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Galettes Topped with Albacore

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Hiroki made galettes with albacore
Hiroki with his galette creation

Hiroki made galettes last night, one of his favorite foods. The galette is basically a crepe but made with buckwheat flour. We live near an organic buckwheat flour maker, so he regularly goes there for supplies.

Here he is holding a plated galette with vegetables inside and seared albacore tuna on top. It was delicious!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Peaceful Evening

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This is the most beautiful place we have ever lived in. It’s so quiet, the people are friendly and the landscapes are breath-taking. Here is a picture of the fields behind our house with some of Ben’s plants in the foreground.

The moon rises early over the fields as the sun slowly sinks to the west
The moon rises early over the fields as the sun slowly sinks to the west
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Light sabers!

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Ben and our friend’s son talk together

The other day, we visited our friend’s house and their son was really squirmy, filled with energy. When talking to kids, Ben loves to use fancy words like “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.” They just love it when you use big words like that.

After we got ready, we went out to the park and went to get a late lunch and milkshakes. Re-energized after eating, we played with “light sabers” made from tree branches.

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Ben and our friend play in their living room
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Hiroki Working on His Cucumbers

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Hiroki working on his cucumbers
Hiroki working on his cucumbers

Before heading to the restaurant today, Hiroki was out in the garden working on his cucumbers. Using bamboo from the yard, he is using the 誘引 (yuuin) method, meaning he is training them with bamboo and twine.

 

Like everything he does, Hiroki approaches gardening with knowledge and experience. He carefully researches how other people do things, and then adapts their knowledge to perfect his technique.

 

The cucumbers are just about done flowering, so we should be seeing baby cukes any day now!

Hiroki tying cucumbers
Hiroki tying cucumbers
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The Nursery

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NurseryWe look forward to welcoming a child into our family and have turned one of our rooms into a nursery.

This room is the quietest room in the house and has the best view of the garden in the backyard. Ben crocheted the afghan when he was a child and the painting was done by Ben’s mom. To round it off, Hiroki put up elephant, balloon and other stickers for a fun and vibrant child’s room.

 

 

Hiroki and Ben in the Nursery
Hiroki and Ben in the Nursery

 

 

 

 

 

We will be able to sleep next to the baby crib until the baby is ready to transition to a bed.

We look forward to being parents!

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Hiroki’s Restaurant

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Restaurant interior

Hiroki runs a small restaurant, serving the world’s best food!!

Hiroki considers his next dish

 

Every day, he has something new on the menu. Recently he made Mexican mole, and this week, he pickled zucchini from his garden. His customers love the creativity and care he puts into every dish. For Hiroki, it’s a way to bring happiness to others through cooking, a great passion of his.

Hiroki with friends at the restaurant

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Famous tulips

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The tulips around here are amazing! Every year, people come from a hundred miles away and more to look at the beautiful colors. They even ship some of them to the Netherlands!

Local tulips

We love the beautiful scenery and friendly people and think it is a great environment for kids.