Two blogger awards on top of autumn/winter greens…

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(‘Bitamin-na’, literally, ‘Vitamin greens’…)

In the last few days (or was it weeks?), two gracious gardener-bloggers made me a very happy person…

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(‘Shangtung-sai’… )

First, Sho’Nuff put me up for the  ‘Versatile Blogger Award’…
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Shortly afterward, Palm Rae Potager nominated me for the ‘ Very Inspiring Blog’ award…
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Mucho, mucho gracias to these two ladies…

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(‘Chingen-sai’, with ‘Ta-sai’ in the background…)

Sho’Nuff is an academician and a gardener… (me too)… I enjoy her humor, and her witty posts that are often accompanied by neat, catchy pictures…

Meanwhile, I share an affinity with Palm Rae Potager, least of all by virtue of that ‘P’ term… the posts in this blog are a joy to read and the photos, tastily done… my cup of tea, in other words…

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(Chinese cabbage…)

But, oh gosh, I must admit that I am not very good in carrying out the ‘obligations’ that come with them…  *** apologizing profusely ***
So, please forgive me as I shall be skipping the 15 nominations…  *** gomen nasai… torso bent 90 degrees at the waist ***

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(‘Daikon’… radish)

However, I am pleased to share a few things about me…
1. These days, I found that I could not resist touching, and playing of course, the ‘shakuhachi‘ (Japanese bamboo flute)… which means to say that my blogging activity has competition, time-wise…
2. As such, I am blogging less frequently… perhaps once a month… 

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(‘Kikuna’ or ‘Shun-giku’… Edible chysanthemum…)

3. I am, once again, after several limp attempts over many years, learning how to read musical notes… you know, that rather elusive ‘doremi’ thingy… and am quite happy to see a little progress… I even signed up for an online course on music… and signing up for an online course is a first in my life…
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. We have not had a television in the house since 2005… and I love listening to the radio while working in the garden… particularly programs with Japanese old songs…

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(Dill is growing very well this season…)

5. My garden, in reality, is in a perennial mess… I cringe and claw at the wall when some of my readers or friends say they want to come and visit… why, I have to clean up the ‘ugly’ areas… but still, a mess is a mess, no matter what…
6. I weigh myself twice a day… once in the morning after waking up, and again just before I hit the futon… have been doing this for many, many years now…

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(‘Mamba’… kind of mustard?)

7. Finally, am I happy to reach Point 7… heeeheee… the weighing machine manufacturer seems to be very good at ‘praising’ its customers… the machine shows a bunch of statistics besides the body weight… and it says that my body fat averages around 9%, while telling me that my age is 39… ooh… like the messy potager, this is a ‘mirage’…

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(Fava beans growing alongside lettuce…)

Ok, reading through the two wonderful above-mentioned blogs, I notice that the common denominator is Belmont Rooster
Thank you for nominating the two fine blogs that in turn, nominated my little blog…

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(Potatoes, thriving… whoopeee…)

To close, please allow me to ‘peel’ a slice off Palm Rae Potager’s blog on Potager Y @ Japan…

Quote… Potagery – one of my favorite blogs for photography and interesting plants growing! I always learn something new when I visit Potagery. There is always a new  plant that I have to just grow and of course the photography is some of the best I have ever seen of plants… he gets down and close with plants and introduces us to details we might just miss walking by a plant in our garden. His photos and plant selection are an inspiration. I also enjoy reading about his misses and her recipes and flower arrangements she puts together… pure beauty this blog… what an inspiration to me!
Un-quote…

On impulse, I jumped up the sakura tree, wearing a wide glee on my wrinkling face… 

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About Lrong

Gardening, I adore... Photography, I cherish... Scuba diving, I fancy... Shakuhachi, I relish... and barefoot walking, I revel in...
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13 Responses to Two blogger awards on top of autumn/winter greens…

  1. Diana Studer says:

    Interesting to see the Chinese greens I buy at the supermarket, growing in your garden.
    And ten years of blogging? Wow. Congratulations on your 10th Blogaversary!!

    • Lrong says:

      Thank you Diana for your delightful comments… winter season is a very good season for me to grow these greens as there are fewer insect-pests… and they taste better in winter… yes, 10 years of blogging… I did not even realize it went by so fast…

  2. Robbie says:

    I burst out laughing when I got to the end of the “quote” I wrote about you! LOL you are too funny! Well, every word of it was true, and I just LOVE your photos up above:-) I have to make a comment about your “few things about me”…I chuckled again when you addressed “ugly areas” , well, truth be told you are not alone. Yes, we can get some great shots, but we make sure the compost pile/unfinished garden projects/dog mess I forgot to pick up/ WEEDS were not in the picture….do I need to go on-lol…we all have “ugly areas”…today digital photography sure can make something look great in a photo-lol-even people!

    • Lrong says:

      Me, funny? Hahaha… thank you! Feels so good to know that you are also inflicted with some ‘ugly areas’ in the garden… still, your pictures always look so beautiful…

      • Robbie says:

        yes, but it is a “mirage” you can’t see what is always beyond the edges:-) that is the beauty of digital photography we can “chop” ” zoom” + “enhance” instantly!:-)

  3. Liz says:

    You may not be posting very often but the posts you are writing are lovely. Quality not quantity! Dill is doing well for me this year too. I find it quite temperamental, perhaps it likes 2013. Hopefully 2014 will be to its liking too.

  4. Diana says:

    Hisashiburidesu.
    Oh now I know how the bitamin-na looks like.
    Hubby brought me back some seeds from Japan last November when he had some work in Osaka..
    Enjoyed looking at your photos.

    • Lrong says:

      Diana-san, hisashi buri desu… the bitamin-na is somewhat like the komatsu-na, I think… perhaps a little ‘tougher’ in the cold weather… it is equally delicious…

  5. jeannietay says:

    I let my kind neighbour to take over whatever garden space outside to do his planting of vegetables and fruit trees…he’ll share his harvest whenever possible:D A privilege indeed! Happy New Year to you!

  6. malar says:

    I was laughing while reading your post! 😉 You have a lot of green vegetables coming up! No TV since 2005? wow! ;0

    • Lrong says:

      Am happy to see that you are ‘entertained’ by my post… yes, quite a bit of winter veggies in the field now… and yes, no TV since 2005 and loving it…

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