Look at the beautiful blue sky and yellow rice.
Well, perfect today but not so great actually as we had two typhoons bring heavy rain and the paddy is completely waterlogged. :(
Oh well. The machines couldn't get in so we hauled all the drying poles down there, distributed them around the paddy, set everything up then harvested all the mochi rice and some (a verrryyyyy smalllllll fraction) of the regular rice by hand.
Cutting by hand is no big deal. A hand scythe easily cuts through a tuft of rice.
Tying by hand is a hassle.
A reallllll hassle.
Not fun at all.
So I was sooo proud of the girls helping out!
Look at that cooperation!
Now if only the weather, the machines, the rice paddy and the helpers can all cooperate for another weekend so we can get it DONE!
Gratuitous shot of the helpers making clover chains with a friend: