Rubbish:

Why rubbish?

Our Camp rubbish. We separate out the food scrapes which go to the chooks.

Our Camp rubbish. We separate out the food scrapes which go to the chooks.

At home we meticulously separate our recycle products from  the waste. Place them into our separate wheelie bins and then once a week put the wheelie bins out on the footpath. Making sure we  face them correctly or you receive a notice stuck to your bin like a wayward child that has been sent home with a note from the principle.

If you have a “clean out” you may have to actually go to the “Transfer Station”. They take anything that can be sold first, then weigh your car on the way in, make you place items in individual  bins according to their composition and then after weighing you again on the way out either take your “vouchers” or charge you accordingly. They also have health and safety rules on having covered shoes or you are not allowed out of the car.

Remember the days when you brought home treasures from the dump by scavenging it through the rubbish. Our kids will never know that, they attend on Wednesday’s or Saturdays to “Shop” at the dump and buy what others deemed rubbish. Hey I’ve done that too. Most of the gardens and repairs at David and Lacey’s were bought from the dump.

So what happens when you don’t have a road side pick up? Well we went on an adventure the other day to find out.

2 of the guys will come to do the rubbish run to Siberia.

2 of the guys will come to do the rubbish run to Siberia.

Once a week, or more if we need it, we ask Dave for a rubbish pick up. Two of the guys will come in one of the ute’s to pick up the 40 gallon drums and take them to Siberia. Why Siberia? That’s the name that has been given to the area deemed for rubbish.

Siberia – “In the middle of nowhere” or another version “You never come back from”

The reason for our visit was we have no internet reception in the caravan while parked in the car park. On our last visit to Moree we purchased another “High Gain Antenna” and patch lead. Now Chris was after a pole that we could attach the antenna to, hopefully one high enough to get reception. One of the boys suggested he would find something at Siberia. But we had no idea where Siberia was.

At the moment everything is quite at the farm waiting for “Picking” and the farm hands are trying to find work. So it happened that Jen and Ingrid again came over to the camp looking for work. They were happy to take us to “Siberia”

We used one Koramba’s 7 farm vehicles. Ingrid drove, she has learnt to drive while on the farm and would like to get her licence.

Doing really well on the farm. Says driving a tractor is easier.

Doing really well on the farm. Says driving a tractor is easier.

We travelled behind Shannon’s work shed, driving past reservoir number 1. This is the largest reservoir on the farm and is fed from the Mcintyre River. This is where the water for the farm starts. From 1 it is then sent around the farm to the other 3 reservoirs which in turn irrigates all the cotton fields by way of the channels. It was originally done through pipes but this proved unsuccessful.

Shannon's work shed.

Shannon’s work shed.

 

Reservoir 1 is the largest on the farm.

Reservoir 1 is the largest on the farm.

 

The start of the water coming from Mcintyre River which is the boarder between NSW and Queensland.

The start of the water coming from Mcintyre River which is the boarder between NSW and Queensland.

They work 24hr a day when they are irrigating.

They work 24hr a day when they are irrigating.

The channel system leading to the other Reservoirs

The channel system leading to the other Reservoirs

There are two parts to Siberia, the recycle part and the dump part. The dump looked like any old dump with smouldering rubbish in a large hole. The recycle part was an organised dumping ground of pieces that may one day prove useful.

 

Smoldering rubbish.

Smoldering rubbish.

Chris went off to find his pipe while the girls kept telling him to be careful of snakes. There are tyres of every sort, old car bodies, old tractors, pipes, cattle cages and pipes. Chris came back with a supply of pipes he can adapt.

Chris in his element looking for pipes.

Chris in his element looking for pipes.

Back home Chris set to work hooking up the antenna which brought much delight when we registered 5 bars on the modem. The only trouble is when we hook up the modem we can’t have the phone hooked up. So it’s best if you want to contact us to email or leave a sms and we will contact you back.

Now we have internet in the van.

Now we have internet in the van.

 

The adapted poles from Siberia

The adapted poles from Siberia