Friday, 31 December 2010

used to..

to driving on these snowy roads finally with my new car..

Saturday, 25 December 2010

Friday, 24 December 2010

to all..

am thinking of all those people i would like to meet, and feeling grateful there are so many, but sad i can't be everywhere at the same time...need to master yogic levitational time travel ... ha ha ha   this was a gift from a yoga friend...beautifully hand sewn, i love it!

Thursday, 23 December 2010

giving season..

finally made a delicious (at least, i think so..) healthy vegan biscuit, the closest i can get to my favoutite shortbread.  but with pure mechanically pressed oil and maple syrup...little bit naughty on the white flour, but hey it's christmas!

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

full moon..

solstice tomorrow, in japan, a time to remember our blessings, be filled with light ☆

Monday, 20 December 2010

it's cold..

but the sight of these little boys, doing their homework sat outside a shop while waiting for their bus warmed my heart, they were so intense, such concentration on their studies...wonderful...why do we grow up?? 

Friday, 17 December 2010

busy day..

but could see the mountains from wherever i went, tempting me..

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

christmas style..

japanese sweets, i just LOVED this one...i like stars and sparkles at the best of times, but when you can eat them!!  : D

Monday, 13 December 2010

happy cabbage...

don't know what it is but i always think these cabbages look so happy, like there arms are outstretched and shouting i'm here!  yay!!  have stopped eating meat, but sometimes it feels just as bad to eat these!  i gotta get a grip!

Sunday, 12 December 2010

freshly pulled..

and eaten...so delicious.  i so appreciate all my husbands hard work..

Thursday, 2 December 2010

eating by colour...

beetroot, carrot, apple and ginger juice...yum..  am into all things red right now, mountains, juice, clothes, need to stoke my base chakra fires, and keep warm in body and spirit for winter  ; )

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

last bath here..

for this year anyway, the steep road up will be too snowy, so they close and go elsewhere til spring..

Monday, 29 November 2010

white mountains...

something about this view that makes me calm yet elated beyond words..

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

red mountains...

think all this red and orange around is making people a bit more firy than usual!!

Monday, 8 November 2010

firey colours..

of autumn, the sun caught the leaves in a blaze of colour at the gate to this shrine...stunning..

Sunday, 7 November 2010

mushroom gougere...

is what the cook book said but i've never heard of it....anyone out there know anything?  it's choux pastry with lots of emmenthal cheese and a mushrooom filling.....it was delicious!!  i was very surprised.... this vegetarian cook book is full of inspiration...really who needs meat??

Saturday, 6 November 2010

enjoy a minute..

of glorious sunshine yellow under blue skies before yoga class, hopefully keeping some of that sunshine within ☆

Monday, 1 November 2010

giant vegetables...

nothing like home grown, freshly cut vegetables.....my husband seems to produce huge and vibrantly coloured vegetables, i never had such appreciation for these things before, but to taste and feel the effects of such energetic food is wonderful!  so appreciate his hard work ☆

Sunday, 31 October 2010

Sunday, 24 October 2010

hold those hills up..

the concrete sculpted mountain sides always fascinate me.....this is driving up the japanese sea side near tsuroka...very glum gray day...in all respects..

Saturday, 23 October 2010

spring water dispenser...

just on the outskirts of town, thought this would save me the 40 minute drive up the mountain to collect my water, but i guess that 40 min travel down the mountain in pipes does something to the water, doesn't taste half as good, although it is reportedly the same water........guess it just doesn't travel so well....so it's off up the mountain for me again!!

Friday, 22 October 2010

Saturday, 16 October 2010

Friday, 15 October 2010

Japanese Sweets

Autumnal themed, great with macha, the thick green tea, so nice to have such pretty food. Which one would  you choose?

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

christian dior...

is the name of the rose that brightened up an otherwise incredibly dreary staff room...

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

happy leaf..

don't know why this caught my eye, it just looked so happy ; ) arms up and hands out..

Monday, 11 October 2010

hiking up ryu-zan...

up we went from a beautiful sunny day, into the cloud and rain at the top of the mountain......not the best for photos but a beautiful misty atmoshpere...

Friday, 8 October 2010

inspiration from gandhi....

spent the first part of october reading gandhi's autobiography, what an amazing man who accomplished so much, sticking to his basic tenets of simplicity, truth and non-violence.   through his 'experiments with truth' he came to the conclusion that perfect truth can only come after the realisation of ahimsa (non-violence). to realise ahimsa one must love all as one loves oneself, but to identify with everything that lives is impossible without self-purification......    

simplify, simplify, simplify ..... to live simply, honestly and peacefully, something we could all do with methinks ; )