A whole lotta sheep
Trip Start Sep 24, 2001
26Trip End Sep 20, 2002
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I am now a "roustabout" on the DAG sheep station! In return for working on the station doing everything from making beds to cleaning cabins to working in the fields and, ugh... cooking, I receive my room and board.
Upon arrival it was declared that I would be the lunch chef for the other rousties and all the people who work at the station. My first cooking experience here was not a good one, neither for me or the unfortunate people who had to eat what I had TRIED to cook! I was handed a stack of what else but lamb meat. I fried it all up, perhaps a bit to much, getting completely covered in oil in the meantime, ruining my only pair of shorts. Needless to say, everyone received their meat extremely well done, said thank you, and not another word about the meat. Happily, the next day, I proved that I had learned something from the day before and produced much more edible fare. I actually received compliments this time. I think after my stay here, I won't be eating much mutton. I've had my fill!
The evenings were the best at the Dag. There were about 7 of us rousties there, each us of from a different corner of the world. We would rise early to work for a few hours and then spend the afternoon napping in the hammocks, or we would head down to a nearby swimming hole. Evenings brought more chores and work again followed by a night at the bar on the station. Every few days a bus of backpackers would come in and we would have to share, but the other evenings we had the place all to ourselves. Everyone is planning to stay through Christmas - we love it so much! I've got to be making a trail back to Albury though, to meet up with my parents for Christmas.