Monday, November 30, 2009

Bananas Anyone :^)...

For the first time we had a flower on our garden Musa bajoo plants. However since it's already November 30th we are not holding our breath for any bananas!!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Cape Horn Loop Hike

After a deluge of rain on Thanksgiving day Sunday turned out to be a beautiful sunny & warm day. Chiyoko & I headed out with Nancy to hike the Cape Horn trail. This an an unofficial 7 mile loop trail built by local users over time. The cliff side views of the Columbia on this trail are unparalleled. However it's now drawn the attention of authorities and is about to become "official" and will probably be changed (some would say made safer others would say more mundane). We wanted hike it before this happened! If you love cliff top views go & hike this trail now!!

A Necessary Evil

A Necessary Evil of the Thanksgiving weekend - Leaf Raking!!!

Friday, November 27, 2009


Along with Nancy & Scotty we celebrated another great Thanksgiving hosted by the Turrell Family. After a fantastic meal there were more pie & desert options that you could shake a stick at. Here is one of my creations from what was available, Maple Cream on top of Whipped Cream on top of Mock Cheery Pie...... Shame I forgot the Ice Cream :^)

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Birthday Treats

So I was suitably spoiled for my birthday. Mirranda made me a classic English heart stopping full fry up breakfast. It was just the ticket after a 13 mile run - yes i still ran even though it was my birthday :^)..

Breakfast served for lunch/dinner too and in the evening I had Chiyoko's home made birthday cake & a pint of Pelican IPA.

Pepper Harverst Part II

Well we should have enough Habaneros for the year :^)..

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


Miku ready for her shichi-go-san (7-5-3) cenermony. November 15 (or there abouts) is a celebration day in Japan for 3 & 7 year old girls as well as 5 year old boys. This year while Chiyoko was in Japan her Niece Miku celebrated the san part!
[Wiki: Shichi-go-san].

Monday, November 16, 2009

4 Waterfalls & a Mountain!

With the promise of a dry day Chiyoko & I headed out for a Short hike to explore the waterfalls along the lower Starvation / Defiance Loop Trail. Since we found ourselves back at the car before lunch we headed on up to Hood River crossed over to Washington and hiked up Wind Mountain in the afternoon.There's a more detailed hiking report on the site.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Pepper Harvest - Part I

Picked all the Bhut Jolokia (Ghost Peppers) this past weekend before the rot set in! Hung them up to dry next to the hanging chickens :^).. So now I just have to figure out what to do with them!

Monday, November 2, 2009

A Halloween Reunion...

So Halloween 2009 was the second reunion of it's kind for ex Bourne Grammar School 1975 - 1980/82 Alumni Charles, Paul & Guy. Charles flew in from the UK & Paul from Denver. In our jam packed 2 days we hiked up Saddle Mountain, went to Cannon Beach and up to Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood. A few beers were drunk along the way & a few old tales were told & re told!