This is a story all about how, I packed up and moved to Australiar, brought a plane ticket and now I'm here where the weathers great and the grass is browner.
I moved to Australia ( Sydney mainly )1 and half years ago to start my adventure, my step sister kelly is living in mainly so I shifted in with her, I had a
Month off work to explore before I ran out of money and had to find work in my trade as a carpenter. I found work within a week of looking, considering I only had a battery drill and my tool belt with me. The day I started my new job my mate Gared gave me a call from the mines in moronbah ( Queensland ) and said there was a job going, so a decision had to be made with catching a
Flight the next morning, so off I went to the mines, after a couple of months of working 10 hour days ( 60/70 hour weeks ) the work ran out and I was back in mainly with another month off work to chillax and to start a new journey. I put an ad on the gumtree website describing what I specialised in, with in a week I received a call from David asking if I would like to be involved in a project he was starting in Christmas creek valley ( Brisbane ) so I flew up to check out the job and what was involved the following weekend, he picked me up from the train station and took me 2 hours out of Brisbane into the middle of nowhere with huge mountains and running creeks. When I arrived I quickly realised there was no reception or internet at the property which was a main house and an old tool shed roughly 49 square metres which was to be converted into a studio apartment. After doing bits and pieces over the weekend we negotiated a rate per hour and food and accommodation provided for the stay. The following Wednesday we started work using a generator for our power and limited solar panels for lighting with a long drop as a toilet and the creek from showering we were set to start, I drew up some plans for what we were wanting to accomplish and away we went.
The First week of work David had gone away for the weekend and left me to explore, there was a xl 250cc Honda that I could use to Cruze the paddocks on, the only problem was I had run out of smokes and was getting desperate, so I decided to see how close the shops were as it seemed like all farm land out of the valley, I ended up 50km from the property just outside of town when the cops got me cruising down the motorway with a singlet on, stubbies and flip flops looking fly as. Long story short they now have my finger prints mug shots and 1500$ but lucky David and Grettle were very forgiving ( as their son was bit of a rebel when he was younger )
I got to keep my job
With plenty of cooking and eating around the fire the stories started to be told, as I ended up finding out that David was Mr YO HO Diablo a Toy he mass produced around the world, the same error as the chatter rings and yo yo's, I didn't believe him at first until I saw him busting out some moves and the boxes upon boxes of yo ho Diablos and other inventions and gadgets.
After 3 months of solid work 10 hour days 7 days a week the job was complete as the video shows, and they wanted me to continue working on their next project which was the upper house, which I also designed and constructed,( everything we used on the two projects had to be either recycled or hard wood timber) after discussing with them what they wanted to do I had to bring some of my fellow kiwi mates over to give me a
Hand ( Gareth & Mitchell ) as we spent the next month re-stumping the upper house along with installing solar panels and designing a Septic system to suit the property.
After a few weeks of working with the boys we decided that we deserved a night out on the town in Brisbane, so booked a hotel where our other fellow kiwi mates were staying and got on the piss. The first night went down well with everyone pretty hung over the next morning. Alright round two, let's do this.... After waking up the next morning to discover Gareth was missing with all sorts of questions running threw our minds ( as he has a long term girlfriend ) I received a call from the coppers yet again saying that he's been locked up with only one phone call, As he apparently broke one of the sculptures outside the casino, (shittttt) another phone call to David it is. Which ended up with Mitchell and I leaving Gareth in Brisbane to face the courts on Monday. Gareth missed out on 3 days of work and got a 800$ fine (ouch).
After my friends headed back home I still had a few months of work to finish off and ended up spending Christmas and New Years with David and Grettles family ( at this point I have pretty much been adopted at 24 years old ) in total I ended up working 6 months straight with 2 weeks off in the middle to give me a good head start in Australia but New Zealand will always be my home.
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Signing off the last of the great white carpenters