Mothers Day Working

Sunday 10 May
We were up early again, to start a full day of work. The day was fine and cooler. Wyn worked the day in Tray Preparation, where they prepare the trays and boxes the kiwifruit are packed into, and load them into the chutes that deliver them to the packers downstairs. I was on Stacking, taking the packed boxes and stacking them on pallets. The boxes weigh 10kgs, and sometimes are stacked two at a time. Each pallet is 100 boxes, which makes a neat 1 tonne. At the busiest, it probably takes about half an hour to load one pallet. By the middle of the day my arms were worse for wear. By the end of the day, new and unused muscles were making themselves felt.
At lunchtime we dropped Peter’s car off at a different road end, and raced back to work eating our sandwiches on the way. There were some heavy showers through the day – as predicted.
Work finished at 5.30pm, and then after a break we started our cleaning duties, again filling in for the other cleaners. By the time we finished that, it was after 8pm, and we’d been on the go for over 12 hours. We were exhausted by the time we got back home out the back. Luckily we had leftovers from the previous night.
Wyn had Mothers Day greetings from her sons, making a good end to a big day.

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