(Note: This will be a short post, as I’m updating from my phone. More photos and stories to follow.)
I arrived at my first WWOOF host farm, Villa Marti in Mt. George, on Thursday afternoon. Tucked up in the Manning Valley, roughly halfway between Sydney and Brisbane, my hosts Chris and Graham have spent the past five or so years establishing a 125-acre homestead with bees, fruits, veggies, a polydactyl handful of chooks (Australian for chicken), and plenty of pastureland and projects.
I’ll talk more about my accommodations (amazing!), the projects (intense but also incredibly satisfying), and the people (who I hope to be in thirty years), but for now I just want to comment on the only thing I’ve not really been able to take a picture of: the food.
Chris, a Brit who came to Australia on a 9-month working holiday thirty or so years ago, has been feeding me far too well, far too often. She’s an amazing cook, and uses food from the farm or local farmers’ markets to make nearly every delicious thing.
The work schedule here is starts with breakfast at 730, then work from 8-10, at which point we have coffee and nibbles, then work until lunch about 1230, and then a bit more work till we break for the day, usually by three, though I’ve been insisting we press on. They’re pretty regular with a 5-hour workday, but I’m still so grateful not to be in a cubicle for 9-10 hours at a stretch that I rejoice in a solid six hours. A cup of tea and a slice of cake somewhere between 3 and 4, and then our evening meal at 6.
I’m eating what feels like five meals a day, and as someone hard-pressed to remember to feed myself once a day, I feel positively gluttonous. But I’m also doing a lot of heavy labor, so now my caloric intake is actually relevant to the work of my body.
This is precisely what I wanted out of this excursion.
Anyway, this was meant to be a short post, where I only really wanted to talk about yesterday evening:
I heard the kookaburra laugh, and then I ate kangaroo lasagna. Seriously. This place: amazing.
More words and pictures to follow soon.