Thursday, June 17, 2010

In the states

Just checking in to let those of you who don't already know that we are in the states for a visit with family! We arrived on the 7th and finally got our sleep schedules in tune with Central Standard Time. The 7th was a very looooong day. We woke up at 4am Monday morning Korea time which was actually Sunday afternoon at 2pm CST. We arrived in Memphis at 6pm Monday. Did I say long day? Yep, it was! Dev thought that two sunrises and two sunsets in the same day were pretty cool!

We've been catching up with our families and doing some shopping in stores that we've missed! I'm excited about tomorrow because I'm getting a "good" cut and color. Yay! My hair has felt so neglected since we've been in Korea.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Rice planting time

Warning: Photo overload. :D Some may be blurry because they were taken by DS#1 as we were driving down the road. ;)

DS#1 and I took these photos a few weeks ago when they were actually in the midst of planting the rice. I have been fascinated by the whole concept. I knew they planted in water, but couldn't figure out (during the winter and spring months) just how they would do it or when. Then, in April or the early part of May, they started flooding the fields.
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plowing
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and planting
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It took me a little while to figure out how they were planting. I debated about seeds, but decided those would drown or rot. Then, I saw it. The planter.
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Apparently, the rice is started in other areas/nurseries as flats sort of like we see sod.
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Wish that would have been a photo to get it all, but it didn't work. DS#1 took it as I passed the slow moving contraption on the road. There is something like a conveyor belt on the back that the small plants run down. The machine deposits the seedlings into the flooded soil. Who knew??? I'm sure it's MUCHO better than the old fashioned way of by hand. Ah, the joys of industry.
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We've had views of them planting from our balcony too.
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There are rice patties between us and the town at the base of the mountains. I'm sure it will be beautiful later this summer when the rice is full grown and full of color. It'll be quite the change from the drab of winter's view.
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