Six decades of love
DON and Kay Hann spent their 60th wedding anniversary just like any other day, picking mandarins in Gayndah.
Now 82 and 78, Don and Kay have devoted the majority of their lives travelling Australia picking fruit together.
“We happened upon it quite by accident,” Kay said.
“We were flooded out, everything was wrong and we were thoroughly fed up with the way things were going.
“So I said ‘I’m selling the house, either you come with me or I’m leaving you in it’ and it was sold by the following Sunday.”
Kay said their lifestyle change happened in a flash, but it “just felt right”.
“A chap asked us if we’d help with his apricots, and it all went from there,” Kay said.
Don said their lifestyle choice survived thanks to “good people”.
“We’ve met a lot of people and a lot of nice people everywhere we’ve gone,” he said.
“A lot of our friends are now our ex-bosses from around the place.”
Don also said their enthusiasm for fruit picking never decayed.
“We started in Mildura 42 years ago then branched out to sugarcane in Mackay, apples in Tassie, apples in Stanthorpe and potatoes in Robertson,” Don said.
“Anything we can eat basically.
“The onions aren’t so good.”
Don said the secret to their 60 years together was good food.
“Regular good food,” he said.
“We eat a lot of veggies and get a lot of fresh fruit.
“And Kay’s an excellent cook.”
In their six decades , Don said a day did not pass without Kay by his side.
“We’re just happy working and being together,” he said.
The couple will finish up the mandarin season at Gayndah, before moving onto their next destination later this year.
Wherever it will be, Don said he would be content as long as “we are working together”.
TRUE LOVE: He might spend most of his time picking fruit, but Don Hann still finds time to pick a flower for his wife Kay after 60 years of marriage.