Down on the Farm – Mixed Core 2017
By Kieran van Oldenborgh
This week at Quest we started the week by splitting into two different groups. One group did a 30 kilometre cycle whilst the other group learnt about birds and mammals. Although the cycle was difficult we all managed very well and learnt more about our own strength as each kilometre went by. Learning about birds and mammals with Mr Macdonald had us all captivated. Mr Macdonald’s knowledge and passion on the subject was inspiring, his knowledge never faltered.
Some of the boys being as messy as they are spent a night outside in the vlei after failing their tent inspection. We can however commend them for their solidarity as they all went together as a group even though some of the boys had passed their tent inspection. The girls had a nice comfortable night’s sleep cuddled up in their beds, (in their nice tidy tent! –ed)
On Wednesday, we all left for a trip to Bulawayo where we spent the day at the Museum learning about natural history as well as an immense amount of information on birds, butterflies and mammals. We we’re all fascinated by the history of Rhodesia and how it became Zimbabwe. After the museum, we went to a taxidermist where questions were flung left, right and centre. We were particularly interested in the subject after our hunting trip. We then all set up our tents at Burkes Paradise and settled in for the night.
The next day we had PT at 6:15 and we’re all grateful for the extra 15 minutes sleep (thanks Miss Randle-you legend). After PT we grabbed a quick breakfast and got ready to leave for the Randell’s farm. On arrival at the farm we set up camp and split in to two groups. One group laid beds of cotton for the chickens whilst the other group vaccinated chickens. After a full morning of work we we’re all grateful for a nice cold swim at lunch time. After lunch we all got taken on a tour around the dairy farm by Mr Randell. Which was much appreciated by all of us as we all loved seeing where all our milk comes from and how it all works. The cows have to be milked twice a day and produce up to 42 litres a day. These facts left most of us amazed. After being shown the dairy farm we went and groomed horses and we’re very happy to hold some puppies that had recently been born. The girls returned to the dairy farm to feed the calves milk. Which they seemed to enjoy very much.
That evening we all had a braai and stayed up late talking about our adventures of the day. The next day we all had to move chickens from one chicken coop to the other. We moved around 2000 chickens which we all really enjoyed as we had never done anything like it before. After a long day’s work we said our goodbyes and got in the bus to head back to Quest. We we’re all happy to get home and sleep in our own beds.
We then finished the week by doing a quick snare sweep of Quiet Waters. Unfortunately we found a few snares. Although we were lucky enough to find them before any animals did.