Last week I visited a friend in a neighboring community who moved down from the Kanto region after the Tohoku earthquake. They have adopted an old farm house and have been living in it and fixing it for about a year. Seeing their place gave me renewed ambition to get my place in livible condition as soon as possible. To that end I have been focused on CLEANING, and lots of it. 10 years of dust and dirt on every surface is a lot to clean and I
have been going at the blistering pace of 1 room every three or four days. This includes scrubbing and wiping down all surfaces, wiping down all the old tatami (which I am going to reuse as much as possible), removing the paper from the shoji screens and cleaning them. and getting rid of all the “contents” of the room which cannot be used. The house has a prodigious amount of zabuton (cushions for sitting) so if anyone needs any, I have enough for several houses.
Also I am now splitting time between The House and the Orchard (not to mention my Job and the Kids) so its been getting very busy leaving me little time for much of anything else… like bloging. But I will leave you all today with a little video from the orchard. Enjoy.