Orange you glad i didn't say Banana
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We stayed our first night at the Golden Orange and ate pizza at the bar, Before heading to the farm accommodation. I remember I was excited as this was a new adventure for me & I had not a care in the world that it could work out or not.
We drove on this dirt track road and passed many farm house's that had orchards going for miles, The scenery was amazing, It was what I loved, Living in the middle of know-where with empty land for miles on end before having a neighbour.
We had our orientation with the owners and other people we would be working with
Scott & Natasha had two farms with Orchards, One at there home and another 20 minutes drive, We moved to there farm away from there home 20 minutes away, It was also another 10 minutes drive from a road through a dirt track road which was in the middle of a field where Scott & Natasha cattle would Rome freely and kangaroos would jump around.
We rocked up to the onsite accommodation, This was a portacabin that had been split up into many rooms, A kitchen outside with a sink, Gas cooker & Hot places. The bathroom was stationed outside as was the shower.
Our first night on the farm, we were alone as the rest of the workers hadn't yet moved on site, We didn't realise that most of the animals came out at night, When needing the toilet we had left the light on outside our room so we could see where to go, A swarm of midges flew into our room the slabs were covered by cane toads and green frogs. It was crazy and off course I became scared to all these creepy crawlies .
When I say the slaps were covered i mean they were actually covered there was millions of the toads & Frogs it was just amazing to see
Sometimes I would make Royce head to the bathroom first to make sure there wasn't a frog in the toilet & in the shower. I would always have too time the shower before 4 pm, Any later and I would have unwanted company joining me.
The first day we went out picking, I found it extremely hard to pick a bin. I had a bag attached round the front of my body that strapped over my shoulders. I was getting 80 dollars a bin, I was up at 6am and heading back around 4pm, My first couple of weeks I struggled to get a bin a day, Royce helped me out a lot as he was knocking the bins off 3-4 a day. He was a machine picking fruit.
After a while I got better picking, I would push myself to get a bin within 6 hours and as the days went by they 6 hours would be knocked to 4 and then i was knocking off two bins a day, Sometimes 2 and a half.
We stayed on the farm for 3 weeks and then moved into Gayndah the Town for long term accommodation at the Golden Orange. We had our own bed, We had a proper shower and toilet indoors and a TV, Which was amazing
We made new friends, And had the option to attend the pub. Every night I had entertainment with Royce, Every spare minute he had he was playing his guitar, He taught our neighbour Rick how to play the guitar, and had jamming sessions.
As Royce had stayed there the season before he knew a lot of the locals, We had this one guy called Brian, He was classed as a typical picker, Got up at the crack of dawn, Smashed his 3 bins and was sitting in the pub by none. He was literally crazy and mental.
Dennis was the manager of the Golden Orange, He stayed a couple of doors down from us and would always speak away and would refer to me as the crazy Scott.
Due to spending every minute of the day with Royce we picked up on each others bad habits and at time I got on his nerves, I was the only girl so I did find it hard with all the boy company.
Outside our room in town, was the Vally where we had a cola-nay of Fruit bats, The smell at night was disgusting that it became that strong it was unpleasant to sit outside. The locals of Gayndah were fighting for the bats to be removed as they were damaging the orchards.
I worked picking fruit from March- End May, Royce had to return to Seattle for his sisters wedding for June, So I had one months of free time to do what I wished before returning back to the farm for the next season of oranges. Because I had to cut my trip short after Fraser Island I still had yet to see the Barrier Reef, Cape Tribulation, White Sundays and Sky Drive Mission Beach.