Trip Start Dec 03, 2008
Trip End Oct 14, 2009

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Friday, May 15, 2009

On Friday we went left Wellington and headed for the The Martin farm in Levin - about 2 hours north of Wellington.  Pip and John are so nice and welcoming.  We are the only Wwoofer's they have at the moment, so we have our own room and bathroom.  When we arrived there was one guy who was leaving that day and guess what?  He is from IOWA - what are the chances? 

Again, Wwoof stands for Willing Workers on Organic Farms.  The deal is that we work 4 or more hours per day and we get free room and board.  We have really found out how hard farm work is.  We don't have to do much with the cows, they are only milking 4 of them right now while the others get a break.  But every morning John goes out and gets fresh milk and cream and then makes homemade butter.  
Pip is a fascinating woman.  She is a holistic healer and believes 100% in healthy nutrition and how it can heal the body.  She has given us lots of information about things that we never would have known if we hadn't come to stay here  We have learned SO much.  What she says really makes sense.  She's not trying to sell us anything and isn't strict about anything, we are free to do whatever we like.  So needless to say, we have been eating very healthy here.  Lots and lots of soups and stews.  They aren't eating any grains right now, so it was hard to get used to.  But we get our fair share of chips and cookies that we hid in our room, not that she would care.
Brian and I have really been busy doing all sorts of things on the farm.  We have done everything from picking up horse poo in the field to playing Ghost in the Graveyard with 150 cows that got lose at 11pm 2 nights ago.  I was inside and was thinking to myself how loud the cows sounded.  I kept hearing them get closer and closer and then Pip's son came in (he lives next door) to get all of us because a gate had been left open and 150 of the cows were now all over the farm, in the veggie garden, out on the street and in the neighbors yards.  We got on our gumboots and flashlights and chased cows around for about an hour.  Brian only had sandals on so he didn't leave the yard but made sure no cows went inside the house.  Thats a man's job.
Not only do they have cows, but also 2 horses, goats, chickens, sheep, 3 little black pigs, and about 10 dogs.  Today we had to pick up horse poo from the field and put it in the garden.  No big deal but we didn't realize how friendly the horses are.  As soon as they saw us they came over and refused to be less then 3 feet away from us at all times.  No joking.  It's really hard to pick up their poo when they are in our faces.  What goof balls.  The chickens are fun too.  They have them just for fresh, organic eggs.  We have been picking up their eggs, and when they see us, they run like crazy towards us.  They eat lots of the food scraps and even drink milk too.  Weird.
The other day, we were walking around some of the sheds and I felt like something was watching me.  I looked in the shed we were walking by and saw it - one of the goats was staring at me...while sitting in the drivers seat of an old car!  I couldn't believe it.  The other one was also in the shed sitting in a big plastic garbage can.  They are so weird.  Later Pip said she can't find anyone to kill and skin them, she's had it with the sheep - they are a nuisance. 
There's all the farm animals...and then there is Pinto, the little house dog (only 6 months) that completely drives us crazy, and more importantly, named after a type of bean.  He is so funny - we have nicknamed him Frederico after one of the guys we worked with at Talley's.  He is consistently going bonkers.  He always tries to bite your hands and if you leave your shoe on the floor it will be gone in minutes.  One night I thought something was wrong with him, I thought he had a stomach ache or something.  I was able to pet him and hold him without getting my hands all scratched up.  I mentioned it to Pip and she said she gave him some buttermilk and that's why he was so calm...because he was full.  Pip feeds him all sorts of meat and dog food, but he won't eat anything twice - buttermilk was new.  There is also a little weiner dog on the farm that always wears a purple hooded sweatshirt.  I didn't know they made hooded sweatshirts for dogs.
On Monday, Pip invited me to join her for her Scottish Country Dance class.  How could I pass that up?  So we went and I was, by far, the youngest person there.  I had so much fun though.  Everyone was so nice and asking me to dance.  I felt kind of funny because you have to do this hop/skip thing that I just couldn't get down so I just bounced around awkwardly. 
The next night John and Pip invited us to go to a movie with them.  Brian didn't want to go because it was a "chick flick".  We saw Last Chance Harvey.  Not too bad.  It's wonderful that they invite us not only into their home, but to do family things with them as well.  We are really lucky to get to stay with them and learn all that we are.  Especially about organics.  I know I will leave having a more positive lookout on at least a few things. 
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