Thursday, May 14, 2009

Busy three days

On Tuesday I went and collected our first group of junior high school students for the "season". The students all come from big city schools where they live in apartments and therefore have very little contact with "nature". They come in groups of about 200 or so and are then billeted out to "agricultural" families to have a wonderful agricultural experience. We got another good group this time and the children in particular enjoyed playing tag with them and showing them around.
If anyone is interested in seeing what other kinds of things I do with them then feel free to watch this slide show. Although it is very tiring entertaining them the 3 days pass very quickly and we never seem to have enough time to do everything on my "list". We did a few other things that I forgot to take photos of, but I have already forgotten what they were... weeding, bee hive inspecting, green tea field inspecting etc. etc.
Of course they loved having the cottage to themselves and despite there being two bedrooms and plenty of bedding they all decided to sleep in the same room in the two single beds... how they could sleep I don't know, but they were very happy and it saved me some washing!


  1. Wow- you're like the JA version of Disneyland!

    Those kids must be exhausted. I love the watermelon housesand the pikelet party.

    Up here they stay in schools that are no longer being used. I think the homestay idea is way better!

    Can't believe your peas. Mine are about 10cm high...

  2. Anonymous8:12 AM

    This is great! You really had them busy. Kumera is a NZ word! right? We kept seeing it in the grocery stores. What is the Japanese for sweet potato?

  3. Rachael in Sydney8:45 AM

    That looks so awesome! Had to laugh at the woodchopping - that's my husband's number 1 activity when we visit NZ. He got up at 6am just for that, crazy! ::)

  4. JA version of disneyland. That's fantastic.

    I see the onslaught has begun! Good luck!

  5. You have done great job! And they have very valuable experience by staying at your home. I hope your efforts that give teenagers rural experience will have continued for a long time.