June 11th
We may take a few days to get the stories rolling. A change in Photographer, and Graham is still finding his feet, checking out what's happening on site.
It would appear that Ray, Jacqui and Rod after wearing their fingers to the bone on these crazy slate slabs… They're in the process of mixing and applying the final grouting. Maybe - more info tomorrow, as the holiday weekend may have slowed everybody down.

June 13th
It has become apparent that we're having communication difficulties from the Farina site, so it could be a few days before we can resume reporting. Let's hope that some of the problem is being caused by rain!

June 16th
Today we're joined by Leone Kerly. Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, Graham was unable to post copy, so we had a few days of utter silence from site!
Initially we have a range of images from Leone, with (we hope) text to follow them. So the images and captions are being loaded today and many more will follow over the next few days!

June 11th
We may take a few days to get the stories rolling. A change in Photographer, and Graham is still finding his feet, checking out what's happening on site.
It would appear that Ray, Jacqui and Rod after wearing their fingers to the bone on these crazy slate slabs… They're in the process of mixing and applying the final grouting. Maybe - more info tomorrow, as the holiday weekend may have slowed everybody down.

June 13th
It has become apparent that we're having communication difficulties from the Farina site, so it could be a few days before we can resume reporting. Let's hope that some of the problem is being caused by rain!

June 16th
Today we're joined by Leone Kerly. Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, Graham was unable to post copy, so we had a few days of utter silence from site!
Initially we have a range of images from Leone, with (we hope) text to follow them. So the images and captions are being loaded today and many more will follow over the next few days!

Monday 18 June

After a rush trip to the Leigh Creek Medical Centre today, for a tetanus injection and treatment fora dog bite, it's time for my first report.
There are currently three bakers on site, Rob, Dennis Rockley and Tracey McIntosh who arrived a little early. Takings from the bakery today (Monday) were $1270, merchandise $350 and $30 donations. Takings are down today compared with the weekend and Friday's takings $1490, merchandise $479 and 102.50 donations. The cricket match cleared $1761. One of the fridges has broken down and goods are being stored in Tom's Shed making it a little inconvenient for the bakers. On the up side, a visitor to Farina was able to tell exactly what part and number was required, the part has been ordered and should arrive on Wednesday.

Five volunteers have been working on the repointing of the Post Office today with three walls completed.
Patterson's house is progressing nicely with Graham finishing the roof today and awaiting the delivery of the box gutter which was delivered but was incorrect. Inside, the ceiling lining is being installed, but unfortunately the work crew is down from last week. Steve reports that the under building plumbing is well advanced. The slate laying continues but slowly, with 2 metres progress today.

The gantries have been painted with more found which wtl painting finger signs/boards in Tom's Shed.

Defibrulator training at the 5.30pm camp meeting gave volunteers an oversight in how to use the defibrulator which will now be kept in the camp laundry for easier access and overnight access.Rob Ball, an Adnyamathanha man, gave a brief history of early Farina and his ancestors' arrival in the area.
As a first time volunteer, I'm in awe of the camaraderie between the volunteers and their willingness to help wherever they're needed on site. They all give the visitors to Farina a friendly welcome and in return I see a real respect from the visitors for the volunteers and the work they do.
It really is a happy work place.

Monday 18 June

After a rush trip to the Leigh Creek Medical Centre today, for a tetanus injection and treatment fora dog bite, it's time for my first report.
There are currently three bakers on site, Rob, Dennis Rockley and Tracey McIntosh who arrived a little early. Takings from the bakery today (Monday) were $1270, merchandise $350 and $30 donations. Takings are down today compared with the weekend and Friday's takings $1490, merchandise $479 and 102.50 donations. The cricket match cleared $1761. One of the fridges has broken down and goods are being stored in Tom's Shed making it a little inconvenient for the bakers. On the up side, a visitor to Farina was able to tell exactly what part and number was required, the part has been ordered and should arrive on Wednesday.

Five volunteers have been working on the repointing of the Post Office today with three walls completed.
Patterson's house is progressing nicely with Graham finishing the roof today and awaiting the delivery of the box gutter which was delivered but was incorrect. Inside, the ceiling lining is being installed, but unfortunately the work crew is down from last week. Steve reports that the under building plumbing is well advanced. The slate laying continues but slowly, with 2 metres progress today.

The gantries have been painted with more found which wtl painting finger signs/boards in Tom's Shed.

Defibrulator training at the 5.30pm camp meeting gave volunteers an oversight in how to use the defibrulator which will now be kept in the camp laundry for easier access and overnight access.Rob Ball, an Adnyamathanha man, gave a brief history of early Farina and his ancestors' arrival in the area.
As a first time volunteer, I'm in awe of the camaraderie between the volunteers and their willingness to help wherever they're needed on site. They all give the visitors to Farina a friendly welcome and in return I see a real respect from the visitors for the volunteers and the work they do.
It really is a happy work place.

Tuesday 19 June

Minus 1 degree greeted us this morning with ice on the bonnet of the ute and frozen clothing hanging on the line so I have declared it officially cold! Having been up at 5 every morning, I decided to have a sleep in after my dog bite episode and missed the first spectacular sunrise of our stay.

By 9am Farina was awash with tourists with the cafe busy again and the tourists eager to see the bakery and learn about the Farina restoration project.

Nola was again in Tom's Shed painting signs with John Urry making more of the popular paper towel holders. They consist of a square of timber with a black painted dog spike attached to the timber to hold the serviette. Most ingenious.

The septic tank has been delivered and awaits installation. The wrong cladding was delivered for Patterson's house so there is another wait for delivery. Bill and Graham W continue working on the outside of Patterson's House installing the plumbing. Steve Bennett has been taking levels on the verandah for the installation of the handrail.

The fridge compressor has been taken to Hawker for repairs.
More gantries painted today.

Inside Patterson's house there is an aerial crew and a ground crew. Unfortunately there is a shortage of volunteers in the house so Jeffrey Forrest and Dave Timms continue with one up, one down.

The crew is installing the timber ceiling which is looking spectacular! The fireplace is in, the timber doors and windows look great.
Doug McNaughton and John Toogood are oiling the information pergola at the Railway station. John has a new toy - a drone which he is using photograph Farina from the air.

Re-pointing at the Post Office continues.

Tuesday 19 June

Minus 1 degree greeted us this morning with ice on the bonnet of the ute and frozen clothing hanging on the line so I have declared it officially cold! Having been up at 5 every morning, I decided to have a sleep in after my dog bite episode and missed the first spectacular sunrise of our stay.

By 9am Farina was awash with tourists with the cafe busy again and the tourists eager to see the bakery and learn about the Farina restoration project.

Nola was again in Tom's Shed painting signs with John Urry making more of the popular paper towel holders. They consist of a square of timber with a black painted dog spike attached to the timber to hold the serviette. Most ingenious.

The septic tank has been delivered and awaits installation. The wrong cladding was delivered for Patterson's house so there is another wait for delivery. Bill and Graham W continue working on the outside of Patterson's House installing the plumbing. Steve Bennett has been taking levels on the verandah for the installation of the handrail.

The fridge compressor has been taken to Hawker for repairs.
More gantries painted today.

Inside Patterson's house there is an aerial crew and a ground crew. Unfortunately there is a shortage of volunteers in the house so Jeffrey Forrest and Dave Timms continue with one up, one down.

The crew is installing the timber ceiling which is looking spectacular! The fireplace is in, the timber doors and windows look great.
Doug McNaughton and John Toogood are oiling the information pergola at the Railway station. John has a new toy - a drone which he is using photograph Farina from the air.

Re-pointing at the Post Office continues.

June 6th - Patterson House
Stage 2 of the Patterson House is the main project this season. Work has been progressing really well, with lots of action from the ground up on a whole range of trades and skill levels. With builders on site, some minor adjustments have been made to the framing ahead of starting the task of putting roof trusses in place.
Other work around the house has included the jigsaw puzzle that is the slate paving under the verandah. Ron is in charge of this job and the progress shows he's training his volunteer helpers well.
The Patterson House is on track to becoming an exceptional facility for showcasing Farina, its history, and the future it has thanks to the Restoration Group.

June 6th - Patterson House
Stage 2 of the Patterson House is the main project this season. Work has been progressing really well, with lots of action from the ground up on a whole range of trades and skill levels. With builders on site, some minor adjustments have been made to the framing ahead of starting the task of putting roof trusses in place.
Other work around the house has included the jigsaw puzzle that is the slate paving under the verandah. Ron is in charge of this job and the progress shows he's training his volunteer helpers well.
The Patterson House is on track to becoming an exceptional facility for showcasing Farina, its history, and the future it has thanks to the Restoration Group.

June 7th - The underground Bakery
Today I thought I'd feature the bakery, a real drawcard for Farina. It's reputation for exceptional baked goods is well deserved, and the daily takings are increasing each day. These funds, along with the generous donations received, are vital to the work of the group and get put straight back in towards the restoration work.

In addition to the team's bakers, this year a baker from Burra visited for a couple of days and helped out, as well as turning some sour dough starter into the best ciabatta (and pizza) I've ever had the pleasure to eat.
The underground bakery isn't just popular for what it produces, most visitors jump at the chance to see inside and hear a bit about its history, design and operation.

June 7th - The underground Bakery
Today I thought I'd feature the bakery, a real drawcard for Farina. It's reputation for exceptional baked goods is well deserved, and the daily takings are increasing each day. These funds, along with the generous donations received, are vital to the work of the group and get put straight back in towards the restoration work.

In addition to the team's bakers, this year a baker from Burra visited for a couple of days and helped out, as well as turning some sour dough starter into the best ciabatta (and pizza) I've ever had the pleasure to eat.
The underground bakery isn't just popular for what it produces, most visitors jump at the chance to see inside and hear a bit about its history, design and operation.

June 8th - Stonemasonry from Jeanette Arnold
A day as a volunteer stone mason at Farina is back breaking work with very slow results for your labour. Therefore it is surprising that every morning it was a pleasure to go to work to search for the perfect rock to fit into the perfect hole. One rock at a time the wall of the Transcontinental Hotel was raised, the shape of the fallen window replaced and the room's walls capped to save from future erosion. Photo evidence taken on iPhones shows the pride taken in restoring a small part of Farina for future generations.

June 8th - Stonemasonry from Jeanette Arnold
A day as a volunteer stone mason at Farina is back breaking work with very slow results for your labour. Therefore it is surprising that every morning it was a pleasure to go to work to search for the perfect rock to fit into the perfect hole. One rock at a time the wall of the Transcontinental Hotel was raised, the shape of the fallen window replaced and the room's walls capped to save from future erosion. Photo evidence taken on iPhones shows the pride taken in restoring a small part of Farina for future generations.