Just another food round-up from Tsuchida Cottage. Of course, we are cooking at home, groceries get delivered (and some from garden/yard). We have a little convection oven. Added in a few Japanese words just case PS “washoku” is word for traditional Japanese food – usually fish (grilled or raw) and various side dishes, while “yoshoku” is Japanese-i-fied foreign-inspired food which has become Japanese (i.e. croquettes, om-rice (omelette on rice), hamburg, fried shrimp, spaghetti). Also a few ramen, pizza and other hybrid style meals in here. Carry on. No big deal.
Epicness is in all of our futures, we can’t quite predict how or when… but it’s coming!
Endless goodness awaits, prepare yourself.￼
PS This snap is a bridge across Suez canal built by Japan / Japanese company with various names including: “The Mubarak Peace Bridge” and “Egyptian-Japanese Friendship Bridge”, “Al Salam Bridge,” or “Al Salam Peace Bridge”, + wiki riff: is a road bridge crossing the Suez Canal at El-Qantara, whose name means “the bridge” in Arabic. The bridge links the continents of Africa and Asia.
My my the pleasant days go by – we fill our days with tending to lists of tasks from gardens to scrapbooks to required paperwork to making pickles and tasty baked goods… with everything focussed on preparing our house to welcome a new human, make our life simple and efficient so we can enjoy art and music and love.
With this in mind, may i offer a few slices of evidence?
So we are working down the list of stuff for the lil baby coming and doing most all by mail order and also received a few care packages form friends. In this case, a big load of clothes and diapers which we washed (with delicate detergent) and air-dried! Its all so cute.
The little pyjama outfits will be so fun to play dress up and match with.
Next, our rabbit. This is Maru-chan. He eats and hops and mostly lives indoors but sometimes hangs out outside.
With a French press coffee, pyjamas and slightly out of focus, Dave talks about general geography of Japan and specifically shares reasons why he loves living in “just right” Okayama including: sunny weather, hot springs, geo-diversity, endless museums, access to Kyoto/Osaka/airports + Setouchi islands and San-in coast, jazz clubs, peaches & peach boy folk legend, and most importantly community with wife (and baby coming) and goat farmer Mac.
2h 16min | Drama | 3 November 1953 (Japan)
An old couple visit their children and grandchildren in the city; but the children have little time for them.
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
Writers: Kôgo Noda (scenario), Yasujirô Ozu (scenario)
Stars: Chishû Ryû, Chieko Higashiyama, Sô Yamamura
See full cast & crew » https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0046438/
New art by Noriko Miyake (FB)! Such powerful goodness for welcoming the new human…
And we made a fun lil video of opening up the package (we asked Noriko to choose the painting for us based on our current life situation so we could enjoy the surprise!).
(By the way, another check in yesterday and everything is going great! We even have some wild 3-D scan videos).￼
The painting (laden with maternal themes and imagery) also came with a cloth vagina of sorts and a sweet note in english and Japanese (as well as special wrapping paper!)
With a coffee and pyjamas, Dave riffs about types of scrapbooks, ways to make from scratch, reasons for making (memory and flow), a bit about creative process and keeping organized, handy tools and supplies, and other ways to fancy up your books with inky stamps, postage stamps, stickers and up-cycled meta scraps. Plus hey, fun for the family, liberate the items from shoeboxes, put on an album or two and go with the flow.
As noted recently, we put in a fresh garden plot in the front yard area of our house in Tsuchida, Okayama, Japan. As part of the project is moving a buncha boulders to make room for planting a smattering of fruit trees.
The boulders are moved by a steel tripod, chains and a pulley system and as such, assuming one is careful and strategic, *fairly* non-heavy work aside from pushing the cart with the boulder to the location to dump it off.
Time-lapse of a rock moving session:
The relocated rocks are used to build up a retaining wall of sorts to support a drainage ditch… When offloading from the cart to the ditch, we added leftover bales – really bales – of bubblewrap from the shipping of my archives to protect a hard plastic pipe in the ditch. Quite fun rolling the rocks into position!
Then using a few more to put a ring around a big plum tree to make a picnic park area.
We’ve done a few sessions now of hauling the rocks and while the pile is reducing, still can’t see the ground sufficiently to put in the trees, so we carry on / there are enough rocks that we’ll sorta extend a little wall. Continue reading Diary: More Rocks, also Herbs + Bocce Dreams (with time lapse fun)
A “situation report” on life in Okayama and Japan at large from Rebecca Bollwitt’s well-read Miss604.com blog in my erstwhile hometown of Vancouver.
Of course, includes fun photos, various asides, musings and anecdotes. Certainly *everything* is changing on the daily here so if you have an update/opinion (because of course you do)/resources etc to add to the riff, please do.
Fire away, spark the conversation, spread the goodness.
Yours fondly in solidarity, positivity and safety, daveo
Quick notes: relocated these three big old foundation boulders using a tripod and pulley to make a little ring around the plum tree for picnics with the kiddo, and hopefully you
there’s a big pile to move in order to make space for 5 more fruit trees (we have the saplings living in pots: orange, lime, grapefruit… )
the boulders were moved using brains not brawn with a steel tripod and pulley system made it very easy as long as you were smart and careful. :) It’s quite ingenious as those mighty heavy rocks were moved with just me, pregnant wife and the wonderful tiny mother-in-law
Next, we fixed up the area next to Ryoko’s tool shed with a potted olive tree, lemongrass, and various other plants…
first, put down a stack of old bricks and other rocks so ya know, give it some character and functional charm Continue reading Diary: Moving Boulders, Laying Bricks, Planting Seeds at Tsuchida Cottage