2011年12月7日水曜日

This is what's wrong with the picture

Yesterday's picture?


Was taken at Sunday's monkey-fence-building working bee.

Each household 'volunteers' four half days of labour. I say 'volunteer' as while there's no fine for non-participation this time there is a definite air of chip in and do your bit. You know- the sign up sheet where we all have to sign our names against what dates we will attend? Usually K does these jobs. I am not sure what the balance of shielding me from neighbourhood drudgery and shielding the neighbourhood from my frank opinions on drudge work is but I think it's a win-win situation either way!

But this time we have other commitments on on Sundays and couldn't block out four weeks worth so we did double duty to increase our working hours.

Well, quadruple duty really as where we go the girls go, too.

We arrived:


Another sunny Autumn day in k-truck paradise...

And went to work.

The job was thrashing and cutting and hacking a three metre wide clear zone between the forrest and the adjoining farms. Apparently monkeys don't like open spaces and this will deter them. I'm not so convinced but anyway.

all clear

We started at 8:30.

And had our first tea break at 9:20:

That's no mushroom cloud, it's a glove cosvered fingertop

I was a bit miffed as I knew we would be stopping at 10 for official tea time (complete with PA announcement) and felt it was a bit of a waste of time.

So in an act of passive rebellion I continued working.

"Fukase-san. Fukase-san!"
"Yes?"
"It's tea time!"
"I'm fine. Thanks."
"No, no, no, no. You need to stop!"

So I did. It was sounding like a decree. Don't want to upset the tea- gods.

Back to work.

Well almost.

That picture? One man working while half a dozen watch?

It was interspersed with one man working while half a dozen stand around talking about apples.

How about watching a man climb a tree?


Despite all the breaks we were finished over an hour early of the designated time.

So we all congratulated each other and went home early.

Yeah right!

We stood around doing more apple discussing, we found three more trees to chop down (including that one up there, where yes, the man was in danger of dropping a tree on himself while six of his neighbours watch...) we faffed about cleaning up pine needles and spent quite a long time discussing the prospect of snow.

So by the time we did get to go home I was thinking there was an awful lot wrong with that picture!

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Gina さんのコメント...

This post of yours was so much fun. And I am now doing my happy dance. I answered right! : ) I knew that 1 guy was working while the rest were just standing there. Didn't know they were discussing apples but that totally makes sense.

And like I said, it really did look like that tree was going to fall backwards like right back on him. It totally did look that way.

And I did suspect somehow the monkeys were involved. : ) I know they've been driving your community a bit crazy this season.