3 in 30 - 2001.04.15 Sunday
US Federal Income taxes are supposed to be posted today, or tomorrow, since the post offices are not open today. Either way, we don't have ours done yet. I think we are still waiting for some tidbit of information to be mailed to us from some company in the States.
Beverly and I took a walk down to a grocery store to pick up some dish towels, some bean paste, seaweed flavored potato chips, and special grated/pickled ginger.
On the way past the elementary school, we saw this double petal cherry tree in bloom. This variety usually blooms a week or so later than the single petal trees—like the one directly behind this one. The bushes nearest the sidewalk are azalea and just about to burst into bloom.
Continuing our way home, we peeked into people's gardens to see what they were growing. We found this Japanese maple about 100 meters from our house. When the Japanese maple bring out new leaves in the spring, they come out in a beautiful magenta hue. During the summer the thin little leaves are green and in the fall, return to a deep purple or bright red.
This tree has been cared for and given a couple of twists at about one meter, a meter and a half and some more twists and turns at about three meters. What a beautiful tree to have growing through the seasons by the entrance way.
Returning to the house from the back way, Candy was out collecting laundry that had been drying on our clothes line. Most Japanese hang their laundry on horizontal poles laid across some supports, but we have continued using the familiar rope clothes line.
Our line is, as typical, out the second floor, on a patio above the roof of the back room. The metal framework for the patio disintegrated into piles of oxidized iron a few years ago and has been replaced by a wooden framework I made.
It was certainly a delightful Easter Sunday. One that we were thankful to enjoy.