Thursday, November 27, 2014

Mild fall




Our town



850m the difficult way

How much wood can a Super Cub chuck?
about 15 pieces per run





Hyounosen



the home range from a different angle

woody shelf and rare watering hole

deadly decoration


here's looking at you




yamanashi- wild mountain pears

Saturday, October 11, 2014

End of the road

down Black River way

homestead yard walls or livestock pen?

miles and miles of silver mine shafts


When we moved in 10 years ago there were 4 inhabited houses up our road
now they've passed on or moved out, now we're the farthest in

Your average 700 year old house


sweet chestnut


persimmon


my neighbor asked if I wanted some hardwood

he said this stand is mine for the taking I almost feel guilty
accepting but did. Its going to be quite a job

holes punched in a blue cheese starting to mold


mycelium- billions of spores alive and transforming



in a neighboring valley

this was the most remote farmhouse on our road long since abandoned



Monday, September 15, 2014

homemade cheese


basic soft curd process for Farmhouse Cheddar



use non homogenized, low temperature pasteurized milk 3L
heat to 32C and add mesophilic culture hold for one hour at 32
add rennet, stir and hold for another hour at temp
then cut curds and raise temp to 38C very slowly over 1/2 hour


drain for 1 hour or so
3L of milk will yield from 300 to 350 grams of cheese



press for 10 mins then turn over, press again for 15 mins
then turn over, press for 12 hours


from a square mold after overnight pressing
air dry at room temp for about 5 days



vacuum bag after drying 



some b.linens mold has taken hold, shouldn't be a big problem
age for 3-4 weeks at 10C in vegetable drawer of refrigerator 

a little more challenging, Bleu cheese
innoculated with high quality store bought cheese from France

after one week of air drying the bleu mold is really taking hold
it requires longer aging unwrapped at 10C


mini bleu test



still hitting the beach, nicer than ever


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Finally fulfilled my dream of camping at the beach

hot springs and all





jungle surfing

sometimes it seems like a real jungle
                                                            
cucumbers and pumpkins in a plum tree



We lost all our remaining ducks to this guy
Either an immature golden eagle イヌワシor a mountain hawk eagle

it's hard to be upset by such an impressive creature


video



view on youtube HD speed 1/4