Kimba

6 04 2013

Two weeks ago we drove down the long driveway of a property we phoned the week before via http://www.helpx.org.  We were excited, nervous and unsure of what was to come.  It was our first help exchange farm for the trip.  Help exchange is where you stay on someones property, help out where needed and in return the hosts provide accommodation and food.  Of course every place differs and we aren’t the norm travelling with four children so the arrangements are flexible.

We were firstly greeted by an adorable dog and then the Inglis family.  Quickly we felt welcomed and at ease that all was going to be ok.  We had a small house to utilise, space to put up our trailer, power etc etc.  Stephen was quickly put to work the following morning vacuuming grain for a delivery and then helping out in the shearing shed.  I helped with the main meal most nights and assisted with preparing lunches for the shearers.  Less than a week was our first arrangement, that changed and we then accompanied the Inglis’ to their family beach shack for Easter at Arno Bay and then another week of mechanical work for Stephen :-).  Someone told us once – “your problem won’t be finding work, your problem will be leaving a town”.  That is so true.  It is hard to move on when you love where you are staying and also know people could do with the extra hand.

What an AMAZING two weeks.  We are so glad we stayed on – the experiences have been MANY, good times LOADS and new friendships to cherish. This would have to be a highlight for all of us so far in our travelling adventures.  I could say so much but will let the pictures tell some of the stories.  I recommend this type of experience for travellers.  We all drive past these large properties, see their livestock and crops but never really know how it all operates.  We’ve had a glimpse and we know they work very hard, doing it tough at times but also the family life, the good years, a love for the land and growing an ongoing family business for the next generation keeps them going.  I wish the Inglis family all the very best and thank them for their generosity, hospitality and friendship that they bestowed upon us all.  I’m sure we’ll keep in touch.

Looking towards the shearing shed on our first night on the farm

Looking towards the shearing shed on our first night on the farm

ready for shearing

ready for shearing

Stephen having a go at being a shed hand

Stephen having a go at being a shed hand

The shearers

The shearers

Out dropping grain for the sheep to eat

Out dropping grain for the sheep to eat

Out helping the sheep find the grain we dropped

Out helping the sheep find the grain we dropped

Lagoon out in a paddock

Lagoon out in a paddock

Having a kayak at Arno Bay

Having a kayak at Arno Bay

Sunrise Easter Service - He is Risen

Sunrise Easter Service – He is Risen

Awesome park at Arno Bay

Awesome park at Arno Bay

The Inglis family!  Katherine was home from Uni for Easter and it was David's birthday.

The Inglis family! Katherine was home from Uni for Easter and it was David’s birthday.

What Stephen spent the next week servicing and doing many many bearings on.

What Stephen spent the next week servicing and doing many many bearings on.

The 100's of ducks out at the lagoon

The 100’s of ducks out at the lagoon

Going for a walk

Going for a walk

One of the paddocks

One of the paddocks

Gorgeous Holly

Gorgeous Holly

Best friend Cocoa

Best friend Cocoa

Stephen's new work shed ...

Stephen’s new work shed …

Up for shearing

Up for shearing

Leaping sheep!

Leaping sheep!

Stomping down the fleece

Stomping down the fleece

Separating the "good" and "bad" parts of the fleece.

Separating the “good” and “bad” parts of the fleece.

Pulling out a lamb for the shearer.

Pulling out a lamb for the shearer.

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7 responses

6 04 2013
ystanton

What a wonderful experience for you all. This is why taking the kids out of school is not a problem when you’re travelling: you learn so much just through having new experiences.

19 04 2013
christinemcpherson

Some how your comment went to the spam folder! You’re so right Yvette. I worry we don’t hit the books as much as we should, but they are learning HEAPS that no book could ever teach!

6 04 2013
Lorna

WOW!!! What a fantastic post – one of the best so far. WOnderful photography (go Chris) and an unforgettable taste of true blue Aussie life on the land for you all – marvellous!
So good to keep up with you all.
……and AMEN! He is indeed risen!!
Love
Lorna xx

7 04 2013
Greg Miles

What a great experience for you all!

9 04 2013
nomewome

What a busy and exciting life you lead! Your an inspiring family! Love your post!

9 04 2013
Ana Rodriguez

Wow Christine, you’re right the photos say it all. What an amazing time you all had and what a learning experience! How do you look into these places , we would love to do the same. Ana

9 04 2013
christinemcpherson

It was awesome Ana. I do think you get such a different understanding of Australia doing it rather than just all the normal tourist things. Check out http://www.helpx.net We have just lined up another at Kalbarri WA so pretty pleased with that. Are you guys on the road now?

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