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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 live by permaculture principles and have many trees to plant. Most guests soon gain an insight into how to propagate plants in our large polytunnel.
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 setting this place up for the future 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. Projects are planned around your skills. If you can build - great. If you can knit, well that too! The kids are at an age where they are able to look after themselves, so help around the farm is key.
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. Or if you like your own space we can rig up the caravan. Great over summer.
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. Most days we have mobs of 10+ kangaroos awaiting your camera. Sunset is well celebrated, particularly on Fridays!
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!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week