Tuesday, 27 July 2010
Fruit picking in Gascony
I must say, it was a bit of a shock to the system getting up early this morning, but Megan my oldest daughter has just got a summer job fruit picking at the local farm. Unfortunately, she speaks no French just yet so is a bit worried.
We arrived at the farm yard bright and early, to be met with a mini bus full of locals and Polish workers chomping at the bit ready to get going. Within minutes they had dissappeared off into the distance along the country lane towards the orchards with their ruck sacks of provisions for the day and ladders.
This week she is picking plums or apricots, but next week it could be melon, peaches or nectarines. The grapes are not quite ready yet, which she is pleased about, as she had the preception that she would have to take her shoes off and get into a vat to squash them, not nice with her feet!!
We will see how long she lasts in the heat, I predict a few days, and I am sure the seasoned workers have taken bets too!