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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. 


On an excursion to southern Gotland this morning we found some stuff to take home. 

A nice piece of sandstone to carve.  

Some wild seedlings of a local maple. 
 And some roots of wild horseradish and  a wild garlicy leek called kajp (very tasty). I hope they like my clay soil.   

The autumn leaves have fallen.

The whole family (almost) is now raking them up.



We rake up all the leaves we can to put on the compost and to use as weed smothering mulch and worm food. They are a very valuable resource. The more the better.

We have maple, oak, birch, lilac, pear, apple, plum and cherry trees that contribute. It usually takes weeks to rake them all up, often not done until spring. Today, with all the help, we got more than half the work done already.

Fall is my favorite time of year especially after harvest. The garden slows down and goes to sleep after a good turn over. Digging (turning the dirt over) is a favorite past time and good excercise, even tho it’s muddy and threatening to freeze early. I dig until it freezes too hard to stomp the spade through. One year I was able to dig until the day before christmas eve.

The maple leaves are beautiful now. Not just as clouds of orange in the landscape, but also as huge piles raked together and then as a covering on all the compost piles. In fact, these leaves along with oak, ash, elm and other leaves constitute a good portion of the compost. They make good worm food.