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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
Kyoto
Nara
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.

♥︎Joanne

September 1st, 2017


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

♥︎Joanne

August 30th, 2017


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

♥︎Joanne

August 29th, 2017


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

♥︎Joanne

August 21st, 2017



More canning - this time dill pickles and pickled beets.

♥︎Joanne

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).

♥︎Joanne

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).

♥︎Joanne

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).

♥︎Joanne