Friday, August 29, 2008

Aigamo ducklings!

After much searching for Guinea Fowl ホロホロチョウ、I finally gave up and ordered some Aigamo ducklings by mail. They're said to be so so layers, and much better tempered than chickens. Also they won't dig up the garden and eat every seedling like chickens will, we'll see. Needless to say the children love them! There's Choco- the darkest one, Mini- the biggest one, and Cookie- the yellowest one. They're too cute, but the genkan (front hallway) stinks like, well, ducks in August.

the ark

one week later

one month old

Saturday, August 23, 2008

After taking this picture I did something incredibly stupid. I jumped from a large boulder down to a smaller boulder in the middle of the river behind the house. I have done this in the same location probably hundreds of times. But today, I stepped onto a mossy patch instead of a dry rocky patch of boulder. I slipped and fell backwards almost 2 meters through the air, and into about 1 meter of water. I had the presence of mind to extend the camera up (wasn't using the waterproof housing) and splashed down into the water. I saved the camera, but very narrowly missed bashing the back of my head in to the boulder. Had that happened, I hate to think of what would have become of me. Probably would have drown in 3 feet of water in my own backyard. Gives me chills. Got the picture though.

Friday, August 8, 2008

swimming hole

Went to a cool swimming hole up the rindou with my brave little girls. It was a little chilly and buggy but they did great, found a nice antler and lots of friendly trout! Also a great view on the way home.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

blackberries, no not the thing in your pocket

After 3 years of waiting the blackberry bush is finally procucing! They're a bit seedy and not supermarket sweet, but they're nice and the kids love them, especially Luke, I have to keep him away from the bush as he'll eat all the small ones before they have a chance to get like these monsters.