27.10.2012 - 22.11.2012 35 °C
The mulberry packing lasted around 3 weeks however only 4-5 days a week. Was good money though being $2.70 per box (2 pound) however one day managed 95 boxes, but oh did i ache!!!!! How the job worked is the pickers would pick the fruit and put it into 9 punnets into a white box. This was transported to the shed by the supervisor of the pickers on a tractor. The white box is weighed to no how much to pay the pickers which was $4.50 per kilo, so really not that much!
Once me, Claire, Jodie (from Bradford) and Mayomi (from Japan) got a white box each and would pick each punnet up check the mulberries were not too red, squishy, over ripe etc then would put them into a clean punnet with labels on and weigh to 139-141grams and then put the lid on. Once got 12 of these this would class as a box. Our backs would be in a lot of pain at the end of the day though as bending over the table to check the berries suggestfully all day!
Now are working on a farm training vine trees. This job is paid per the hour, $14 (8 pounds) however this works out as less pay then the above job, but still a very good wage! Have done 6 days straight with this job so far and it is VERY tiring as in the sun for 8 hours a day with no shade to hide in. However, very good at getting the tan. This Sunday it is meant to be 41 degrees, so glad that got this day off work I can tell you.
The job entails looking at a vine tree to work out which branch can be wrapped around the wire which is at waist height and head height. Then chopping all the excess branches and leaves etc off the vine tree. The younger vine trees which have not grown that high have to pull the shoots off so the growth is aimed to the top of the tree, so it can grow up in other words. Seen at least 10-15 red back spiders per day though, these spiders are one of the more dangerous ones in Australia. So have to be very careful.
The area around Mildura is made pretty much of sand and therefore lots of deserts etc. So on the farm my car struggled to get through the sand and yesterday got stuck a few times and the girls who travel in my car to work had to push! funny to watch though. On way to work one day saw 3 groups of kangaroos jumping across the road, very nice sight, however have to be careful to not hit them as they would write my car off the road for sure.