It just seemed to be making it worse. – What the fuck is going on with me? I feel like a 90 year old woman, and now I can’t even bloody exercise to get rid of this belly fat!!! Arghhhhh I’m doomed to get fatter and fatter and not be able to walk haha.

During these couple of weeks I applied for my second year visa and also my tax return and got them both come through so that was good, although I didn’t really understand about applying for the second year visa so as I applied while I was still in Australia they added onto the visa I already had which now gives me until 11th October 2017 which is great but I’m leaving Australia in September and going to Malaysia and Bali for a couple of months, then home for xmas and then I was coming back in January for another year, I spent ages on hold on the phone to the border control but they said that my old visa was now invalid and that I can’t do anything about it, but gave me an email address to call so I did and just waiting to hear back from them, fingers crossed I get good news but I doubt it.

Then it was time to go back to Melbourne for a few days as Tarsh and Andy were going to a 50th birthday and needed me to look after Dan for the night, so to read about that then click HERE.

 

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Adelaide and Glenelg

Wednesday 22nd June – Saturday 25th June

We arrived into Naracoorte on the Wednesday to Tarsh’s Mom and Dad’s house, which everyone calls ‘The Resort’ because you get fed and you’re washing done etc. and it’s a nice time to relax…..and fatten up haha.

Di, Grace and the boys (Jack and Harry) came over on Thursday (they are the people that I stayed with at Wincanton – if you want to read about that then CLICK HERE.

So it was nice to see them and catch up and tell them all about the new van.

I went to the Naracoorte caves on Friday which was really nice, and I wrote a review on them so if you want to read about that then CLICK HERE.

Most of the time over the few days of being here though I was in my pyjamas for most of the day, ate so much food and cake, napped a lot and spoke to home a lot.

After a lot of food and even more cake and cups of tea it was time to leave, so Saturday morning we headed off to Adelaide where Tarsh and her mom and dad own a house just on the outskirts, which is really nice and quite close to the city.

Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th June

We got to Adelaide around 4pm, Andy turned up shortly after with another box from home, from my friends Kerry and Hannah which had more chocolate in and my favourite crisps ever called chipsticks, and of course Marmite as vegemite is disgusting!!  – I love my friends.

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Then we had a couple of hours before we went out over to Tarsh’s Cousins for dinner which was really nice, the food was amazing and we even got a little dance show from her daughter which was really sweet.

On Sunday we went for lunch with a big group of Tarsh and Andy’s friends to a pub, I was planning on going into the city but I didn’t in the end as we were at the pub for a while, the food there was also amazing – diet has gone out the window for the next few days I think!!

After we got back from lunch we only had an hour before we had to go back out again to some more friends of Tarsh and Andy.

There was a dog there so I was happy, and one of the boys had a campervan so he was showing us his van, although it is a Volkswagen one which is the dream! Haha, rather expensive though, so my rocket van will do just fine for now.

Monday 27th June

I woke up on Monday with an awful migraine and spent most of the morning trying to get rid of it, I forced myself to get ready in the end and go out to see the city.

So I went to the Botanic Gardens first which we nice, but compared to some of the other botanic gardens I have been too they weren’t that well-kept, there were lots of messy places around, and I would just have expected the whole place to be pristine just like the rest of Adelaide is. I did enjoy it though, there was a lot to see there.

After I walked around the gardens I took a stroll down to Rundle Street and grabbed myself a plate of food from a Mexican joint! I love that there are so many Mexican fast food places in Australia, something me and my sister have always said should be brought to the UK! Then I went to a coffee place called Cibo and got a coffee and a cake crunchy pastry thing which was filled with vanilla and chocolate ricotta omg it was so good!!! – So much for healthy living.

I then walked up to the museum and had a walk through there which is free and also quite interesting. They have lots of information on aboriginal culture and about animals etc.

As you can see I was acting like a grown up in there…..

Next door to the museum is the art gallery which is also free, so I walked through there also trying to act like a grown up. I don’t really get art galleries, I mean anything can be art these days, I could take a shit on the floor and call it a piece of art! But to be honest this one was ok! But I just don’t really care about art well not that kind of art anyways, I like Banksy stuff and anything graffiti wise but your general paintings I find a bit boring to be honest.

After I came out of the art gallery I decided that I would give myself a bit of a treat that evening as Tarsh and Andy were going out on a date and I was looking after Dan, so I thought I would pop to see the Rundle Mall and while I was there I popped into lush and got myself a face mask, a hair mask and a massage bar.

I then hopped in an Uber back to the house and they went out and left me with a screaming Dan, which I soon managed to get him happy again with some Ice cream followed by a bath, he does love the water!

Then I ordered some food, popped my face and hair masks on and stuck a film on and of course had a glass of wine to go with! It was a really nice night! Got to spoil yourself every now and then don’t you!

Tuesday 28th June

Me, Tarsh and Dan all went out for a little walk around by the Adelaide oval, the river is there and Tarsh wanted to walk over the bridge, it was really pretty around there.

There were however some black swans walking around and with my experience of swans in the UK (being EVIL!!!) I was a little scared to say the least, but Tarsh was just walking right up to them and they were walking past Dan while she was taking photos with me being terrified standing away from them all. – What a pussy hey lol.

Tarsh and Dan had to leave as they had a few appointments to go to like the pediatrition and Tarsh’s naturopath, so they left me around by the train station.

Adelaide are pretty good with free transport, they have a free tram that goes down to Glenelg which is where the beach is, so I hopped on that! It took around 45 minutes to get down there but it was a nice journey to see how pretty Adelaide is.

When I got to Glenelg I took myself for lunch at a Spanish place and ordered an aubergine bake, which was delicious, I then thought I would go for a stroll along the sea front.

I walked down to the harbour and sat on a big rock wall for a little while watching planes fly in every few minutes as its right by Adelaide airport. Then I walked down on to the beach to see the pelicans and noticed something else, right next to the rocks was a sea lion. He was just lay around and I thought he was dead at first but he was moving every now and again yawning. The guy patrolling the beach came over and said that the sea lion was called henry and he was from New Zealand and comes over here all the time. – Awwwww that’s so cute!!

 

#sealion #chilling #glenelg #Australia #❤️ #Adelaide #love #amazing

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After a lot of henry time I had to run back to the tram as I wanted to go see finding dory while I was close to a cinema, so I caught the tram back to the city and some guy on the tram was just pacing back and forth constantly he looked a bit creepy so I was just holding onto my bag quite tightly with clenched fists ready to fight if needed haha. – But nothing happened, maybe he just wanted to get his exercise in lol.

I then went over to Norwood and went to see dory which I thought was amazing! I loved it. It was the first film I had ever gone to see on my own but I was pretty happy with the decision of first film haha, I was surrounded by kids and also 2 very inappropriate adults who sat right behind me and decided that they would talk and also start kissing during the kid’s film! Hmmm……keep calm Sami! Keep calm!!!

After dory, Tarsh came and picked me up and we went back to her cousins for dinner which was nice, then back to the house to pack ready to leave in the morning.

 

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Naracoorte Caves Review

I went to the Naracoorte caves on the 24th June, so it was in winter time and I really enjoyed it.

It was nice and fresh and not too busy, I have been to see other caves before with big groups of people which kind of ruins the fun for me as your focusing on following people and thinking would they please hurry up getting up these stairs.

When I got there I went over to the reception and I was firstly thinking I would just go to the wet caves and the fossil centre as they had a deal on for both of them, but I saw there was a tour of the Alexandra cave that was starting in just 15mins so I thought I would do that too.

I paid $29 for the Alexandra cave and the wet cave and they gave me the fossil centre for free which I thought was a pretty good deal.

I went and grabbed a coffee from the café while I waited which seemed to be really nice, although they didn’t have many staff on and I noticed people were waiting a while for their coffee, although I was looking at my clock and I think they noticed that I was waiting for a tour so mine came out before some people before me which I thought was nice, slightly annoying for the people in front of me but good for me haha.

I went down to the Alexandra cave first which was one that you had to go down with a tour guide. I thought it was really pretty and definitely worth the money to go down and see it. It was also really nice and warm down there so nice to get out of the wind and the rain upstairs.

The staff were really informative about the formations in the cave and were answering lots of questions about the cave itself and also all the formations which was good.

Here’s a couple of pics of the inside of the cave.

The tour lasts approximately 20mins, so it’s a nice short one to do, it does seem to go quite fast though.

After I came out of this one I headed over to the Wet Cave which is a self-guided tour, there wasn’t anyone checking tickets for this one and it was bit away from the information centre so looks like you can just go in, although you are supposed to pay, I guess during summer months it would be busier so they would be checking tickets.

Anyways…..I really liked this cave and I was all alone for most of it which was actually really nice to just wonder around in your own time and it was really beautiful.

#snapchat #Australia #naracoortecaves #wetcave

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After I went through the Wet Cave I went back to the information centre which was also the fossil centre and walked through there which I found a bit strange, I didn’t really like this part so I am happy I got it for free.

All the information was handwritten onto paper that was supposed to make it look old, but the problem was that I couldn’t read any of the handwriting, it was hard to see and just a bit messy.

Also the animals were all mechanical moving and made a lot of sound when they were moving, it was a bit creepy and I think little kids would actually be quite scared in there to be honest.

#bitcreepy #naracoortecaves #Australia #fossilcentre

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I did try to go and grab some food after this from the cafe but it was closed, which I was a little annoyed about considering it was only 2:30 and the place didn’t shut until 5pm, but I decided to on one of the many bush walks that are around instead which was really nice.

Overall I really enjoyed my time at the caves, they aren’t the best caves I have ever seen but they are definitely worth a visit, so I would give them 3 bee’s.

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