Flying WWOOFers

Trip Start Mar 01, 2009
Trip End Dec 21, 2009

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Where I stayed
Bell's House

Flag of New Zealand  , North Island,
Monday, August 17, 2009

So ... where was I? New Zealand? Yes I believe I was last in New Zealand when I became distracted and well my blog was no longer blogged. I am currently many mikes from there but the memories are still fresh in my mind and ready to jump from there to my page. Well screen.

Myself and Gisele hit it big time with our second WWOOF farm. I don't know if I should start with the swimming pool, tennis courts, amazing horses, our own little studio apartment or the private plane but what really made our stay memorable were the people. Bel, Jaime and their daughter Amelia just made our stay unforgettable and our incentive to move dwindle day by day. After the slight disappointment of the last place we’d stayed due to lame horses and not the most desirable of living conditions it was too god to be true! Luckily for us though it was true! We got flown around the place, swam, improved our tennis 'skills,’ rode some lovely horses and really were made to feel like a part of the family.

Our main reason for staying there was because Bel was a commentator for horse of the year and so on the first Friday that we were there (yes we were there for more than one!) we set off to the Horse of the Year show for a day of sunshine, stunning horses and world class competition.  A hard days work there!  A week of so passed and our idea of never staying anywhere longer than a week seemed like a distant memory! However work was running out and so it was eventually necessary to make a move. So we did. Well work wise. We stayed living at Bell’s but started to work for Claire and Simon Wilson who run a professional show jumping yard in NZ and ride on the NZ world cup team. Not a bad little job for a couple of wwoofing backpackers. We continued living in the comfort of ‘home’ as we’d come to know it and continued to work every day in the unreversable Mazda! It would have been the cool truck but we made the mistake of putting petrol in it when it we actually a diesel engine so we had to take over an automatic car which worked fine with the exception of not being able to reverse! An interesting situation to find yourself in especially when I found myself trying to park in town. The result was me driving around a car park looking like a special case for a car parking space when there were clearly plenty of spaces to choose from. I was in fact looking for a double space which would allow me to just drive straight out the other side when said shopping was completed but that was far too long to try and explain to everyone so it stayed unexplained. We decided it would be worse if Gisele had to push the car backwards out of a car parking space, well she did anyway so driving round and round it was!

I worked for Clair and Simon for just under 2 weeks and then we loaded up 9 horses, 1 kid, 1 nanny, 2 riders, myself and the other groom and set off up the island to a 3 day show jumping competition. The joys of sleeping in horse lorries and getting up at 6am to feed and muck out in the freezing cold all came flooding back to me as though it had been yesterday that I’d been doing it myself. It was great fun and I worked out a system which allowed me an extra few minutes in bed as I’d get dressed the night before and then all I’d have to do on the relentlessly frosty mornings was simply climb out of my sleeping bag and into a nice warm jacket, hat and boots! Taking me all of about 30 seconds to get myself ready for the day!

The few days passed quickly and before I knew it the competitions were finishing and I was gathering my things and getting ready for the drive back up to Auckland. I got a lift up with a friend of Claries and unfortunately it was one of those annoying New Zealand drives where all I wanted to do was sleep and yet when you’re in a country that beautiful you feel guilty for wanting to close your eyes and miss a second of it.

Back to Auckland for the 3rd time and out to the airport to find our accommodation for the night, have a shower to rid myself of that tell tale horsey smell that was lingering from my nights spent sleeping in a horse lorry and days spent dealing with them. Before heading off to the airport to be reunited with my long lost mother and Joe!
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pipparush on

its made me want WWOOFers again!
but not sure I'll give them my car to fill up with petrol ..... and blast it, but when they arrive the plane will probably be missing - but I'm sure they'll have just as good a time!

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