2011年4月2日土曜日

The season has started

Spent the day outside today.

First time this season. We spent the morning ploughing the big field ready to plant potatoes and bagging chicken manure (it gets delivered by the 4 tonne truck load) to move to the other fields. Meg and Amy were so excited to be out in the garden again and kept talking about all the veggies they want to grow this year (yellow tomatoes, little tomatoes, watermelon, peas and pumpkin). Bagging manure is quite the job. The bags are old grain bags so quite big and the manure pile is huge. The girls held the bags while neighbour A and I filled them. I really thought the girls would grow tired of the job/ the smell and go and play which would have been fine as we are not really into child slavery but they were amazing. Not only did they hold manure bags for the whole morning but they were laughing and chattering and smiling and just soooo happy to be doing it and for the first time it really was a great help having them there. In previous years it has been somewhat helpful, or a little distracting or sometimes even counter productive to take them along but it was a necessary evil as we won't leave them at home while we work up there. But slowly they are really getting the hang of things and they are still really enthusiastic about helping (that has never been a problem, just the direction of the enthusiasm....) so it was great. We flew through the bagging and had finished/ run out of bags by 11:00. Wow...

Spent the afternoon chainsawing (K) and hauling/ stacking wood (me). The pollen is horrendous and we both sneezed and cried and sniffed through the day but it was so exciting to feel that the end of Winter has come and it's time to get back into the swing with the beginning of Spring.

Tomorrow we are going to level out the soil in another field. If we can move that is. A winter of inactivity has made us soft and my muscles ache.

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Lulu さんのコメント...

Great that the girls are reaching a point where they are more of a help than a hinderence!

What produce will you plant this year?? Will the girls get their wishes?


ps: How far from Funabashi Chiba do you think your place is? I would love to bring the boys up for a night if it was okay with you but would probably have to do the drive myself- haven`t driven OUT of Chiba before. Obviously no time soon as gas is still an issue here (and in-laws would probably not let me borrow the car at this point) but I was thinking in a couple of months maybe?