Sunday, January 17, 2010

30 Years of National Geographic!

I was at a rare loose end for a couple of hours today so I put my 30 years of National Geographic magazines back in order. By the time I was done I was only missing 2 issues from January 1979 to present :^)

Saturday, January 16, 2010

First Signs of Spring

One of the first signs of Spring in our garden. The cultivars of Viburnum x bodnantense are now beginning to flower.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Wahclella Falls & Wauna View Point

Chiyoko & I grabbed a few dry hours on a January Sunday afternoon & headed out to Wahclella Falls, The old Columbia highway Tooth Rock viaduct & the Wauna View Point. Wahclella Falls is an easy 2 mile round trip up Tanner Creek. The Tooth Rock Trailhead is about a third of a mile away, it follows an old section of the abandoned Columbia Gorge Highway that was built on 2 viaducts to get around Tooth Rock. We then headed on up to the Wauna View Point before returning to the trailhead by way of the first road built on the Oregon side of the Columbia, a 6 mile Portage Road built in 1856. A quick 7 miles all told!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Monday, January 4, 2010

New Years Day - Japanese Style!

So Chiyoko made a bunch of Traditional Japanese New Years Food. Traditionally these dishes are made before New Years Day & eaten for the first 2 or 3 days of the new year so that Japanese Housewives get a rare break from the kitchen!!

1) Datemaki 伊達巻き - Sweet Egg Omlette & Fish Paste.
2) Kobumaki 昆布巻き - Seaweed
3) Kinton きんとん - Mashed Japanese Sweet Potatoe.
4) Mochi  - Sticky Rice Cake
5) Kuromame 黒豆 - Japanese Black Beans.
6) Tazukuri 田作り - Dried Japanese Anchovy

1) Renkon 蓮根 - Lotus Flower Root.
2) Shiitake 椎茸 - Shitake Mushroom
3) Konnyaku 蒟蒻 - Konjac (Voodoo Lilly Root)  
4) Satoimo 里芋 - Taro Root






日本語の宿題 十二月二十八日

Saturday, January 2, 2010

A New Years Trip to the Coast.

We heard on the local news that New Years Day would bring very high tides to the Oregon coast so despite the terrible weather we headed out to Cannon Beach, then drove down the coast to Tillamook before returning home. The tide was high no sand left on most of the Beaches even an hour or two after high tide, but the wind & rain were unforgiving!!