2010年8月21日土曜日

hidden dangers

With all that wildlife around at the moment (and I forgot to even mention the rat python living in the woodpile) I'm a little more alert than usual when out in the garden. That is to say I have shoes on and I turned my ipod down a notch or two so I can hear the wild boar when it surprises the monkeys who screech at the bear and they all charge me startling the python and...

So, anyway I was out trying to talk sense to the pepper plants who have gone berzerk in pepper production to the extent of breaking limbs and splitting down the middle with the wait of their fruit. Picking some off and tying everything up- bit of capsicum bondage going on... and I stepped back and shrieked.

My foot was burning.

What bit me????

A snake?????!!!

A hornet???!!!!

Something worse??!!!!!

Aghhhhhh!!!!!

I kicked my fake croc half way across the garden (all the better to ward off repeat attacks with one bare foot afterall, hey?) and examined my foot for telltale stinger/ bite marks.

Nothing.

But it was rapidly going red around my toes and really burning...

I looked on the ground around me for a half squashed spider or limping snake (can they limp?)

Nothing.

Nothing but some rotting peppers I had just cleared from around the chilli plants....

No way....

Taken out by a pepper?

Hopped over to my discarded sandal to investigate.

Yup. Smushed up rotten chilli pepper all over the front of my sandal. Just the smell made my nose twitch it was so fiery.

But my poor foot....

Even after a bath and soothing cream it still stings.

I can't believe I was taken out by a chilli pepper.

The upside is it seems like we have a wicked crop this year!

3 件のコメント:

Kaba さんのコメント...

Haha, oh the dangerous flora of Japan. I can relate though. Whenever I cut chilli peppers (I don't wear gloves even though the packaging states to do so, but I would feel silly) my hands will start to burn when I wash them. And for about three days after I can still feel the sting whenever my hands get wet. But only when I rinse them with water. So weird.

Helen さんのコメント...

And, watch out for hairy caterpillars. My hubby knocked one off his cherry tree one year. It rolled down his neck, across his chest and off his hand. The next day he had the worst rash on his neck and hand. He had to go to the doctor for cream.

Gardens are scary places!

achan さんのコメント...

Never a dull moment in Nagano!!

Embarrassing to think that with all your precautions that you got done in by a chilli!! Have you tried yoghurt to sooth it?

I planted chillis for the first time this year, we also have a bumper crop. how do you dry yours?