せっかく育てたトマトをカラスに食べられてしまいました。

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 なんといっても日本語が私の母語ですから、頭の中の思考はすべて日本語で構成されています。こうして文字に書き下すときも、日本語が一番効率がいいです。無理して英語でブログ記事を書くよりも、日本語で書いた方が明らかに速く多量の情報を表記できるのは、言うまでもありません。

 春先に種から育苗したトマトの本数がちょっと多かったものだから、畑に植えられなくなった苗を、大型のプラ鉢に植えて育てています。最近だんだん赤く色づいてきたので、昨日などは写真を撮って、私の学生が見るように、Dingtalkにアップしました。そして昨日は1個をスライスにして、老母に食べさせました。

 ところがどうでしょう、今日外出から帰ってきて鉢植えのトマトに目をやったら、昨日まで赤く色づいていたトマトがなくなっていました。


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 犯人は、明らかに、カラスです。3つ取られてしまいました。じつは、この5つのプラ鉢で最初の収穫となる1個が、既にカラスにやられていました。彼らはトマトの味を覚えてしまったのです。近隣は住宅街ですが、もともとは農地の土地柄ゆえ、多くの人が自宅でトマトを育てています。これからこの地区のトマトはカラス対策をしないと次々と被害をこうむるものと思われます。


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 畑の片隅で、百日草が新しい花をつけました。

 今学期も授業はすべて終わり、今は期末試験の採点をしているところですが、テレワークの疲れがたまり、目も頭も痛くて、ほとんど仕事になりません。成績登録の期限までに採点を終わらせなければなりませんが、そのために仕事を続けると、目の痛みや頭痛がさらにひどくなるでしょう。

A Rainy day, in my Garden.

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Photo taken in Niigata JAPAN


Photo taken in Niigata JAPAN


Photo taken in Niigata JAPAN

Rain started falling before the noon, became strong in the afternoon. I gave up going outside today, though I’d better go shopping to the supermarket for the main dish of the dinner. Now I am starting cooking using frozen dumplings that I made by hand two months ago and kept in the freezer since. Today’s rain gave me the chance to consume that two-month old dumplings.

What to do about Damage to a Fig Tree by Long-horn Beetles.

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A fig tree is vulnerable to damage by long-horn beetles. Since the trunk of a fig tree is relatively soft, the insects make holes and go into the inside. In that case, the trunk of the tree becomes houses and also food. And then there will be so many holes on the surface and the trunk will have void inside. It quite often results in the death of the fig tree.

If it is in early stage with a little number of holes, injecting insecticide would be one of solutions. However, it means that the injected chemical could go up in the tree and reach to the fruits. So I don’t think injecting insecticide could be a solution as a countermeasure against long-horn beetles in a fig tree.

A practical solution is as follows. You need to accept the damage caused by long-horn beetles on a fig tree. In other words, you admit that a fig tree is short-lived. But it does not mean you need to give up the fruits. What you need to do is renewing your “main” fig tree in relatively short term. You make young trees using a branch and/or shoot that are taken from the existing fig tree. By keeping several young trees as the spares, and planting them every three or four years, you will get the fruits, even though some times the damage happens.

So, this year, I made three young fig trees using the existing fig tree’s shoot.

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They were taken from a native Japanese fig tree. So those fruits are not so sweet because the species has not been improved like some western fig trees. But this kind is hardy and can stands for winter cold. Although its sweetness is not perfect, eating fresh is actually good. And a good thing is that I can make a lot of jam (jelly) and compote in autumn.

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Flowers in someone’s Garden, not in Mine.

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Photo taken in Niigata JAPAN


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These flowers were planted at the edge of someone’s vegetable fields. They are not just growing vegetables, but those people have some kind of reserves in their minds such that enjoys beauty of flowers.

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This flower is natural one that is growing by the platform on a railway station.

Metalhead is a Fish’s Name “Kanagashira”

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Nothing has to do with a fan of heavy metal music. “Kana-” means metal and “Gashira” a head. So the fishes’ heads looked very hard and strong.


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I bought them in a supermarket. They were local fishes so they were not expensive, even I would say they were cheap.


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All three were placed in a pan, and then they were boiled. Actually it took time for me to remove their scales on the surface. Although I just threw most of the inside, I kept egg and boiled it together.


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I usually use soy sauce for the taste when boiling a fish, but this time I used the salty soy-beans paste “Miso”.


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They were on the dish. That means it’s ready to eat.

Cutting One Whole Sea Bream

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Bones of a sea bream are sharp and hard. Sometimes people lose their lives by accidentally swallowing those bones. But it is sure that the sea bream is one of the best fishes to eat. The fish is always served in meals of any celebration in Japan.


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The taste is good, but cutting the sea bream for cooking is not that easy. That is another problem with sea breams. These days I am just trying to learn how to cut many kinds of fishes that are available in the supermarket where I always buy food.


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So this is what I have done with a small size sea bream. Please do not point out that thick meat remains on the back bone. Anyway, bones and the head were so hard that it needed some forces in my hand when cutting them. But that hardness could helped me a little when I was making two slices of right and left half bodies from the back bone. Yes, the bones can be a guide for the blade of knife.


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I boiled the head, bones, and tails with salty water so that could be a nice soup of fish taste.


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I grilled the half body slice. Salt was the only thing that I used for seasoning. I used no pepper, no spices of any kind, other than salt.
It was so nice for me to eat this with boiled rice, although I still had to be careful about bones.