This week's Saturday excursion - we went up Rokko Mountain to Rokko Country House. It was very beautiful. It's lovely to be living near mountains again.
|The boys showing off their best Pokemon poses. Except for Bear, who is quite a pill about having his picture taken these days. (Some friends from church went with us. That is how we acquired an extra kid.)|
|Creepy koi that swarmed around the boats looking for food.|
We went up to the top of a tower in a little shopping complex for a beautiful view of Kobe city.
|Even though my eyes are closed in this picture, I still thought it was the best one. Once again, Bear is being a pill. Maybe he's getting his teen angst out early, so he'll be an angelic teenager? Maybe?|
|Apparently you can ski here (on man-made snow) in the winter. This hill is about the size and grade of the bunny slope at Alta. The lift seemed like a bit of overkill.|
In not-so-good news: Remember how right after we arrived in Japan we bought several planters and dirt (or so we thought) and planted a garden? It turns out we bought fertilizer and planted our veggies in manure. They all died within a couple of weeks. So, we tried again. We weren't as ambitious the second time - just three tomato plants and a bowl of lettuce. They were all doing great, and a couple of tomatoes were starting to turn red. Then, yesterday, Luke went outside and announced that the tomatoes were gone. I rushed outside, and sure enough. They were completely gone. Not pecked at or gnawed at - just gone. I am very sad.