2015年7月22日水曜日

Hachi Birthday to me

Hachi is Japanese for wasp.
One of these to be exact:


And that's how my birthday started this year. Ouch! Poor me!

It had been a big day and I was just unwinding and watering the plants and relaxing into the evening when I got too close to a wasp nest I didn't realise was in one of our sheds. The wasp (or wasps, not sure) got into my hair and thanks to humidity induced volume it/ they got stuck there. 

It/ they were not happy.

As a result I was really not happy.

And worried. Two years ago I was stung by an ashinagabachi (paper wasp) and had an allergic reaction to it. It wasn't life threatening but it sure wasn't fun. This time I got a throbbing headache and the whole side of my face down to my throat went numb which was a bit scary. So back to hospital it was. Well, turns out that when you have an allergic reaction to a wasp sting it's not wasps in general it's wasp specific so my paper wasp reaction doesn't carry across to this time's wasp the kogatasuzumebachi or vespa analis.

Anyway, that made birthday eve pretty crappy.

The next day I had a dull headache and was feeling really knocked out like after having flu so took it easy then my neighbour A called to say her face had swollen up and could I drive her to the hospital.

Poor thing she looked terrible so off we went. The hospital is right next to Starbucks so I went and got a birthday treat at the same time. A told the barista it was my birthday and this happened:



Yeah! 

Picked up some ingredients for my birthday tea and taught my afternoon classes.

Birthday tea was a true mishmash but yummy none the less:



Home made felafel with tsatziki sauce ad tomatoes and beans (yeah, beans- we have a glut at the moment so eat them with everything!) and tomato wrapped in tortilla as pita bread is pretty rare around here. 

Followed by lemon tart. Amy kindly informed me that I was too old to have all my candles on the tart so she wrote an H in candles instead:


Meg the joker sang Hachi Birthday (wasp birthday) to you instead of Happy Birthday. Delightful child, hey? 

2 件のコメント:

Michelle さんのコメント...

Happy birthday!

Well, your kids just know you actually do have a sense of humour, so they can be like this and you won't be angry. :-)

shinshu life さんのコメント...

yup- we're all about finding the funny side of things around here. It's that or go crazy, huh? >_<