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Mt Carmel Macadamia Farm, Rosebank - NSW

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Rosebank is a thriving village on the edge of some of the region's most beautiful rainforest.
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The next short chapter of my adventure took me to Shaun & Carmel's macadamia farm for a new learning experience!
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Home for myself and Nina (another workawayer) was the studio
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The farm had spectacular views over the Hinterland
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even in the rain
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First up was a tour of the farm, from the front of the tractor!

through the long, long, long grass
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and to visit Robbie and Midnight
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Robbie is Shaun's handsome horse
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with a fettish for licking the metal gate, which I assume was for minerals
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I took Robbie to the house paddock to spend some time with him,
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but he missed his companion too much!
Midnight is Robbie's 40 year old companion!
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who was very kean to see Robbie return
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The horses enjoyed quite a view, which reminded me of home, Soemrset
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Other animals included Poro & Molly, two Kelpies
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Poro was the wiser, older dog,
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but very, very stick focussed, even jumping to the trees if it landed there!
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and Molly was only 8months old,
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but obsessed with Poro!
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wherever I went, Poro (and therefore Molly) followed
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Nina & I were given a very warm welcome, in the form of a Rosebank Shed Party, with the local friend and neighbours
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Carmel exercised her talent as a musician, and we all joined in

as the evening got colder, the huddle around the fire got closer!
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The Macadamia's were the main focus of the farm,
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with 30 acres of orchard
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and we made quite a team;
Nina on the grass cutter
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me on the tractor (with the help of the dogs of course)
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and Shaun on the harvester
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...which became my task to fix when it got clogged up with dirt and dust!
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20 rotating fingers, and each one ceased on!
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Once the nuts were harvested they look a bit like this
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Work was carried out in the nut shed
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where they were fed into the hopper
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and fed through to the de-husker
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which wasn't fun when it went wrong, and carried on feeding nuts...onto the floor...ops
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luckily Shaun was on hand to fix it
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The nuts then fell through to the conveyor belt
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to the sorting table
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where Nina & I picked out the good, the bad and the ugly
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based on these issues, such as splitting, rotten, nut borer damage
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Finally, we produced s a crate of finished nuts ready for sale to the wholesaler
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and after all this, there was some serious pruning to be done, and burnt. At the back of this pile is the tractor, hidden by the branches!
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but with the rain, it took a good fire starter to get it going
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and then the green wood burnt with firework sound effects

After all the hard work out, a few nights out were earnt, including the local pub, where Carmel and others played
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Dinner with some lovely neighbours, Dee and CarieAnne (with Carmel)
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the local 'all schools' production of Aladdin
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which was very good, especially considering the ages ranged from 9 to 18yrs old
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which was preceded by the local Belly Dancing club
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and decorated with the children's lanterns, designed and built for the Lantern Parade the following week
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Another treat was fresh bread from the neighbour's new hand built bread over
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producing lovely Turkish and fruit bread for lunch
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Another stay, another great pile of memories!
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Posted by charlystyles 13:44 Archived in Australia Tagged macadamia rosebank

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Brilliant! You captured so much of your time here. I can't believe it was only one week! I couldn't run all the YouTube clips except for the one in the shed. Not sure if that's a problem on my end or not. Thanks for sharing your time with us. All the best with your future travels.

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