Egg Madness, Cauliflower Soup and Woodpeckers

Custard eaten. Quiche eaten. Homemade ice cream eaten. Eggs on toast eaten. What do they all comprise? Yup that would be eggs! Makes a change from zucchini's! Despite being a little worried about this egg madness, I am actually eating some of the healthiest since I left Melbourne… Including the novelty of dehydrated fruit, trying cauliflower soup (my mum should be proud, I used to hate this vegetable before I got to Australia but people keep forcing it upon me!), i’ve also had a western australian fish called mullet. It was most nice to eat some proper fish…

Other than eating, it has been a week filled with chickens and eggs! My daily fun task, collecting some of the eggs genuinely requires a Fort Boyard esque game leaping over metal bars!! Always the furthest away corner ;). The chooks keeping me entertained, swarming round us, all we have to do is throw a stone in the opposite direction and they go running!! I don't think a day goes by without me uttering the words 'stupid chooks'. Perhaps a little unfair, maybe they are just misunderstood and are trying to tell me something :-). The weather somewhat reminiscent of Scotland, in my quest to not be doing farmwork in high humidity and heat I think I forgot about that delightful covering called rain….! A bit cooler than Northern Territory, I have been covered in it a fair bit of it this week… Every cloud… the backpack carrying a body warmer and raincoat for the last couple of months unnecessarily, my clothes hoarding paid off with their usage required :-).

This week, my running shoes added Western Australia as a state jogged. Cross country and uphill at that, they had sunset and kangaroos for company :-). Awesome. It's been a while… I have also seen the stars from a Western Australian perspective. Not quite as good as NT but still bright and impressive. Surprising to me and others who know me, I have been managing to maintain these relatively early nights! My body doesn't know what's hit it being awake at 6.30am having had a full night's sleep!! A bit more time on my hands, I have also been managing to read. Only making it to page 33 of Dracula on kindle, having left Renner Springs with actual books and a heavy backpack, I felt it was wiser to tackle them first… 'Still life with woodpecker' my first book of choice, a bit different and 33 years old, it has been teaching me some new words… ‘Snockered’ in particular, reminding me of Michael McIntyre and gazebos!

My highlight of the week though has been the girls I am here with. Laughs and giggles a plenty everyday, we have been sharing stories and learning about each others countries. Chat about weddings, babies, kilts and true Scotsmen, whether Scotland 'belongs' to England, haggis, ceilidh's, how hairy 'westerners' are, which european country has the hottest men, stereotypes, tai one and tai two, 2000cc of alcohol and practising both my Japanese and Korean, the funnest part was venturing out of the farm and taking novelty pictures in a neighbouring town. Got to love the banter, it has been most fun :-).

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