Many years ago we bought and are still resurrecting, an old pioneering family’s rundown dairy farm, as a semi retirement challenge. Well, we have never worked so hard in our lives but we love it still. And though it has taken a very long time, the farm is now much healthier despite the many adverse weather events in recent years (and the GFC) but it has taken its toll on us.
Now that it’s cooler, we would love some willing and talented assistance in re -erecting a 6 x 4 steel studio shed and a granny flat which we have dismantled and moved from BNE, to house ourselves, so that we can move out of our rather decrepit old home (needs TLC) and hopefully persuade one of the local builders to repair our old Queenslander cottage …easier to do while it is empty. They tell us they rather dislike renovations and would rather build a new home for us but we love the honest old Queenslanders with a long history like our 1892 gold mining warden’s cottage and strongly feel it deserves a much longer lease of life ahead for a new generation of farmers. We favour a recycling life (read that also as love going to clearing sales and buying good used equipment and “stuff” we might use here ) and regenerative farming and usually live a quiet and private life here, a little bit like the pioneers in many ways…gappy tongue and groove walls letting the spiders and bugs inside, cooking on the woodstove in winter (too hot in summer) and preserving food, local produce, veggies from our garden (when it’s in action) and our various fruit trees. We are a bit slower these days however and always too busy on the farm; right now haymaking, feeding out (drought) and shortly mustering and weaning calves. Add a farm accident (and community volunteering work) and we’ve currently bitten off more than we can chew. We still haven’t done more than pour the slab for the shed.
You’d need to be fully self contained in your caravan but we can supply a nice campsite near the brigalow trees above the dam and near the creek (seasonal), with power, water, unlimited availability of firewood, a bush camp “stove” and / or firepit and meat (home grown beef) for the right people. A dog would be OK provided it behaved itself, didn’t bark non stop or roam nor chase our cows and calves. We’re 10 kms from town on a bitumen road and not too far from the river, usually quite full of fish and redclaw. We have too many jobs on our plate and probably too short a time left on earth to properly finish what we started here but life wasn’t meant to be boring and we’ve always enjoyed a challenge. We know farmers can never get all their jobs finished until they retire.
You might like to volunteer some hours of your help in return for the above mentioned or we could negotiate casual hours and wages if you have an ABN and your own insurance …we’re open to suggestions as we’ve never done this before but it would be lovely to have some compatible extra help here occasionally.