Thursday, September 27, 2007

Mmmm...Fresh oranges

So, a quick update for my fans around the world. I've made it safely to Wairoa and am now staying with Annie and Graham at Lancaster Citrus. The have about eight acres of navel and valencia oranges, tangelos, mandarins, lemons, limes, and I'm sure things I've forgotten. And bees. So they have fresh honey. And yes, oranges do taste better right off the tree.

So I'll be helping with any number of things in the next couple weeks. Picking, mowing, tractor-driving, chopping wood, minding their store and who knows what else. Lots of fun, and they are great hosts. They've got a couple cats, three dogs (including a six-week-old black lab-terrier mix that's so cute you could throw up), 2 pigs and lots of chickens.

Sounds like I also might get invited to go deer hunting with Annie's son. His preferred method is called "spotlighting" and apparently takes place at night and involves a motorbike.

Lastly, I may night have much internet access in the coming week or two. Maybe every few days. Annie and Graham's computer seems to be on the fritz, and it's quite a walk to use the computer I'm at right now (and it costs $3 for five minutes). But I'll give you updates and plenty of photos when I get to another major city, for sure. And of course you can always give me a call, (if calling from the US) dial 011 6421 0257 9885.


Anonymous said...

Not to "out" myself as a hick or anything, but spotlighting is so illegal here. People got in trouble for it when I was growing up. Driving around and shining a light at animals = not good.

Anonymous said...

Bogard says... Spotlighting raccoons is hella fun! They freeze up and just stand there in the light and you walk right up to them and blow their heads off. I'm sure you remember how to blow a raccoon's head off, huh?! It sounds like I should have given you some more chores at my dad's place this summer to prepare you for this tractor-drivin' excursion! Just remember, the PTO can be very dangerous!

Anonymous said...

So Justin, was that your first earthquake?! They're kinda fun when they don't do any damage, but are super-gnarly when they do. I've lived through tons and still get a rush of adrenaline when I feel one. Be careful!

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