This was not the spider that we saw giving birth. Unfortunately, our experience was inside. Six of us were playing Catchphrase in the lounge of the Guest House and all of a sudden I see a spider crawling my way. I immediately pick up my flip flop to kill him, but Steve got up and tried to sweep him on to a newspaper to set him free. I guess the spider thought she was in danger and she released all her babies (at least 150 of them). It was absolutely disgusting and pretty amazing at the same time.
Those are a few of the things we had the opportunity to experience over the past 2 ½ weeks.
We stayed at the Tarra-Bulga Guest House from January 6 – January 20 on another work exchange. Over the time we stayed there we worked on various projects including painting and mowing the lawn, however, most of our time was dedicated to business related tasks. I redesigned their Menus and Brochure as well as designed new business cards and informational flyers. I also updated their website. Mike helped them with their business operations, developing a smooth workflow.
Nicolene and Steve (mentioned above in the “spider incident”) are the owners of the Tarra-Bulga Guest House. It was really nice staying at such a nice destination far from civilization and close to nature. Nici cooked us some spectacular dinners… mmmmm GREAT HOMECOOKING including the Kangaroo in the above pic! If you are in Australia and want to escape away and have a relaxing vacation the Tarra- Bulga Guest House is the place to go!
What was also great about spending 2 weeks at the Guest House was that we got to spend time with 2 other work exchangers, Kayla and Frans. Kayla was from Canada and Frans was from Amsterdam. Kayla taught us a new game called Bananagrams – it is a mix of Boggle and Scrabble, it may be my new favorite game (although Cranium and Pictionary are also in the top). We spent a full week with these 2 and had a lot of fun.
After our time at the Guest House we drove to Cape Liptrap and camped out for 3 nights (about an hour drive from Wilson’s Promontory).
We spent a full day at Wilsons Prom and hiked up to Mount Oberon with amazing views and spent the rest of the day soaking up the sun on the beach.
At our campsite we had great neighbors. They were an Australian family of 4 (Jo, Troy, Jack and Tahnee) who were taking a year off to caravan around Australia. They are living proof that even with 2 children ages 11 and 3 you can travel for extended periods of time.
Overall, the past 2 ½ weeks were awesome! We are currently in Upper Beaconsfield about a 45 minute drive away from Melbourne and we are having an AMAZING time! More to come on that soon…