Cherries For A Holiday
Working holiday-makers are finding a nice way to earn cash while surfing their way around Australia is to spend a month or two picking fruit. And Australia needs people to do this so desperately that there are incentive schemes involving extended visas and other perks to get people into the trees and bushes. This week the gave a good insight into life as a cherry-picker:
After two hours picking cherries it feels like the pads on my fingertips are going to wear through and the nails fall away from my thumbs.
But don’t worry, he was a beginner. Others talk of earning plenty of cash to keep extending their holiday, or at least to enjoy it more thoroughly, let’s say. But you have to pick your fruit carefully, according to an experienced traveler/picker:
[Photo: teri 789]
Peaches are terrible. They've got that fur all over 'em. It gets into you like fibreglass and you feel like you are going to scratch your throat out or your arms off. And who'd do pineapples? Who'd want to work in those prickly bastards?
· All in a season's work [SMH]
· Big Pineapples and Big Bananas [Jaunted]