Hanami 2015

Please enjoy these photos from a friend of mine Fukushima.

Mild Musings from a Mediocre Man

As a “poet,” you’d think that I would be all inspired and writing furiously, haiku after tanka after nature poem, but it’s not the case. Seriously, it is intimidating. I can’t do it. I don’t have the skill or imagination to bring to life the things that I see, feel, smell, hear, and taste with the words available to me. Unfortunately, I don’t have the photographic ability either! Nevertheless, please enjoy some beautiful cherry blossoms from my little town, Aizu-wakamatsu, Fukushima. I honestly can’t think of a place I’d rather be at this time.

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Sumire – 澄玲 Voice of Jewels – tanka

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Today, Mary gives us the prompt of real beauty, savor it and share it. Click the link to learn more, and enjoy: http://dversepoets.com/2015/03/24/poetics-savor-the-beauty-and-share-it   Many times, we tend to look at the large picture of beauty: sunrise, sunset, the ocean, a forest, Mt. Fuji. As I am only 4’10” and close to the ground I have a different perspective. These small flowers speak to me in sumire 澄玲 – sound of jewels.

澄玲 =Sound of Jewels
The small shining things
of spring sing with the voices
of jewels hidden
in the jewel box of new
grass and faded autumn leaves

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25 Shades of Blue

It is no secret how much I love my blue sky, through all four seasons.

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Smile!

Clowie is one of my most favorite bloggers. You can read this original post at her website, along with many more great posts. Please go and get to know my friend.

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This Friday, 3rd October, is World Smile Day. The theme is, “Do an act of kindness. Help one person smile!”

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That sounds like a lovely idea to me! It would be wonderful if every day could be like that.

It’s something that is easy to get involved in as most of us animals enjoy making people smile. There will be a smile blog hop on Friday, you can find the details on Sugar’s blog.

I thought about what I could do to make all of you smile. I decided that many of my blogging friends have lovely smiles, so I would share a few pictures of them. I’m hoping you’ll smile with them! Enjoy their smiles in the gallery of photos and then I will introduce them to you and tell you where to find them.

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They all have interesting blogs. I’ve kept my introduction to a few…

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14th Anniversary – Halfway House

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August 5 was our 14th wedding anniversary.  We always like to do something special foodwise and also, historic.  Dining at the Halfway House was the perfect option.  Established in 1760 as a tavern, inn, and coaching house, the dining room was in the “basement”.  The walls are original brick, the floor, original brick and grooved by many feet.  Three fireplaces:  one at both ends of the dining room and one in the center.  Colonial décor circa 1760 was the look.  Warm brick and wood, simple wooden tables, brass candlesticks and chandeliers was a lovely backdrop to excellent food.

Some of their specials and regulars include a filet mignon topped with fresh Chesapeake Bay blue crab lump meat, a pasta topped with fresh Bay scallops and shrimp in a spicy Creole tomato sauce, crabcakes made from the same fresh crabmeat, and the night of our dinner – prime rib.  We ordered the prime rib.

When it arrived, our jaws dropped.  A gorgeous rib of probably a good pound weight covered the plate.  It was surrounded by flavorful aus jus and a ramekin of freshly grated horseradish.  Accompaniments included a twice baked potato (almost a whole baking potato!) stuffed with potato mashed with sour cream, sharp cheddar, fresh chives and parsley and butter and the other side were sautéed fresh tiny local green beans.  My husband had the appetizer of Onion Soup Gratinee’.  The broth was redolent of brandy, thyme, freshly ground black pepper and full of sweetly caramelized onion.  A homemade crouton topped it and was covered with bubbly Gruyere cheese.  I took several bites.  My appetizer was a salad made of local Manakin greens (a farm that caters to local restaurants with organic, fresh, unique veggies and salad greens.  The excellent housemade dressing was a Roquefort vinaigrette – refreshing and full of bits of tasty cheese.

And as if this were not enough, the bread basket consisted of hot yeast and cinnamon rolls, both made from a recipe originated in the late 1800’s.  Homemade butter from the Manakin farm was offered to slather all over the hot rolls.  I would have been happy with just the bread basket!  The prime rib was melting tender and full of flavor provided by a rub of a variety of peppercorns, fleur de sal, garlic, rosemary.

My husband toasted.  As we clicked champagne flutes he said:  To my beautiful bride and to our marriage.  I pray we will have 14 x 14 more years of happiness and love and that each day, our love grows deeper.

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Wordless Wednesday – Azaleas in my yard

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花桃まつりと桜@わ鐡の神戸駅

Look at the beautiful cherry blossoms from Japan….

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兵庫県の「こうべ」駅ではありません。
群馬県にある4/13(日)に行ってきたわ鐡のごうど駅のことです。
この日は、花桃まつりの最終日だったようです。
わ鐡全体に言えるだと思いますが、ここが花桃や桜の名所だとは知りませんでした。
よく考えたら、オイラがGWと紅葉の頃にしか行っていないのが、原因だと思います(笑)。
都心で桜や桃を見逃したら、ここはおススメです。

ギャラリー中の写真をクリックすると拡大ページに切り替わります。
ポチっとお願いします。にほんブログ村 旅行ブログ 関東旅行へにほんブログ村 地域生活(都道府県)ブログへ

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