Saturday, 31 December 2011

Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Sunday, 25 December 2011

Goodbye Hidekazu

A good friend passed away on the new moon christmas morning, what more to say.

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Felt like another Country

As I drove past this building in rural northern Japan, it felt more like being in India, for a split second.

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Zao Dam

Nice cycle and an even nicer walk around the dam, beautiful.

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Sake Tasting

Very interesting indeed, I never realised quite what a process Japanese sake is, or how special it is. This area, Yamagata,  has some pretty nice stuff due to the tastey rice and pure water here.

Friday, 28 October 2011

Nap up a Mountain

Napping in the autumn sunshine, why do I always seem to be a month behind with my posts.

Wednesday, 12 October 2011


Breathing, thinking, enjoying weather.

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Monday, 10 October 2011


The giant tori gate leading to Yudono-san shrine nestled deep in the mountains.

Saturday, 8 October 2011


Nothing like a steaming bowl of taro potato, leek and mushrooms after a hike.

Friday, 30 September 2011

Get on Your Bike

Can't resist re-posting this. Found this floating around in cyber-space.  An artist is spraying this around New York city Never a truer word spoken..

Sunday, 25 September 2011

top of moon mountain 月山頂上

1984 metres high, tallest of the three holy mountains in this area

Sunday, 18 September 2011

while walking up..

mt gassan.  one of the three holy mountains in this area of yamagata used to be called dewa. home of the mountain ascetics who still train in these mountains...

Saturday, 17 September 2011

moon mountain.. 月山

view from the walk up....beautiful...mountain spines

Sunday, 4 September 2011

growing gourds..

such curious vegetables, funny to see them hanging around on a little plot on the side of a mountain, lovely morning drive..

Sunday, 21 August 2011

morning mountain yoga....

memorable morning with some lovely people on the side of a dewy mountain early before it gets too hot, in the mid 30's for weeks..

mt iwate

sometimes called iwate fuji...

Saturday, 20 August 2011

cute construction..

only in japan?  i've seen elephant, monkey, frog, and now rabbit barrier supports...

Friday, 19 August 2011


up north for the waves, can see where the tsunami left it's mark.  not so huge, but big enough to shift concrete and bend trees..

Thursday, 18 August 2011

bullet trains kissing

with the slogan in support of tohoku on the side ..

Monday, 15 August 2011

top of mt zao

clouds and winds had us heading back down to town..

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Celtic Cross

I do like to loiter in graveyards. This was in Oxford, full of academics, very beautiful and quiet spot.

Sunday, 7 August 2011

Thatched Cottage

New Forest, Hampshire, picture perfect.

Saturday, 6 August 2011

Friday, 5 August 2011

Swimming in Cornwall

Absolutely gorgeous,cold, or rather, refreshing, must get down there again,  beautiful beautiful beautiful.

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Sunday, 31 July 2011

Sustainability Centre

Went for a look around, very quiet, relaxing, in the country, perfect picnic territory ; )

Saturday, 30 July 2011


Shame some areas are vacant, the bin men were on strike so the litter was piling up.

Friday, 29 July 2011

The other half

Curry in tooting, yum! feels a little bit like India here with all the shops and restauarants, love it ; )

Thursday, 28 July 2011


Regents Park area, wandering around watching how the other half live, quite differently it seems.