Goodbye Gatton!

13 05 2009

Gatton in the Twilight, originally uploaded by a3396717.

I took this the afternoon prior to us leaving Gatton. I really enjoyed my time in Gatton doing farmwork. At first is was hard, but after a while it was OK. Our coworkers were friendly and genuine. It’s something I believe very few people of my generation will ever get to experience.

The world has changed so much in the past 50 years, and living a simple life, working outdoors in the fresh air and sunshine looking after the land, and reaping what you sow (pardon the cliche!) is a very rewarding experience. Best of all, your work stays at work, and your time at home is your own. No pressure from deadlines or stresses about climbing the ladder. I guess its certainly a good way to lead your life. However, our feet were getting itchy, and we knew it was time for a change.





Welcome to my new office….

21 04 2009

Missouri Tractor – HDR, originally uploaded by crsaze.

After not finding much work in Brisbane, we took a risk and headed to a small country town called Gatton, 90 kms west of the city. We managed to find work and accomodation within the space of 24 hours which was very fortunate. We are now working for a company called Winpack, which runs a farm and vegetable packing & distribution business, and we are employed as casual labourers doing all kinds of odd jobs.

For the past few days we have been mainly planting Broccoli and Lettuce. Its not hard work, but the days are long (usually 10 to 12 hours) and the work is repetitive. However, we do get to spend all day outside in the fresh air and sunshine (and occasional shower!) and I have been feeling my body begin to thank me for subjecting it to some hard work for once! I feel very fit, and am having no trouble getting up at 5am every morning which is very odd indeed.

I shall try and get some pictures of the farm if I get a chance, as there is hardly a moment when we’re not put to good use!

Also some pecularities about the local dialect in and around Gatton:

Broccoli is pronounced ‘Brock-ol-aye’

and

Every statement is followed by an ‘ey’ (which sounds like eeyy) at the end, much like the following;

“These plants are pretty small eh”

Ps Will look into getting my twitter feed fixed, as i’m not entirely sure what is wrong with it. Fixed!

TTFN