TBL WHITE DAY FOUR: MILLMERRAN TO MILES

After a competitive night of TBL 2014 Olympic games, the White Bus woke up from another enthusiastic wake up call consisting of the famous Good Morning song and some minor earthquakes throughout the hall. (Don’t worry, everything is still intact, or so we think it is…) Though getting up that early was quite a struggle, everyone prepared themselves for the day over some hearty breakfast, ready to play their part in our third service project in the lovely town of Millmerran.

The team was split up into four smaller groups working on various small jobs at Millmerran Museum, Jeanette Hudson’s place, Yallambee Retirement Village and a Land Care Project.

Millmerran Museum was such a wonder to explore! The Museum has beautiful collections capturing interesting moments of Australian history. The boys took up the manly challenge sawing and nailing new wooden fences for the flowerbeds. A shout out to Binh, for her courage and confidence in working the circular saw! You go girl! Yeah, buddy! The rest of the girls were delegated the task of cleaning windows and the glass displays in the Museum. This also gave us the chance to explore the Museum and take a closer look at the intriguing artifacts. Many new interesting discoveries were made but nothing freaked us all out more than the creepy doll in the school building and to this day it forever haunts our memories… Morning tea was such a delight! We had the privilege to listen to some poetry/stories from the Men’s society while nibbling on some delicious sandwiches and cupcakes before continuing with our assigned jobs.

(Photo Credit: Evelyn Tran) David, Sam, Binh & Sarah (otherwise known as Rapunzel for her super long hair) hard at work building wooden fences for the flowerbeds

(Photo Credit: Evelyn Tran) David, Sam, Binh & Sarah (otherwise known as Rapunzel for her super long hair) hard at work building wooden fences for the flowerbeds

The girls who had the wonderful opportunity to help out the lovely Jeanette Hudson at her place had a lovely time helping her out with removing cobwebs and wasps. (So brave girls! I’m so proud of you!) They also cleaned the windows and assisted in getting rid of fallen branches from the garden.

(Photo Credit: Siriluck Vanichkitrungruang) Michelle and Jacqui cleaning Jeanette’s windows wholeheartedly.

(Photo Credit: Siriluck Vanichkitrungruang) Michelle and Jacqui cleaning Jeanette’s windows wholeheartedly.

The team over at the Retirement Village also removed cobwebs around the place and cleaned windows. There was a bit of weeding involved as well as dusting. One of the sweetest, most adorable and creative tasks they did over there (In all serious it just makes you smile thinking about it) was contacting windows with pretty colours and patterns to block out some sunlight and bright up the rooms for the elderly (You smiled at that didn’t you? Isn’t it just the sweetest?)

Over at the Land Care Project, the team did a bit of weeding, some mulching and planted a few trees. (I’m sure they’ll look amazing fully grown in a few years times!) Having finished much earlier than expected with their job, the team used their spare time to bond and start filming for our ‘Happy’ music video! (Can’t wait to see it! Oh my goodness, Peggy you can dance! So full of surprises girl!)

(Photo Credit: Sharon Ung) Steph happily doing some weeding at the Land Care project

(Photo Credit: Sharon Ung) Steph happily doing some weeding at the Land Care project

With all the jobs were completed, we all gathered together at the Museum welcomed by the most beautiful lunch, made for us with so much love by some of the most adorable locals at Millmerran. The team was rewarded with the warmth of Millmerran through the delicious barbeque and mouthwatering pastries; the homemade Anzac biscuits were amazing! Here we also did a little more filming for the music video (Though I’m pretty sure the original objective was to sun bake) before saying our goodbyes to the lovely locals and heading off to our last town, Miles.

(Photo Credit: Sharon Ung) Thanks for the delicious lunch Millmerran!

(Photo Credit: Sharon Ung) Thanks for the delicious lunch Millmerran!

Just before leaving Millmerran, we had a short stop over at Millmerran lookout where we did a bit more filming for the music video. Following Jacqui’s lead with her special dance move before breaking into solo dances, everyone had a good laugh participating in the filming. We stayed for a bit longer where some of us enjoyed a good game of Frisbee and others found a nice spot that is not covered in cacti to sit (Thank goodness I checked before I sat!) and soak in the warmth of the sun while admiring the beauty of Millmerran’s picturesque landscape before boarding the bus again and heading to Miles.

On the bus some of us played Mafia, others fell asleep, but all in all, travel time is also bonding time, allowing us all to feel even closer together than when we first met a few days ago. When we finally reached Miles it was pretty late, but we were welcomed by some of the lovely volunteers at Miles Historic Village and some delicious pumpkin soup and dinner! If that wasn’t enough, dessert was even better with some scrumptious tarts and slices! Even to this day, we’re not quite sure if we we’re just extremely tired but exploring the village after dinner was immensely hilarious! The mannequins in the life size village were quite freaky on their own but with a few of our funny ladies and gentlemen (Yes, I mean you shifty eyes – Dave) we were able to witness a rather humorous performance starring the mannequin in the bakery and Dave. (Still can’t believe you actually touched them! They were so scary!) Just moments before this, our President Wilson made an unsuccessful attempt sneaking under the batwing doors of one of the buildings to scare Peggy, who was clearly indifferent and unshaken by his ‘scary’ boo. Before, leaving for Miles State High School where we called it a night, the White Bus had a wonderful time having mini photo shoots and laughing at the mannequins and each other. Thanks so much for the lovely hospitality Millmerran and Miles for providing us such a warm and comfortable place to rest! I’m sure the love and warmth you have given us will resonate in each one of our memories for the rest of our lives!

Also a special shout out to Phoenix, Michelle, Wilson and Jason for helping me with the recap from the other areas where the team were split off and sent to! Yeah buddy!

By Everyday Evelyn