Magrathea Farm is our patch, near Donnybrook, in the beautiful south west of Western Australia.
111 acres, about half of it is natural Jarrah and Marri forest, and on the cleared half we grow grapes – crimson and dawn seedless table grapes, several varieties of garlic in ever expanding trials, a few vegies, and dexter cattle.
We live in town, a short drive away, and will build on the property in the future.
The farm (and many things in and on it) gains its name from The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. Magrathea was the planet that was home the home of the custom luxury planet building industry, where hyperspatial engineers built dream planets for the galaxy’s richest. The planet sized computer named Earth was built by the Magratheans, in order to answer the ultimate question of Life, the Universe and Everything, to which the answer is 42.
Of Magrathea, The book says that, “Bits of it were dullish grey, bits of it dullish brown, the rest of it rather less interesting to look at. It was like a dried-out march, now barren of all vegetation and covered with a layer of dust about an inch thick. It was very cold.”
So we are building our own dream-world on the dullish brown patch we have named Magrathea.