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Happy Finland! 

It’s Finlands 100th birthday. Besides their design, music, art, food, Finland has influenced me very much – like in my building ideas when I saw photos of  Finnish garden buildings at an art show. 

Now for some Finnish garden art (random pictures stolen from the internet).


Finlands thing is my thing. 

One of the most famous and photographed and visited places in Kyoto i the buddhist temple Kiyumizu dera. We went there again today too. We just can’t get enough. And it’s not the last time I hope. 


It was labor day in Japan, so the crowds were big. 


Alot of the buildings were covered in shrowd because they are being repaired. It was the same three years ago it seems but different buildings, so we didn’t go out on the famous balcony for pictures, but got some good ones anyway.

Wisteria in winter covers.


We had a fika break with amazake and warabi mochi. 


And some water from a mountain spring. 


We were there till dark, but didn’t stay for the light show. We walked down to the kamo river and got a river stone for and old friend. Then ended the day with dinner at the vegan restaurant Veg Out – brown rice with a view of the river. 


  

Every Month on the 21st is the giant flea market at Toji Temple.


We should have gotten up earlier because we weren’t able to get around to see everything, but we started at the right end where there was seeds, plants, and garden stuff. 


We couldn’t find pumpkin seeds as they were out of season, but did get some seeds of vegetables they grow here late in the fall and winter. Hopefully we’ll be able to check out another couple of seed stores before we go. 

Anyway we found a lot of other stuff – clothes, utensils, food etc.

Used kimonos

Traditional garden pants


Roasted broad beans for a snack

Hot amesake with ginger for a pick me up.


And if that’s not enough there’s the ubiquitous coffee shop. 

The main pretence for our trip to Japan was to visit Arashiyama (on the outskirts of Kyoto) during the autumn leaf festival!
So far the autumn leaves haven’t impressed me much. Yesterday was a bit rainy, so we went today. We picked a good day. It was sunny with intermittent showers and a cold north wind. Arashi mountain itself was not so colorful, but there were huge crowds of locals and turists to see the autumn leaves. 


After walking all over the place we decided to finish the day with the gardens of Tenryuji Temple.


On the way there, we followed the crowd going in to see the gardens of Hogonin Temple. What a magnificent discovery! A fantastic moss garden canopied with maple trees in every shade of green, yellow, orange and red, complete with a couple of gardeners constantly brushing the falling leaves off the moss. 


Tenryuji had equally impressive gardens with moss, maple trees, water flows, a carp pond, rocks, fences and bamboo groves. 


At the end of the day. We were cold and tired and didn’t bother to go into the temple, but did catch a glimpse of this guy and then had to head back to the ryokan.

There are a few more objects of art in the garden.

The stone I got for a birthday present has been raised. 


Farmer Ericsson brought over a cement tub. 


This will sooner or later be rolled into the gothic greenhouse, tipped upright and filled with water for watering, and water art. 


I had a bunch of cement pipe holes laying around that I didn’t have any use for. Why not make a garden cairn?

This old stump needed a flat sone on top. 

 

Some art left behind

 

Taking it easy again

Still going strong

We are now busy getting everything in order for the Big Garden Party festival. Weeding, watering, cleaning, baking, buying stuff, planning and putting into action all the crazy ideas for a fun time this coming saturday 22 july. 


Everyone we know and/or know us are welcome!!!!

I had a big birthday party the other day. I might as well say it – I ‘m 70 now. 


And feeling pretty good. 

The presents I got were mostly trees, bushes and plants. But the biggest and most impressive was this;


brought in by tractor by the farmer here –  a present from Magnus Eriksson and his family. 


A found object from some corner of this farm. 


A fantastic work of art formed by volcanos and carved by glaciers. 

I sold almost all of the jack o lantern pumpkins today at the market. Thank goodness there were a few left when the pumpkin carvers came for a visit. 


Happy All Saints Day! 

In Sweden it’s on monday/tuesday and the following weekend to make things very confusing, but great for partying all week.