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Last Day on the Farm
Thursday 17th March 2011 – WWOOFing in Noosa, Australia
As the week drew to an end, so has my time working with this family on their land. My WWOOFing adventure was almost over and I was looking forward to getting back into the travel scene and to mingle with travellers again. I still had one day of work left though, and wanted to leave on a high.
Mike took his son to school in the morning on the way to his work, leaving me to my own devices again. I first had to feed the chickens and collect the eggs, which is something I have never done before. I think I did what was required of me, and managed not to drop any of the eggs. They looked a bit mucky and covered in fluff, but I guess it’s what’s inside that counts.
I took to cleaning the floor in the small room where I had been working for parts of this week, and I must admit there was not a lot of difference once I had finished. It took a along time to do as well. I admired my handy work on the walls though, and the room itself looked much better than I thought it would, given the state of the walls a week ago. I was pleased overall.
After finishing the room, I had to mow the lawn all around the main house. It was a lot of grass to cut, but I had a machine to help me out. I jumped on the motorised mower and began driving around the garden in a methodical manner, cutting as I went. I learnt the controls fairly quickly and started to have a lot of fun, almost like I was driving a go-cart. I came across another small snake in the grass and made sure I didn’t run it over.
Having finished this area, I now had to mow behind the property. Being on a steep slope I wondered if the mower could cope with it, but there didn’t seem to be any problems. The power in this machine was surprising. I half expected to topple the machine at times as the hill became particularly steep, but again there were no problems. Mowing between the numerous trees on the hill meant a face full of spider’s webs by the end of it, and I am sure I must have seen a number of toads and snakes darting into the undergrowth.
There came a point where the mower ceased to work any more, and cut out. I couldn’t then restart the machine. I thought I had broken it but then remembered one of the things Mike had said in the morning, that there was more fuel in the garage if the mower ran out. All I had to do was fill it with fuel again, but could I find the fuel cap on this machine? I spent a good 20 minutes studying the mower in detail trying to find where the fuel was supposed to go, and finally I cracked it. The seat could be removed, and under the seat was the cap. In went the fuel and the lawn could finally be finished.
It had been a long morning and I was happy for a bit of lunch. In the afternoon I got all my things together ready for the off tomorrow. It was a nice chance to relax and enjoy my surroundings a bit. Looking over the vast land and into the trees beyond, I thought this wasn’t a bad place to be, but I was extremely lonely, and I did need to start meeting people again. The family who own this land are lucky I think, but there is so much maintenance involved in keeping the property looking good, that I wonder if I would like to live in a place so big. Probably not.
In the evening we all sat down to a pizza and relaxed. I helped his son out on a computer game, although I was mainly just watching the kid play, but I was called into action when a huntsman spider crawled up the wall. I was told to get a mop and squash the spider. I worried it would leave a mark on the wall, but Mike said this was fine. The spider was squashed and I took it outside. As I put the mop away, a small snake crawled across my path in the room I was in. I had to escort it out the door and onto the driveway for the dogs to play with. I am getting quite the expert at dealing with creepy crawlies now.
I had just one more night on the deflated mattress before returning to Flashpackers Backpackers in Noosa, where the beds are so good. The sounds all around the cottage were louder this evening and the cattle were munching their way through the long grass outside the windows, adding to the discomfort, but it was my last night.
It has been a great experience working on this farm, and I have gained many skills. I don’t think I shall miss the work though, or the loneliness, or the noises around the cottage at night, or the blow up mattress…..
Written by Daniel Stevens,
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