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Gaddi Songs at Ghoomakad

On our last night in Rakkar, we hung out on the balcony at Ghoomakad with friends and made music. When we’d trekked up the mountain a few weeks previously, Foja hummed and whistled a tune that was an earworm. I was really glad that it was played that night...
Summertime

Summertime

You are expecting a rant about summer, aren’t you? You know it’s not my favorite season.  But I am talking about Summertime by George Gershwin from Porgy and Bess.Tod & I are learning to play it in our music lessons. Our lessons with Huw that...
Matsudai roundup

Matsudai roundup

I’ve been away from the computer mainly spending more time in Matsudai. So much happened last weekend that I’m hard pressed to recount it all, but here I go. Thank you to Hanako Murakami for introducing me to Matsudai and its people. I really do love that...

How to Call a Frog

One evening last week in Matsudai, we heard the most delightful chorus of frogs – deep croaking, quick peeps, and a percussive almost wooden clapping. But as we approached the little garden pond for a closer look and listen, the frogs stopped their songs....
Matsudai roundup

Celebrating the Earth on Sado

Camping on the cliff above Sobama beach, our group of eight did a lot of relaxing nothing this weekend. After brunch each morning, we sat under the shadecloth talking for hours about whatever came to mind: halloween costumes, books, travels, work. Lukie showed me how...
Pound Cake & podcast

Pound Cake & podcast

This is from Elizabeth E. Lea’s 1866 cookbook Domestic Cookery, Useful Receipts, and Hints to Young Housekeepers. This pound cake recipe is the basis for the method of many of the other cakes in the chapter. This is not such an extravagant cake – the fruit...