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.

22/11/88

MILD  I slept in this morning so we only had time for Milo for brekkie.   Got our load of Blacks and drove out to the orchard and started work.  It was a good day for picking as it was overcast and mild and the cherries were good.  We had picked 10 by lunchtime including 1 free one that we got after Craig ran over a lug with 3 handfuls of cherries in it.  He gave us one lug in exchange for ¼.

We picked 17 for the day and knocked off about 4 and went home.

21/11/88

SHOWERS  I got up at 5 and cooked up toast and Milo for brekkie.   We went up to the shed and picked up our customary load of black ladies then we drove out to the orchard with thunder heads above. We picked 9 lugs before the skies opened and we decided to bugger off home at about 10:30.  Linda, Gav and I went into town and went to the PO – letters from Helen Bryan and Shane. Got some photos developed then brought some magazines to read. Went to the pub for a shandy then went home. Mucked around the camp and snoozed for the rest of the day.