FlexSolar Portable Solar Charger

I've been testing this solar charger for a couple of months now and find it good value for the money. Read More...
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Woodshed: Finished

After a lot of work and waiting, the wood shed is mostly completed. Read More...
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How do you cook your 竹の子/bamboo shoots?

We received fresh bamboo shoots today, so I'm cooking them up! Read More...
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Self-serve Food Kiosks

Every once in a while, you may stumble across one of these kiosks in Japan, where you may buy various food stuffs. Read More...
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Woodshed: Some Progress

The weather was nice today, so I was able to get a bit more work done on my woodshed. Read More...
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Woodshed: Work Continues

It was a nice day today, so I was able to get some more work done on the woodshed. Read More...
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A Bird in the Hand...

Recently we've been lucky enough to have some songbirds around our house. I've decided to be a good neighbour to them. Read More...
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Woodshed Salvage Work

Work has continued on the woodsheds. Read More...
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Woodshed, De-constructed

After 11+ years, it's time to get rid of our old woodshed and start to make a new one. Read More...
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Tokushima LED Art Festival 2016

Last night my family went to see the illumination festival in Tokushima. It was a beautiful festival that was a novel way to enjoy lights in the lead up to many winter holidays and festivals. Read More...
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I've got a pocket full of...

I did a little foraging yesterday. Read More...
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Neighbourhood Cats, Beware!

I decided I needed a little help patrolling my property for homeless cats. Read More...
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In Search of Smoke

I visited a local company yesterday to buy some liquid smoke. Read More...
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BBQ'd Pizza, Re-visited

Seeing as the weather is still nice (thought there is the forecast for rain later tonight - first time in weeks), and seeing as we haven't had pizza in a while, it was time to re-visit a favourite from last summer, namely BBQ'd pizza.

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Fireworks/Hanabi/花火

Today was the annual fireworks festival in Naruto. Read More...
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Dill Buns

It's Spring, we've an abundance of fresh dill in the garden, so I've decided to make some dill buns. Read More...
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When it rains...or in this case, snows...

The weather forecast turned out to be true! It did snow overnight, and it continues to snow today. Read More...
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Puppet Theatre & Sliding Screens /人形浄瑠璃と襖からくり

Today was a holiday in Japan (Culture Day), and appropriately I enjoyed some traditional Japanese culture. Read More...
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Raised Garden Bed

During the Silver week break, I did some outdoor work in our garden. Read More...
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Figs

This is the last of our figs from our tree. Read More...
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Yakiniku/Korean BBQ/焼き肉

We had some more BBQ today, but it was Korean BBQ. Read More...
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BBQ Tandoori Chicken

Chicken + Tandoori + BBQ = Good!

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Grilled Pizza

Taking advantage of the warm weather, we decided to grill some pizza for dinner.

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Strawberry Picking

We picked some fresh fruit today.

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Wood Boy, how have I lived without you?

Today I tested my new wood splitter. Amazing!

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Fresh Turmeric

Today I picked some fresh turmeric from our garden to use in tonight’s dinner.

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If at first you don't succeed,...

There’s another typhoon heading this way, and before it visits us I decided to go out and do a little foraging.

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Getting to the root of my problems.

I did some digging yesterday. Today, I’m pretty sore all over.

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Hangin' with my bud

After a lot of little jobs, both indoors and out I was able to get some relaxation time. Read More...
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Almost Ready

The first half of the summer I was busy with work and couldn’t do a lot outdoors. I’ve since made up for that. Read More...
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Hammocks

This week I bought a hammock. Read More...
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Tandoori Chicken

It’s the weekend, and that means barbecuing outside. Today, chicken is on the menu. Read More...
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Dumping on Dump Trucks

Today I’m going to rant about dump trucks. Read More...
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A Berry Nice Way to Start the Day

I found some nice treats this morning in our yard. Read More...
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How I BBQ

This is how I usually go about doing my BBQ-ing. Read More...
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Sorrel Pesto

Our garden provides us with a number of herbs and plants during the year. One of them is sorrel. Do you know sorrel? Read More...
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100 Yen Festival & Chair Race

Sunny and warm, today was a good day for a festival. Read More...
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Cherry Blossoms

Our family went for a picnic today and enjoyed the cherry blossoms. Read More...
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Otsukaresama / おつかれさま

I did a bit of work outdoors today, seeing as the weather was nice. Now, I’m tired. Read More...
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Adventures in Olive Picking

I did a bit of olive picking today. Read More...
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Olives from our garden.

Today I picked the olives off of our trees. Read More...
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I did it again.

I did some playing in our garden today. Read More...
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Good morning, summer!

Lately, this is how I wake up in the mornings. Read More...
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What's for dinner? Naan of your business.

We had some Indian food for dinner and enjoyed cooking it outdoors. Read More...
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Welcome, Summer.

Between the rains today, I enjoyed some time outdoors. Read More...
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Taking the ferry to work.

I cycled to work yesterday, taking the ferry for part of the journey. Read More...
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When the world gives you strawberries...

We went strawberry picking today. Read More...
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Simple BBQ-ing

We enjoyed some beautiful weather by doing some BBQ-ing today. Read More...
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Tulips

Many different coloured tulips were in full bloom at the Tulip Park. Read More...
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Happy Spring

Spring has sprung! We welcome you with open arms. Read More...
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Jenga, anyone?

I spent some time stacking wood today. Read More...
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At the beach in Hawaii - NOT!

Work, work, work! It must be done. Read More...
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An Honest Day's Work

Today I picked up a huge haul of wood. This wood will provide many hours of heating for our house, once it’s all chopped and dried. Read More...
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Movie Day

I went to see a movie with my wife yesterday. Read More...
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Chocolate Banana Ice Cream

It’s hot. No, I mean really hot. Read More...
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I'm Going to a Garden Party

Like Ricky Nelson, I went to a garden party last night. Unlike Ricky though, this party was at my house and was very small. Read More...
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Bar - be - Q

What looks like a barbecue, smells like a barbecue, and feels like a barbecue? Well, a barbecue, of course! Read More...
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I see(d) you.

My daughter and I planted some seeds today. Read More...
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A Step in the Right Direction?

This weekend we rebuilt the outside stairs that come from our dining room. Read More...
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Strawberries

Today, we went strawberry picking.

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Some gardening.

We did some work in our garden today. Read More...
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William Tell

A memory from my past. Read More...
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Look who's back.

Tail between it’s legs, look who came crawling back to me. Read More...
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Bad Boys

I had some problems with my chainsaws recently. Read More...
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Snowfall

The weather prediction for today was correct: snow! Read More...
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Lucky, lucky.

We have nice weather once again. Read More...
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I'm rooting for you.

I’m finished digging out the roots from my tree. Read More...
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