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Section on Slate Roofing added

Slate Roofing   On the page House and garden I have added a section named Slate Roofing. The new section may be useful but is something we can currently only dream of. Slate roofing, in the American context, is a very traditional type of roofing. Found extensively in East Coastal and Southern towns of the country, [...]

How to deal with Ginshanada soil settlement

Settlement This photo shows the new solution,... for now. In the last 18 years the surface in our garden settled about 25 centimeter (10 inch), total. Halve way, as we know now, we invented different solutions for particular area's and problems. Unfortunately you do not know on forehand how low it goes and whit what [...]

Sprinkler-system maintenance, underground sprinklers


On average twice a year I clean the filters in the underground irrigation sprinklers, four of them. Perhaps double of that number of times I cut away the groundcover around the sprinklers. In addition the filter on the water-inlet hose gets cleaned once, in the beginning of the year, prior to switching on the garden-pump […]

Nightingale floor, Uguisubari ( 鴬張り )


The “nightingale floor” is made with a special timber technique from 17th century which makes it impossible to walk on the floor without it making quite beautiful squeaking sounds. The idea of the floor surrounding the living and sleeping quarters of the palace was to work as alarm system. No one could enter the space […]

Birds bathing and drinking during winter


In summer the “upper lake” on the Kame-jima, “Turtle island”, gives us a lot of joy. Every day, we see a diversity of birds that come to drink and bath in this small pond. The water in the “upper lake” (right) gets continuously replenished and refreshed by a small fountain-pump that gets the water […]

Removing reed from the waterway bank


These photo’s give an impression of the annual removal of the reeds that grow on the opposite waterway bank at the back of our garden, owned by the golf course. These guy’s use the professional power tools that we can only dream of. This machine clips the reed and collects it in one go. […]

Scrubbing the veranda deck to remove alga and moss


Well made decking is very attractive in its own right and is part of a Japanese shoinzukuri style building such as our house. Although our decking is profiled, not normally the case in Japan, it can become slippery with algae and even mosses. This needs to be frequently removed e.g. with a wire-brush when dry, […]

Replenishing the Turtle-island lakes, bird bath


Topping up or replenishing the Turtle-island lakes in the front garden is a semi-automated task. During these hot summer days, due to evaporation and the dozens of birds (and cats aahhh) drinking and bathing, the water level in the lower reservoir can quickly get too low. Too low, not as such an immediate danger […]

Reedy waterside on the waterfront


The reedy waterside on the waterfront at the other side of the waterway is owned by the golf course and yes, it also needs maintenance. The latter on a very different scale then in our garden. This is what happens once a year. After that the waterway will be cleared of water plants and […]

Time for irrigation, sunny, hot and dry


Now it is really summer. In our region (the Province of Flevoland, also known as “the New Land” (Dutch: Nieuwland, see House and garden ) it is hot, hot, hot, over 30 °C (86 F). Interestingly every week we have had at least one local heavy shower so far. Now the time has come to […]