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We have had a few glorious days of winter this last weekend.

You may notice that the deer have been pawing under the rose hedge. And they have made it a temporary sleeping place.

They seem to feel safe and secure close to us.

Yesterday we got a mini snowstorm – high winds and it snowed all day.

I was worried, but the dome didn’t blow away.

I got my skis out and tried skiing, but it’s not yet enough snow for good cross country skiing.

It’s supposed to snow all day today and a little tomorrow and then get cold, so I can hope to get some skiing in this year.

And it is wonderful when everything is white!

Various cabbage greens gathered from the winter garden for our Christmas dinner.

Brussel sprouts, green and black kale, broccoli, chinese cabbage and some regular old young cabbage.

From the Christmas jack o lantern.

Happy happy – the sun starts moving north again – or rather the earths northern hemisphere starts tilting back towards the sun.

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. 

The Toyoko Inn Hotel, adjacent to the Nagoya Airport, with the Dali Rhino in the entrance courtyard, was the last step in our Japan trip. 


It has an excellent japanese style breakfast,


complete with rice, vegetables, miso soup, pickles, natto and what else -Coffee!

We would rather stay, but it’s time now. We are preparing to go home again. We bought 2 large sport bags to get everything back with us. 

And what could be more appropriate then to visit the japanese/swedish folk dance group in Osaka. 


These folk dance enthusasts have been dancing together for 10 years now and are very good and made us look like the novices we are. So we had a great time danccing with them, learning many new dances and laughing at all the wrong turns. 


Doing the polska


Three of them are coming to Sweden next summer for a folk music and dance festival. Hope to see them again!

Today we found a fun and different market in our neighborhood park (Minatogawa park) – arts and crafts, music, food, and coffee and….




Coffee ceremony


The adress to an organic tea grower near Nara. 

Nan bread with spinach curry lunch

Nan bread oven

Kohnan Home Store in the middle of Kobe Harbor. 


This is my last and best chance to find pumpkin seeds. 


Alas, no pumpkin seeds, but among the garden tools and kitchen utensils we found 2 hori hori (digging knives) and bought both. 


Steamer cloths


Garden shoes


And more in season seeds


That should be enough for now. 

Oh yes, I could have bought a mochi pounding set (morter, hammer and stand) for a mere 30,000 yen. But to get it home….