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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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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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 at Wincanton

Me, Tarsh and Dan left Keri-Keri on the 15th May as Her, Andy and Dan are going on holiday and I am going to spend some time at Tarsh’s sisters Di and her kids who are apparently a right handful, what am I going to be walking in to? I’m also going to go and see them on their holiday 2 times. It all is a bit confusing so I will write it out below haha.

So my plan for the next 2 weeks is:

  • 1 Week on Wincanton Farm in Victoria with Di and the sprogletts
  • The weekend in Wye River to see Andy, Tarsh and Dan. Going there with the boys (Jack and Harry) and also Tarsh and Di’s mom and dad (Jeanette and Bruce)
  • Back to the farm at Wincanton for a week with Di and the sprogletts
  • To Melbourne for 2 days to see Andy, Tarsh and Dan at the end of their holiday and then drive back up to Keri-Keri

On the way down me and Tarsh had to stop in the middle of the road because a big mob of sheep were being walked down the road. We were on the stock route which is a massive long road that people can walk sheep or cattle down to move them from one location to another, there are lots of paddocks on the way for either stop overs or that might be where they are going. The stock have the right of way so you have to pull over and let them pass you or pull into the side for a drink somewhere, it was a very strange experience but pretty cool to see.

WEEK 1

I arrived on the 15th May around 8pm and met everyone, we had some food and a pretty early night as we were all quite tired.

Monday 16th May

Me and Di went into Hamilton which is a nice town, it actually has quite a lot of shops so that was good. I went to a coffee shop to update my blog because they had free unlimited WiFi so I thought I should use that to my advantage.

I also went to target and bought some fake uggs, I have finally taken the plunge! It’s getting cold here now! Waaaa!!!

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We went and had lunch with one of Di’s friends and technically her boss called Fiona who owns a fine foods shop called Fiona fine foods! They do really nice choccys and then also make things like pies and other food ready cooked for an easy dinner! – Check out the facebook page HERE

That evening I drove one of the cars to pick up Harry from school where he was playing football, that was the first time I have drove an automatic car and in the dark around highly populated kangaroo areas! I was a little nervous to say the least, LOL but I managed it! It all about doing things that get me out of my comfort zone so I will give anything a go (within reason) lol.

Tuesday 17th May

I woke up Tuesday morning, met Jonny (Di’s Husband) and then me, Jonny, Jack, Harry and one of their friends Called Jet drove up to a town called Kaniva where the boys were running in a cross country that was quite cute to watch them run. They both did really well too and Jack got through to the next stage which is really good.

We drove back home and then I just chilled on the sofa for a couple of hours before taking Jack and his friend Jet over to Balmoral for their footy practice where I sat in the car and waited for them because I was too nervous to drive 2 times in the dark with the kangaroos! Guess I’m going to have to get used to that aren’t I!

While I was doing that Di drove harry somewhere to pick up his new motorbike, did I mention he is 8 years old? And Jack is 10. They both have new motorbikes which they have been saving up for by working on the farm and also saving birthday and Christmas money so they have done really well.

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Wednesday 18th / Thursday 19th May

Di was getting ready for leaving later on Wednesday, she was going on a big walk with a group of people. They were doing around 80km which is crazy! She does it a lot and really enjoys it, usually up mountains and quite long hikes – sounds like my worst nightmare! Haha

So for most of the day she was getting ready to do that and I was busy planning my 3 weeks away from the farm at the beginning of August as I have decided to stay with them until October and then go to Bali for a couple of months before going home for Christmas and then coming back out to Australia in January to complete my second year.

Di left around 3pm and the boys came home, we had dinner and they were pretty good for me, they just rode their motorbikes and collected firewood for me which was nice. They surprised me too because they would just jump in the big car I was so worried about driving and drive it over to get the wood and then back it up right to the front door! How is it possible an 8 year old and a 10 year old can drive better than me? Haha

He drives better than I do and he's only bloody 8 years old!! 😂 #driving #underage #8turning9 #farmlife

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Thursday morning I got the kids up for school, made them breakfast and lunch and they went off to school, I thought I would do something nice for Di and clean out her cupboards in her kitchen as she is one busy lady, what with looking after the kids, working in the shop and also having to deliver fire wood, go on hikes etc. things like that don’t really come high up on the list of priorities!

So that was my day and then the boys came home from school and again played on the motorbikes, watched a bit of TV, had dinner and then went to bed looking forward to their holiday to Wye River which I was going on too.

THE WEEKEND

We woke up on Friday a bit later than usual as the boys had a day off school so they could go away to Wye River. We got everything ready, fed the dogs and made sure the house was looking clean etc. and then me and the boys hopped in the car and drove to Colerain where we met Jeannette and Bruce who are Tarsh and Di’s Mom and Dad. We got in the car with them and left the other car in Colerain which we would then pick up on Sunday.

Off we all went to Wye River and if you want to read about that then CLICK HERE

WEEK 2

Monday 23rd – Wednesday 25th May

I woke up nice and early on Monday and decided that I was  completely fed up with my fat belly so I have decided to start doing exercise and go on a bit of a diet until it is sorted out haha, so 30 day shred happened every day this week.

Monday Di woke up quite late as she was absolutely knackered from her massive walk. She did 67km in 2 days which I think is crazy! I definitely couldn’t do that so well done indeed.

I just spend the day on the sofa (after my exercise of course) trying to plan these 3 weeks away from the farm again as I wanted to go to Byron bay and do the rest of the west coast but they are already fully booked in hostels and it was getting quite expensive, so then I changed my mind to going to Tasmania for a week as it was a bit easier to get too!

But then I now have a master plan – buy a camper van which I need and want anyways for next year and I have good people around me at the moment that I can trust to help with picking the van and making sure that it is a good deal and that it works etc. as I am a typical girl and know nothing about cars and vans etc. and I don’t exactly have my dad over her to be able to go and check one out for me do I, so that is the new plan!

On Tuesday me and Di drove down to a cute 90 year old couple to deliver some firewood to them which was near Portland by the coast.

And Wednesday Di went to work in the shop and I decided to do some more cleaning and tiding up for her before she got home from work.

She got home and we had dinner, watched some TV and got extremely excited about the camper van haha.

Thursday 26th May

Di is on a roster to go into Harry’s class at school for an hour every now and then to help with Parent Helper, so each week a different parent goes in and helps with their reading and learning and this week happened to be Di’s, she asked me if I wanted to go with her and I of course said yes.

So we arrive and say hello to all the kids and Mr Lewis their teacher and Di introduces me to the class the same way she introduces me to everyone….’this is Sami and she’s from England’. Mr Lewis explained to us what they were learning at the time and it was how to make friends and how to keep friends which meant they needed to learn how to speak to people and get to know one another with questions, he started to demonstrate to the kids how to ask good questions with me and started asking me questions about England.

He then threw his hands in the air and said ‘no, no, no….I have a better idea!!!! I will get all of you to ask her questions’ looking at the kids. He went and sat down and asked who wanted to come up, Harry was of course sticking his hand in the air trying to get his chance to ask me questions which Mr Lewis thankfully did not let him come up as I can only imagine what he would have asked me the cheeky little biscuit!! Haha

So I had a few little sprogletts come up and ask me questions like

‘Do you still chop people’s heads off in England?’

‘Do you have a boyfriend?’

‘Do you know the queen?’

‘Do you like the queen?’

‘Do you want to meet the queen?’

I thought it was very funny and very cute. Then it was my turn to ask them questions and I was a little bit nervous I have to say. But I asked away and then Mr Lewis said ‘see class, how easy that is’ so I felt like I had done an OK job LOL.

Then it was reading time so they all split into groups and me and Di got a group each to go and read with and Harry was in my group.

It was really cute to hear them all read, they got stuck on a few words which I would then help them out with pronouncing but there were a few words that I found difficult myself, uh-oh! Thankfully they are 8 years old so it doesn’t matter too much haha.

After the reading had finished everyone posed for a photo with me pulling silly faces and then they grabbed their fruit sat down and that was our que to leave, but before we went they started talking about foxes and how they shoot them, and getting their gun licence when they are 12, I was pretty surprised by this and was shocked laughing.

We then left and went to Mr Lewis’ house to drop off some firewood in exchange for a dog kennel which harry had organised, while we were there we saw he had some baby lambs who were really cute.

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After we did that we went back home and grabbed a trailer of wood and then drove to a town called Penshurst to drop it off, on the way there the school started calling Di saying that Harry had hurt himself, he banged into someone and cut his lip on his teeth, so he was bleeding a lot and she needed to come and get him.

Penshurst is about an hour away so we did the wood and then started driving back towards the school when they called again and said he was ok, so Di dropped me home, I did my exercise while she went and picked him up ready to take him to his hockey training in Hamilton – (I know……its confusing right!!) he did his hockey training and while he was their one of Di’s friends looked at Harrys lip and said he should be going to get stitches! – Uh-oh

So Di dropped me back at the house and I then had to drive over to Balmoral to pick Jack up from his footy training (again I know it’s confusing! Haha) while I was doing that Di took Harry to Hamilton hospital to get stitches, although he never ended up getting any and ended up waiting to be seen for about 4 hours! Sounds like the same as back home in A&E.

They eventually got back just before midnight, had a bit of food and went to bed.

Friday 27th May

Harry had a day off school because of his lip and that they got back so late last night, I made us both breakfast (egg and bacon sandwich) and me and he spent the morning watching Jurassic world and I was updating this bloody thing too! – I’m not really learning my lessons am I, I tell myself every single time I do an update that I should just write every day! Ahhh well.

We drove down to Hamilton to see Di as she was working in the shop that day, had some lunch and a coffee and then me and Harry went back to the house. We checked on the pups and as soon as we get to the farm Harry is of course in the driver’s seat because he can drive here! It’s still so strange getting drove around by an 8 year old haha.

Then the rest of the night we just chilled watching TV which was nice as Gracie (who is 12) had come back from boarding school and I hadn’t got to spend much time with her because she was away. We all had some food and an early night as no rest for this family even on weekends! The boys have yet more sports lol.

Saturday 27th May

Well the morning started off with a bit of Drama, Jonny called about 15minutes before we had to leave saying he had got his UTE stuck in the blue gum trees, and it was now bogged and couldn’t get it out.

Di and harry had to go off to go and find him and try help get him out, Di came back about 10 mins later and said that we should go and that Jonny and Harry will get the car free and join us back there, last thing I saw was harry driving the tractor over the road to get it free lol.

After that we left and drove up to Balmoral where Jack had a match of Aussie Football, it was freezing and I had to actually wear a beanie and a scarf!! Whaaaattttt!!!! We were there for a while but we then left the boys there and went home for a couple of hours before coming back out to pick them up and drive to Hamilton for Harry to have his hockey game, and on the way there we had to do a bit of a detour (about a 40mintue detour) to pick up the a car that Jonny had left in a town called Dunkeld! (Again I know…….I honestly don’t know how this family manages to get anything done at all, they are so flipping busy haha)

After the Hockey match we all went to a café in Hamilton for pizza and wine, although I didn’t drink anything as I was so tired and I have come to the conclusion that unless I am going to go out and binge drink then I probably shouldn’t drink because that’s all I want to do when I have just one drink lol. Plus I’m trying to get rid of the massive food baby I’m rocking at the moment. Then back to the house for a film and an early night.

Sunday 29th May

I had a bit of a lie in which was nice to catch up on sleep and then we all went back to Hamilton for another footy match (Jacks).

I didn’t really watch, I sat in the car and updated this and also did some more searching for camper vans as the one I had been looking at – ‘The Black Bitch’ will probably not happen now as the owner has other people coming to look at it which he has only just told me about so a little annoyed at that! I desperately want to get one and get one while I have people around me to help me.

After we went back to the house, I had a really chilled one and got into bed and had a Gavin and Stacey marathon and an early night ready for my trip to Melbourne in the morning.

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Wye River

Friday 20th May

We didn’t get to Wye River until around 5pm, but the journey there was so beautiful driving through the forest and then onto the great ocean road which is another thing I can tick off my bucket list now (CLICK HERE TO LOOK AT MY BUCKET LIST) although I will be having to venture back down to visit the 12 apostles at some point, but I don’t think I want to journey too far along it as its very windy and does make you feel a little sick haha.

As soon as we (Me, The boys and Tarsh & Di’s parents) we were shocked at how steep the driveway was as it was on a bit of a hill, and there were lots of stairs to climb up to the house but once we were up there It was so beautiful. The view was absolutely incredible looking out to the ocean, the people who owned this house were really lucky too as there was a massive bush fire last year that took out a lot of houses in the forest and stopped not too far from this house.

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Tarsh took us all out onto the balcony with a pack of mince beef and I was thinking ‘hmmm….what the hell is going on?’ then suddenly a few Kookaburra birds came and landed on the balcony and Tarsh took a little bit of the mince beef and put it down next to one of the birds and they started eating it, one thing led to another and we then started putting the beef on our arms for them to come and land on us, then Tarsh went and upped us all and popped some beef on her head. It was really cool and we all had a lot of fun feeding them.

The rest of the night we spend eating some beautiful food, drinking wine and sitting by the fire, I was happy to see Dan because I had missed him for the few days I had been gone, how am I going to cope when I actually leave?? Waaaa…..

Saturday 21st May

Me and Harry were the first awake on Saturday morning. I had got up and thought I was the only one awake, I made myself a coffee and went and sat on the balcony with the beautiful view and was feeling pretty happy with my life, having lots of deep thoughts about how far I had come etc.

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and then Harry bursts through the doors and starts screeching with some bread in his hand.

‘So much for my quiet, life contemplating coffee moment’ haha

Then lots of Cockatoos and Kookaburra’s landed on the balcony, is he some sort of bird whisperer?

He has just fulfilled one of my childhood dreams to become a Disney princess who can sing out and have lots of birds come to you!

It was really nice at first and then got a little bit out of hand when we ended up having about 16 birds on there, my chilled out coffee and suddenly turned into a duck and dive for cover.

After the whole bird fiasco the boys were itching to go kick the footy around because they couldn’t do it on the balcony as we were up on stilts. So the boys, me and Jeannette & Bruce drove down to the beach for a bit of a kick around and to grab some coffees from the café to take back up to Tarsh.

After that we all jumped in the cars and drove back down the great ocean road to Lorne which is a bit of a touristy spot. The boys found a place with trampolines and mini golf so they were really happy with that and yes I had a go too! I also popped Dan on there and gave him a bit of a bounce which he seemed to enjoy.

We then had lunch, Andy turned up and we all headed back to the house, me and Tarsh stopped on the way at a lookout which was really pretty!

When we got back we all had dinner did some moongazing and some wine again and me being me….once I start drinking I don’t really want to stop at just a couple of glasses. So after my third glass of wine got empty I went to the kitchen to look for some more and Jeannette had made me a cup of tea which I was like

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‘Ahhh….Hmmmm….okkk’

Tarsh laughed and said there wasn’t any more wine, and I said that I might head down to the pub.

So off I went and I soon ended up chatting to most of the people in there, including the staff, and I got bought a few drinks by a guy who made one of the beers in there which was nice, I ended up being rather drunk by the end of the night but luckily this time I didn’t really make a fool out of myself.

I did however give my friend Blue a call on the way home, and left her a long voicemail walking up the hill panting and telling her how much I love her, which is fine! At least it wasn’t one of my ridiculous messages of love to a boy I like! – God that’s embarrassing the next day lol.

Sunday 22nd May

Sunday morning we all woke up and just chilled in the house before having to drive back up to Wincanton. I was feeling rather delicate and had to try and sort myself out for the windy journey back up there.

However that did not work and I felt sick for most of the journey back there. Bruce and Jeannette had to stop the car a few times to give me some air, and the boys found this very very funny. Oh the shame!

We got back mid-afternoon and I just lay on the sofa until Di got back from her massive walk, she was really tired too and we all just watched some TV and had an early night

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Melbourne – Trying not to die.

Monday 30th May

I woke up around 5:30am and Di drove me to Hamilton to catch the bus at 7am. It was horrible waking up at that time….urgh! And so many kangaroos on the way to the bus.

The bus took around 5 hours to get there and when I arrived in Melbourne I jumped in a cab over to the house which was really nice, and then went out to meet Tarsh, Andy and Dan at the shops, I started feeling hungry so decided to grab some food and to my delight there was a fucking potato shop here!! Omg!! How long have I been waiting for a jacket potato? A LONG BLOODY TIME!!!

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Simple pleasures hey.

After the potato I headed back to the house and just chilled until later that night when the beautiful men turned up (Rocket and his even more beautiful brother!) and then after that little one paid us a visit!

We all went out for dinner and got to drinking wine as you do and I ended up being off my fucking face before we even left the restaurant! Brilliant! I probably ended up embarrassing myself quite a lot but never mind. The beautiful men left to mine and little ones disappointment but not too much as we soon got to the next place and continued drinking.

I as always can’t remember too much about the evening but from speaking to little on I have found out a few facts…..We left the restaurant and stumbled to a bar where on entrance I saw a big group of African men and decided that we were to spend the evening with them – probably to their disappointment as let’s face it, I’m rather annoying when I’m drunk!

Apparently we went to a second bar which I do not remember at all but little one said I went straight to the bar and told the bar man to get me a beer of his choosing which I didn’t like so I ordered another one but ended up drinking them both anyway – typical!

I then decided to get upset about being single and not having anyone to love me…..a must go through stage for any drunk single woman i think haha.

According to the dreaded snapchat story which I watched the next day some guys were asking us back to their house, again can’t remember any of that or getting home haha.

and then there was the getting home…… It was around 1km and it took us 45minutes because i was jumping on cars and singing, and i also decided to pull my trousers down and have a wee in the middle of the street with all my goods facing the oncoming traffic, oh the shame!! haha.

and these were the only photos I had from the evening…..

Tuesday 31st May

So the whole day was basically spent in the bathroom hanging over the toilet throwing up or in bed trying not to die,

The old lady walk was in full swing and the whole day was a complete write off tbh!

I honestly do not know why I drink anymore, because the whole next day is spent feeling this way! I obviously can’t hack it anymore which is really annoying, time to stop drinking for a bit I think.

Wednesday 1st June

Me and Dan left the house around 6:50am to go and meet little one for breakfast before she had to go to work and we left to go back to the farm.

It was nice taking Dan the man to a café but he did start to scream towards the end, uh-oh but he did look extra cute all wrapped up.

That was that trip to Melbourne over, unfortunately I lost a whole day which could have been spent van searching but never mind, it’s not the last time I will be in Melbourne that’s for sure!

 

 

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Melbourne part 2

Wednesday 27th April

The drive to Melbourne took around 6 hours, it’s strange to me now thinking of that amount of time driving somewhere isn’t that long. I guess being here you get used to the long journeys.

Andy drove and I stayed awake for this journey and it was pretty cool to see the landscape change so much, going from flat bush land to towns, to bright red soils to hills and trees with massive boulders and then finally ending up in the city.

We arrived into Melbourne around 4ish and I went to the apartment that Andy was staying in and did some freshening up and then cracked open a few beers.

Rocket (the beautiful man) turned up a bit later and we headed on to a bar called Leonards house of love which is a pretty cool bar, Christy aka ‘little one’ came and met us and we had a couple more drinks and got some food too. Then Andy and rocket had to leave to make it to their comedy show. Me and Christy then finished our drinks while talking about the beautiful man and all the things we would like to do to him or him to us haha, and then we grabbed an uber over to her old house.

She was moving into a new shared house which was smaller and which meant she had her own room rather than sharing like she was in the current house, so we packed up her stuff and then got another uber over to her new pad only to find that there was no shower, no fridge and we had to be out of the place each morning by 7am. FML!

We opened some wine and Christy’s new housemate brought in her own bottle of wine that she made as she is a sommelier who also makes wine, it was pretty good. Then we decided to go out for food, but everywhere was closing and we walked around quite a few places to try and find good food but eventually ended up in subway.

I ended up being rather drunk and ended up finding statues of naked men to have some fun with, and a pram on the side of the road which naturally i had to jump into!

Thursday 28th April

We woke up early on Thursday feeling slightly tired and a bit hungover after the few wines and beers from the night before, Christy’s housemate came and knocked on our door at 7:50 and we left with her to go to a very cute little place for coffee.

After we grabbed coffee me and Christy jumped on a tram over to St. Kilda for this amazing breakfastand did some shopping. We also went for a stroll down the beach but it started raining, so we sat down and pondered life and what we were going to do with the rest of the day and we eventually decided on going to the cinema so we caught the tram back to the city but once we got there it had stopped raining so we decided to go shopping instead.

We went to some charity shops and I got some jackets as the weather is getting a little colder now and especially in Melbourne, while we were out shopping we saw ‘Dame Edna’ strolling the streets in her PJ’s and an entourage of sexy men in onesies…..as you do! Unfortunately I couldn’t get a good photo and Christy wouldn’t go back with me to get one as she had no idea who she was haha.

After our little spot of shopping we went and met Christy’s friend Danielle that she met while travelling the coast, we sat in front of the library and had some sushi and then headed to an Irish bar as I was craving a pint of Guinness, so we searched google for the closest Irish bar and went there, when we got there though it seemed more like an old man’s bar not an Irish bar but they did serve Guinness so I wasn’t too fussy.

After that we decided to go to Asian beer café for a spot of pizza salad and some cocktails as it was happy hour, the glasses were also pretty beautiful so I stole 3 of them for little ones new house and of course to drink the mountain of wine that Tarsh had gave me, so we finished our pizza salad and cocktails and went back to little ones pad where we drank lots of wine and I ended up feeling extremely pissed and passed out on little ones bed for a little while the room spinning with me, I was woken up a bit later to some fried chicken from the shop downstairs and omg what a taste sensation that was!! But I wasn’t satisfied so naturally I ordered lots of food for delivery hardly ate any of it and fell asleep.

Friday 29th April

so again we woke up early and got out the house around 7am, the weather was horrendous and I had to borrow one of Christy’s rain jackets, I was wearing my cardi and the rain jacket, aren’t I supposed to be in Australia??

So we caught the tram over to see Danielle and we stayed there for a few hours lay on the sofa watching the inbetweeners as little one had never seen them, I found weighing scales in the bathroom and discovered that I had put on a whole 2 stone since leaving home! Oh dear lord! No wonder I have gone up 2 sizes in clothes, whoops.

once we had re-joined the world we decided to go out in the rain and go to a Chinese place for dumplings which were oh so good, but I couldn’t finish them because I had just been stuffing my face with sushi (I have no idea how I put on those 2 stone at all) so I asked for a box to take them away in and then we went onto a big charity shop called savers where I bought some more things that I don’t need but oh well.

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Feeling dead to the world we head back to little ones, hoping that the workers will be gone so we can have a shower before heading out to the football, but they are still there so no showering possible! I make the best of my disgusting self and then we leave to go watch the aussie football and Etihad stadium, unfortunately we were not surrounded by lots of beautiful men also watching the game like we had hoped but it was still good to watch although a little confusing.

We had absolutely no idea what was going on or who ended up winning but it was still really fun to watch, when we left we went over to Christy’s old pad to see her old house mates and drink some wine and sangria before going out to a 90’s bar. We called an uber to get there and the driver we had was playing Adel when we got in the car which we naturally requested him to turn up and for us all to sing along at the top of our voices and dance!  – I do love uber a lot more than taxi’s as you actually get fun normal people!

The 90’s bar was great at first. The music was bloody excellent but it got busier and busier and – now I’m going to sound like an old boring person but I cannot stand extremely busy clubs where I can’t move, Christy and Danielle went off to dance and then I couldn’t find them for a while so I was stood around drinking and finally had enough and left for a sensational kebab! – Again no idea why I have put on 2 stone! Haha

Little one and Danielle came out the 90’s place a little while later and we caught an uber back home where I completely passed out.

Saturday 30th April

Little one got up early and went to work, and left me in bed. I ended up waking up around 1pm feeling incredibly lazy and tired so I literally spent the whole day in bed – what a waste but oh so enjoyable.

Little one got back around 6pm and we went to the taco place that was next to her house and omg it was bloody incredible! I am so jealous she lives right next to all these amazing food places! But probably for the best I don’t live there otherwise I imagine I would be needing a crane to get me out of buildings pretty soon!

After we had tacos we went over to her old house for a wine and cheese night. There was so much cheese there it was amazing! I was honestly expecting very cheap cheese and a limited amount considering everyone is a backpacker and cheese is fucking expensive over here!! My tiny little block of contributed cheese cost me $6.

Ahhh the cheese! It was so good, we all savaged that table!! It was so hard to stop but oh so good!  So we stayed stuffing our faces for a while longer and then sat outside for a bit on the sofas, smoking and drinking wine – I love the outside of this place. It’s so cool with all the sofas and graffiti on the walls.

We then went back to little ones, I finally had a shower and felt so amazing after walking around feeling so disgusting and just knowing that I stunk! Haha and then me and little one said goodbye as I was leaving the next day and she would get up before me for work.

Sunday 1st May

So I woke up around 8am and packed all my stuff up and walked over the road to the market– again so super jealous she lives so close to the market! They have so much stuff there, loads of veg and meat, and hot food! Waaaa…….I wish I lived by that market!! So I go over there with the massive bag that Tarsh let me borrow! It’s a great back but extremely awkward to carry! So I get some very strange looks and a lot of comments about how big my bag is! ‘Yes I fucking know thank you!!’

So I went over there spent about $20 on lots of salad stuff as I seriously need to sort my life out now haha and then went over to the train station grabbed a coffee and a few sandwiches for the journey and hoped on the train got my laptop out ready to watch some walking dead and realised that 1. It wasn’t charged and 2. It’s now broken with a big crack on the screen! Brilliant! I guess I will just look out the window then lol.

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A day in Melbourne

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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