Then again, it is Melbourne…

Another weekend, another outing on two-wheels. This time I did not go far from home. Up along the river one day, down towards the bay another.

Docklands

Docklands

"River Runs Though It, 2011, by Mark Stoner"

Starting off as a fine, warm morning, I would venture out in T-shirt and shorts. But then again, this is Melbourne. The city of ‘4 Seasons in One Day’ (yes, Crowded House must have written many of their songs here, on a weekend like this.)

The temperature would drop away, sun fading away replaced by cold wind… I pull on my 20-year-old LL Bean wind pullover, and still I cannot shake off the chill.

cloudy day in Marybinong

cloudy day in Marybinong

cloudy day in Marybinong

cloudy day in Marybinong

Oh well, before you know it it would be real warm, and we can really put away our winter clothings… but not just yet here.

Docklands

Docklands

"River Runs Though It, 2011, by Mark Stoner"

Arrival of the Spring

So the spring was here. The air felt much more ‘loose’ or ‘soft’. Hay fever and skin cancer are back on conversation again. My friend and I dusted the bike and went out to make the best of the beautiful sunny weekend.

sakura

sakura

sakura

We even drove down to my favourite ‘quick trip’ destination down on the Great Ocean Road.

Great Ocean Road drive Sun 31 Aug 2013

Great Ocean Road drive Sun 31 Aug 2013

Great Ocean Road drive Sun 31 Aug 2013

Great Ocean Road drive Sun 31 Aug 2013

I even spotted a griffin venturing out in the sun!

Great Ocean Road drive Sun 31 Aug 2013

Great Ocean Road drive Sun 31 Aug 2013

Great Ocean Road drive Sun 31 Aug 2013

We just knew we had to make the best of the weather… because we know what they call this city we live in…

Great Ocean Road drive Sun 31 Aug 2013

Shin-ryoku

May in Minoo

I’m in Osaka. First things first, driving up the winding road to the graveyard. It has become a routine over the years that I visit two graves there, report that I’m well, put my hands together in front of the sweet smell of the burning incense, before I continue down the list of to-do’s (such as shopping…)

I have for the last several years made it a rule, not quite by choice but more so by convenience, that I visited my family around the end of the year to new year period. It is pretty cold around that time, and up here it does get frosty on some mornings. Everything is in hibernate, brown, grey and tight. Now it is all green, fresh, full of life, moisture and bursting with energy to grow. This place is so familiar and yet so refreshing to see it in this time of the year.

May in Minoo

May in Minoo

May in Minoo

 

“Shin ryoku” = fresh green, the state of spring time nature.