Week One in the M.I.A

So we are settling in nicely to life on the farm. It’s a whole different world away from what we are used to back in Toowoomba and also different from our travelling way of life. We have been here for one week now and it feels so much longer. I guess because we have been on the go for the last couple of months. As I write this blog update I am sitting on the verandah as they spray the grapes by tractor.

Our beautiful home for the next few months - Thanks to Shaun's Family for opening their doors to us
Grapes

Rewinding back to the start of the week Sunday greeted us with a big roast welcome lunch and Shaun’s family came around. We ate, drank and were merry. We unpacked boxes of clothes etc that had been sent down by truck from back home and then prepared for the week ahead.

Washing up after Sunday Roast - Thanks for the photo Kristy

Shaun started work first thing Monday. He is working for his Uncle Steven fixing up his trucks and tractors and preparing for Vintage which begins around mid January. On Monday I had my interview for the job at the winery and YAY I got it!!! I start at Orlando Wines sometime in December. Orlando Wines owns both Jacob’s Creek and Wyndham Estate so it is definitely a good company to work for.  I am looking forward to working there for a couple months it will be a great learning experience and inject some cash into the bank so we can keep on travelling. I might even get a trip to Adelaide for training. Maybe. Fingers Crossed.

Shaun hard at work on the truck

On the top of employment I also started work at the Italian Restaurant; La Scala. La Scala was seen in Underbelly: Tale of Two Cities as Robert Trimbole aka “Aussie Bob” ate their regularly. The food is fantastic, the restaurant is always packed out and the reviews are always five star. I have done 3 shifts this week and the it makes a difference having money coming into our bank account instead of going out. The tips are great too.

Ready for work at La Scala

Our camera is getting cleaned and serviced at the moment so we are yet to take any photos of our surrounds to share with you other than a few photos I have taken on my phone which I have included in this blog.

While Shaun is working during the day I have been sorting out the farm’s office. At the start of the week I was waste deep in paperwork now I can see the floor. Although I am not quite finished yet. I just want to do what I can to help out while I have the free time. I have been into town pretty much every this week to go shopping. Not really the fun kind of shopping just stocking up on the essentials and things that we need for our time in Griffith. I still can’t find anything to wear to the wedding we are going to in Canberra in 3 weeks but that is a different story. My days have also been spent hanging out with the myriad of cats that hang around the farmhouse. They are feral you could say but Nonna feeds them morning and night and they let you pat them you can even pick some of them up for a cuddle.

Just feeding the million cats as you do
Here Kitty Kitty

We have a busy month coming up in December; my birthday, Canberra, maybe Adelaide and then Melbourne for Christmas. It will be 2012 before we know it.

Bye for now.

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