Tobalong - Week 2
Trip Start Apr 17, 2011
87Trip End May 10, 2012
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On Friday's the work is quite long as its the day before the markets the task f picking s not just in regards to picking and packing tomatoes but the farm also grows other fruit and eggies such as lettuce, capsicums aka peppers and eggplants aka aubergines. I was given the task to pick Kale in which I heard the instructions to pick it all and rip up all the leaves...this was a bit of a no no and I ruined the whole crop! I gave myself a bit of a slap on the wrist and my hate relationship with Kale began!
The farmer was probably annoyed but he chose to laugh at the 'Pommie Sheila' (as he called me) instead. it was a long day but once the work was over for the week a can of West End was waiting which was much needed
We had kayak’s in the sheds and got to kayak along the Murray River and when i had my down time I was trying to explain the rules of cricket to fellow Europeans as there was a current test series between India and Australia and even though I was in Australia I have to say India are my cricketing team so it wasn't nice to have to explain they are losing!
We took to experimenting in the kitchen with sandwiches and I was introduced to a Sandwich Elvis and my suggestion of pizza bread was gratefully received and with the farmers special tomato sauce I had to say it tasted even better!
My other teachings were Irish phrases...although not being Irish and pretty much knowing only derogatory terms, this also went down very well! Although they did think I'm making "What’s the Craic?" up
The temperature was fairly warm this week with it being 38 degrees on Monday and it was difficult to work in this to say the very least. It wasn't able to pick for long as the hot houses inevitably got very hot and to work in the shed was also getting unbearable so as soon as work it was a run into the Murray River which was beautifully warm to swim in.
Normally work begins at 7:30 but when it is hot we usually start at 6:30 so more work can get done in the morning...unfortunately this day we were told 6:30 by the farmer's wife and everyone else rocked up at half 7 on the 18th Jan...unfortunately it didn't mean we could finish work an hour earlier