My Last Work Day and Post at Le Vin
Trip Start Feb 24, 2010
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We had three groups with Eric overseeing. He had at least three friends over for much of the day, talking and helping on projects. Matt, Matthew and Dana were the garden crew and worked on the garden plot behind the barn/inn/wine bar. They dug up plants to transplant, planted a post for a blackberry vine, picked a ton of mint, ripped out a bunch of dead grape vines and aerated the soil - extraordinary progress. Holly, Jen and Anne were The Inn cleanup crew and I'm sure they just washed everything and set it up perfectly
Mercedes, Nicole and I were the olive oil bottling crew, but first we worked on clearing out the outdoor barn extension in front of the wine bar. We moved plywood, bikes, outdoor chairs, ladders, large olive oil containers and plastic packing crates. Then we swept the floor and Eric spent a good deal of the day pressure washing the metal wall. Then we moved to bottling in the wine bar. We eventually understood what we were supposed to do after he explained it, left and let us think. We took turns with all the steps, but the general process is as follows. We had to smell the recycled bottles we were filling and make sure to not fill the rancid ones. Yeah, I thought it was a little sketchy. Then we filled bottles one at a time from these shiny, metal casks. It took a while to find all these bottles and caps. It's a little disorganized in there and filled with boxes. Then we washed and dried the outsides of the bottles, put the caps on and boxed them. When we moved on to the new bottles, made in France, we had four stickers to put on them: The Le Vin logo and info, an organic olives/pressed by monks message and a limited reserve seal for the lemon olive oil. It was really good. We tried some on crackers.
We had grilled cheese sandwiches with avocado and tomato at 3:00. Our English girl had never had grilled cheese before! Back bottling in the afternoon, the sun was streaming in through the door and the breezes were flowing. I got a little sad to see my last afternoon here. We bottled 116 bottles today. They make extra virgin, cold press oils that sell for $40. And we WWOOFers cook with the stuff every night
Holly was still not home. And she had a shopping list of essential ingredients for tacos. I felt bad about not having dinner ready for the late workers but we really wanted tacos, so I called and left a message asking when she would be getting home. A bit later she called and Mercedes and Holly was mad. Basically she made it sound like she was not going to the store and we would have to do with what we had. So we did. We opened cans instead of waiting for fresh stuff. Then in the thick of cooking she showed up with all our ingredients. Some of us were rightly annoyed at the unnecessary miscommunication, but we added in the fresh stuff as well
We chilled for bit with more music and some of us played a few rounds of Bananagrams. That was for Nicole because she loves it and she is leaving tomorrow too. Then Mercedes, Nicole, Anne and Matthew went out for a sauna with me. Anne and Matthew did it for me even though they don't exactly enjoy them. Matt, Jen and Dana UN-respectfully declined, lol ;) It was a good session though. It got pretty hot and I jumped in the pool once. I stayed in a bit longer than the others. It might be a while before my next one! I have so enjoyed Mercedes in just the few days I have known her. (She was in almost as long as me ;) I got the last shower. Then Mercedes, Anne and I sat on the bed and talked a while. They are going together to the same farm I am going to next, but about a week later.
I am still up at 3:30 because I'll be waking up in no time and I'll really miss this WWOOFing experience. I spoiled her as hard as the work can be. (My right hand is still strained.) I'm the last one up, so tired though. Good night. Fresno tomorrow night!