If there is one thing I have learned over the past few weeks visiting family and friends in America, it’s that I don’t post nearly enough about my life in Australia. I have been sharing so many stories with friends, but haven’t shared them on the blog. My mistake.
To start off with, you are probably aware that Ben and I live in Newcastle, and I have some posts already written just about the adventures we go on close to our home, like snorkeling, beaching, swimming holes, and fun weekends. But there is another place near and dear to Ben and now me as well, and that is his hometown of Narromine, New South Wales.
Before I tell you all about Ben’s hometown, let me put it on the map for you…
Although it looks fairly close, it takes about five hours to drive to Narromine from Newcastle.. and the drive is almost entirely spent on a two lane highway through rolling hills and gorgeous scenery. This year we spent five days in Narromine for Easter with Ben’s parents, brother, sister-in-law, nephew, and cousins, in addition to a handful of other friends and family who joined us on Easter Sunday for lunch. I love that Ben’s family treats me like I am a part of the family as it is so comforting to know that even when I am thousands of miles away from home, I have a family who will do whatever they can to make me feel comfortable.In addition to all of the great family and friends in Narromine, the farm that Ben grew up on includes tons of cows, sheep, and gorgeous nature.
I must give credit to Darryl Nash, of Nashy Pix (Ben’s Cousin) who took some of these photos of the farm – you’ll be able to tell which one’s are his because they make your jaw drop!It seems that each time we visit the farm we end up building a fence of some sort, and Easter was no different. This year we built a fence that would be used to hold cattle before it is transported to other parts of the farm.
I think the coolest part about those photos is the height of that fence. There was nothing there when we pulled up that morning and by the end of the day the fence was almost as tall as me! And yes, I did get down and dirty helping the boys build this fence.
My absolute favorite part of visiting Narromine is going roo spotting! We went out three times in search of kangaroos, but couldn’t find any of two of those trips, the third time we found them, but I’ll share that in a post later this week. Although we couldn’t find any roos on the farm, Ben, his dad, and I had lots of fun exploring the paddocks and river.I suppose alpacas, goats, and hanging with the pup will have to cover for lack of roos… but if you look closely you can see some large figures under the trees in the distance, I believe those are emus.
While out exploring we came across this river, which may not look like much, but the story behind it is very cool!See how the river there is cut off by rocks so that the stream stops flowing at a point? This was most likely set up by aboriginals in the area so that they had easy access to trap fish for food.
As we finished up the afternoon I got to try my hand at driving on the right side of the car for the first time.I only drove up the driveway, and do not feel comfortable driving on a main road yet. I know it is something I will need to learn and get used to as I spend more time in Australia, but this was step one. I am so appreciative of Ben’s dad for teaching me how to drive and am looking forward to the next time I am on the farm for more lessons!Check back tomorrow as Australia Week continues with more adventures from Down Under!