2012年8月16日木曜日

12 August rice update

Wow, hardly any rice update this year, huh?

I guess I'm just such a veteran rice farmer these days that it's all old hat and not exciting anymore, huh?

Nah, just busy.

We planted glutenous mochi rice as well as regular eating rice this year and after a slow start with colder than usual weather we have a beautiful looking crop coming on.

It has been great this year working in the rice field and then coming home and eating rice from that very same field and our very same efforts last year.

That kind of cycle is really what I like about the farming life- work hard, go home and enjoy the fruits (or grains) of your labour.

Another 6 weeks to 2 months and we'll be eating our fresh rice again.

Ahhh the good life!


9 August- Crunchy cake

K's birthday.

It's also Nagasaki memorial day and his grandpa died in the war so it's a bit of a downer day for a birthday but we do our best!

This year Meg and Amy wanted to decorate the cake all by themselves.

It was... aaaahh... an experience!

They didn't wait long enough for the cake to cool and then they put on MASSES of icing so it was kind of swimming in melty icing.

Then they made a heart out of pink sprinkles and filled it in with a very thick layer of sprikles made of a mix of every sprinkle we own. @_@

It was quite the texture sensation- moist banana cake with melty lemon icing and a big crunchy hit.



But K loved it and that's the main thing, right?

And he's still (just) young enough to have his own teeth so it's ok... ;P

678 August English Summer Camp

I have a secret.

I go to Summer Camp each year.

I get paid to go and work there.

I feel guilty getting paid to go.

Because I really, really love going to Summer Camp.

Really.

I swear I am more excited than half the kids.

I spend the leadup to camp practically jumping up and down telling parents how much fn it's going to be...

Because it is!

This year's theme was the Olympics (I know, original right? But you can only do that every four years so you have to make the most of it, right?)

We had the kids do sack races:

Apparently these are not done here so there was a bit of confusion but once we gave an example they were good!

And we had them balance a balloon on a sack and run it around a course and back. This was tricky as it's much more about balance and control than straight speed.
(me being bossy but hey that was my job!)

All the camp food was American camp food. As far as I can tell that is Aussie camp food with the addition of bags of potato chips. ;P It was delicious though.

The kids had the option of helping cook instead of doing the olympics in the morning... guess whose kids both chose to do that?


I'm not sure whether Amy was more excited about getting to kneel on the table, use a fan to fan the flames or being the assistant chef but she was THRILLED at this job.

chowing down:

I'm all sad that I have to wait another year for Summer camp.... but that means plenty of thinking time for planning next year's fun!

4th August- Neighbourhood kids festival





Another year, another kids festival... Bit of a panic this year as it looked like the corn the head of the local PTA has to grow would not be ready on the day.

Sheesh.

Corn grown to order to be ready on a certain day?

I've got buckleys!

It all turned out fine though and there was (of course!) corn to spare.

The kids had a great time running through the temple grounds, playing chasey in the cemetary and sliding on their butts down the temple hill... all supervised by the neighbourhood PTA... I don't know how to say sacriligeous in Japanese but I'm guessing it can't be as bad as in English, hey?

The night finished with every kid getting a huge pack of fireworks and letting them off all over the ground. It's been a really dry summer and there were a couple of spot fires in the dried out weeds in the gravel temple carpark but hey, what's a festival without a bit of excitement, right?

2012年8月15日水曜日

You saw her here first.

Just kidding.

Don't think I've got it in me to be a model manager.

And we do live in Mastumoto.

On the outskirts...

But anyway, here are some of the official pics from Amy's 753 modelling gig.

She was really worried that we might not see the ad as we don't get a paper delivered until Meg reassured her

"Don't worry, as soon as anyone sees you they'll all tell you at school. They'll probably all tell me as well..."

kimono shot- (must have closed mouth smile)

short dress:

long dress and my favourite shot- despite the white eyeshadow!

outtake- that's more like our Amy!

2012年8月13日月曜日

Morning at Nojiri -ko

A super mini summer holiday this year but no better place to spend it than at the international village by the lake in Nojiri -ko. Happy holidays...