We have barely had a spring here this year. It has been really cool, rainy and seeing the sun was a rare event.
When the sun was out (like today) then the particulate matter was through the roof and I wasn’t able to go outside. It’s such a shame -our area is so beautiful but in recent years we have had a problem with pollution blowing over from across the ocean. Today’s PM reading was 170!! That’s basically off the charts. I have asthma so even a moderately high reading is unhealthy for me. Today I would have needed a WW2 gas mask. People run around in flimsy little surgical masks when the PM is high but they don’t do much to really protect you. The stuff gets into your eyes, your hair…everything. It deposits a fine yellowish grit onto everything.
I hide indoors with the windows shut.
BUT about two weeks ago we had such a nice day so I threw my chores aside and hit the road. Gosh did that ever feel good! I walked 11 kilometers.
What a perfect day-sunshine and moderate PM readings.
The fuji was in bloom and I didn’t even realize it until I came up over the hill and there it was-cascading down the trellis in the old playground. Because the spring has been so gloomy I haven’t been out much to really notice.
I wandered down the road just enjoying the gardens. I think that is one of my favorite parts about living in the countryside-the cottage gardens.
Usually located right around the house or in the sunniest spot on the property. No home is really complete here without some form of vegetable patch.
I saw that the clover was also in bloom. The rice farmers plant a crop of pink clover in the rice fields as green manure. Right before planting time it will get cut down and plowed under.
I stood here for a long time watching big chubby bees drifting from flower to flower while dozens of butterflies played tag.
May 5th is boy’s day and I saw several houses already flying the carp…
My husband told me that these are extremely expensive. Some sets cost up to $10,000 USD. I have no idea why anyone would want to spend that much on carp flags. The are pretty though.
There are several old farm houses that I love looking at. I hope that I don’t make the occupants feel uncomfortable when I stand out on the road for several minutes and just stare at the house. I’m fascinated by the way they look. They remind me of old fairy-tale homes.
Just look at this old place.
It looks like one good sneeze from the farmer could reduce the place to matchsticks. He still parks his tractor in there!
Here are a few shots from the other side. I wish I could just wander around there and take photos. I’ll just bet there is some interesting stuff laying around!
Wildflowers were in abundance along the roadside,in hedge-grows and creeping from crevices in old stone walls. Actually they were just everywhere!
As I got near the foot of the mountain I noticed these interesting plants. I have no idea what they were. They kind-of looked like some sort of bamboo.
This little lane looked so inviting to me. For some reason it brought back childhood memories.
I passed by this gate that I’ve never noticed before.
It took me about 45 minutes to reach the foot of the mountain and the waterfall.
There is a different sort of beauty up here. A rugged and wild kind of beauty.
I spent a little bit of time listening to the powerful sounds of the river and the waterfall and then I slowly made my way back home.
There is a fence along the way that I always look forward to seeing because it changes with the seasons.
I’ll leave you with a photo of it….