I’m obsessed with berries. Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, you name it, I love it. Every year whilst they’re in season, I drive down to the berry farms just outside of Cambridge, Tasmania, and I fill up four 1kg tubs with berries. The 4kg of berries usually lasts me about six months, and when I run out I begrudgingly eat the berries from the supermarket until I can go to the berry farms again.
This year, on my way home from a very successful berry-haul I realised that something was wrong with my car. In the middle of a hot spring day with 4kgs of berries in the car, I wasn’t willing to risk my car breaking down. Once picked, the berries need to be frozen or refrigerated or they’ll go bad. There was no way I was going to waste 4kg worth of berries because I ignored my car problems, and so, I drove straight to the local mechanic to get a car service. Near Cambridge, this wasn’t too difficult, as everything is pretty close by.
When I was at the mechanic shop, I asked if I could borrow their fridge. They looked confused, but once I explained that I had 4kg of berries in the back seat, they agreed. I was relieved that my berries were nice and cool whilst the mechanic checked out my car. As it turned out, I was right to get my car checked. Apparently, something was wrong with battery in my car and I desperately required an auto electrician. Around Cambridge, auto workshops are essentially one-stop-shops, and so I was lucky that I didn’t have to go to somewhere else. That way I could keep my berries in the fridge the whole time, ensuring that they are as fresh as possible for the next six months.
I’m very lucky that I got my car serviced when I did, and even more so that the mechanics just happened to have a huge, empty fridge.