Blogs from Yamba, New South Wales, Australia, Oceania

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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Yamba March 28th 2014

Only two more weeks in Oz, time has gone so fast! I’m still enjoying my time here organized by my sponsors the Berrysmith Foundation and the Organic Matters Foundation and still aim to take as much of the whole experience as I can. The weather has changed quite a bit since the previous blog. This week we are very happy being able to harvest rainwater again. The sound of rain that woke me up the other day was so alien to me that I thought I was back in Samoa! While writing this blog the weather forecast on the TV tells me to expect around 100mm of rain this weekend. The 30.000 litre rainwater tank for domestic use is already overflowing (1). The vegies were doing ok with the garden hose watering system, although they appeared ... read more
2. salad bar harvested
3. star fruit
4.  Lettuce @ SFF Rangiriri farm NZ

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Yamba March 28th 2014

Nog maar twee weken in Australië, de tijd vliegt! Ik geniet nog elke dag van de mogelijkheid hier te kunnen zijn dankzij mijn sponsors de Berrysmith Foundation en de Organic Matters Foundationen probeer de resterende tijd waardevol te laten zijn. Het weer heeft een ware omslag gemaakt sinds mijn vorige verslag. We zijn erg blij sinds deze week weer regenwater te kunnen opvangen. Het geluid van regen op het metalen golfplaten dak dat me eerder deze week wekte klonk zo vreemd dat ik dacht terug in Samoa te zijn! En terwijl ik dit verslag schrijf vertelt het weerbericht op tv me dat we dit weekend nog zo’n 100mm kunnen verwachten. De 30.000 liter regenwater tank voor huishoudelijk gebruik loopt al over.(1) De groentes in de tuin deden het prima met de watering ... read more
2. salade bar geoogst
3. ster fruit
4. sla @ SFF Rangiriri farm NZ

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Yamba March 6th 2014

So our next stop was Yamba! We headed off early morning again and got there for afternoon and arrived to sunshine yay!!!! We stayed in a cute resort with little lodges, we shared with Kerry and Dave and opposite our room was a huge hot tub, so yup as you can imagine brad was first in with me not far behind! We made a little, well maybe not so little friend too...a huge lizard!! I had to check with owner if it was harmful but apparently not and was part of the resort, they fed it and it was more scared if us than us of it....not so sure of that but we went with it! Kerry, Dave, Margaret and Keith went for a walk when we got there and me and brad chilled at the ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Yamba March 1st 2014

With February coming to an end, I realised that I’m already halfway through my time here at Solum farm. I’m also no longer the latest arrival at the farm; a couple of days after I came here a small mob of Dexter cows and some very cute little calves joined the crew (1) . My first week here involved helping putting the fencing up and clearing paddocks for the new arrivals. In my New Zealand WWOOF-ing days I have learned a fair bit about moving animals (often the hard way) so I’m glad that I’m not so useless /blond, but it will not likely become my favourite hobby, luckily this mob of animals are pretty easy to deal with. Soon after the cows had settled into their new home Mike organised for a bull to join ... read more
2. new garden bed
3. good looking plants
4. mingle @ Green Drinks Yamba

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Yamba March 1st 2014

Februari komt tot het einde, dit houdt in dat mijn tijd op Solum Farm in Australië alweer op de helft is. Ik ben ook niet langer de laatste aanwinst op de boerderij; een aantal dagen na mijn aankomst arriveerden een kleine kudde Dexter koeien en 3 schattige kleine kalfjes.(1) In mijn eerste week heb ik meegeholpen een de omheining op orde te brengen. In mijn NZ WOOF-ing dagen heb ik al het een en ander geleerd over het verplaatsen van dieren, dus ik ben niet helemaal groen/ blond meer, maar ik zie het niet echt mijn favoriete hobby worden. Deze kudde maakt de klus erg gemakkelijk. Zodra de koeien waren gesetteld, organiseerde Mike voor een stier om op “werkbezoek” te komen voor een aantal weken. Met de komst van de koeien op de farm, word het ... read more
2. new garden bed
3. good looking plants
4. mingle @ Green Drinks Yamba

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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Yamba February 6th 2014

Until last month in Samoa I used to wake up with the sounds of barking dogs somewhere in the neighbourhood and buses passing with loud thumping music on. During my 3 weeks stay in New Zealand’s Waikato farming country, the regular wake up sounds were ‘screaming’ peacocks from a next door property and trucks coming and going to the nearby milk factory. I arrived in Australia just over a week ago and am slowly getting used to being here and the sounds and smells of my new living area with the cicadas so loud it is almost like the sound of a constant train passing by and the kookaburras laughing sounds together with the eucalyptus smell, brings back memories from my last trip to this continent over a decade ago. For the coming 3 months I’m ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Yamba February 6th 2014

Tot aan vorige maand in Samoa werd ik regelmatig gewekt door blaffende honden ergens vanuit de buurt en passerende bussen met luid bonkende muziek. Gedurende mijn 3 weken in Nieuw Zeelandse platteland in de Waikato, de tijd-om-op-te-staan geluiden waren ‘schreeuwende’ pauwen bij de buren en melkvrachtwagens die af en aan reden van de nabijgelegen melkfabriek. Ik kwam iets meer dan een week geleden in Australië aan en raak langzaam aan gewend aan de geluiden hier in de ochtend met cicaden zo luid dat het lijkt alsof er constant een sneltrein voorbij zoeft en het kookaburras schaterlach geluid en de geur van eucalyptus brengt herinnering terug van toen ik op dit continent was meer dan 10 jaar geleden. De komende 3 maanden ben ik in een klein plaatsje Mororo in noord New South Wales, Australia. Op het ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Yamba July 18th 2012

Sunday 17th June 2012. Today we were off to Yamba which is a sea side town (about 150 km north of Coffs Harbor), the drive was easy but we were starting to notice the change in scenery and vegetation, especially so when we saw our first sugar cane plantation, we missed a turn off and made a wrong turn, I think Kevin (our GPS) had a big night the night before, well at least that’s my excuse and I’m sticking with it. It is a bit of a pain to try and turn around when your about 12 metres long, when we missed the turnoff I had drive down a side road and do three-point turn however it ended up being about a twenty point turn, with Mandy standing in the middle of the road guiding ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Yamba May 5th 2012

On our way to Yamba, only about an hour’s drive from Grafton, we stopped in at Maclean. This town has a strong Scottish heritage which is apparent from the moment you arrive. The power poles are painted with all the different Scottish tartans, there is a Cairn with plaques displaying clans’ mottos, the street names are written in English as well as Gaelic and there is a Highland Gathering each Easter! Neither of us had expected to find such a place in Australia and I felt strange ‘rediscovering’ my own Scottish roots.Sadly the Maclean Historical Society, housed in a quaint 1879 stone cottage, was closed while we were there but we admired the view from the lookout and drove around the town checking out the tartans on the power poles. This part of NSW is the ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Yamba January 1st 2012

The trip continues and we are enjoying every moment. The north coast has so many great places to stay and fantastic food. We just spent a few days near Yamba. We found a lovely freshwater wetland in a tidal lagoon near the beach. It’s called Wooleweyah Lagoon. It was a perfect spot for fishing and we feasted on frogs, molluscs and insects. We took a day trip to Yamba and had some beer battered grasshoppers at the Bird Club on the hill over looking the beach. We are flying again today. We were heading for Lismore but it is too far for a day’s travel so we will stop in the canefields tonight. I am quite relieved about that as we have eaten a lot of frogs on this trip and it will be nice to ... read more




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