Farm life – my first two weeks

I have just finished my first two weeks working on a farm in Dayboro. The farm is about an hour away from Brisbane and is a sanctuary for animals that have been rescued from the meat and dairy industry, the farm is also fully vegan so for me it’s heaven!

I was very overwhelmed when I first went to the farm, the days are long, 14 hours to be exact. We work from 5am – 7.30pm and the first couple of days I felt exhausted. The general day to day jobs that I have to do include feeding everyone, cleaning out their barns, making sure no one has wandered off from the farm, doing heat stress checks, administering any medication that anyone needs and putting them all to bed at the end of the day.

The farm is incredible, it’s set on a 55acre plot high up in the hills, it’s a beautiful place to live and the views are breathtaking.

My 5am view, not too shabby!


The farm is home to 15 cows, 7 pigs, 8 sheep, 13 goats, 18 hens, 4 roosters, 1 duck and a Guineafowl. All these animals have been rescued from terrible situations and now live the rest of their lives in safety on the farm. Considering these animals have had awful things done to them by humans they are so loving and I love being around them. It’s great to open your front door in the morning and be greeted by all the goats or by Portia the pig (who is an absolute sweetheart) 
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The view from my front door

The pigs that live on the farm are Heather, Ellen, Portia, Moby, Thomas, Howard and Kane. These guys are so sweet, they get so excited when they see you and do their little happy grunts, it’s usually because we have food! These guys never fail to make us laugh, they have such funny personalities and are so gentle.
img_1923img_1941img_1919img_1918The farm is also home to a herd of cows. The cows that live on the farm have some of the most heart breaking stories, especially the dairy cows who have been bred from their entire lives, having their babies taken from them at birth so we can have their milk. It’s awful to think what these animals have been through but once again they are so loving and gentle.

Sam, one of the cows, has been very sick recently. He has a tumour growing in his mouth which has spread to his bones. Sam’s mum, Precious also lives on the farm and gave birth to Sam when she was rescued but unfortunately the neglect she had already experienced meant that Sam was born with a low immune system which meant he couldn’t fight off the infection when he was young which lead to his tumour growing rapidly. Despite all that Sam is going through he is such an angel, he is huge but is so gentle around us, he is such a beautiful special boy.

Me and Sam


This is the wonderful Mary, she is 20 years old! In the meat and dairy industry cows wouldn’t live past 5 or 6 years old, we decide they are worthless to us after that age. Mary is so loving, she loves a fuss and gets spoilt rotten by everyone here. 

This is just a quick summary of my first few weeks here on the farm, I have another two weeks left here. It’s hard work, especially as Queensland is currently having a heatwave which means temperatures have been as high as 37 but being around these beautiful animals everyday makes it worth it.
For more information on the farm please visit www.farmanimalrescue.org.au 

The farm has lots of open days where you can meet the animals and hear their stories. It’s a great day out for all the family. I mean who wouldn’t want to cuddle sweet animals all day?!

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New Years Resolution: Be a better Cinephile

So…I love films. I love going to the cinema. Like seriously love it. In the UK I had an unlimited card which meant that I paid £15 a month and could go to the cinema as many times as I liked. There were times when I’d go three times a week and I saw amazing films in the four years that I had my card. I loved it!

Now I say I love films, and I really do BUT…I have a confession to make – I haven’t seen any classic’ films. Like any.

Die Hard? Nope. Dirty Dancing? Nope. Star Wars? Nope. Scar Face? Nope. Apocalypse Now?….you guessed it, big fat NOPE.

So my mission for 2017 is to watch 50 of the top ‘classic‘ films. There are multiple top 50’s, 100’s and 250’s out there but I settled on the IMDb top 50 which is….

 

1. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
2. The Godfather (1972)
3. The Godfather: Part II (1974)
4. The Dark Knight (2008)
5. 12 Angry Men (1957)
6. Schindler’s List (1993)
7. Pulp Fiction (1994)
8. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
9. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
10. Fight Club (1999)
11. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
12. Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
13. Forrest Gump (1994)
14. Inception (2010)
15. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
16. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
17. Goodfellas (1990)
18. The Matrix (1999)
19. Seven Samurai (1954)
20. Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)
21. City of God (2002)
22. Se7en (1995)
23. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
24. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
25. The Usual Suspects (1995)
26. Life Is Beautiful (1997)
27. La La Land (2016)
28. Léon (1994)
29. Spirited Away (2001)
30. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
31. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
32. American History X (1998)
33. Interstellar (2014)
34. Casablanca (1942)
35. Psycho (1960)
36. City Lights (1931)
37. The Green Mile (1999)
38. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
39. Untouchable (2011)
40. Modern Times (1936)
41. Rear Window (1954)
42. The Pianist (2002)
43. The Departed (2006)
44. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
45. Back to the Future (1985)
46. Whiplash (2014)
47. Gladiator (2000)
48. Memento (2000)
49. Apocalypse Now (1979)
50. The Prestige (2006)

I’ve seen a handful of these films, mainly the ones which were made within the last 10/15 years but I’m determined to see them all! (…well we’ll have a think about all those Lord of the Rings films) You never know I might even up it to the top 100!

What other ‘classics‘ shall I watch?! Please comment below if there are there any that aren’t on this list that you’d recommend?

Don’t know what to do with your day? …Climb a mountain!

A few weekends ago me and Jake were trying to think of what to do with our day, we wanted to do something that was cheap and outdoors because the weather was really nice.
‘We could climb Mount Ngungun?’ said Jake, after I’d stopped laughing at the name I decided it would be a great idea!
The mountain is about an hour from Jake’s house, it’s the sixth tallest of the Glass House Mountains and stands at 253 metres high.
glasshouses-1It only took us about 25 minutes to climb the mountain, it was a bit tough because it was so humid that day and it took us about half the time to come down because it’s so steep (we got overtaken on the way down by a man running down, huffing and puffing and looking very uncomfortable…have a day off mate!)

The climb was beautiful, lots of amazing views along the way.
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Within no time at all Jake told me we were near the top, you couldn’t get a bearing for how high we were because the walk in lined with trees so you can’t really see out. I could not believe it when we reached the top. You have to climb over a few big rocks before you get to the top and I know it sounds super cheesy but when I got to the top and looked out, the view took my breath away. I had never seen something like that before and it was beautiful! You just look out for as far as you can see, the sun was shining and it was amazing!
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Me and Jake sat down just looking out onto the amazing view, I didn’t want to rush being up there because the views was incredible (…and I wanted a rest and was putting off the walk back down!)
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It was such a great day and amazing to do something different. When I see and do things like this it reminds me that I’m living in an amazing country with such natural beauty and that there is so much more of it explore!

Here is a video that I made of the climb

Farm Animal Rescue – my home for the next month. 

One of my main aims while I’m in Australia is to volunteer at animal sanctuaries and tomorrow I’m off to my first one. It’s in Dayboro which is about an hour from Brisbane. 

When I was in Australia on a holiday in 2014 I visited the farm for the day and thought it was amazing. The farm is a vegan farm which takes in animals from the meat and dairy industry. Many of these animals have suffered years of abuse and so when they come to the farm they are very ill. The farm then nurses them back to health and the animals live the rest of their lives in peace and safety.

When I visited the farm in 2014 I was shown around but two volunteers, they were passing through Australia on their travels had been staying at the farm for a month. They both spoke so highly of their time there and it made me think that that’s something I’d like to do in the future. Fast forward to now and I leave tomorrow to stay there for a month! I remember thinking that I’d love to do something like this but I was worried about doing it on my own and meeting people etc but after living with 11 other strangers in Borneo and making some amazing friends I know it’ll be a great experience. Plus I get to live on a beautiful farm and look after animals everyday!

Here are some photos and a video from my recent visit there on one of their open days… they’ll be plenty of blog posts to come about my time on the farm!

Sorry everyone…I thought 2016 was great!

So we are just over one week into the New Year and everywhere I look I keep seeing everyone bad mouthing 2016, calling it ‘the worst year ever’ and counting down the days until it was over… I feel the opposite.

2016 was great.

One day, two years ago, I decided I was sick of being stuck in a rutt, sick of doing the same things with no progression and I decided to do something fun instead. That’s when I booked my trip to Borneo to look after baby orangutans but I had 19 months to wait until I left in September 2016.

September 2016 – it felt like a lifetime away. How was I possible going to wait that long? I’m bored NOW. I want to do something new and exciting right away!

Well I did wait and 2016 came around before I knew it. I remember the feeling in January 2016, knowing I’d be leaving that year.  I started to feel really nervous, I had paid my deposit and I had also decided I would stay in Australia for a year too. I had told work and my family and friends that I was leaving home to go on this amazing trip and suddenly I got really nervous and overwhelmed.

‘Maybe I won’t go’ ‘Maybe I’ll just save towards a house instead’ ‘Will I have enough money to get there?’ ‘What happens if I don’t like it?’ ‘This is a stupid idea’ ‘What am I doing?!’

September 2016 was scary and exciting all at the same time. It was a big deal to me, I had waited just under two years for it to arrive and when it finally did and the days rolled by, I soon realised that it would be one of the best months of my life. 

2016 was the year I did saw parts of the world I’d never thought I would, I lived in the jungle, saw animals in the wild that I’d only ever seen in the zoo, learnt about new cultures, tried new things, took risks, made amazing friends, met amazing people. I can honestly say, without a shadow of a doubt that my time in Borneo were the happiest months of my life. Living without everyday stress, money worries, car problems, work issues  etc makes you realise that some things in your life need to change and that being 100% happy feels great.

2016 is over and I’m sad to see it go BUT is was a bloody great year and the stressful countdown to it was worth it and if I can take one simple thing away from it it – find what scares you and do it anyway. Take risks, you never know where they’ll take you!

2016, thanks, you were great.
…2017 lets do this!

…A little update 

So it’s been a while since I’ve updated my blog and there isn’t any real reason for this, just the fact that I’ve been rubbish at documenting what I’ve been up to!

Here are a few little things that I’ve been doing –

Random nights playing Put Put (crazy golf to us non aussies!)

I also go into Brisbane City at least once a week, it’s nice to go to a city that has a calm vibe about it. There is a man-made beach that you can hang out at too, great places to eat, cinemas and lovely quiet spots along the river that you can sunbathe and draw in! -SPONTANEOUS TRIP TO SYDNEY-
I also went to Sydney for a week! I was staying with Charlotte, one of my oldest friends from home who is also travelling. It was a very spare of the moment thing but it was a great week! It was great to see a familiar face and lovely to catch up after 5 months apart.-BACK TO BRISBANE- and more Golf, this time on one of the hottest days!
-COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS- Watching the Christmas Show in the city one evening! It was so weird having the lead up to Christmas in a HOT country, it really didn’t feel like it was Christmas time at all! It was weird to be going into town to the watch the Christmas lights wearing a summer dress and flip flops!

-CHRISTMAS IN BYRON-
We headed down to Byron on Christmas Eve to spend a few days down there. It was so lovely to spend it with a big group of people, everyone was so friendly and it was great to all be together…even if it did rain all day! Here is a little video from Christmas Day (sometimes is doesn’t play on phones but will play on the computer!)

-NYE IN BRISBANE-
Before we knew it, it was New Years Eve – to be honest we didn’t have any real plans but we ended up in the city and had a great night out! It was great to see in the new year in a new country and spend it with new friends!
...and that’s kind of been my last few weeks. I can’t believe it’s gone by so quickly! It’s been great to see new sights, meet new people and see in the new year in a great country!