Sorry for the wait in posts. Our days have been filled, plus getting our clocks on New Zealand time took it out of me. But here it is! After about 30+ hours of travel, we made it to New Zealand! Our journey was long, but was surprisingly celebrity filled (Patrick Dempsey aka Dr. McDreamy was at LAX, and Dan Aykroyd was on our flight from Melbourne to Auckland), which made for an exciting trip!
For our first three weeks Bryan and I are WWOOFing (Willing Workers on Organic Farms) on a farm outside of New Zealand. WWOOFing if you do now know what it is, basically travelers or people volunteer on a farm for about 4-6 hours a day in return for room and board. The type of farm we are on is called a lifestyle block, where the owners are trying to mainly subside on what they can grow or care for on their property. This farm is 10 acres and there are two big vegetable gardens, 2 acres of olive trees, chickens (or chooks as Kiwis call them), and more orchards on the way. The owners have had this farm for about a year and half, so it is still a work in progress.
Our day begins with around 7:30 each morning with a couple of espresso (I miss our french press coffee) and a muffin, then we weed for about 30 minutes. After that we do a verity of tasks pretty much anything that needs to be done. We have brushed grass around the garden, harvested lavender, moved cows, and so much more, that I can’t think of. After about 2 hours of work we head inside for morning tea. We all sit (Bryan, Myself and our hosts) around the table chatting and enjoying our tea and biscuits. Then head back out to finish our mornings work, until lunch. After lunch we take a siesta, and may or may not, head back out for more work, depending on the day.
It is rewarding work! In my dream life, Bryan would work full-time at some National Park to fund me working on our own lifestyle block…one day!
More about our first impressions of New Zealand tomorrow!