This is Meg heading off to school today.
Hmmm, you can't see her?
How about this one then?
You can kind of see her hat, right? It was 5:20am.
It was for a good cause though.
As part of their theme of people at work the grade 3s spent the morning at the Matsumoto wholesale markets and left in time to see the morning veggie auction.
Earlier this week they learnt how an auction works and how the auctioneer calls things and how people bid.
It has been very exciting.
It took a good three days for her to be able to say the name of the market. 'Matsumoto city public facility district wholesale market' is quite a mouthful.
After the excursion I asked her how it was.
"The market is HUGE and the people who work there have to wake up at 3:00 to get there! And the farmers go there to see what price the veggies will get and sometimes the prices go down because the shops won't buy them and the farmers don't want to have to take them home again."
Wow, a farmer is a pretty hard job, right?
"Well, when it's not their turn they just sit around on cushions smoking and chatting and some of them were just napping. I think they should watch everyone else's auction too. That would be polite."
They each had to take a bag with them and were given a persimmon, a banana and a mandarin.
After the wholesale market they headed to Nagano beverage to watch the processing of veggies into veggie juice.
"It was really noisy and there were lots of machines and I don't know how the people know who each other are as they all wear masks and weird hoods. The machines all have different names and one is called the chopper but it's not like Chopper in One Piece it's a machine that chops vegetables."
And they were each given a can of veggie juice.
Then they went to the airport park and had a loo break and a treasure hut finding lollies the teachers had hidden and it was back on the bus and back to school.
It was a hideously early start but I think that was a pretty cool excursion.
Kind if wish the schools here asked for parent helpers...