Home On The Farm

Trip Start May 09, 2013
Trip End Jul 01, 2013

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Where I stayed
Kochi Farm
What I did
Youngaburra Heritage Town

Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Monday, June 3, 2013

  The washing is done, the sun is shinning and it looks like we've landed in God's country.  Hard to imagine that 400 k's away has been declared a drought stricken area.  That is the diversity of Australia.
 The Kochi farm is owned and run by two brothers Jim & Eddie they are the 3rd generation to farm this land.  They have 9,000 trees on this site and 1500 on another site.  In the avo harvesting calendar the farms in this neck of the woods are the first to send their produce to market, so there's a good chance that you'll be buying one of their avo's this time of the year.We've seen the little cottage Bazza & Mrs Sellers rented when Bazza taught school in Herberton.  Renting it at the moment is a Frenchman called Louis.  Fred was very excited this morning and came rushing back to tell me that I had to come and see something very special and bring the camera.  I had no idea what exciting thing I was about to capture on film.  In the world of horticulture I suppose it's a dizzy moment, and for Fred it was dead exciting.  Louis had grafted 14 varieties of citrus on to a host grapefruit tree.  Truly I nearly wet myself.  Actually no I didn't, but that's not to say that I thought it wasn't very clever to be able to go into the garden and pick a tangelo, a grapefruit, a lemon, a lime, an orange so on and so forth off the same tree.  I said well done Louis, took a photo, and excused myself.
 We had a lovely cycle around the farm,  and also enjoyed watching a few planes land at the light airstrip that borders the Kochi farm.  After lunch Bazza took us to Tinaroo Dam.  It seems that no matter where you go here everything is picture postcard perfect.
 Preparing dinner tonight in the fruit pickers smoko room was a photo opportunity that could not be missed, Outback was designated the job of preparing a salad.  Normally he eats food, he doesn't prepare it, and the reason he had been given that job was because Fred was sharing some of his cooking secrets with Mrs Sellers.  She was working in unison with Fred making his very special sauteed scalloped potatoes.  Well done Mrs Sellers, despite being a little distracted from time to time, you had a good result.
 3rd June:  Fred is having the time of his life here on the farm, before I had hardly stirred this morning he'd been out foraging (scrumping) and had come home with a handful of peanuts some oranges and lemons.  He said he had found the peanuts in the field across the road just laying on top of the soil, as though they'd been abandoned.  Well they weren't just left there as it turned out, firstly a plough comes along digs them up and leaves them on top of the soil to dry, then later they are collected by another piece of machinery that shakes them out and throws them into the back of a big truck.  
  After breakfast Bazza & Mrs Sellers took us on another tour today, first we visited a curtain fig, amazing, somewhere between 600 - 800 years old, then we went to Yungaburra, a heritage town, also one of the few places to see a platypus in the wild.  No platypus sighting I'm afraid, same old story as the porcupine and fat hen, but a very pretty town all the same.  Fred did a little more foraging, can't help himself.   We also went to Barrine lake and had coffee and scones courteous of Mrs Sellers, saw the biggest Kauri pines ever, 6 meters in girth, that's something you don't see every day.  We finished off with a quick visit to Eacham Lake.  Both Barrine & Eacham Lakes are crater lakes, they are a reminder that the Tablelands was a once a very volcanic area.  It's been another beautiful sunny day and at the risk of repeating myself, the scenery is quite stunning.   

  4th June:  The weather has really gone and spoilt itself, it's misty, there's sleety type rain falling and it feels very cold, almost like being back in England.Bazza & Mrs Sellers are expecting some friends from their home town Stradbroke Island to call in for an overnight stay.  Bill, Barbara & their daughter Kerrie are travelling in their caravan en-route  to the Cape.Bazza & Fred braved the weather conditions and went out for a 15k bike ride, meanwhile me and Mrs Sellers kept warm cooking up a storm for our dinner guests tonight.A pretty laid back day really. 
  5th June:  What did we do to deserve this, it's another cold miserable rainy day.  Every now and then a patch of blue sky appears and it stops raining, but not for long.  We finally make the decision to go for a drive after lunch.  We headed over to Herberton and stopped off at the Historical Village display.  It looks amazing, definitely not something you could see in a couple of hours.  Apparently a bloke called Harry who was a school janitor had been collecting bits and pieces of heritage stuff for years, then he went a bit further and started collecting the old houses and shops.  He started it all on his own using his own money, more of a hobby then anything else.  Fortunately what Humble Harry began, is now a heritage listed site.   A private investor has injected a lot of cash into developing the project into a mini township, and the end result looks pretty fantastic.Showers continued to spoil our sightseeing, but we did manage a quick look at a very big hole in the ground caused by a gas explosion millions of years ago  This was one of those creepy holes, the water was so dark it was black and not a ripple on the surface.  On the same walk we visited Dinner Falls, which I should imagine is a nice spot for a paddle in the summer, but not today.     
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Sandi on

Brings back memories I did the tablelands back in 1977 in my kombi at the time reading Lord of thr rings. Amazing what I thought was hiding amongst the roots of the curtain figs in those days.

curryinahurry on

Sandi did you have company in your kombi other than the imagined ones?

Sandi on

No I was doing it on my own, an independant lady!

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