30/11/88

FINE & MILD. WOKE UP AT 10 TO 6 AND RUSHED ROUND GETTING READY. CRAIG¹ DIDN’T TURN UP FOR WORK SO GARETH HELPED ME ALL DAY. LINDA WAS PUT ON PICKING SOME SPECIAL² TREES AND EARNED 1 ½ FOR EVERY LUG, SO SHE PICKED 13. I WORKED 11 ½ HRS SO IT WAS QUITE A PROFITABLE DAY. GOING TO THE GYM TONIGHT WITH GARETH.

¹The aforementioned “mealy-mouthed wimp”.
²Special trees are those with very high quality cherries which need to be picked very gently.

29/11/88

FINE AND MILD. WENT TO WORK AT 6:00 AND DROVE OUT TO YANDERRA¹. TERRY² TOLD ME I COULD HELP LINDA WHEN I WASN’T PICKING UP LUGS SO BETWEEN US WE PICKED 10 LUGS AND WORKED 10 ½ HOURS. SEAN AND LUC CAME OVER TO OUR PLACE³ FOR TEA. WE PIGGED OUT ON SAUSAGES, PEAS AND SPUDS AND A BOTTLE OF BERNADINO SPUMANTE*.

¹Another cherry orchard a few kilometres from the Cherry Hill orchards.
²The orchard manager.
³I endearingly refer to our tent camp as “our place.”
*A species of nasty, cheap, fizzy wine often referred to as Spewmante!

27/11/88

SHAUNA LEBU

THUNDERY. GOT UP AT 5:30. STARTED PICKING AT 6:30. PICKED 15.

 

HERE ARE SOME FIJIAN WORDS:

BULA – HELLO

MATHAY – GOODBYE

VINAKA WAKALEBU – THANK YOU VERY MUCH

SHAUNA LEBU – BIG ARSEHOLE!!¹

¹ One of our backpacker friends was an Irish boy called Sean. The Fijian ladies got a big kick out of the similarity between his name and the Fijian insult shauna lebu!

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Titelia, Linda, Naiomi and Chi.