And it was washed out by torrential rain.
The kind of rain we didn't have during the official rainy season and have been having quite regularly since....
Anyway, we got the text that the BBQ had been moved from the local temple's/ neighbourhood baseball ground to the community centre.
The menfolk had rigged up tarps and had the 1/2 44 gallon drum fires roaring for the bbq, the grades 5 & 6 kids had got together at 6am to harvest the corn they planted earlier in the year and then strip the soy beans from their plants as well.
The womenfolk had got together and boiled thebeans, cut tomatoes, top and tailed cucumbers and laid them out with little dishes of straight miso- a little cucumber with your salt? done the obligatory trip to the supermarket to buy insane quantities of cheap and processed snackfoods- need to balance all those nutritious veggies somehow, huh? etc etc.
The kids had gathered again at 4pm to run around like mad things fuelled on a constant stream of sweets and group energy to the point they were all heaving, huffing, puffing, sweaty red faced things.
And then it was time to eat:
Bit of corn maybe?
Waiting for the food to arrive. Look at all the food already there....
A 7 year old on too much fun and sugar....
The fireworks were cancelled but we got to watch the village fireworks from the kitchen windows of the community centre anyway so it wasn't a complete disappointment. And the kids all got take home fireworks instead which Meg thought was a brilliant idea because we can now do it all over again at home!
Minus the processed junkfood though you can be sure!