According to the news the whole world seems to be in a recession. However here in our house in rural Japan it doesn't seem to affect us much. One of the reasons for this is that the amount of money we spend on food is generally very low. We grow our own vegetables, we grow our own rice, we lay our own eggs (well our chickens do!) and we also have people who give us all their "extra" things that they don't need. We then give eggs, cookies and smiles in return. It is a great system... most of the time! The only problem with it is that we often get given huge bags of things that I have no idea what to do with. The latest was yesterday when a kindy Mum came (and stayed till 1am... a long story....) and gave us a huge bag of tiny shrimps that were trying to crawl out of the bag (literally) and some other funny shrimpy things that have so little meat on them that you end up with a huge pile of shells and smelly fingers, but an empty stomach! I know I should be grateful, but.... sometimes I wish they would just give us a big piece of fish - already filleted and ready for the pan! Half the shrimps have been given away and the other half are in the fridge.... help!