Junabel Farm Stay

Driving up the long dirt driveway of Junabel Farm stay we didn’t know what to expect, we knew that there were miniature animals, and that according to Wikicamps reviews, the hosts were lovely and involved the kids a lot.

I was a bit hesitant as our kids aren’t the most relaxed children on earth, Lucah will be very vocal if he doesn’t like something (and there are many many things that he doesn’t like), Asher has the ability to go from a charming little angel to a wailing banshee within half a second if there is a dog nearby, so we weren’t sure how he would go with the animals. And Jaiden being a teenager is very hard to impress at the best of times.

Since we started planning the trip the kids were keen on farm stays, so we decided to just go with it and hope for the best. When we arrived, Ange the host showed us where to camp and set up and not long after she collected us for the kids to help with the afternoon chores. There were chickens, miniature horses, miniature goats, and some miniature chickens. It very quickly became apparent that we had underestimated our kids and that they were very keen to get in and meet the animals and help. Even Asher after a few little sooks quickly warmed up and it wasn’t long before he was happily walking around amongst the animals. Lucah immediately loved the chickens, he wanted to cuddle them at every opportunity. Jaiden loved the miniature goats and the dogs, and Asher liked the miniature horses the best.

Their chores were to:-  collect the eggs, feed the goats, groom the stallions, feed the chickens, and put the full size horse into his night paddock.

While we were there I was commissioned to do a residential mural on a water tank, Painting on a water tank is challenging because it is curved, so it really throws out the perspective! The couple who owned the property first wanted wings, but when I went to meet them, their ideas grew and they ended up wanting the full tank painted, with wings, kookaburras, frogs and other wildlife. I also added a portrait of their Blue Heeler dog and pet cat.

While at Junabel I also had my first opportunity to get my camera out! I really wanted to get a shot of a miniature horse named Baby Doll, she has one blue eye and one brown. She would let me get close but would never look the right way, I busied myself with taking some pics of all the other beautiful horses and their amazing dam and property.

Our stay at Junabel ended up being an excellent decision.  The hosts Ange and Mitch are just lovely and so good with the kids, it helped Asher conquer his fear of animals (while very timid at the start he came around by the end and brushed the horses, patted the goats and even got comfortable with the dogs) and the kids just loved helping out and got a taste for farm life.  They’ve since been planning what animals we are going to have when we move back into our house… so far they want chickens, a couple of goats, llamas, a peacock and peahens, and some pigs.

Things we learnt at Junabel

  • Lucah will catch a chicken to cuddle at any opportunity
  • If Lucah knows there are chickens around but he cant see the chickens, he will ask about the chickens until he can again see the chickens.
  • Baby chickens are really really cute
  • Many many hours can be spent photographing miniature horses.
  • Our kids do have the ability to listen, just not to us

Time to go!! Yeppoon and Kinka Kippa

First stop, Yeppoon.

The pressure was on to get there fairly quickly, as I had advertised for murals at the start of the year, thinking we would be leaving much sooner!

Thank goodness a few of them were still keen by the time we could actually get there even amidst all the Corona Crazy!!! The first one was a cute little Fish ‘n’ Chip shop at Kinka Beach called Kinka Kippa.

Now I tend to jump into things head first without actually thinking things through, so having done a couple of murals now I was a little overconfident and a lot underprepared. I greatly underestimated the time to sand, undercoat, add the characters and details, and then put anti- graffiti coating over the top.

When planning our trip Josh and I had agreed that we would mostly do free or low cost camps, however there were none nearby Kinka so we booked into the NMRA caravan park “Just while I do this quick mural” Welllllll…  Three nights turned into six nights turned into nine. The art of murals had a bit more to it than I had anticipated.  This was a new surface for me, with lots of windows and doors to make cutting in the undercoat and base colours a much bigger job than it first appeared.  And I’m not going to lie, there was definitely more than one tantrum on my part, I can be a bit of a brat. Once the base coat was on and I was able to get stuck into the details I was much more confident and was so proud of how it was coming along!

It really felt so amazing to stand back after it was completed and know that I created something so beautiful, I was really thankful that Kate and Adam the owners let me have free reign on the design and trusted me throughout the whole process.

During this time one of my lovely friends I had met in Moranbah years beforehand messaged me and told me she was starting up an online business/publicity page and that she would love for me to be her first article. Now if you know me, you will know that this is wayyy out of my comfort zone, getting my photo taken and talking about myself terrifies me! I reluctantly agreed, and thankfully Kate was as lovely and warm as I remembered and she put me at ease straight away.

The kids loved Yeppoon as well, staying at the NRMA park meant they had a jumping pillow, playground and pool on our doorstep and the beach was only a short walk to go looking for shells, crabs and sand dollars.

Before we left we were worried about the kids getting enough social time, but straight off the bat they had kids their own age to hang around with.  Asher even made friends with the owner of Kinka Kippa’s 4 year old, a cute little dude named Thomas, Asher was very proud to have his very own friend.

While we were in Yeppoon we also got the opportunity to catch up with some other friends from Moranbah, and their beautiful kids, it was so great to see that those friendships are still just as strong as they ever were!

Things we learnt in Yeppoon

  • When you are overwhelmed with a major task at hand, don’t overthink! Instead put your focus on what needs to be done next and take it step by step!
  • Rendered walls are MUCH harder to paint on than a smooth surface!
  • I will have many tantrums throughout the creative process
  • Have more faith in myself
  • Caravan parks are expensive but are so good for the kids to keep entertained and so bloody convenient!
  • Homeschooling is hard.
  • Josh is an amazing stay at home parent.
  • Never underestimate how many times a 7 year old can say “Jumping Pillow” in a day
  • You can not lose weight while spending every day at a take away shop
  • Kids do not ever run out of energy ever
  • Friends from Moranbah feel like home

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