Started my 30 days running challenge. Rather exhilarating to finally get under way. Lovely weather for a run. To kick off just did a gentle hill jog for about 35minutes.Left Rimu St, went up Emano St, over Orsmond Cresent, down Saint Vincent Street and back to Rimu St. Saw picturesque spring wild flowers in orange, bright yellows, purples and reds, and dozens of cherry blossoms in full bloom. Simply magic.
In the afternoon went to Miyazu Gardens for a picnic under the cherry blossom trees, with Chiharu and Jubair, and our friends Phillip, Hiromi and their energetic boy Shion. Tippled sake and snacked on crackers. It felt like paradise.
It reminded me of my old friends, Susumu and Hiroko Watanabe, who live in Matsuzaki, Japan.
Susumu is a landscape gardener, and he has the most charming garden you’ll ever see, shaped around a stunning cherry tree that be planted many years ago. Sleepers are laid into a seating square under the tree, for the Spring, when every year for three days the Watanabes celebrate with friends, sitting around the sunked hearth to roast mochi, grill trout and river ayu (sweetfish) and heat bamboo tubes of sake. The photo on the left is of the tree in his garden.
Legs were a bit heavy by evening, reminding me how long it’s been since I exercised regularly. Stretched well before sleeping, and had an early(ish) night.