Pleasant Valley Thursday: Inaugural

Working on the farm was the first job I ever had.  Imagine little thirteen-year-old Amelia in a baggy t-shirt, athletic shorts coated from head to toe with a layer of dirt…  you get a pretty accurate picture of my formative teen summers.

Now that I’ve graduated college, I’m at home working, once more, for my dad at our family’s apple orchard and pick-your-own strawberry patch.  It’s not the most glamorous thing in the world.  In fact, most of the work is far below my education level.  But work is work and I’m happy to do it.

Every Thursday, I’ll be writing about my on-the-job experiences.  Starting this past Monday, I’ve been working from 8 AM till around 4-5 PM every day.  Before I get into any details, though, please take a moment to watch the following video.  Even if you only watch a few seconds, you’ll get the picture.  A few weeks ago, a guy flew his drone over our property at sunrise and pieced it together.

This is where I get to work every day.  You can’t deny that my home is beautiful.

Jobs this Week:

  • Fill sandbags and haul them to the strawberry fields
  • Read the handbook for the new lawn mower and test drive it
  • Weed newly planted strawberry fields
  • Plant strawberries… Fill in gaps where the planter machine missed

Currently, I’m the only one working.  My younger brother is joining me tomorrow.  The rest of our summer crew will filter in over the next month or so.

Low: I ripped the skin off a couple of my fingers tying sandbags.  It now hurts when I bend some of my fingers.

High: It drizzled all morning and the heavy rain set in the afternoon.  Because all my dad’s indoor jobs had to do with fixing broken machinery, he let me off work at noon!  No mechanical experience, no problem.  I had the whole afternoon to relax and get some around-the-house projects done.

Finally, everything is in bloom and it’s lovely.  I took this photo while mowing yesterday.  Enjoy!

3 thoughts on “Pleasant Valley Thursday: Inaugural

  1. brittabottle May 15, 2015 / 1:23 pm

    As a girl who grew up in suburbia, your summer job looks absolutely fascinating! Hey at least you have a job, too. I’m sitting at home right now sleeping in too late, passing the time, and trying to find a place to work for the time being. Also, I watched that video when you posted in on Facebook a little while ago…absolutely gorgeous!

  2. Holly Gruntner May 15, 2015 / 10:17 pm

    That video looks like the scene from the Keira Pride and Prejudice (you know which one). Beautiful!

    • Amelia May 17, 2015 / 10:29 pm

      For once, I appreciate the comparison. I wouldn’t mind an unkempt Darcy striding through the orchard to declare his love for me. No, I wouldn’t mind that at all. (But I still don’t like Kiera as Elizabeth. Some things never change.)

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