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’


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!


Househunting, sightseeing and extreme weather

19 09 2008

Today was a busy day. We began with trying to sort out our accomodation situation, as it directly affects our chances of employment. The neighbourhood we live in now, a place called Praharn seems to have lots of different jobs available, from shop work, cleaning work, catering/food etc, all in a vibrant high street scenario. Minimum wages are also good, 15 AUSD per hour which seems pretty decent.

Hostel living is not all its cracked up to be, our fellow residents are boring, and dont seem to be very outgoing, so not much keepking us here. We have been looking into short-term rents, particularly furnished 1 bedroom apartments. As the public transport system is quite good, we have a good scope of locations to look in. There is however a big demand for housing as there are quite a few universities in the locality. Rent prices range wildy, starting from 110 AUSD to 700 AUSD a week, with our price range being around 220 AUSD  week, roughly 55 quid a week, so same prices as newcastle. We found a few leads, sent a few emails and phoned a few places. Waiting to hear back now.

We ventured into the CBD today, walked around federation square, watched a rubbish clown climb 6 buckets and juggle machetes, then walked around to the Eureka tower, the tallest building in the southern hemisphere. The 88th floor offered us some fantastic views of Melbourne and Phillip Bay. Pics to follow soon.

On the way home, we were treated to thunder and lightning, torrential rain and hailstones, and blazing sunshine, all in the space of about 15 minutes….. I guess yesterday’s cliche proved right!