Currently our 10am break in the barn kitchen has a unique feeling, we are a cultural blend of East and West, America, England, Germany, Korea and Taiwan all happily co existing. As Costco muffins are sampled, eager fingers dip into the chocolate chip cookie tin and cup cakes are devoured. The rich smell of American coffee fuses with the sweet scent of Chinese tea and the animated conversation ranges from Asian fashion to International alcohol consumption and drinking laws. Shoma and Song eager to improve their English happily join in the lively discussions and add their own opinions and impressions to those of the rest of the team. All too soon it’s back into the barnyard and stacking firewood in the wood shed, gardening, clearing the pasture of brush and branches or cedar facing the barn wall our United Nations team co operate and prove that culture and language doesn’t have to be a barrier.
Grace our young WWOOFER had a near death experience…..well, not exactly but from the look of horror on her face when she emerged from her room sent Greg scurrying down to find the reason for her panic. Taking his 8 legs for a little wander through the hallway was THE biggest spider I have seen for a very long time. Grace doesn’t like to kill, she hesitates to swat a fly but there was little sympathy for a spider that really should have stayed outside. Sorry spider.
The Eco camp came back to the ranch yesterday. The sun was high in the sky as Jessica from Key Peninsula Parks arrived with her nine young campers. As I surveyed the eager, excited faces of our guests I noticed a young man firmly gripping the neck of a rubber chicken (oops…!) and what looked like Billy the Kid wearing a hat pulled down over his eyes and a camouflaged bandanna…..! The youngsters proved much less alarming than first impressions indicated and after feeding the chickens, checking out the nest boxes in the hen house, terrorising the turkeys and over indulging Rodney the Ram’s love for wholemeal hamburger buns we set off the visit the Gentle Giants. Lady and Quest love visitors and happily accepted the carrot morsels thrust at them from every angle before we headed back to the barn. Thank you Eco Camp for spending your afternoon with us, you did a great job of clearing the pasture and we look forward to seeing you all again.
Hopefully the photographs will reflect the barn activities over the past days….Greg informed me that he had ONLY 280 photographs to select from. I guess the ranch paparazzi (me) was a little over enthusiastic !! smile.
Time to go, the team all got back from the movies safe and are all around the breakfast table ready for another day.
Take care, keep safe, M