A friend invited us to film a video called “Santa Super Slide”. It involved a gigantic water slide, santa suits and a road trip! I was in. It took us about 2 hours to get there to a property known as Wollemi Love Cabins. After you get off the main road, there’s this dirt track that leads to this property.

I love the letterbox which is a microwave out the front. Genius! It encapsulates the character of this place.

microwave letterbox

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My friend Jamie Andrei organised the event, including these 35 santa suits. Scroll down a bit further to see me in a santa suit.

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This is the water slide above. There was water constantly running down the slide. In addition, there was fabric softener and conditioner added to the mix to make it even more slippery! Those are the white swirls in the picture below. I’d estimate the slide to be about 50m long.

First test run on the water slide!

This is the first test run of the gigantic water slide. The first ride didn’t go as planned and stopped a few metres down the slide. We also had some inflatable floaties to use to prevent gigantic water slide burn.

Water slide

water slide

Fire

Dog by the fire

Lionel, the owner of the property started a fire. It was amazing – I’d never been in a room with a fire. I’d seen camp fires at school camps and church camps. But this was the first time someone had lit one up in a room. It was really cool! Perfect for a cold rainy day.

Homemade Biriyani

Homemade biriyani

My friend Somrat and his wife made biryani. It has egg, rice, and beef. Tasted great! If you look closely at the 3 eggs in the middle, they have little faces.

Plums, cherries, blueberries, raspberries sign

We left the property and started driving down the road. I had previously noticed this sign. So I stopped to check it out. The area at Wollemi has volcanic ash and is very fertile. The rest of the Blue Mountains has sandstone but this is the only area where you can farm produce growing. I had heard from Lionel that sometimes the farms have produce for sale using an honour system.

Plums, cherries, blueberries, raspberries

Next to the sign was this cabinet. You can buy the fruit and pay for it.

Plums, cherries, blueberries, raspberries

Each of the boxes of fruits has a price tag on it. There’s a tin in the middle which has some coins. Its really cool that you can buy this stuff this way. Its also has this country feel to it with this honour system. It harkens back to a time when you could trust your neighbours. I really dig it.

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Cherries in box

Blueberries, raspberries

Everything was really cheap, well much cheaper than in the city. More importantly it was fresh – straight from the farm. The raspberries were $4, blueberries were $3, cherries were $6 and the plums were $4. So I bought one of everything! They all tasted and smelled great. Just smelling the box, we could tell they were fresh and they had an aroma. The plums were a bit sour, so I’ll have to wait for them to ripen. The cherries were really good. I bought a box of cherries for $5 last Saturday from the back of a van around the Marrickville area. But these cherries were much better – cherry ripe!

Update: Here’s how it looks with my cereal 🙂 Yum!

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Part 2 is now here for the Apple Pie, Santa video and the Orange Jam.