19.08.2009 - 05.09.2009 65 °F
I now know what it would be like to win the lottery. After leaving the "tree house" in the woods, snakes and sleeping outside I landed in a mansion on the beach. The second wwoofing farm I had booked for the second half of August ended up being a vacation. The new family had 50 acres overlooking Byron Bay coast and the house was gorgeous. They were former models and now have a business and a 8 year old daughter. Instead of clearing land on a push mower while dodging pythons I was helping prepare for parties and babysitting the daughter. This was all while having a pillow top mattress with a bedroom that overlooked the ocean. It was definitely a learning experience living with the family that moved away from Byron Bay to get away from the "yuppies" to moving right in with the "yuppies". I would have to say I am somewhere in between. I want a sealed house and a compost...can't there be some happy medium?
NOW I am back south in a town called Hunter Valley, 2 hours west of Sydney and 2 hours east of Tamworth. Hunter Valley would be the Napa Valley of Australia. I landed here a week ago and know 2 months won't be long enough. There are 2 other wwoofers, Birte who is 25 from Germany and Phil who is 50 from Tasmania (it is a small island in Australia). This is Birte's 2nd time at the farm and has now been here a total of 5 months. We have become fast friends and haven't stopped talking since she picked me up from the train station. It is so nice to have a girl my age and today we are off to the beach! The farm here has 6 horses which 5 of them are ridable. Birte is as keen as I am about riding so we go everyday after work. They have 10 km of riding trails here with a riding arena. The family is awesome too. The husband Eden is Australian but is 100 percent Lebanese. The wife is British and whose father was a spy during the WWII. Pretty amazing people I have come across along the way. Everyone has a story.
I wouldn't let myself leave for the beach without writing but more is to come. I promise I won't wait this long to write again, but if you haven't heard from me, most likely I am farming in Australia.