June, 2012

Fruit Season

I skipped out on fire department bugle duty yesterday and used the morning to pick cherries with Tomoe and Mona at a nearby cherry farmer. It was part of a special promotion for orchard owners in the area. For 2,000 yen ($20) We were allowed to pick all the cherries we can eat for 30 [...]

Happy Birthday Grandpa

I know its a bit early, but I will be out tomorrow, and wanted to make sure I posted it. Dad is 70. Happy Birthday. It took us forever to train Mona to sing Happy Birthday (cake) for Grandpa.

Mommy’s Little Helper

Mona was practicing to help mom sell bread at other goodies at the market. After a few super-busy days like they had, nothing beats a lawn-chair in the living room. In fact, she didn’t end up going to the market with Tomoe this time, as time was really pressing and just baking and packaging the [...]


More photos from the recent tayasumi / Takenoko Matsuri. tayasumi means “rice paddy break”. This is to celebrate the completion of planting all the rice. Usually this is to be completed by the end of May, but this year, due to slow spring, everything got pushed back a week. It happens to coinside with the [...]

Protected: No More Shame

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But some people are ashamed

While I have given up being ashamed that my life is not as neat and tidy as other people’s are presented to be, I do not live alone. Consensus in the house is that this should be password protected. If you would like to view the videos that reveal how low-class we are, just email [...]


Taking a break to catch up in the fields. Like mommy, like Mona.

Sometimes I love my job

Sometimes I love my job, and sometimes I don’t. Luckily, this past week was one of the times I loved it. I can always count on Australians to make my week. I have said it before and I will say it again. I was taking a family of three on a four day bike trip [...]

Falling Behind

I find it hard enough to keep up with posting daily photos of Mona and the field, but now I have eight days worth of photos from two groups of customers, and with the next group setting off tomorrow, I have had little time to sort through and touch up. The little things to do [...]

Almost done

One long trip completed this weekend. I met the group a week earlier in at Nagano station, spent the week riding, hiking, and mostly eating with them, before dropping them off Saturday back at Nagano station. I arrived back home at 8pm to another group of eight repeaters who were busy partying at a nearby [...]