2010年10月23日土曜日

do you see what I see?





There's a monkey in each of those pictures.

Not the same monkey either.

Up at the big garden today. K ploughing and then K and I planting the onion sets. We are waaaaayy late getting them in and they were started in a planter that had very poor drainage and appears to have got a lot of love from Amy and her watering can. Upshot, we lost quite a few onion babies to ankle rot.

But that's ok because I sowed an entire packet of seeds of red onions and brown onions so we were still kept very very busy!

The girls spent the time eating mystery berries off the trees that surround the field (I freaked when I realised they were eating stuff at random but apparently it wasn't that bad and it was something they used to pick and eat on kinder walks. That made me feel better until I remembered that the kinder teacher is the same one who had the kids chewing on raw windfall chestnuts the other week.....

Anyway we spent the whole day working to background music of a whole gang (group? troupe? tribe?) of monkeys. The monkey fence is obviously not working. The mothers were leaving the baby monkeys up in the forest and then the adults were running endless raids on the apple orchards. They have a real preference for yellow Shinano sweet apples which is interesting as they command half the price and even less media attention than their more famous cousins the Sun Fuji.

Meg and Amy were all round eyed disbelief at all the screeching that was going on up there. Meg in particular kept running over with updates:

'Mummy! They're fighting again!'
'Mummy! The baby's crying! Mummy? Can you go and help the baby?'

The photos are all pretty far away as I didn't have my zoom lense with me and I'm actually not too keen on monkeys so waited until there was a good distance between us before I pulled out my camera in case one of them had an issue about being photographed and took offence!

4 件のコメント:

achan さんのコメント...

Just thought it was the Shizuoka monkeys making an appearance this year, I guess not! (and now we've got bears!)

Maybe the farmers should start thinking like the monkeys? If monkeys like the 'cheap' apples why don't the farmers start planting some 'apples for he monkeys' higher up in the mountains, because obviously the fence doesn't work.

I don't like monkeys either. Miyaji was the scarest place that I've ever been :(

Gina さんのコメント...

I see them! I'm so glad you got pics of them, wow. We don't have monkey's around here, so I find that really interesting to see the pics Heather.

Good idea to keep a safe distance though. And good thing they have a preference for the cheaper apples. : )

Rachel さんのコメント...

Aha! spotted them. Tricky though. I don't mind monkeys so much, but yeah they can be a bit scary...

illahee さんのコメント...

i think i see one in the third picture....

i loathe monkeys, so scary!! i also had such a fright on miyaji!!