Keep Rolling, rolling, rolling, rock you

Trip Start Nov 17, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Australia  , Victoria,
Friday, June 21, 2013

Freezing again, I didn't learn my lesson yesterday, although I actually don't think It's possible to fit any more layers on me. Matteo and I have decided to work in a pair and we get back to work facing each other ripping out the vines as we go along. I feel strange and surreal, it's like a horrible dream being back here, No one else is around, the sharp tangled vines stare at me strangley, I can’t quite remember how I began.

I get it into it and find, I am actually enjoying it. I feel strong, somewhat liberated if you will. We finish the row in just under a few hours and wait for the Tongan to prune the next one, when we wip back on the job.

There is no more to pull so we move onto rolling, both given a shit pair of snippers, Matteo’s no different to toenail scissors and mine a sharp blade but with no spring. And we begin to roll. And it is horrible. You have to take a giant vine, snip off all of its growths, still getting hit in the face by the vines and flying grapes. You then have to tame the vine – by vine i mean thin tree trunk around a wire. Of course when you try to do this they snap, when you don't pull it tight enough so that you don't snap it you get told to do it again. You have to repeat this with two vines on each side of the tree. Each tree needs to have four sets rolled and each tree will earn you 70 cents.

Your partner works opposite and you fight over whose vines are whose (trying to obey all of the rules, you can't roll a vine bought over from the diagonal side, only opposite, you can't roll two vines from the same branch- It goes on. And when you do get it wrong, The Tongan leader unrolls it and asks you to do it again. And when you have finally mastered the roll, You must pull – with all of the beatings that come with it. Moving slowly from tree to tree the end of the row seems further than timbuktoo. The days goes by, painfully then we spot some of the others starting at the other end. What are they doing on our row? I have never been so pocessive over a tree I tell you. 'Were helping you to finish so that we can all go home'. Great, we are not only the worst, but the slowest.
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