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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   … 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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