Thursday, 9 October 2014


Watched the eclipse last night. We perched out on our small deck, rugged up against the evening's chill.

At the same time, our son in Japan sent us a photo of 'his eclipse' out on the street outside his work - the moon high above the narrow Kyoto street, along with a photo his wife E. had taken of the kids looking at the same moon from their bedroom window.

Spending time looking up is a good way of keeping things in perspective.

taken last year, a kereru with butcher-apron breast, perched in one of the silver birch trees that once lined our driveway. The trees are no longer there, so different roosting places will be required this year. Luckily there are plenty to choose from ...

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