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Olive, Ken, and Lyn,
I just wanted to wish you and everyone else there a very Merry
Christmas! I stayed with you in November of last year and I will
never ever forget it! I had such an amazing time there! I
have decided that I am definitely more comfortable in the country than
in the city, and your farm stay was a big part of that. I tell everyone
I meet about it. You should really send my some more brochures so
I can give them to travel agencies out here. I know for a fact
that at least two people I told have been to see you. Yup, I
really loved your farm!!!
I hope you all have a very wonderful Christmas and a bright and
prosperous New Year!
(the cookie maker/ cake decorator from Vancouver Island Canada)
As I am back save
and sound in Germany I would like to thank You once again for the lovely
stay at Your farm on the end of November.
Especially I would like to thank You for Your immediate help to take me
to hospital with my toe that I hurt on the great barrier reef.
I apreciated it very much that You drove me to Your local hospital in
Baralaba where I got to know the help of the nurses and Your doctor, and
of cause his lovely wife.
P.S.: Please send my regards also to Trevor, whose jokes I enjoyed
Hi Peter, Olive and Lyn,
How often do I think of my
few days at Myella sometime in 1997. Must of have been around August.
Well after travelling around Australia and spending a wonderful time
with you all, and the special dinner Olive made for Peter and me baked
beans on toast, I was looking through my trip and found the photos of
my stay and googled Myella and see what I have found.
You have done a great job
with the Farm and catering for your travellers. I have managed to find
my way back to Australia in 2001 and worked in Tasmania for 5
years before moving up to Brisbane where we have been for the last 2
years. I am working at Sirromet wines at Mount Cotton as winemaker.
Still think of the outing Peter took us out on after taking the kids
to school to visit the table grape grower near you.
I am the German, South
African winemaker who thought he could still ride a horse and had to
learn again on your horses how not to fall of. Just remembering the
mouse plague you had and the empty bottles over the ice-cream tubs
full of water as mice traps.
Life in Brisbane is doing
me well. A bit warm and humid but luckily the sunshine coast is not
Just a few lines to say I
am glad to have found your website and this has rekindled fond
memories. should you come down to Brisbane come to the winery and say
hallo and we can do some winetasting. And yes I also have started to
do homebrew beer that peter introduced me to.
I am back nearly two weeks already and did not yet find the time to send
you some pictures. As I am back to "normal", I leave home at
6am and get back around 6pm to have just a quick snack and leave to the
to ride Leon. My flat still looks like a rubbish bin with all my
(washed) cloths from Australia. Over here it is grey, wet and cold. We
already had some snow last week and the temperatures are around 5°C.
looks like a fluffy teddy-bear. He did pretty good and was ridden very
good. Now I got instructions to do it as well as my riding teacher.
However, did not yet succeed.
I want to thank you again for the kind hospitality and the family life
at Myella. Whereever I went, I recommend everyone to visit you, as I
really was happy to stay with you. Your broshure does not promise too
much, as I first thought. It is really like it is described and I am
pretty sure, no ad is necessary. I attach some pictures in a couple of
mails. Thus I
don't block your e-mail with too many pictures in one mail.
Take care, look after yourselves. I am really happy to meeting you all.
Hope, to see you all one day again.
Lots of luv
If you are reading this then we can only assume that I fixed your
computer, which is a good sign.
We both really enjoyed our time at Myella and we wish we could have
stayed longer. We can honestly say that is was one of the best
experiences that we have had on our travels and will tell anyone
taking a trip to Australia to make a stop in Myella
Hopefully we will get the
chance to return someday and to be honest if we every return to
Australia, Myella will be top of the list of things to do.
Say hello to your Mum,
Dad and everyone on the farm
Sean and Anne
and my wife recently stayed on your ranch for a week and had such a
wonderful time I had to send a E mail to say many thanks. We have had
many holidays in various parts of the world but the week we had with
yourselves matched any of them, if not bettered them. All the
persons at Myella were so friendly and helpful and nothing was too
much trouble for them ( a special thanks to Trev).
will be visiting you again without doubt and hopefully in the not too
distant future. But until we the next time we arrive I hope everyone
at Myella keeps in good health and has all our best wishes for their
and Sarah Jones
|Hello to all
Mark and I stayed with you last month, you may remember us as the couple
that got engaged on Fraser Island only a few days before arriving at
Myella. We have included a couple of photos just to remind you who
We just wanted to say again how much we enjoyed our time with you and we
have highly recommended you to many travellers we have past coming down
the coast as we were going up it.
We especially wanted to extend a really warm thank-you to Russell who
was a fantastic, relaxed and encouraging teacher on the horses and the
bikes. I was very unsure of the bikes and about ready to give up
but his reassuring advice allowed me to achieve my goal and I was
chuffed to bits. I have told Mark for a wedding present I want a
horse and a bike!
Please pass on the message to Russell as we did not have time to
exchange emails, you all certainly kept us busy and we thoroughly
enjoyed every minute of it.
Helen & Mark xx
MYELLA is a MUSSEL
I did a websearch of
Myella ponds and came up with the fact that Myella is a species of
Mussel that lives in Mangrove in Ecuador! Here is the info I
found about your ponds while staying at Myella
how’s the farm stay life?? What
happened with the Channel 10 visit? Are you all going to be reality TV
think I have found a new ‘local’ horse riding venue. They
seem very relaxed and laidback – not hung up on cantering on the
right leg (Nikki!) I am
aiming for a minimum of once a week – better than nothing!!
I rode a 10 year old bay mare named ‘Tina’ who had a sparky
attitude and liked the occasional kick at other horses – much
more hilly than Myella but there was no cattle L
They do have cattle at one of their other properties though…
you are all doing well!
This time next year I hope to spend some time at Myella again. We
(undersigned, hubbie and daughter, then 4) were there in 2000 for a few
days and had a great time. Hubbie shot through shortly after we came
home but my daughter and I have been back in Australia since.
We are planning another trip for next year. My daughter will be 11 by
then. And I am sooooo looking forward to it.
I read somewhere that you have a new dog. Is old Stubby no longer among
Anyway, see you next year
Marlies (and Laurelle)
YOU!!!!!! and thanks again for the brilliant farmstay. I
the riding and moving cattle around released my inner demon, because I
had the courage to go skydiving, scuba diving and white water rafting
over the last week!
Hi! It's Josie Faulkner. I stayed with you 2 day/1 night, 8-9th
met with a guy called Alex and he reassured me I didn't need to take my
camera anywhere because he'd take pictures for me. I now cannot
find his email address, and was wondering if you could give it to me, or
surname because we are on the same network on Facebook. I'd love
to get the pictures!
PS Maybe you'll remember me as the "vet-to-be"!
I am back home in reality – and you all
thought I would never leave! A
huge thankyou to you all for being so welcoming to me! Myella
is such a unique and special place, never before have I experienced
such frantic stress-free energy and activity while feeling so overcome
with peace, joy and happiness.
am still waking up at 6.30 each morning and looking for my Billy
coffee at 7am. I miss
hunting for those horses in ‘Big Tank’ and I hope they are still
hiding in the trees for whoever is searching for them now – Lyn the
whip was a HUGE success!
were the final names for the three new horses, when I left it was
looking like Atlantic/
am looking into the local horse riding/trail riding places (trying to
find something not too monotonous where I may as well be asleep on the
horse) – now I have those bruises and am used to riding again I
don’t want to give it up!
hope your current guests are giving you joy and not grief and there
have been no more nasty death threats from the cleaning lady!!
all at Myella
For some reason Myella popped in to my head today - I stayed with you
several happy days in 1998 and remember the sunsets, riding CT the
'roos, serenity and bugs with fondness. Well, maybe not the
glad to see on your website that you're still doing what you do, only
bigger and better! I hope to return one day and bring the husband
|Hi to everyone
I met at Myella. I had a great time riding horses and motorbikes and
bottling beer! I have to come back someday. I made lots of
travel-buddies for my trip around Australia. I've lost contact with most
of you but if you see this please look me up on www.facebook.com
and join the Myella Group!
Morning All, (Peter,
Olive, Lyn, Fiona, Nikki, Vanessa, Gina, Shane, Trev, Dan, Broken Leg,
Lil' Red, the Owl and I'm so sorry if I've missed anyone else).
I thought I would just
write to you all to say, Thank you!
Every single one of you
made my farm stay fantastic and have you have provided me with some
wonderful memories to bring home. I have needed to dip into my memory
bank already this week to make myself relax, as I've come back to audits
and reports and all the fun stuff I was able to leave behind for 8
I have so many people
wanting to jump on a plane or in a car to come and see this place (Myella)
and the people on it, I must be able to describe your place to them the
way I've seen it as they all can't believe such a beautiful relaxing
place exists but don't hold you breath most of these friends of mine are
city dwellers through and through and I think they might shiver at the
idea of getting their hands dirty let alone being away from their
creature comforts (lounge chairs and gourmet food) for very long at all.
Lyn, Olive and Peter - I
have found a family that made me feel like one of their own while I was
there, you have this way with people to make your visitors feel
comfortable, I think that is the very ingredient that makes your
business work. (however, you should be careful in doing this, you might
end up with more extended family than you would like, tehee). I would be
proud and happy to say I feel like part of your extended family.
Ok, enough of the mushie
Have you been able to get
the bark down out the front of the Fiona, Shane, Dan and Trev's home as
Oh, Please say a big I'm
sorry to Fiona as I didn't get a chance to say goodbye to her face to
face and it's been playing on my mind ever since. Oh Fiona, I played my
first real game of touch on Monday night, 5 guys and 4 girls and it's
not the little kids that hog the ball it's the big ones….the guys…..tehee.
How's the babies,
(wallaby and my beautiful Broken Leg and Lil' Red), I miss them too,
please give them BIG kisses for me…..well ok not so much of the kisses
at lease hugs, Trev!
How did the muster go on
Monday? I passed a cattle truck heading up to Toowoomba (1.5hrs away)
and thought of your steers heading of to the open pastures in the bug
blue sky. I'm sure I'd get used to it one day, til that day I'll just
have to keep calling them freezer bags and not fluffy or spike.
Oh, I nearly forgot, I
went onto the Telstra Web site http://www.telstra.com.au/mobile/help/blackspot/blackspot.cfm
and listed your home and surrounding areas as a Telstra reception
black spot. This covers the 3G, Next G, CDMA and any other mobile
coverage required. If you guys also jump on and add your details, the
more that do it the sooner it should get fixed. I hope it helps!
Lyn, if you and Trev come
down for the races, well not only you guys any of you any time, please
contact me I have a sofa lounge and plenty of room, you can either say
or at least call in for coffee and most likely not home made biscuits :)
but I would try….tehee…they wouldn’t be like Nikki's though!
Do you know the little
thing I can still smell from time to time and the one thing you don't
think about very much while you're there but remains with you for a long
time afterwards, is the open fire and smelling of smoke at the end of
the day from making tea/coffee and breakfast.
A small thing but
memorable like my whole stay and once again to all of you I say, 'Thank
and Emily Hildenbeutel
Dear Peter, Olive and Lyn,
Emily and I just wanted to
know how our little owl friend is progressing. We hope that he/she is
getting stronger. Thanks for giving us the pleasure of helping to take
care of such a beautiful creature. Thanks also for your warm and
friendly hospitality. We had a fantastic time and can't wait to come
back, oh and please say hello to Maurie.
Harry, Lisa and Emily
NOTE: A BARKING OWL
WAS FOUND ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD AND WE ARE CARING FOR IT WHILE IT
RECOVERS ENOUGH FOR RELEASE
the Myella Team,
you are all well.
for a fantastic stay - Victoria and myself really loved it and it
was a great start to our holiday.
a couple of pics from Sunset point - I've shrunk them but let me
know if you want the originals.
HI Lynn, Peter & Olive.
We had a most memorable
stay with you this year Feb 07. Really enjoyed your great hospitality.
What a great experience. Will certainly come & stay with you again
if ever we come back to Aus. Thanks Lynn for pointing out the southern
cross! Take care & tell Olive not to drive that bus too fast.Peter
to keep feeding the roos.
All the best Al & Jacqui.
from BATH, Somerset.
Thought you might
appreciate this snap I took of the handsome kim - great shot of
how not to sit on a horse to show to future visitors.
We had a great time as
always at myella - see you next time.
NOTE: WE DO NOT
ENCOURAGE THIS TYPE OF RIDING!!
|Hi to you all
on the farm from Ireland,
Declan and Ursula here remember us? Probably not as you have so many
coming and going all the time.we spent christmas with you and had the
best christmas ever, thank you so much. Hows your leg HOP A LONG!!!! (thats
what I called Lyn in case she not reading this!!) hope its better and
you are all well anyway.have tryed emailing before but havent sent for
some reason so I'll try this for now and hope for the best!! it would be
good to hear from you sometime if you get this.
I had a great time last time I saw you (as always)a nd I can't wait to
see you again in the Easter Holidays, Carolyn and Chloe are coming with
us too. Dad told me you got a new dog and bird, I can't wait to met
them. Make sure you have Whiskey and Blaze ready for me and dad.
See you soon
I have just spent the last
8 days at a farm called Myella having the time of my life so much so
that it was a wrench to leave and I cried. I have been horseriding
everyday, dirtbiking most days, feeding orphaned baby kangaroos and
wallabys, caring for a displaced baby cockatoo, getting the cows in
for milking (there's only 2 of them and a calf) mustering the bulls on
horseback and on the dirtbikes, making beer, walking the dog, swinging
in hammocks and whipcracking, I could go on.
The people that run it
Peter, Olive and their daughter Lyn and all their staff were
absolutely wonderful they all made me feel so welcome that I felt like
one of the family (except that I was paying for the privilege of
course!) but of course it will go up there as one of the
best bits of this journey. I wish it was closer to home so that all
you lot could have the opportunity to experience it as you would all
Anyway a big THANK
YOU to them for having me.
Olive, and Lyn
I am doing some family research for my cousin's daughter, Yaralie Oram.
this is her line going back:
her father: Alister Oram
his father: Clarence Clifford Oram (your Lewis' brother)
his father: Lewis Oram
his father: Joseph Oram (wife Elisabeth Faulkner of Falkner)
I thought I had some incorrect information from the LDS website,
submitted from someones family tree, and I was pleased to come across
your Myella web site and the history of the Eathers. i have no
information on the children of Lewis (Digger) and wondered if you have a
family tree on the 'net', or if your could provide me with any more
I am grateful for the information on Joseph and Elizabeth Oram from your
site - it will enable me to go back further. I have a cousin who
is currently living in Queensland (from my side - not the Oram's) who
has kindly done a lot of research in the libraries and genealogy
associations, and she will also be pleased about the information on your
site. I love your stories, they are so interesting, and young
Olive's life is a parallel of my own mother's childhood in rural western
would love to hear from you soon,
Annette Grigo (nee plant)
How are ya?
There aren't many days that go past when we don't think of Myella!
We're now back home
:( and have been for the last 3 months, in the gloomy winter.
Feel like we haven't had a summer for ages as it was winter when we
were in New Zealand and then arrived back here in the winter.
Both very tempted to fly to Oz for some sun.
To fill you in on
what we got up to;
We were in
Queenstown, New zeland for 4 months, living and working in the
coldest winter they'ved had for years, which was a bit of a shock to
the system, but meant the snow was great and we did a lot of
After that, we hired a campervan and drove around, and Scott finally
proposed!!!! Apprently you guys knew he was going to as he
wanted to do it at Myella-bless him. So thats made me a happy
Then we headed to the
cook islands, which were ok, but the weather was a big
disappointment and we ended up bringing our flights forward, so we
spent our last two weeks in Vegas, eating 'all you can eat' buffets
and gambling way past out budget-was fantastic.
And now we're home.
Working and playing hard. Can't decide where to go on our
hols, but Myella is definately on the list. in fact as it's Scotts
30th in november we did say maybe we'd come out then-whats the
weather like in November?
We decided to get a puppy when we got home as Scotts Sisters dog had
had a litter and she is, in Kevin and Shanes words a 'big
I've attached a few
photos for you laugh at There's one of our little house, in
the snow (which was from the other week!Carzy weather) in out
little road, which may make Kevin faint! A few of myella and also,
Scotts first experience in a European saddle!!! He wasn't that
impressed- they were taken in New Zealand, not England but it does
look very similar.
Hope you're all well
and doing a rain dance-the whole worlds weather is messed up.
Much love to you all-
Scott and Chloe
Ps-also, how did the new horses settle in? Is that saddle shed
still as tidy as when we left it?
big kisses xxx
My name is Brian Kemp I
stayed at your place in November last year together with my wife and
my wife's cousin from Switzerland, Walter. Peter was kind enough to
give us some Gumbi Gumbi leaves for a friend of ours living in Monto.
I have just spoken to him and the leaves seem to be doing some good.
Even though he was bitten by the spider some years ago the swelling
has gone down some and he is able to move the knee joint more freely.
He is happy with the results and is still taking the medication and
even though it is terrible to drink he will persevere with it. Thanks
for your help and hope everything is going OK with the business.
Brian & Elisabeth
NOTE: This is a plant
that the aboriginals used for medical purposes, it grows here in
Central Queensland and Peter takes it for arthritis and also as a CURE
for CANCER. Research is being done on it in Melbourne to prove
it actually helps cancer patients. Some people in our community
are sure it has helped with their prostrate cancer.
|Fabbie the Swiss
Dear everbody at
Reality hit me hard the
other day as I landed in cold and freezy Switzerland after having
spent 6 brilliant weeks in Australia... to make myself feel better (or
even worse) I went on the internet to check out your website - tried
to find the Guestbook 2007 to write a few lines could not find it
though, therefore, here comes a mail maybe you can put it in the
Staying at Myella farm
definitely was the highlight of my Australian holiday. after
having driven 7 hours from Airlie Beach to myella, on my own,
with my GPS (now you know how that works Lyn don't you) going dead on
me half way to the farm and no mobile reception to get direction from you
- i was more than happy to see all those friendly faces once i've made
it and felt at home immediately.. wanting to stay only one
day for an hours riding i ended up staying two and had the "one
in a life time experience" of branding cattle myself - that was
thanks ever so much for
everything - i will definitely come back as soon as possible
love, Fabbie the Swiss
Hello to All,
Sorry I have taken so long
to write and say the biggest thankyou from my heart.
My name is Julie Ferguson
and I stayed with you all for a week in the middle of October. I
truly had the most awesome experience with you guys in which I will
never ever forget.
things that I only ever dreamed of and learnt so much about the bush,
the animals and myself.
Shane,Trevor & Kevin
are a wealth of knowledge and between them and the ladies of Myella
you could write a book of the bush and its tales.
You may remember me as I had
only just given up smoking and it has now been (2) months (6) days and I
I have told everyone about
my experiences that I had at Myella. Nikki & I started in
which I hope is still going the rock shrine at Sunset Hill.
Many of my friends thought I
was going crazy for doing something way out of character for me but now
they say I came home less stressed and looking great.
Now for the big news.
I came home and spoke to my husband and we both decided to shut down
both our businesses and take a working holiday around Australia.
Anyhow a huge thankyou and
here's wishing you and all your family and friends a Very Merry
Christmas and A Happy Healthy & Joyous New Year.
Take Care & Be Safe,
Julie (ps thankyou for my