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Kerry

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  • Day36

    Plötzlich war da eine Schlange...

    October 6, 2016 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 12 °C

    Und damit hätte ich diesen Australien-Klassiker dann auch zum ersten Mal erlebt: beim Heimfahren vom Feld in Richtung Haupthaus ringelt plötzlich eine Schlange quer über den Weg.

    Genauer gesagt war es eine gepunktete Bronzenatter, hier besser bekannt als Green Tree Snake. Grün ist sie oben, der Bauch eher gelb, ich fand sie echt sehr schön (wobei mir überhaupt das Konzept Schlange gefällt, zum Beispiel diese clevere Art der Fortbewegung). Und vor allem ist sie ein echtes Einsteiger-Exemplar, da kein bisschen giftig :) Wenn ihr mehr wissen wollt: http://www.lexikon-schlangen.de/schlangenarten/gepunktetebronzenatter.shtmlRead more

    Alex Schmumin

    Gut, dass Du sie trotzdem aus sicherer Entfernung gestreichelt hast :-)

    10/6/16Reply
    Dan Aesthetic

    Aah i hate snakes!! ;) creepy shit! :)

    10/8/16Reply
     
  • Day199

    Day 3 - Shamrockvale

    October 18, 2017 in Australia ⋅ 🌧 22 °C

    So day two of work and morning wake up was still a struggle. I even moved back to coffee this morning for a little extra boost.

    I was asked to head straight up to the cattle yard this morning to help with the sick cows again whilst the girls tended to the chooks / calves and helped Marius on bee duty again. Up at the cattle yard we had to herd the cows into the smaller pens. We then had to separate roughly 8 into a small holding pen before the 'crusher'. The crusher allows for one cow at a time to be examined and given some meds without the worry of us getting kicked or run over. We first took their temperatures with the worlds smallest thermometer up the back end. Luckily I was tasked with writing down the results as I didn't fancy fishing the thermometer out if I'd some how let it go or getting knuckles deep in cow poo! That took us up to morning break around 9am.

    After a nice cuppa we then helped Marius with honey extraction. Sonja and Marius had collected full frames from the hives that morning so me and Blake had to somehow get the honey out. First we had a tool to remove the top layer of beeswax to release the honey. This was an Afro comb type device which you slid under and lifted it off with. Next we put them into a centrifuge which spins around spraying the honey to the edges of the drum. This sinks to the bottom and is collected in a bucket. All very simple but we had a LOT of frames to extract. We also had a slight mishap with the first bucket as when I lifted it to put it in the big tank the handle snapped and the bucket landed upside down. OOPS! The job saw us up to lunch and then again after until the day was finished. Our favourite part of the job was chewing on some of the beeswax. All of the honey melts in your mouth and then you spit out the wax. Apparently it's very good for you!

    In the evening I made a nice chilli and we watched Adam Sandlers 'Don't mess with the Zohan' which is a ridiculous yet hilarious movie!
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    Jackie Blake

    Good work Simon x

    11/9/17Reply
     
  • Day27

    Wo Rauch ist...

    September 27, 2016 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 18 °C

    wird nicht nur der Sonnenuntergang viel schöner (siehe das Bild oben), sondern ist natürlich auch Feuer. Und das habe zum Teil ich gelegt ;) Klingt komisch, ist aber völlig legal. Sowas passiert hier auf der Farm, wo ich seit anderthalb Wochen wwoofe (und über die ich jetzt auch wieder mehr bloggen werde - ich brauchte nur mal ein bisschen Digitalpause).

    Präriefeuer also. Das war wahrscheinlich ein ziemlich typisches Stück Australien, das ich erleben durfte: Am Morgen ging es raus in die Berge, die auch zu den 1600 (!) Hektar Land der Farm gehören. Und dann standen wir vor einem riesigen Feld mit trockenem Gras.

    "Wenn man es mäht, dauert das Wochen", sagte Farmboy Chris. Abbrennen erledigt das bei gutem Wetter (es war super sonnig) an einem Tag. Und natürlich muss man noch den Wind im Blick haben. Der bestimmt natürlich, an welchem Ende man anfängt damit sich die Flammenwalze dann in die richtige Richtung bewegt.

    Alles in allem war es ein erfolgreicher Tag. Zwar hat es gestunken wie die Pest und zwischendurch hat der unverschämte Wind ungefragt gedreht, aber am Ende war der Boden schwarz und kurzgeschoren. Tolle Bilder gab es obendrein - es sah aus wie nahe an der Apokalypse, wenn sich auf hundert Metern die Flammen weiterfressen. Und genau an dem Tag hab ich mein Smartphone nicht dabei. Cowboy Oli dafür schon er hat ein Bild geschossen, dass ich dann bald nachreiche.

    Meine deutsche Sichtweise hat sich übrigens kurz gewundert, wie gefährlich das bitte ist, im trockenen Australien so ein Feuer anzufachen. Aber nein, das ist hier wirklich völlig normal. Mehr dazu steht zum Beispiel hier: https://www.welt.de/wissenschaft/article108400216/Macht-des-Infernos-und-Nutzen-des-Waldbrands.html

    Und in Deutschland gibt es das wohl auch, mit entsprechender Genehmigung. Außerdem ist durch geschicktes Zündeln wohl unsere ganze schöne Heidelandschaft entstanden: http://www.planet-wissen.de/natur/landschaften/heidelandschaften_in_europa/
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    Alex Schmumin

    Woho! Geil! Da strahlt mein Zündlerherz :-D Freue mich schon auf die Bilder :-) Aber eine Frage drängt sich mir doch noch auf: Warum musste das Gras überhaupt weg?

    9/29/16Reply
    Johannes Büchl

    Gude Alex, der Sinn dahinter ist, dass dann frisches Gras nachwachsen kann, auf dem dann wieder die Kühe weiden können. Dafür ist dann die Asche ein super Nährboden. Und würde man nicht mähen oder fackeln, würde sich das ganze irgendwann selbst entzünden, und dann gibt es wirklich Probleme...

    10/2/16Reply
    Alex Schmumin

    Das macht durchaus Sinn :-)

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  • Day200

    Day 4 - Shamrockvale

    October 19, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 22 °C

    Today I got to go help Chris up at the yard taking temperatures and doing meds for the first time whilst Simon got let loose on a ride on mower. Before I helped up at the yard though I helped Nick feed some of the cows. We continued with the cows and mowing after lunch as well. My afternoon helping with the meds was a little more eventful though. Sadly a cow came in with a dead calf inside her which Chris and Nick had to pull out. The poor cow looked so sad and in so much pain she didn't even put up a fight. Chris warned me it would be gruesome and gave me the opportunity to leave if I wanted to. Farming isn't all sunshine and rainbows though so I decided to stay. It was hard to watch and the smell was horrendous. Chris certainly has a strong stomach. Poor mummy cow.Read more

    Jackie Blake

    👨‍🌾x

    11/9/17Reply
     
  • Day201

    Day 5 - Shamrockvale

    October 20, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    It's Friday yay! The first time we have had the Friday feeling in a while. Farm life has completely taken it out of me and I am now sick - boo! After a solid 10 hours sleep last night though I am feeling slightly better.

    Looking after calves is like having children, when they don't eat you worry about them all day. Nugget didn't eat much last night and wouldn't really eat anything this morning. He also sounds a bit like he has a cold. Poor little sausage! After attempting to feed Nugget and Tyson finishing off his and Nuggets breakfast, Simon and I headed over to the silos were Chris was filling us up a trailer full of grain for the cows. After helping Nick yesterday morning, I was now fully qualified to be let loose on my own with Simon as my official gate opener. We did miss one lot of troughs and have to go back for them but other than that I managed to remember the route through the various fields so no one went hungry.

    After smoko, Simon got to drive a tractor around with Nick delivering hay bales to all the fields, whilst I was up at the yard with Chris helping with the sick cows again. In the afternoon, I was back in with Marius helping make the frames for the beehives and Simon was let loose with the petrol strimmer strapped too him to tidy up the previous days mowing.

    Today is Sonja's last day on the farm so we invited Marius round for dinner and cooked up a curry. Marius also introduced us to bee pollen and has given us a bag to put on our porridge in the mornings that he collected from the hives. Apparently it is incredibly good for you and has more protein than steak. It's collected by a special device that knocks the pollen off the bees legs when they enter the hive and then freeze dried.
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    Jackie Blake

    👨‍🌾x

    11/9/17Reply
     
  • Day202

    Day 6 - Shamrockvale

    October 21, 2017 in Australia ⋅ 🌧 17 °C

    It's the weekend so we had a bit of a lie in this morning. Even though it's the weekend, our boys still need us so we headed down to feed them. Marius kindly sorted the chooks out for us. Tyson is getting really big and is always eagerly waiting for his breakfast. Nugget however isn't doing too good. He was really week on his legs and we could barely get half a litre of milk down him (he's meant to drink 2). Chris is going to give him some medicine so hopefully that perks him up, poor little guy.

    The weather was pretty rubbish with rain forecast all day so we took advantage and had a lazy day. Simon is starting to feel sick now too so we just watched some TV and read our books (Simon has now finished Harry Potter). In the afternoon we popped into Beaudesert to get our groceries for the week and then resumed our chilling position on the sofa.

    Marius kindly surprised us with a Romanian dinner of pork and polenta topped with cheese and sour cream, followed by a meringue and custard style dessert. In return I introduced Marius to English tea.
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    Jackie Blake

    Ahh cute x

    11/9/17Reply
     
  • Day209

    Day 13 - Shamrockvale

    October 28, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    We had a very lovely lazy Saturday morning. After sorting out the chooks and feeding Tyson, we spent the morning reading. After a leisurely lunch, we decided to do some more exploring and show Mark some of the farm. It turns out that when we went exploring last weekend, we had actually been exploring the neighbours farm - oops! This time we took the Mule through the correct gate and headed up to the highest point of the farm. It was quite a long drive and very steep in places. There were many times when I thought we weren't going to make it however the trusty Mule kept on going and carried us safely to the top. The views from the top were incredible and we could see the entire farm as well as the other side of the valley.

    In the evening, Tom and his wife Mags invited us for a farewell BBQ down by one of the lagoons which was really lovely of them. 2 BBQ's in 2 days, Simon is in his element!
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    Jackie Blake

    Looks a lovely spot x

    11/9/17Reply
     
  • Day210

    Day 14 - Shamrockvale

    October 29, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    Today we went to visit Auntie Tricia and Shane at their home in nearby Boyland. Tricia cooked us our first roast dinner since we left the UK. We had roast beef with all the trimmings and it was absolutely delicious. This was followed by a yummy lemon, creamy biscuity dessert! We are very much looking forward to going to stay with them in a weeks time.Read more

    Jackie Blake

    Ahh cute xx

    11/9/17Reply
     
  • Day34

    Zum 1-monatigen: typische Aussie-Arbeit

    October 4, 2016 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 11 °C

    Genau einen Monat ist es jetzt her, dass ich meinen Fuß auf australischen Boden gesetzt haben und kurz darauf dann auch die Zollschranke passieren durfte (trotz verboten vieler Arzneimittel und, oh Wunder, natürlich nicht klinisch reinen Schuhen, höhö). Als hätten sie das hier auf der Farm gewusst, durfte ich nun heute eine extrem typische und zugleich echt schöne Aufgabe erledigen: Kühe treiben!

    Ungefähr 300 der etwa 1.000 Milchviecher hier mussten dafür zunächst von ihren Kälbern getrennt und dann in Fünfergrüppchen durch einen engen Gang geleitet werdenn. Dort gab es einen Aufstrich, der gegen Zecken schützen soll.

    Nun weiß ich immerhin, dass Kühe nicht lila sind, aber sonst war mir vieles unklar, zum Beispiel über den Charakter. "Werden die mich umrennen?", war meine erste Frage an Oli, den hauptberuflichen Cowboy hier (mit dem weißen Hut). Nein, hieß die Antwort, zumindest nicht absichtlich. Lektion gelernt: Sie sind friedfertig und gleichzeitig furchtsam. Letzteres wiederum hat mich dann schon erstaunt. 600 Kilo Leben auf vier Beinen rennt auf mich zu und zieht den großen Kopf ein, weil ich mit einem Plastikstab ein bisschen rumfuchtele.

    Passieren kann natürlich trotzdem immer was. Dank der Tipps von Oli und Chris, wo ich wann zu stehen habe, ging alles glatt Trotzdem war ich nach drei Stunden Kuhlotse einfach richtig müde...
     
     
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    howdy! hört sich spannend an! ciao,

    10/4/16Reply

    ... von davy :-D

    10/4/16Reply
    Johannes Büchl

    Ja, isses auch! Und genau das macht grad mit am meisten Spaß: Dinge probieren, die ich daheim nicht tue - zum Beispiel auch gestern Traktor fahren ;D

    10/6/16Reply
    Dan Aesthetic

    Farmboy Joe!

    10/8/16Reply
     
  • Day203

    Day 7 - Shamrockvale

    October 22, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    We woke up to the sun shining in through the windows (and our alarm going off). We gave ourselves a bit of a lie in so both Tyson and even Nugget were stood waiting for us to come feed them. Nugget was really good this morning and drank the whole 2 litres so hopefully the medicine has kicked in and he is going to start getting better. After sorting the boys and the chooks, Simon cooked up a fry up. Its the first time in a very long time we've had an English breakfast.

    As it was such a beautiful day we decided to do a bit of exploring around the farm. Chris mentioned yesterday that we could borrow the Mule and if we headed out towards the dams we would get some great views out over the farm. We didn't find the dams (although we didn't really know what we were looking for) but we did drive / walk up a gurt big hill where we got some stunning views.

    We chilled for the rest of the afternoon before going to feed the boys again. Nugget wouldn't really drink anything but that may just have been because he drank so much for breakfast. The vet is coming out tomorrow so she is going to take a look at him.
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    Jackie Blake

    Yum 😋 x

    11/9/17Reply
     

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