It was the most beautiful sunny day one could ever imagine, and we got almost nothing done at the rice field because the dang machine doesn’t work properly. If I had just gone out from the start planning to do it all by hand, and spent the same amount of time on harvesting as I have collecting the machine, fiddling with it, swearing at it, talking about it to other people, I would be done with the rice by now. But no, I had to go and make it worse by borrowing a second machine (which incidentally seems to ru perfectly) and so am now hoping that today will be day to finish it all up.
Yesterday I was only able to do a few rows as the machine stalled every row, then every half row, and by the end it was stalling every few feet. I gave up and harvested the final mochi field by hand in less than an hour.
We also managed to borrow all the haze drying racks we will need. That was a relief. We were on our way to the hardware store to buy some steel rods, which will be used to build a shed behind the house, but luckily ran into the smily neighbor who makes it easy for us to ask favors of. I knew he had a bunch of bamboo sticks he doesn’t use, but thought he might have thrown it away after the earthquake. Luckily he didn’t.