Monday, 17 August 2015

Farm Life Living - Regional Work

I had initially spent time on a remote outback farm near Cunnamulla, however after a week I decided it wasn't for me and so decided to leave and he'd back to Brisbane. It was just so remote and like nowhere i'd ever been. Just me and a farmer, however it as a fun experience and one i'll always remember and I got to do things I'd never done before.

My time had come to leave Brisbane again and this time I headed north to Makay where I would start my new regional job on a small farm in a place called Nebo. I initially had no intentions in finding regional work as I had no plans to stay in Oz for longer than a year(Yes, still love England) but i was in a desperate situation to find a job and luckily my friend found me this one so as a no brainer I took it. I also figured it'd be good to have the opportunity to gain my 2nd year visa if i ever did decide to come back to Australia at a later date.
My role was to be an au pair for a 2 year old boy and also help with small farm duties and keeping the house tip top.

Here's a brief overview of what i've been up to since I arrived on the 24th July:

My first week was all about me finding my feet and getting into a routine of how to juggle looking after a growing 2 year old as well as having to do washing/house keeping. The single most exciting thing was finding out one of the working dogs had just had new puppies one of which needed to be hand reared as is was a lot smaller than the others.
At the End of the week we all left the farm to go to a weekend Campdraft in Moranbah. For those of you who don't know, Campdrafting is essentially leading a cow round two posts in a figure of eight and then out to the finish post in under 40seconds. The quickest to do so is the winner. It's a sport that i learnt is taken very seriously and is a way of life for the majority of regional farmers in Australia.
Campdraft prep
Moranbah Campdraft
Moranbah Campdraft

My first experience of a camp draft was good fun and something i tried to fully embrace. I slept the weekend in my own huge gooseneck which is essentially a caravan on he back of a horse box and looked after Bentley whilst both his parents competed in competitions. 

Birthday Weekend:

On My second week it was Bentleys second birthday and we all spent the weekend with his family and had a big bbq. It was a good opportunity for me to meet the rest of his family and cousins whilst we celebrated his special day and yes of course, in natural Aussie traddition the weather was great! The middle of winter an it was 25 degrees. 

Another Campdraft weekend:

We left the farm for another camp draft weekend, this time slightly closer to home in the Blue Mountains. My weekend at the campdraft was roughly the same to the first, looking after Bentley and watching people compete when i had a bit of free time. The surrounding scenery was pretty spectacular and the experience was yet again something pretty awesome. 
Blue Mountains Campdraft weekend
Weekend crib
My first few weeks on the farm have been awesome and it feels good to be back living in a home environment with my own room, home cooked meals, not constantly spending money, free wifi(every backpackers dream) and just the whole experience of living on a working Australian farm has so far been a heap of fun. 
Bring on the next 9 weeks and who can complain when this is the sunset I get each and every evening.