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Name that fruit!

Hi blog. It’s funny what you might encounter on your 9 km get-out-of-the-house-while-the-weather-is-good walk. So, I have a little challenge for you. Name the fruit. Type your answers in the comments below.

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Horikane Shrine… Well…

Hi blog. We are into spring and the “lockdown” caused by the corona virus.  What that actually means for me is that all public schools have been closed since the beginning of March.  Luckily, school being closed still means I … Continue reading

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A Walk in the Park

Hi blog. I’ll spare you the excuses, mostly because I have none. We are into late March, meaning the end of the academic and financial years, unstable weather – one day’s minimum might be higher than the next day’s maximum, … Continue reading

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Ume, harbinger of spring

In the plum blossom scent, the sun pops out, a mountain path Basho     Hi blog. While the kan may have officially come and gone, there is still little sign of spring.  The days are getting longer – the … Continue reading

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Trees don’t just grow on trees…

  I took advantage of some free time during a sunny and warm period to go for a little walk and look for wildlife. Unfortunately, nothing except pigeons seemed to be on the out-and-about. However, you don’t see this every … Continue reading

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Even Monkeys Fall From Trees

We’ve just had our first taste of what to expect in winter.  Wearing two undershirts, a shirt, a vest and a windcheater and still feeling cold… sometimes I wonder how people survive in colder climes. I’ve been suffering from blog … Continue reading

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Takao – a hill by any other name

Mt. Takao is a popular hiking retreat for urbanites – within one hour of central Tokyo, several routes, including one paved all the way (perfect for those elderly types who buy all the essential hiking gear which never seems to … Continue reading

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‘Tis the Season to be Sneezy

Spring continues to advance – days with double-digit maximums are the norm (although northerly winds and single-digit days persist), small vegetable patches that looked decayed and lifeless just a few weeks ago have been hoed and are now full of … Continue reading

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Going Nuts!

The Oxford English Dictionary has this to say about the etymology of horse chestnuts: late 16th century: translating (now obsolete) botanical Latin Castanea equina; its fruit is said to have been an Eastern remedy for chest diseases in horses Like … Continue reading

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Fruits of my labours

Autumn is well and truly here, and the cold, cold winter is just around the corner.  Leaves are changing colour in the mountains – most noticeably the reds of the maples and the yellow ginkgos. An early Chinese import, the … Continue reading

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