Badgingarra

27 04 2013
Arriving on 23rd April in the late afternoon

Arriving on 23rd April in the late afternoon

Tomorrow we leave yet another wonderful farm stay.  This time we are in Badgingarra Western Australia, about 3 hours North of Perth.  We found this place through our WWOOF membership.  WWOOF is willing workers on organic farms, although many farms are not organic.  This farm is a fish farm of silver perch.  We rang Albert a week or so ago as firstly his ad read families were welcome and secondly because fish farming was so different and we knew nothing about it!  Albert hasn’t taken any WWOOF’ers for over two years but prior to that he’s had 100’s.  We were so grateful he was willing to take us on, all six of us and he obviously needed the assistance of a mechanic!

Once arriving we were greeted by two lovely, hospitable people – Albert and Lynda.  They have such a beautiful house and property and have a lovely approach with the children.  The children have had an absolute ball here, starting with the first morning – Albert taking them for rides on the quad bike.  Their beaming faces said it all!  We got to feed fish in the dams, net a dam and collect yabbies to cook (plus get covered in mud!), pick fruit from the orchard, collect fresh fish for dinner, play with the biggest collection of lego ever seen, learn to drive a quad bike (even I gave it a go!) and a visit to the Pinnacles.   Stephen got to do all those things too, plus fix a few cars, whipper snipper etc.

Travel is wonderful, landscapes breathtaking but the working farm stays are so rewarding.  We thoroughly enjoy connecting with people, lending a hand on their property and LEARNING about their farms, lives and towns.  To top it off it saves us loads of money in camp fees and reduces our weekly food bill immensely.  The farm gets helps with a few odd jobs and most of all some mechanical work achieved.  It’s hard to put to words just how much fun we have and how wonderful these places are …. I hope the photos tell the story.

Heading off to the dams to feed the fish

Heading off to the dams to feed the fish

Sun setting on our first night over the dams

Sun setting on our first night over the dams

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Feeding the silver perch

Feeding the silver perch

Dam full of silver perch

Dam full of silver perch

Frogs everywhere!

Frogs everywhere!

Morning one - off for a ride

Morning one – off for a ride

Strawberry Guava in the orchard

Strawberry Guava in the orchard

Pomegranates in the orchard!

Pomegranates in the orchard!

Filleting our fish for dinner

Filleting our fish for dinner

Choosing a fish for dinner

Choosing a fish for dinner

Happy Dan

Happy Dan

Happy Matt

Happy Matt

Oh and Stephen did work here :-)

Oh and Stephen did work here 🙂

Indy

Indy

Rides back to the house

Rides back to the house

The farm house

The farm house

Birthday cake for Natasha!

Birthday cake for Natasha!

Netting a dam.  Kids had nets to pull the fish out with.

Netting a dam. Kids had nets to pull the fish out with.

The Pinnacles

The Pinnacles

Sun setting across the Pinnacles

Sun setting across the Pinnacles

Boo!

Boo!

Beautiful lines of colour across the paddocks with kangaroos in the grass

Beautiful lines of colour across the paddocks with kangaroos in the grass

Guava!  Never had it before ... but other than the seeds its YUM

Guava! Never had it before … but other than the seeds its YUM

The orchard at sunset

The orchard at sunset

 

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2 responses

28 04 2013
Lorna

Once again, a huge WOW factor from your latest report. You are seeing places I probably never will, so the pics are a wonderful insight into this magnificent country with it’s ever-changing landscape.
Lovely to see Les & Barb at church today.
Look forward to more from the McPherson travel site!
Blessings to all
L xxx

30 04 2013
ken & kerrie moody

Nice to see Mum & Dad back We are all going down to Crosslands for a picnic lunch today.You have probably noticed we have joined your blog,looks like you are all having a great time.
Love Ken

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