Hey! How is it going? Everything is fine here, weather is sunny and very very windy! Last week's Monday we started working at new vineyard. We made wire-lifting for the whole day and it was quick because there was just two wires to lift. Rows were very long but by walking fast or running it didn't take long time to finish them. Every block is usually 100-200 rows, shortest rows are 10 meters and longest are 900 meters maybe..? We have usually 15 people group working and sometimes there are more people helping us.
Tuesday afternoon we finished nine blocks of really long rows (everyone can count how much we walked..) and started other wire-lifting where we had to release one wire and put two in their places. We did that for two days and on Thursday we started sweaping. That is really boring! We need to bring shoots of plants "arms" in front of wires and take other shoots behind the wires. I almost fell asleep while doing that!
My gloves after few days of wire-lifting
On Sunday we had more people working. There were altogether five cars full of people, mostly Indonesians. We have been sweaping since Sunday. Indonesians are really funny! They speak mostly in Indonesian and they tell hilarious jokes while working. Of course I don't understand Indonesian but they are giggling like little girls so I guess someone is telling nice jokes! I also get lot of attention because I am one of only three girls. Everyone wants to help me and they are really curious about my family and if I'm married or not..
Few friends have said that they wouldn't expect me to work in the farm. I just wonder why? Have I become too city girl? I have lived 15 years middle of fields in countryside. 10 of those years I hanged out at horse stables and things and in nature! But maybe people change, if course I feel like I'm bit different now than six years ago.
On Friday we had day off so we took some beers on Thursday evening. Friday morning I had somehow small headache..but lot of new friends! And in my arm was reading good rule from work: "No crossing!". I had promised to go hiking with Czech guys and Japanese and German roommates in the morning and it was so hard to get up! But I did it!
Flo, Lee, Daniel and Vojta are missing from the picture.
So on Sundy morning Daniel (guy from Czech) drove us few minutes out of town and we found what we were looking for: Wairau Lagoons walk. It was three hour walk and while walking we saw a wreck of an old coastal trader, the S.S. Waverley. I had to climb in and see it inside! Walk was nice and views were beautiful.
I also visited beach one evening. Whites Bay is the nearest beach to Blenheim, maybe 20 minutes driving from town. Views were awesome! You have to drive up to the mountain and then back down to get to the beach so you can see whole Blenheim and sea view from mountain. Unfortunately I left my iPad to home so I had only my phone to take photos with.
I have been missing home and family few times. I guess some people thinks that it's a bad thing. I think it's healthy. I'm not missing that much that I would cry every night or I would go home earlier. But feeling of the missing doesn't disappear either with speaking in Skype or writing messages. It's still there and it's the mark that I love my family and home so much that I miss them while being here.
Few things I miss a little or maybe more:
My apartment and own kitchen. It's been great to share kitchen and I've become more relaxed about sharing stuff. Of course I'm bit pissed off because someone stole my sausages (I still blame the cat, others don't believe that the cat would eat them from the fridge) but otherwise it's been ok. I miss my bed and sofa! Bunk beds aren't so comfortable but I sleep like a baby everywhere!
My family. Calling to my mum in the middle of the day and asking something important or less important. Joking and laughing about stupid things with my sister. My brother and his family. Of course I can't see how my cute nephew Juho is growing so fast and older nephew Niilo learning new words all the time. Funny stories which my little brother Lauri tells to me every time we meet. Playing board games with family and gathering to the kitchen and talking all night.
Friends and workmates. Actually it was funny that the first dream of Finland I saw in New Zealand was about my workmates gathered together from every place I've been working. I miss our movie nights with friends and going out to the bar and of course the short way back to the home after bar! ;) I also miss speaking Finnish already and long talks with close friends..
Anyway, I wouldn't change one moment in this experience. It have been great time really and I've enjoyed every moment so much! Of course I miss other things also but these are the things which I have been missing the most. I want to wish Happy Birthday for my sister Annamari and my mother who have their birthdays this week! I wish I could be there celebrating with you. I miss you! And thank you for the package I got from you! I love it!