2010年7月10日土曜日

The colours of summer and a busy Saturday at the JA festival

Went to the JA Summer festival today. Woohoo! Or maybe Yeehaa! Hmmm, do you need cows to say yeehaa? There were no cows but there was a big pool full of rainbow trout you could jump in and try and catch with your bare hands?

Thankfully I didn't have Meg and Amy with me so there was no floundering with trout (oh the pain of a bad pun...) and friend and neighbour A and I had a ball going round to all the stalls getting our free samples of manure and fertiliser and recycled/ regenerated dirt (really- there's a company that will truck out your top soil, mix it up with good stuff, heat it to such temperatures weed seeds die and then truck it back to you. All for a gulp inducingly incredible price of course.) We would have ended up with way more stuff (including sample size weed killer and liquid fertiliser) if we hadn't told every stall we were chemical free farmers. The price you pay, huh?

They had so many fruit tress there. Blueberry varieties we don't have yet (there are 5 trees here, planted in order of maturation from early July through to early September), Figs, supposedly Nagano-proof olive trees, yellow raspberries, white currants, black currants, (I only have red so far) and even Jostaberrys! But, *sigh* I have got to the stage where I can't spur of the moment buy fruit trees anymore. Need to seriously think where it will go first. Such a pain...

We were looking for yellow button squash seedlings and came home with a kilo of raisins (real fair dinkum raisins not sultanas) a kilo of dates, a fancy pair of pruning sheers that according to the sales guy are "as seen on TV! But better!" huh?? and a diamond head blade sharpener to sharpen everything in sight. Because uber-sharp blades and small children is just such a relaxing combination, right? I was two seconds away from buying myself a UV cutting ninja head gear (in plain green- the only colour not floralised) when A dragged me away and scolded me for even considering such Japanese old woman garb. I know it would age me beyond my years but so does sun damage, yeah? And It would stop dust and sweat and cucumber leaf prickliness from irritating my neck and I was looking at the plain green one not the floral....

Anyway got home and picked some more berries. Story of my life at the moment. But they sure are pretty.


2 件のコメント:

Gaijin Wife さんのコメント...

What is a jostaberry?? JA festivals across the country today. Granny K came home with 23 bananas and a blue bucket. Hub took Shou out for an hour while Ryu was napping and Marina was 'meant' to be napping - they came back with popcorn and beer (???)

Hope the as seen on TV pruning sheers came with a free set of steak knives :)

achan さんのコメント...

How Berry-exciting (if you can say it so can we!!)

I wonder what is on offer at our local JA show!! I might take meself a look :)

Any secrets to your raspberries that ypu'd like to share??? I planted mine about 6 weeks ago and it has already tripled in size. I'm excited and there are no berries until next year.

Enjoy being a glutten :)