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Perhaps its time for a winter escapade into the central highlands? In these crazy times, perhaps the freeze to warm sensation will be a thing to cherish. Ohhh we love a good fire!
We are an adventurous family in a large house with 6 bedrooms, on 27 acres in a sweet valley. We like hosting friends and family for fun times around the dinner table. Community is key and we enjoy our neighbors dropping by.
There are hordes of kangaroos, wood ducks, vibrant red rosellas, flame robins and musk lorikeets - all sorts of birds on our property. Endangered sugar gliders hide away in our front paddock. We are setting up a permaculture farm and hope to build a tiny house or 2 for our guests.
Our kids are Tara (12) and twins Jamari and Curtis (9). They are real characters, sure to make your stay a genuine insight into Australian life. For the last 4 years we ran a community nursery in inner western Melbourne with the assistance of 75+ Helpers. Now we have an even better house to host our traveling friends. We are just setting this place up so it is an exciting time. Malmsbury station is just five minutes away so we can easily pick you up from there. Or grab a lift from Karl's office in North Melbourne (Mon - Wed).
We are always impressed by just how many solid people with adventurous tendencies come to stay.
Go humanity ;)
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
We teach you about permaculture design, kombucha production, running a nursery, looking after chooks. We like discussing parenting philosophies, the dangers of neo-liberal economics, some kooky science - it all happens at our place. Solutions are the key to sanity in this mad, mad world.
We see you as part of the family, so anything we have to do to keep the house running, we hope you will too. We share watering, gardening, farming, cooking, cleaning, kid wrangling, whatever needs to be done. The key instinct we look for is ...... initiative! Guys please don't be shy - please apply! The kids are at an age where they are able to look after themselves, we would love a bit of extra muscle around the farm.
English, a little Maori
Your bedroom has a sweet view of the sunrise. The room is a triangle shape and has its own cupboards. The house is made from recycled goods so it is full of character.
Grab a bike and go for a cycle through the neighboring forest, hang with our horse-mad neighbor Steph, see the sights of the central highlands - we are 20 minutes from coolio Castlemaine, a similar distance to Daylesford - both havens for creative cultures. Kyneton and Malmsbury are barely 10 minutes away and have their own farming and historical quirks. We have hammocks overlooking our 'love heart' dam, so there's plenty of nice views to enjoy on the site. Just a 10 minute walk away is a neighboring property with perhaps 50+ kangaroos awaiting your camera. We usually have a mob or two of roos on our land too - sunset and sunrise are just magic.
One of our challenges is to have five sweet reading spots on the farm. We've got two set up - all we need is to pull some tree stumps into place in a few other select locations. Tasks like these - expect them written on a list on the back of an envelope to do if/ when you can. Its all fun.
And please, if you are coming all this way down south, please put the Pacific Islands on your agenda! Vanuatu (180+ islands), Papau New Guinea, Solomon Islands are all incredibly beautiful, with many areas not too commercialised. Ahhhh to traveling tips!
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