2011年7月10日日曜日

who uses the ski field in the off season?

Went up to Hakuba for a fabulous arts festival yesterday. There was jazz dancing and poetry and Irish dancing and belly dancing and fire dancing and comedy and the most amazing Mexican BBQ and the belly dancer was my friend Brenda (who is totally amazing!) and I got to meet up with some of the local AFWJ women again and it was just an all around fabulous night.

Before the BBQ we went for a walk up to the ski resort with the kids (12, 8,7,6,5 and 2) to see what goes on during the summer.

There was a trampoline for the guys practising aerial moves. And an astro-turf ski jump that led into a water jump for those practising their jumps.

And on the slopes themselves?


What are those?


Goats!

They summer on the slopes and help keep the grass down and produce some pretty great cheese to boot.

And I bet they cause a lot less hassle than the hordes of Aussies who descend on the same slopes come Winter, huh?

4 件のコメント:

achan さんのコメント...

Glad you had a great time, I so wish we could have gone but really it is a tad too far for one weekend by myself with 3 kids. Maybe this Aussie could go have a look during the summer vac since it is much closer to Toyama than here :)

Gina さんのコメント...

Sounds like a great day. And lol about the goats. You know, there happens to be a man around our town and he has a white goat. He takes him for walks and everything. First time I saw him, I was out for a walk from really far away I thought....what a huge dog! And then as I got a little closer, I thought...wow what a strange looking dog! @_@ And then as I got a good block/streets distance it was obviously not a dog at all. It was a very clean well taken care of goat! On a leash and everything. Definitely gave me a surprise. I've seen him a few times since...and now I don't raise an eyebrow at it. : )

Brenda さんのコメント...

Aw shucks! I was so glad you guys came, and so glad you stayed to watch me dance. And more than anything, so grateful to you guys for looking after my guys. I was seriously feeling the love on Saturday.

bastish さんのコメント...

Those goats belong to Rob, a friend of mine who I used to work with when I was in Hakuba. He is an Aussie too, so it is hard to understand him sometimes. He spends his days herding them and milking them and spends his nights making cheese which he sells in a lot of the local inns and what not.