2010年7月25日日曜日

an overexposed kind of day

Between bathing together on the annual bus trip and the disturbing (to me) habit of men of a certain age around here to stroll about on a hot evening in odd semi-transparent white long johns I feel I have seen more of many of my neighbours than I would choose to. I am rather more prudish than that and, other than the annual communal bath, don't tend to expose myself to my neighbours.

Until today.

Today was a rather overexposed kind of day.

First K was out taking pictures of the street lights (don't ask) and the girls were out the back making a mud pit when someone came to the door. The open door. The cars were all there and the door was open so they knew we were home.

Which we were.

But I was in the loo.

Our loo is right off the entrance. It's also very obviously the loo. So if I called out I would be outing myself. I ignored the caller but he was quite persistent. Finally I gave up and answered and my poor neighbour's husband from up the road ran away before I got to the door. He left the bag of peaches on the doorstop though so that was nice.

Later in the afternoon I was out picking blueberries while K carted wood and the girls had moved on to trying to flood the front lawn- in this heat wave that was actually something I was encouraging as the lawn could do with the water.

I was wearing shorts.

There are lots of bees out there doing their bee thing.

One flew up my shorts.

Aghhhh!!!

It seemed lost rather than angry and was just walking around the back of my leg. I held my shorts off my leg (don't want the poor bee getting claustrophobic and panicking now) and called K. I couldn't hold my pants leg and unbutton my shorts so I needed him to take my shorts off. Outside. In broad daylight. Oooohhh errrr....

I de-shorted and de-beed the shorts and put them back on again without incident.

It was the secluded back yard rather than the very visible front one but still I am not usually in the habit of stripping down outside.

After those two experiences you'd think I would have been hyper-vigilant about opportunities for inadvertent exposure.

But no.

About 7:30pm K was out at the summer festival organising committee meeting and the girls and I were winding down for bed. We'd bathed and were sitting around in our underwear looking at videos of stag beetles on youtube. I'd closed the shutters on the window that faces civilisation but had left just the screen door open on the side that faces our shed.

Hello!

huh?

Hello!

What?

It was dark out there. Full moon so the garden was visible but still definitely night time.

But co-farmer and neighbour A was out there picking cucumbers. In the dark. She works all the hours of the day so I understand she needs to pick veggies around that but still...

Can you bring out a couple of bags? I've got about 30 cucumbers here.

Um... now? I'm in my underwear... I was going to pick them tomorrow morning.....

I've already picked them. Just bring out the bags. Don't worry about being in your underwear. I don't mind.

.......

And that's how I ended up walking around the garden in my underpants for the second time today. Boy shorts and a t-shirt but still. And I was joined by the girls in their bloomer style Japanese underpants. Bright luminous white underpants. What a sight we must have been.

Yup, a very overexposed kind of day here, today.

5 件のコメント:

Vicky さんのコメント...

The moon(s) brightly shining last night, was it??!

Gina さんのコメント...

How funny! This post really made me smile! ; )

Rachel さんのコメント...

I also got caught outside in knickers and an apron yesterday! Just went out to see what Amy wanted and ended up out there for ten minutes fixing the hose winder!

achan さんのコメント...

he he he!!

wonder what's being said on the bush telegraph tonight??

Kim さんのコメント...

Too too funny! And the bathing? I've done the single sex with folks you have to see again the next day, but...are yours EVERYONE?