They have three ducks and a tennis court sized rice paddy.
We swap duck stories and rice growth stories before class.
He goes home and I guess he tells his mum about our conversations as next thing you know his mum's friend (the mother of another student) asked very excitedly if they could come and look at our ducks.
They being both boys, both mums and a younger brother for good measure.
Now, our ducks are quite the local tourist spot. By local I mean neighbourhood and you've got to remember there really isn't a lot of competition but still. Co-farmer (the other) K has great people skills and has encouraged quite an entourage of neighbours to bring down their kitchen scraps and bread crusts, over grown veggies and weeds to feed the ducks when they visit.
I'm a little more timid about asking people to do stuff but I decided that as this wasn't a neighbour and was someone I onlyhave to meet for about 5 minutes once a week I would pluck up my courage and suggest she bring some scraps. I mean she was driving 45 minutes to stare at ducks so I figured she was keen, right?
They turned up and bundled out of the car like a litter of puppies. Well the kids anyway.
'Come and get the lettuce out of the car, boys!'
And so the boys ran back to the car and pulled out this:
Well actually that was only half the haul. We gave one bag to the ducks and co-farmer W kept two bags. They brought nearly 20 kilos of lettuce leaves with them!
I've been to the supermarket and asked for the outer leaves of the lettuce before but I've never rung the supermarket and asked them to keep the next two days of leaves for me!
Think I'll go back to not asking people to help out again...
City kids in the country. The boys and my two spent the entire time hurtling around the neighbourhood between ours and co-farmer W's and the rice paddy and looking at the chooks and the chickens and picking berries and cucumbers and when they were all finally loaded back in the car it was completely dark!