We’ve been stuck here for more than a month already. First, when we arrived, we had a training for half a day with our (hopefully) future employer. They said, the harvest season would start within the next weeks, so they’ll contact us about our start date and location. So far we have been waiting… Though, we have done some nice things meanwhile.
The first couple of days we spent around Esperance, just looking at the sites, the beaches and getting to know the town. We visited the Twilight beach and did the tourist drive among other things. After getting bored with spending time by ourselves, we found a nice couple via Couchsurfing who hosted us for the next days. We had some great time with them. They hosted a Mexican party with amazing Mexican food on Saturday, and on Sunday we went for a drive with them to Cape Le Grande national park. That was really cool. They had a good « bushcar » so we could drive through creeks, sand, stones and everything. In the end we reached a strip of beach with clear turquoise water, and nobody else was there We went for a swim and continued to the local pub to have a beer.
The next week we started Wwoofing. We Wwoofed for a family with 2 small kids (and a goat), so there was plenty of action and chaos around all the time. The first days we spent clearing a yard with scrap metal and all sorts of « junk ». Then we started working on the metal fences for goats. We shortened them and gave them a rust resistant coating. In the end we did a lot of small, quite manly jobs like changing tyres, fixing up a dairy, soldering, etc.. The father of the family had a lot of ideas and a lot of projects going on at the same time. He was very entrepreneurial and wanted to start many things. We felt that we did long days, but often didn’t achieve so much, because the plan changed all the time and we weren’t sure what to do or how to help him. For us it seemed one of the most disorganised places we have seen so far, but it was interesting to see whats going on in the mind (and house) of these innovators.
After Wwoofing for a week, Christophe got a job offer to be a bulldozer driver until we get the job in the wheat harvest. There was couple of days that, and then the last days were preparing trucks for carting grain. Putting new brakes on, greasing the bearings, putting new lights, refitting an engine etc. It’s interesting! Edda is mowing the lawn, cleaning, cooking, helping around the place we stay at.
2 weeks later
We are still in Esperance. Since the weather brings a lot of rain, the harvest is not getting ready, and we are still waiting for that call. Meanwhile, Christophe is still sitting on a dozer, and Edda found a job cleaning cars. The hours are limited, but it’s better than nothing. The past Saturdays were always sailing. We were 2 times on the winning boat, and the races take about 3 hours each. You go either from island to island or stay in the harbour and race around buoys. There’s always a lot of excitement, tacking, putting sails up and down. It’s good fun, and the skipper is friendly. We didn’t go around that much (we did most of the stuff), but on free days we went to the blessing of the fishing fleet, and that’s about it, because there really is not so much happening. We are really hoping to get to work soon now, because the longer that takes, the less time we will have to get to Sydney in the end!
So…. we are off today. Our work location will be Lake King. Probably very limited phone reception (and forget about internet). Hopefully you’ll hear from us again around Christmas
Ah yeah, yesterday a truck lost a trailer, hit a power pole and half of Esperance was without power for a while. Luckily nobody got hurt. It’s pretty wild here during harvest.