Every day for the past week, I've headed out on our walk with plans to take photos along the way, However, it hasn't worked out that way since the weather has not cooperated at all. We've had a lot of cold, gloomy days often combined with a wicked wind as well. All this to say, here is a photo from a week ago - the last nice sunny day we've had! It's a cherry tree in the small park behind our house. (The pattern you see on the center-right? A huge high-rise several blocks away.)
Yes, these are complicated times indeed. I pray that you and your loved ones are safe wherever you are.
We are doing fine and sheltering in place. My husband and I are both fortunate to be able to work from home but the past few weeks have been a frantic scramble to get everything in place. It's finally all coming together but there is still more work to be done.
We are taking daily walks and exploring our neighborhood. We've managed to get lost a few times and so now we make sure to take a map with us. (No straight lines here!) Although we haven't been able to visit any of our favourite cherry blossom viewing sites, thankfully there are many beautiful cherry trees in our neighborhood. (The photo below was taken in a local park.)
Many thanks to those who have continued to visit this site despite the lack of activity. I intend to update more often as my new working conditions becomes more routine.
We've been practicing social distancing and staying very close to home these past few weeks. The plan was to tackle house chores and various projects while working at home. However, the fact is that not much is getting done despite having more time on our hands than usual. It's easy to feel overwhelmed right now as well as frustrated with all that is not going as usual, but I'm trying to be kind to myself in these complicated times and I pray that you are doing the same. Let's help each other through this...
Stay safe, stay healthy, and stay connected. (^.^)/
(This is from a walk we took several days ago. Ah, it was so refreshing to be out and about.)
In February, we visited Awaji Island for a few days. The weather did not cooperate but no worries, we still found plenty of things to do. One highlight was a visit to Kiseki no Hoshi no Syokubutsukan (Miracle Planet Museum of Plants) for their 20th anniversary exhibition of orchids. The exhibition was stunning - a bit overwhelming, in fact. The range of colours, shapes and sizes was almost unbelievable and I think I said WOW in front of just about every arrangement! Below is one of the many photos I took while I was there. If you'd like to see more, view Gallery 8 on the PHOTOS page. (One of the limits of this website is that I can't add a photo gallery to a blog post.)
I was fascinated by this handle which was on a small standing structure on the grounds of Matsunoo Taisha Shrine in Arashiyama, Kyoto. It was surprisingly small and I loved the care give to the design - those two symmetrical dragon heads and the lovely scales on the main section. I wonder about who designed it and who made it (the same person?), and what considerations where made during the process. Ah, so beautiful... Thank you, whoever you were! (I image it is quite old but, to be honest, I don't really know.)
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