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Spent the last week working in a packhouse as a tray-filler, traying apples. The apples are sorted by a machine according to size, and come out at different stations where they automatically fall onto the trays. The apples then need to be checked thoroughly for bruises, black-spots and size and the bad apples thrown out. Sometimes the apples come out so fast that its a struggle to check them in time, and there have been a few cases of trays of apples ending up on the floor. The trays then get boxed and the boxes sent on a line towards the gluing machine.
Although the work is really easy, I’m getting a bad back from leaning over the apples all day and grazed knuckles from putting the trays in boxes. The hours that we are getting are poor as well, only 21 hours last week when we’re supposed to be getting at least 40. For that reason I’m joining the apple pickers next week, hoping I’m fast enough to make decent money as it is paid by the number of crates picked rather than by the hour.
On one of the half days, I joined a group of guys on a trip to Maraetotora Falls. These falls are picturesque in themselves, but the real reason for coming is for a bit of cliff jumping and a go at the rope swing. The water is freezing making this an ideal activity for a hot day, though the jump of the cliff is really scary, mainly because you have to jump over the protruding plants, so can’t see from the top of the cliff the water which you will be jumping into.« Previous post in category · Next post in category »