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Apple Blossoms (Treasure Box 12)

pink apple blossoms

Hi all! Sorry for the hiatus there. I was doing so well with my blogging streak this year, having posted 18 times in the first 19 weeks of the year! But then I caught a virus… The doctor thinks it may have been COVID, but I didn’t qualify for the test here in Japan, so we’ll never know. I personally think it may have just been a terrible stomach virus, but it was definitely debilitating, keeping me off the scenes for almost two weeks…

But I’m back! And to celebrate the recovery, my wife and I decided to go out for a drive. Because the snow melted after the voluntary lockdown started, we hadn’t been out and about much at all this year. It was refreshing to get out of the house and breath some fresh air for a change! So here is another memory to add to my Treasure Box series.

Our drive first took us to our favorite Galette café, run by some friends of ours who also attend the church we go to. Café Kopher is limiting the number of customers they accept to eat-in, but that was fine with us. We were looking forward to testing out their new menu… the take-out galette Bouquet Galette. The picture on the café website looked nice, but we were still impressed by how it looked and how well it tasted. The name Bouquet Galette was certainly appropriate.

Bouquet Galette by Café Kopher
Café Kopher’s Bouquet Galette

I was just writing this post and noticed, my very first Treasure Box entry on my blog was actually about us visiting this café last year, too! That post was published on May 25th, 2019. And this post is getting published on May 22nd, 2020 – almost exactly one year later! What a coincidence, if I do say so myself ?

Our drive then took us to the Cross Country Farm. This is an apple orchard, run by the Cross family – another family in our church. They also grow pears, asparagus, grapes, prunes, and half a dozen other fruits. As it turns out, we arrived right as the apple tree blossom season started. The Crosses had invited us over for a few years now, saying the apple blossoms were beautiful. And we finally had the chance to go see them.

Both the pink and white blossoms below are from apple trees. Mr. Cross showed us around the farm, and pointed out what each of the trees were. I asked him how he could tell all the trees apart. He said he looks at the bark, the leaves, the branches, the flowers, and he can tell.

It was a perfect day for a stroll through an apple orchard. Both my wife and I enjoyed being outside and in the sunlight for a couple of hours – but then came back home exhausted and enjoyed the rest just as much, after getting the most exercise in one day as we have had in a couple of months ?

That wraps up this 12th memory added to my Treasure Box. As it turns out, I’ve added a memory roughly each month for the last year. I look forward to adding many more memories here.

Thanks for reading!

PS: I finally got the pink biscuits to work! Look out for a post with the “perfect” recipe coming soon ?

pink-potato rice flour biscuits

And if you’re not sure what that is all about, make sure to check out my post below on how I didn’t get pink biscuits last time…

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