We are farmers :)
Trip Start Jan 19, 2011
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Where I stayed
Laksar's farm in Maungakaramea
The drive was beautiful... lots of green rolling hills and mountains..
We had contacted our first wwoofing farm the day earlier and he said to come whenever, so we decided to go the next day. 5 minutes outside of the city, we were happy we had gone. Laksar's farm is about 2 hours north of Auckland in an area called Maungakaramea. (try and say that 5 times fast) Colin had gotten shit directions from Laksar, so we had to stop and get a New Zealand road atlas,... but it will definitely come in handy in the next few months. (we joked about Colin working it in as a selling pitch with the car... "and for the bargain price of $2000 you get a free road atlas and size 13 mud boots"... you know you're interested :) ) Anyway, we made it... kindof,...we pulled into the wrong drive and met Laksar's neighbor Jenny first. Everyone is so nice here. We totally pulled up to her house, got out, thinking it was Laksar's place and started taking a look around. She met us with a warm smile and heirloom gardening advice (vs. the shotgot that might have met us in some rural areas of the states)... she was a sweet woman. If we had wanted, she probably would have let us stay there instead and kindly "stolen" us from Laksar. But we decided to check out Laksar's place.
Laksar is a wonderful man with a big heart and his place is very interesting. He lives on land that his father bought years ago and put up "temperary" shelters/ housing... and has since been converting to more permanent living space
It's been so fun meeting random people from all cultures along the way. One of my favorite aspects of travel for sure. We are also here with two other wwoofers... a sweet young couple from Austria, Christen and Zigi. Therefore, we are learning a little German in our free time...Guten tag! Danke schon,... bitte schon...I have German roots for God's sake,... I should atleast know how to say "hello" in German.
Laksar is a drummer and even makes drums... he has offered to let Colin play around with making a drum... he's in heaven. We brought out the drums last night and played a little after dinner around the fire pit
I've kindof taken on the role of tending the garden and making food( which i love). It's nice to have access to a kitchen again (eventhough it only has 1 1/2 burners and a toaster oven that don't work at the same time... definitely makes cooking inventive) Not to mention eating out all the time is expensive. Anyway,... we have settled into our roles here pretty quickly and we are happy. The neighbors have lots of sheep too. To get to our yurt and the garden, we have to jump a fence and walk through the pasture of sheep. I've managed to get pretty close to a few without them seeing me,... but they are pretty skiddish and I don't think they are as excited about the possibility of a hug from me as I am. It may happen... we'll see. :)
In the mean time... we are doing various jobs around the farm... weeding, building scaffolding for soffit mending, cutting down a tree, cooking, harvesting vegetables, moving wood, and making a marimba (our coolest job by far). We really like it here so far,... we may be here for another week or two... who knows? It's home for now. :)