Although we have had far TOO MUCH RAIN in the last few days and weeks, the sun is shining today( and we hope things will dry out ). We have been told by our packhouse / coolstore they want us to have our Kiwifruit crop picked today and tomorrow.( starting this afternoon. )( the rules are don't pick wet fruit! ) Ideally it would not be picked so soon after rain as it may not keep as well, but some orchards have to carry on and pick cause ships are waiting at the wharf to sail with fruit. ( time is money for them )The other problem is tractors may get stuck and the ground will get very muddy. So very rapid preparations are happening here. Vehicles and equipment are being delivered ( we are not allowed to use our own - stupid rule ) 4 tractors to pull the 4 bintrailers (that each carry 3 picking bins ); a forklift for loading and unloading, documentation ( bin cards )for the fruit bins that will arrive by the truck load soon.The photos are of the unloading on the gravel area where all the empty and later full bins are assembled to be loaded on to trucks to go to and be graded and packed at the packhouse.( more on this subject as it happens; tomorrow perhaps )
Of course everything happens at once.Inky the 12 year old, little black cat ( our only pet )disappeared. I found him in the garden after he was missing 24 hours unable to walk, with an injured left back leg. ( of course it was the weekend ) Yesterday morning we took him to his vet and he is still there.( very skinny and frightened.) He has been given antibiotics and painkillers - the vet can't be sure what's wrong with the leg ( he had an ECG and X- ray.) The vet found Inky has a dikky heart so was not prepared to give him an anesthetic in case it killed him. Anyway cause we are now so busy and the Vet wants to observe Inky ( Incubus ) he is staying in hospital till we ring on Thursday. ( Yikes - how much will this account be??? ) I just hate animals being unwell and have vowed no more in the future; I find it too traumatic.
At the moment here it is HURRY UP AND WAIT! (I think I'll go and look at and stroke some nice fabric! ) I am trying to take Isabelle's advice and think of 3 nice things happening today.