A bit of a headache…

Been a fair while since I last posted, been pretty busy at work and a lot of assignment work to do….. Below is a gallery of photos taken from at work of what we have been up to, a few in there of a recent field trip our class went on last week to Mt Cook!!

Then we had the Mt Cook field trip last week…. was heaps of fun! not to mention cold! got to see a few glaciers and see some chunks fall from them high up the mountains as they came down in a massive crash and rumble! Also got to learn some stuff about Sir Edmond Hillary at the Hermitage which was quite interesting.

And just yesterday we had a big stow storm hit Otago! First decent snow we have had in about 10 years!!

Should start posting again next week so until then… bye bye!

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Lots and lots of Jam-Packed goodies

Again, no polytech this week, will be like this for some time now… so just work experience again… Still getting colder as Winter approaches!

So apparently we hadn’t finished the last of the apricots… because we had a few bins of those to pack! We also did 2 different types of plums….. very very messy! I had to help out on the bin tip for those two days, so much mess on one variety where the fruit had perished in the bin and left a lovely jam for us to clean up… far too many times! The other variety was extremely damaged and nearly half of it was far to green to be packed…. we again i had to help sift through all that as well… you can see above the bin with really green fruit in it, thats what we were having to pull out before it went onto the grader to then be packed! was not easy…..

Anyway that was about all for the week, just more fruit, mess, jam and other goodies!

Until next week…..

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Still more to come….

Yet again we have been blessed with another lovely week in Central Otago! I’ve been hearing some rumors of rain this weekend though however so it may not last….

No polytech this week and only 2 days at work this week, got the day off today!

Te first day was all nectarines…… for the most part…. again boxed up August Fire for export market and towards the end of the day we did a small pallet of some new peaches we haven’t done before (for local market I think)… Black Boy Peaches (above second) they are a dark purple colour and the flesh on the inside is exactly the same colour too! I thought they were very interesting… apparently the are good boiled and on cereal etc, not so much for eating!

The second day was sent finishing off the last of August Fire nectarines in the cool shed in the morning followed by apples for the rest of the day and a small amount of Bon Bon Nectarines in the last hour of the day…. no doubt there will be more Apples and Nectarines to do next week! Until then….

“Poo the Moo” as Dave would say…

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More where that came from……

We had another lovely week here in Central again with heaps more fine weather, the nights are now getting a lot colder though and I’ve even been woken up once or twice to surrounding Vineyards doing some Frost Fighting!

To start off the week we had the second half of Plant Biology…. with Rog! and Plant Biology is not as simple as you think! Gonna have to do some catch up from last weeks sessions too for the assignment…. yaaayyyy….

As for work this week, we boxed up some more August Fire Nectarines and Bon Bon nectarines into the big 12kg export boxes (above), We also bagged up and crated a LOT of Royal Gala apples and a few other varieties. We have been told there also a LOT more apples on the way so I’d say we would be safe to say we will be working with apples for quite some time yet!

For the last day at work Andy and I were set out deep into the Orchard to pick the last lots of the Nectarines, we only had about 6 or 7 rows to do but it took a little longer than you would think, Tanya came in on the platformed rig to pick the top parts of the trees where we couldnt pick from the ground… Tayna and Lindsay helped us clear out the last row once the packhouse had shut up shop just in time to go home for the long weekend!

Sounds like there is no Polytech next week so I’ll be just work experience again so until then….. laters!

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A Busy Week…. Only A Lot…

Soooo…… We had another stinking hot week this week, I honestly think this hot weather is driving me insane! But seriously… thankful I was not out picking! The Boss at work urgently required Andy and I to work the full week this week so we had to miss out on polytech this week…. So this post will be about work experience at work for the week…..

So for the first day, Andy and I were loading the bins full of Apricots onto the grader for the day, whilst Andy prepared the new bins I had to sift through the fruit as it came onto the belt and pick out all the bad and perished fruit…. some of it was a bit messy!

As you can see above, there is a bucket and a green crate I had to put certain fruits into (Andy as well when we didn’t need to off load a new bin). The buckets got all the perished and squishy/squished fruit to be taken out to the compost, the fruit in the green crates are called ‘Seconds’ and are used to make jams and jellies! I was only required to help out here whilst we were off loading Apricots as these fruit tend to be the messiest…. Andy spent the rest of the week off loading bins on to the grader… as for me…..

Back to packing…. In the above image we are boxing up Export Peaches called Golden Tatura and Glowing Star. We also boxed up Export Nectarines (Bon Bon) and a few local market and shop Apricots which were  called August Fire and Nevis….

We also spent a few hours on one day outside on a different grader…. done by hand! We hand graded and packed 2 varieties of plums, one was Black Doris and I dont remember the other off the top of my head……

But that was about all that happened at work this week… back to poly next week with the other half of Plant Biology as we missed out on the first half this week……. I still remember a fair bit from Plant Biology from Level 4 Hort last year so shouldn’t have too much to catch up on! Hopefully…..

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A Short Week…..


The weather is still holding up this week so its still been stinking hot!

Not much happened this week, no work this time… not enough work to do during the day now as the season has slowed down. But… back to work at polytech this week for one day with Weed Management with Roger! So we all went for a class trip to Rog’s Vineyard to inspect some weeds around the Vineyard!  We also did a check up on Rog’s wind machine.. it still works!

Heres a few pics from Rog’s Vineyard, the grapes are starting to come along nicely!

Anyway that’s all for this week….

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