It has been a while since my last update but don’t worry, I am alive.
I have moved onto my second host family now in kyogle, the Kenmans. I live on a dairy farm with over 300 cows, my family has always farmed and specifically dairy cows; I am an honorary boer. our farm is incredibly gorgeous and huge, but filled with all sorts of creepy crawly things that I have never had to deal with in south Africa (as well as not having my mommy to squish them for me, and no one in my family kills anything), my mortal enemy is the Huntsman spider and I sleep with a bulk can of Mortein next to my bed.
I have 6 siblings; I have not met my oldest sister as she had moved out ages before I came to the house. My siblings include Lara (the girl I have not met, 18), Nikkoli and Sean (twins, both 16 but in year 11), Dion and Robert (twins, 13), and Bryn (10). when I first arrived at Kyogle I met Nikkoli, she is in my year and my friendship group, and we soon became very close (little did we know we were going to become sisters); we made it a ritual that every Thursday (we both had triple frees on Thursday) that we’d both go to her house and just relax and play around. I soon moved in. I know many people would be thinking, “oh you shouldn’t move in with a friend”, her and I are getting on wonderfully.
We share a room, have similar interests, have a few disagreements and get over it.
My new home doesn’t have phone reception, and our internet is often too slow to even log onto; it is very different.
I have milked in the dairy, it wasn’t horrifying at all, I honestly was getting into it and even doing quite well, but unfortunately, during the last row of cows, one cow decided to “relieve” its bowels all over me.
I have not entered the dairy since.
My year is currently in the process of having their yearly exams, I decided to attempt my Advanced English and Maths examinations; I forgot I had missed over half of the years curriculum (the things that were taught in Tweed Heads are completely different to what is taught here); I have never felt more useless. A lot of the questions involved farming references, which I know nothing about, and one question involved sketching a paddock by using the numbers 300, 400, 150, 360, 800, 900 and many more… I am not completely sure of what a paddock is.
Last weekend I worked for my rotary club at a school fete, and there was a big fund-raiser that managed to raise well over $1000, the fund-raiser was “Kiss the Pig”; a Kyogle traditional fund-raiser, where 4 people volunteer to kiss the pig, the public pays as much as they would like towards the fund under the name of whichever volunteer they would like to kiss the pig, which ever volunteer has the most money under their name has to kiss a pig.