Saturday, December 31, 2011

The last day of 2011...

 So this is the last day of 2011.
 2012 is nearly here isn't it? I thought about reflecting on the past year, instead I am going to tell you about our new project.

Above you can see a lovely paddock of tomatoes growing, and below more being planted. With all these tomatoes that Damien and Chloe are growing we need pickers....
 Introducing the Backpackers..

Well some of them any way...You have already met David and Anise, but let me explain why I have backpackers.
 For a long time I have wanted to join up with Helpx. This is a site that people holidaying can come and stay at your house. They will work 4-5 hrs per day in exchange for accommodation and food, also Internet and I do supply a vehicle so they can get to Toowoomba.
(above Oceane French)
 I also have 2 Japanese staying with me for 3 months.
Below is Koo doing cross eyes at me as he thinks that is funny.

Below is Ayia and Cassie. Koo and Ayia are not back packers, they are through Shake Hands with Oz..This is a exchange where they come to live with you for 3mths to learn to speak English. With this they also work 4 hours a day in exchange for room and board. But it is more than that, they become a part of your family and through this they learn our way of life and to speak English.. Koo is a Architect and Ayia is a English Teacher so she speaks English all ready.
I hope you are following all this?????

So the Table below is all the back packers staying here at the moment.  2 live in The Old Dairy and the other 2 French girls live at Chloe's and Damien's to help with the tomatoes.

The Old Dairy is now no longer my craft room but a back packers resort...hahahaha. How things change in life. We are enjoying them though and my gardens are looking great..Come the new year the farm is going to start to get the horrible lantana cut out and tidied up.

I may not be able to travel the world so we are bring the world to us.

What are your plans for 2012?????

Why not share them so we can all follow along on your journey...

May the New year bring you happiness and joy.



  1. Mandy this is such a brilliant idea. You get your gardens all done and everything necessary taken care of and the backpackers get the wonderful experience of spending time with a wonderful family. The things that you will learn and they will learn from you will be priceless.
    Much love and hugs for 2012, Lets hope its a good one.

  2. Life sure is never boring or dull at your place but I can imagine that it must be fun!
    Best wishes for a happy and bright New Year 2012!

    Cheers - Joolz

  3. I think this is a wonderful opportunity for you! It also looks like fun!

  4. How fantastic is that...we are learning things everyday from blogland...

  5. Having people from all over the world must be very interesting for you and your family. Happy 2012!

  6. Great idea and it gives travellers from all over the world chance to work and see Aus at the same time. Wish I had had the courage to do something like that when I was younger.My eldest sons girlfriend backpacked in Australia though, she had a whale of a time!
    Happy new year!

  7. if we had a property like yours i would love to have all those different people come to stay but i have to ask how can you afford to feed them all