Sunday, September 29, 2013

One of the last swimming days of the year at a nearby, hard to reach and quite deep hole

the tree platform I made a few years ago has succumbed to the elements,
a ships rope encrusted in moss bears witness to the damp

should have mulched all the beds this way from the get-go
beans and greens for the coming chill

I can't recall such an extended period of good weather

マツブサ matsubusa
they'll be ready when they turn purple

a huge tochi chestnut

アケビ (akebi) monkey pods- have been everywhere!

only a few parasol mushrooms this fall

サンショ sansho spice goes a long way

The haul (ball and all)
ヤマナシ (yamanashi)  mountain pears,  トチ(tochi) chestnuts,  ふじ (fuji) wisteria pods/seeds
くり (kuri) sweet chestnuts,  ガマズミ  gamazumi berries- Viburnum
The kids and I are having a blast with the 山菜 (sansai) mountain vegetable book
they help me read the fine print and we all learn a lot

The cool nights get me dreaming of winter and skiing,
always wanted an ultralight floorless shelter
for winter trips.  I plan to dig a triangular pit
down into the snow and make a bombproof shelter.


  1. Isn't Fall great !

    I know I say this every year, but apparently THIS winter is supposed to be extra cold. :-) OK, gotta get back to the sawbuck.

    adams guild™, Japan

  2. Seems like great fun! (Sigh) Thanks for this glimpse into the beautiful nature around you and the great ways to enjoy it.

  3. Thanks for commenting. When the weather is good it is great fun. Often it isn't so we make the best of nice days when we can.