We’re staying put for another year:

We have committed to stay on at Koramba Farm for another year.

Why?

Chris has a couple more programs to write and while he can do this in the van, it’s a lot easier to do it from his “Office” with the computer set up with double screens, a comfortable office chair and all the power he needs without watching the solar inverter.

We committed to a year as this is easier for the farm and Martyn knowing they don’t have to look for anyone until after harvest next year.

Myself on the other hand, have taken on another job!

I wasn’t getting much brain stimulus cleaning toilets and showers and the yard work is now under control and only needs to be maintained, so while speaking to Shannon (the Mechanic) he said they really needed a Storeman to sort out all the parts and spares over at the workshop.

 

The Workshop, my new work place.

The Workshop, my new work place.

 

Chris will build a programme for the workshop which will entail stock and parts management and maintenance schedule.

We are investigating ways to make it easier for anybody to find the parts they require, remember it’s not only Shannon who works there by himself amongst a vast array of parts and spares.

The Gin staff come over for parts, back packers are sent there to work on quiet days and all the supervisors have access to be able to fix tractors or utes as needed so this makes it really hard to maintain control of literally millions of dollars worth of equipment.

They used to have a storeman and two office girls at the workshop but during the 8 year the drought many of these staff were let go or not replaced when they left. Over the years since the drought Shannon hasn’t had the time to organise or clean it by himself as it’s all hands on deck making sure all the equipment is running the best way they can.

There is two floors here, then the Hydraulic container, small machinery shed, picking container...the list goes on.

There is two floors here, then the Hydraulic container, small machinery shed, picking container…the list goes on.

Now I don’t know anything about machinery parts so it’s one steeeeeeep learning curve! If I look at the whole picture I have doubts I can do the job but when the doubts start I just think of the task at hand and stay focused on “one day at a time.”

I have been going into hardware stores and auto stores looking at ways to organise, hang and store products. I think the whole process will evolve as time goes on as new ideas surface and I learn about the stock. Shannon as always is so patient. He also knows nearly every part in the workshop.

I have put in a system so I don’t bug Shannon all the time.

I put any part I’m not sure of on the sorting table and when he has 5 minutes he puts it in the sections marked out with tape eg. Toyota, Plumbing, Case, John Deere.

When I start working on that section he names the products so I know where to place them on the shelves. I’ve started to recognise many of the parts and go back to the table myself to place them where they need to go.

I'm sorting out the John Deere parts.

I’m sorting out the John Deere parts.

Everything use to be in containers and easy to find.

Everything use to be in containers and easy to find.

I’m reading as much literature as I can on stock control, searching the internet for names of bolts and learning the confusing tensile strength of imperial bolts. Men… and they say women are confusing.

Bolt graded by the ANSI standard is identified by the number of lines arranged around the head of the bolt. The minimum value of tensile strength is defined as 2. A bolt of this value has no lines on its on its head.

    • 0 lines = Grade 2 tensile strength
    • 3 lines = Grade 5
    • 5 lines = Grade 7

 

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I love being challenged and I can tell you it’s way more fun being covered in grease, cobwebs and dust than dishwashing liquid.

I’m getting use to the cobwebs but I have seen one mouse so far. We have come to an agreement, he stays away from me and I will stay away from him.

Yes the hair gets washed everyday, just in case a spider came home with me.

Yes the hair gets washed everyday, just in case a spider came home with me.