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December 12th, 2017

We just got back from a couple of weeks in Japan (amazing trip!),  so I thought I would share a few pictures -

Tokyo from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, with Mt Fuji in the distance
Skytree Tower in Tokyo, along the Sumida River (near where we stayed for a week in Tokyo)
Great Buddha of Kamakura

Beautiful fall gardens in Tokyo -

Moat around the Imperial Palace, Tokyo
Himeji Castle
Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Dome
Hiroshima Peace Garden (chains of origami cranes) - one of the many reminders of the importance of peace.
Inari Shrine, Kyoto (near where we stayed for a week in Kyoto)
Walking up the mountain at the Inari Shrine
♥︎ Joanne

September 11th, 2017

There are so many Painted Lady Butterflies around (as well as Honey Bees and Lady Bugs), they all seem to really love the Sedum.


September 1st, 2017

These day lilies did so well this summer, they are almost finished now.


August 30th, 2017

Two, well camouflaged, green birds eating bugs in the bush (the second one is in the lower, right corner).


August 29th, 2017

The forge is working, and the first knife was heat treated successfully (he made this one from a lawn mower blade).


August 21st, 2017

More canning - this time dill pickles and pickled beets.


August 15th, 2017

Our oldest son built a forge from an old propane tank - it still needs the insulation (apparently asking for a Damascus steel kitchen knife is a bit premature).


August 11th, 2017

We did some canning for the first time today - it worked so well, and was much easier than I had imagined (this is a cucumber relish).


August 7th, 2017

There are horse drawn covered wagons in the distance.
Devil's Punch Bowl
Assiniboine River

This long weekend we went for a hike at Spirit Sands (a desert about two hours drive from home).