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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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 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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