2010年9月6日月曜日

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Well, it's Autumn.

On the calendar anyway- we had our hottest day of the season yesterday, 36 degrees. Love, love, love Nagano weather- hot and (relatively anyway) dry days with cool mornings and evenings and blanket-necessary nights.

The garden baked but that revolting black plastic we put down everywhere really retarded evaporation and saved the tomatoes and okra, and zucchini and- ok, everything basically!

After the traumatic you're too noisy comment Meg has continued to walk to school with little H. Neither of them look exactly thrilled but neither is refusing outright to go along and some things you just gotta do, right?

The recycling effort went well and we were adequately represented in the great k-truck muster- 10 trucks from 13 households. A tip off from neighbour Y about Sunday morning cartoons combined with the fact that I didn't get home from my beer garden outing until 3:30am meant I actually slept the entire thing blissfully away while AMy feasted herself on trashy tv. Shocking parenting I know but hey, needs must.

Meg and Amy have decided Lady Gaga has a bit of a naughty mouth on her. (Err derrr, right?) But they actually don't know any naughty English words so what they have taken offense to is the song Poker face. Or rather baka face. "Can't read my baka face. Ba-ba-ba-ba-baka face."

A new ad is going out at work. Umpteen thousand copies of it. I'm already bracing myself for the comments. You'd think it was a tv campaign with Brad Pitt the way the neighbours go on every time an ad comes out. This time it's me and four young foreign male teachers cavorting around in front of the big sign at work. Can't wait to hear what the yokels think of that one....

The first rice paddies were harvested on the weekend. NOOOOOOO!!! It'S the beginning of the end. After the rice goes it's just brown, brown, burnoff, burnoff, frost, frost freaking snow! NOOOOOOO!!!!

6 件のコメント:

gaijinwife さんのコメント...

I love the green of the paddies. Ditto on the brown brown brown after it all goes. Don't think ours start getting harvest until next month.

Gina さんのコメント...

Glad to hear you got to sleep in.

Yep, they harvested our rice behind our house 2 or 3 days before September 1st. That was a first for me...I have never seen them harvest so early in the season like this. Maybe it has to do with the unusually hot Summer or, I don't know.

achan さんのコメント...

Well there must of been some highs in that beer garden visit or you would've been in bed long before 3.30am!!! I am excited to be going out with the kindy mums next weekend, the reason "Yeh summer hols are finished-otsukaresama". Gotta luv the need to have a reason!

All rice around here has been harvested. Already that bare brown stage, but neve ever snow :) Care to fly south for the winter?

D. さんのコメント...

You made me curious, when Autumn begin there in Japan?
Here it's on 23th September, day of equinox.

Pray that your girls aren't going to repeat all day some Gaga songs' refrains. My younger cousins made crazy all the family for a looooong period. Crazy!

thefukases さんのコメント...

according to popular culture (tv weather, store decorations, school pool use/ school uniform changes etc) Autumn starts September 1. I think the equinox makes much more sense weather wise!

thefukases さんのコメント...

wow. all rice harvested already? That's a very long barren season.... Do they plant a winter crop (wheat or something?) Lack of snow is tempting but I don't think I could stand that long looking at a bleak brown landscape!