An Organic Life Style, Wwoofing in Kangaroo Valley.
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Thursday morning I got up with a big smile on my face, I was leaving
Anyway, the sun was out and I had a two and a half hour drive ahead, so I had to get going.
It was kind of late when I reached the turning into a road not marked on my sat-nav. I had a hand drawn map to follow but the light was starting to get dark and it was difficult to see points of reference. I was looking for a barn when all of a sudden I saw an animal in the middle of the road, looked like a koala. I stood on the breaks and stopped a few feet away, the beast didn’t budge an inch… what on earth is this dumb animal? It was a wombat, and I’m so glad I didn’t hit it because apparently it’s just like hitting a rock (or a sheep if you live in
At the farm, I was greeted by two women and a big maremma dog. The girls were Rose Marie (RM) an American/French wwoofer, and Sue a friend of the family and former wwoofer, the dog is called Binka. I have read somewhere that women talk on average 10000 words per day, well these two must have saved their share for me because as soon as they sat me down with a cup of tea, they filled me up with every single detail of their lives! Glad I’m a good listener! Later David and Rose turned up, the owners of the house, and after introductions we all sat down for a lovely dinner.
Dave and Rose are really clued-up people, they both have a PhD in English literature and every dinner discussion was greatly fascinating. Amongst various interests, David is an authority on permaculture (permanent agriculture), he’s been involved in the subject for over twenty years and his vegetable garden is probably the best I will ever see in my travels. They grow everything in season, and all meals we had were almost entirely picked from the garden. Even the meat came from pigs and a cow they raised on the farm and recently slaughtered. Anything else which Rose had to buy from the market was strictly organic. I must say, her cooking was just amazing; I happily had second and third helpings! And it was all so healthy.
I stayed with them ten days and had a really good time. My only complaint is that the weather wasn’t too good, as we had a fair few rainy days and the temperature at night was very cold. Also, because they didn’t normally take two wwoofer at the same time and RM had the room in the house, I ended with the barn, and to keep warm I was sleeping in my sleeping bag under three duvets, a blanket and a sheet! I could hardly move.