Note: My apologies for the lack of a photo. Seems the site I use to resize photos is on the fritz. Fingers crossed it's up and running soon!
Whew! We are back in Tokyo and getting resettled into daily routines. An early morning visit today to the farm and garden found a few winter crops already in and other fields ready for daikon and Chinese cabbage. The eggplant, peppers sweet and spicy, and moroheya are still kicking it, bless their vegetable hearts, but the tomatoes are done. Takashi-san and I peered through the greenhouse doors to see their withered selves drying in place. It makes them lighter, easier to remove, and they break down a bit faster in the compost pile. It will be a dusty clean-up job, but it wouldn't be any fun if we didn't get dirty.
My garden is nearly ready for turnover as well, although a few late watermelon sat wallowing in the sun. And the tsuru murasaki is wrapping everything in sight in its tender arms. (Drop a note if you'd like a bundle. I've got plenty to spare.) The daizu are ready to go through the drying process, and it goes without saying that the weeds took full advantage of my absence. Busy days ahead.