Farm Life – The Final Chapter

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

So time to catch up….

25th July – 5th August

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

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

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

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

How embarrassing!

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

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

6th – 16th August

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

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

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

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

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

17th – 29th August

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

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

Not long until I leave here now.

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

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

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

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

I AM SO EXCITED!!

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

Malaysia for 2 weeks

Bali for 2 months

Home for 6 weeks

Back out in Jan for the van adventure!!

I love this traveling life!!

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

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

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

29th August – 9th September

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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