Professional Pickers ūüíĀūüŹĹ

The five of us headed back down to the patch to start our second batch of picking.  We did second picks on the peas and beans, so there wasn’t as much to get but a lot of the veg had plumped up and they were easier to see.  It was a miracle! We weren’t in…

Wildlife on the Farm

Aside from the dogs and cat we’ve met, there’s been a few unexpected appearances on the farm. First up are the bloody awful Huntsman spiders. They’re not dangerous but they’re huge and love to pop up to scare the living day lights out of you. Our first encounter was when we were cleaning the packing…

Lunch at Mothar Mountain 

Ellie took myself, Jess and Luke off the farm for a day. We went to her house 20 minutes away in a place called Mothar Mountain.  Her house was awesome, it was open plan in the middle of the forest. Proper Aussie. She also had a Great Dane rescue called Zara. Here’s Jess with the…

Turning a Quarter of a Century 

It’s official, I’m now an adult. On the 23rd of May I turned 25 and realised I’m no longer in my ‘early twenties’. But, who cares?! I have no plans of getting preggers, investing in a house or getting hitched. I’m more than happy to be spending my birthday on a farm in Australia.  The…

And so the Picking Begins…

We started the week with two more backpackers arriving; another couple from England called Lucy and Connor. The five of us settled in and bonded as a group straight away, it was awesome.  The next day we were up early ready to do our first picking session. We headed down to the paddock and began…

The RSPCA are Watching…

The owners of the farm had gone away to Melbourne for a few days so myself, Ellie and the two other backpackers (Jess and Luke) were tending to the farm.  There wasn’t much to do so life was pretty chilled.  On our lunch break I picked Ellie’s brains about the livestock farms around Australia.  I…

Organic vs Mass Produce

Spending time with the farmers and Ellie (the cool Aussie lady I mentioned earlier) I’ve been able to learn about the difference between a mass produce farm and an organic one, the latter of which I’m working on. Here’s a few points: Pesticides  Mass Produce – have very high chemical poisons to kill off any…

Getting used to the Farm Life

I had been on the farm for a week now and I couldn’t believe how at home I felt. The bugs, the dirt and the unpredictable weather did not annoy me at all. Who am I??  I eventually moved into my wee caravan and spent the night making it all cosy: Even that shocked me,…

A Trip to Tin Can Bay

As I was the first backpacker to arrive, there wasn’t much work for me to do so instead I helped around the house and farm.  The farmers took me down to their other house in Tin Can Bay one night, where we met their friends and had a curry. It was very different compared to…

First Day on the Farm

As I awoke, I tried to make sense of my surroundings and was greeted by the sound of birds and tractors. I immediately remembered that I was on a farm!  I was given a tour by a local Aussie woman who worked on the farm and it was great! We hopped in an old jeep…

Farmer Lucy Has Arrived!

After a long 20 hour bus journey, I had finally arrived in Gympie!  It’s a cute wee old mining town filled with pubs for the locals and the ever so handy Coles.  The female owner of the farm greeted me at the bus stop and we went to join her husband in a pizza place….

My last day in Sydney 

The final day had come before I left for farm work. I met my wee Tash for our final brunch, this time we went to Ruby’s Diner in Waverley.  Tash had a bun less beef burger with pickles and salad. She enjoyed it but it wasn’t very filling. I had poached eggs on sourdough with…