20 work days straight... 13 weeks later... 84 working days in total with only 11 days off... it has all come to an end. Wow, it is hard to believe that it is over already... I am very excited about the up coming weeks however, I am also a bit sad. There is such something about the country up here in the Northern Territory... you literally fall in love with it-- the people are just so different up here as well. Everyone I have met has been just so lovely. I know I will be back to this country again but, when? That is unknown. 
The last few days have been quite good Martial, John and I have been putting out the last of the lick all around the station. Then Martial and I did some more painting and a little bit of fencing. My last day today was fantastic!! We spent the whole morning driving around Gilnockie putting out the lick, it was so great just to be able to take it in. It was also nice to get to spend some time with John and just chat as we drove... Martial was following behind us in the tractor. We came back for a quick cup of tea went back out again then came home for lunch. After lunch John took me up in the helicopter for about 20 minutes... it is such an amazing feeling being in a small helicopter... and the view of the station is absolutely breath taking!!! You get such a high afterwards... it makes me want to me a helicopter pilot every time. John is a known legend in flying, he was flown over 70,000 hours and that is not including the times he has flown for personal reasons or what ever. Pretty impressive! After the ride in the chopper Martial and I check a fence, painted the main gain and did a few last things to get the ute ready for the trip into town tomorrow. Helen made the most amazing meal!!! Her roasts which I have said before are the best and then for dessert she made this dark chocolate lava thing... it was sooo yummy. Super stuffed now, pretty sure I cancelled out the workout I did before hand! Hahahaha. Anyway's I am all packed... painted my nails and am starting to feel like a girl again. Heading to town at 7:30am... should get there around 10:30/11am and than I a meeting Mark and Jack for lunch at the Coffee Club... Jack and I than catch a bus at 12:55pm to Darwin. We stay the night there with the same guy I couched surfed with when I arrived back in May... Tuesday we fly to Bali!!! Its all happening. I have so much to look forward too and so much to be thankful for. Life is super amazing when you make the most of it... and I am! Till next time. -Nikki x 
I thought this was an interesting read. The live export is something that I have been learning about while I've been here in Australia. Living and working on a cattle station you see things from a different perspective.... In the past I probably would have been one of those people who would have walked into the Body Shop and signed this petition not really knowing what I was doing-- the lives that I would be affecting, the jobs that would be lost, the people who would suffer a loss. I feel that the live export industry is something that one can not be biased on. What I mean is that I don't want animals to suffer however, I don't want to see people suffer either.... this industry is more than just the export of live animals.... it feeds the mouths of many people in Indonesia and in the NT of Australia it is how many cattle station owners survive. Why do we always work against one another? When will we start seeing that we need to work together to figure out the best solution so everyone can win... However, in the end isn't it all for personal gain? Hummm... I may be getting off topic here now (lol), I may stop my thoughts here. 
Work day number 17 in a row now.... however, I am feeling pretty good. It's a bit different when you are not on your own. The cattle work is all over now until second round which I will not be here for. It took us about a month. The crew left today so it is now just John, Helen, Judith (Helen's mum), the French student and I. Pretty quiet... to quiet both Frenchy and I are missing everyone. We all got along so well, like a family in so many ways-- especially when you spend almost 24/7 with each other. I only have 3 days left here though and than I am heading into town on Monday to catch a bus to Darwin with and than flying to Bali for a week on Tuesday... pretty excited about that-- a lil' treat for my hard working summer which consisted of a lot of alone time and isolation from the outside world. It was nice though, I wouldn't change a thing. After Bali I fly to Perth for a week to visit Madi and than I arrive home on the 30th!!
It was different having the crew here, I didn't get to spend as much time with the cattle as I would have liked too... but, it was great when I did. I love the hard work, always on your toes. Being out here you get such a different perspective on things: like food production and the amount of work that goes into it and just how the world works. I am really glad I chose to come here this summer, its been an amazing 13 weeks in so many ways. As much as I enjoyed being out here on my own though in the beginning... my summer really kicked off when I met all these amazing people-- so if you guys read this: Thank you so much for being a part of this experience here at Gilnockie 2012. You will never be forgotten, each of you will hold a place in my heart always. 
Anyway's, now that the cattle work is all over we are just putting out another huge lick run, checking and fixing some fences and going to do a bit more painting... I also need to pack and organize all the things I need to get done for Uni-- so much work to be done! Hahahaha. All good though. 
Well till next time. -Nikki 
Well things have been going good... except the fact that I am still fencing when I am not in the yard which drives me nuts. However, I know it all needs to be done. Presently, I am just sitting in the boys room listening to music, drinking red wine and having a laugh-- these guys are just so great!! The great thing about travelling-- meeting amazing people whom you will never forget. Next few days will get pretty busy... we should be done of all the cattle work by the end of next week I think... than I am thinking possibly about going to Bali for a week and than to Perth-- we will see, so many options. Life is good. I don't really have a whole lot to say. I have had an enjoyable experience here this time around however, I feel that it is time to say goodbye to Gilnockie-- I have learned so much from this place and I will never forget it but, like all good things they must come to and end. Like most things in life you eventually have to let go and move on. Anyways, write more soon. -Nikki x