22.06.2009 - 25.06.2009 55 °F
I am back in Australia's and in the country music capital called Tamworth in New South Wales. It is a small town 8 hours (driving) northwest of Sydney. Most Australians wouldn't be caught dead in this town and every single one laughed when I told them I was going. I am now going to set the record straight! Tamworth Australia might be small and not the trendiest place in the world but it has the biggest heart. Small towns are like big families, everyone knows everyone, they even knew me before I got here. Some of the big players are Frank who is the town handy man. He stopped by to do some work and after we all stopped for a cup of tea together. Then there is Bill who runs Big Bill's the town convenient store but also carries stock feed. He came to deliver hay and then we of course all stopped for a cup of tea. The pace is slower which makes the quality of life better. No one should be laughing at this town, these are the people who would be the first to show up if you needed someone.
And boy have I needed help since arriving. While I was connecting in Sydney I was debating to jump on the next flight to New York. I was sidetracked and a little depressed and accidentally picked up the wrong suitcase. I even managed to go through customs and check the bag into my next flight to Tamworth. I didn't realize till I arrived and the new family brought me back to the house. You know you are in a small town when there are only 2 gates at the airport and the employees are nice. Not only did the airport employees want to help me send my bag back they wanted to know every detail of my life. They even offered to call when it came in which entailed them calling every time a flight arrived and it didn't come in.
While I waited for the bag I started to get adjusted on the farm. The new couple I am living with are a retired couple and their names are Dawn and Peter. I would describe the environment like moving in with your grandparents....heaven. If you want to be reminded of the way life should be, hang out with retirees. We stop for at least 5 cups of tea a day and an afternoon nap happens everyday at 230. I barely get started with something before I hear to come inside because the tea is ready. Dawn is always baking something and they are both vegetarians! The house is on 50 acres with 5 horses, 2 birds and 1 dog. There is another house on the property which she runs a bed and breakfast. We spend the days tending to the horses, watering flowers and I even think that might be it.
Dawn and Peter did leave today for 9 days to visit their son in Cairns. I don't know why but every time I go to a new farm the family leaves me to run the place. There is not nearly as much work this time but a lot more land...and I am afraid of the dark....and the sun is going down, though you wouldn't notice with all the lights I have on. You will be able to see this house glowing from a satellite in space. No I am looking forward to a week alone. They left me their car so I will go exploring town, see some movies and hopefully make a friend, but if that doesn't work you will probably hear from me soon. xo.