Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Monday, November 18, 2013
I remember that I forgot to post a story about the Nerada tea plantation on the Atherton Tableland. I wondered how the tea was harvested. The only image in my mind of tea harvesting was of women on the slopes of India hand picking the crop. The neat hedge-like clip of these fields assured me this was not the case here.
The photo below of the video display shows how it's done.
The informational display says the best tea comes from the top shoots. Hand pluckers can pick 40 or 50 kilos a day. With shears a plucker can do about 150 kilos a day. A Japanese developed hand shearer can do about 300 kilos a day per person but it is hard to control the depth of the cut. The machine above is Australian developed and can do 45 tonnes in a single shift, of tea as good as hand plucking.
Posted by Joan Elizabeth at 9:46 PM
Sunday, November 17, 2013
Friday, November 15, 2013
And so we reached the end of our long journey. In our garden winter flowering camellias were in bloom, the first blossom was whitening the boughs of the pear trees and the air was fragrant with jonquil, daphne and wattle. Ah home!!
Thank you for following along with me over so many months which actually took 9 weeks but much longer to report. It has been a delight to relive one of the best journeys I have ever travelled.