Wide Eyed Wanderings – Shugakuin Imperial Villa, Kyoto, Japan

To the northeast of Kyoto, in the shadow of Mt. Hiei, lies Shugakuin Imperial Villa. The Villa occupies a vast swath of land overlooking Kyoto and is managed by the Imperial Household Agency. Not open to the public, for access you must apply for a permit to a guided tour. The on-line advance reservations are difficult to come by but we were fortunate enough to secure a reserved tour during our stay in Kyoto. It is also possible to apply for a tour permit at the Imperial Household Agency office in Kyoto for same day passes. The tour is conducted in Japanese but other language audio tours are available and quite helpful. Continue reading “Wide Eyed Wanderings – Shugakuin Imperial Villa, Kyoto, Japan”


The Wolf

TT 12.7

The wolf stood staring at the cottage. Lavender had lived there alone since her grandmother’s disappearance. The wolf appeared each evening like it was checking on her. Finally, Lavender went out to the wolf. She met the sapphire blue eyes, “Grandmother?” she whispered.

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For Kat’s Twittering Tales # 113

Make a Joyful Noise Challenge – Day 10

Day 10 – A song that makes you sad. OK, here it is. Get out the tissues.

Daddy’s Hands

I was Daddy’s girl, still am really, even though he’s been gone for over 36 years. I own several copies of this song by various artists but I seldom play any of them. They make me cry. Every. stinkin’. time. As always, it’s not the song that makes me sad, it’s the emotions it evokes. Hope you enjoy. Continue reading “Make a Joyful Noise Challenge – Day 10”

White Elephants Day late but here they are

OK, sorry this is late but things are a little whack right now. We’re traveling, still. Migrating might be a better description. Heading south to spend the winter. It involves driving about 5 hours a day which is a lot for me and once we get stopped, unpacked, eat, and it’s time for bed. OK, enough of my whining. Teresa over at the haunted wordsmith nominated me for the White Elephant challenge you can find the rules there. Even though it’s a day late, here are my contributions.

To Melanie over at Sparks from a combustible mind mind I gift this lovely Doggie yoga book because I think both she and hunydog would enjoy it. Plus it’s funny.


For Kristian over at Tales from the mind of Kristian. A Dr. Strange suit. Don’t ask me why but I just have this feeling that somewhere in that deep, insightful mind lurks a brilliant/deranged sorcerer. 😉 😉

Dr. Strange

And for any and all of you who are reading this, because, let’s face it, you’re awesome! A copy of Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird because every writer should read it, at least once. It’s funny and insightful, just like all of you.

bird by bird

So merry ho ho ho and so forth. Have fun. Til next time ~Peace ~JPP