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This page begins with a photo of a special order cake which Kazuya made for a Japanese customer to celebrate Girl's Day.  In Row 2 are three shots of Kazuya's amazing needlework.  In Rows 3-6 are shots of a feeder for Red-backed Voles which we made.  In the final two rows are some snowstorm photos taken on March 23rd and 25th.  Click on any thumbnail to begin.

Special Order Cake
  Here is a photo of a Special Order Cake which Kazuya was requested to bake for one of his regular Japanese customers to celebrate Girl's Day, a Japanese Holiday.
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Kazuya's Needlework
  Here are three photos of Kazuya's needle-work. Please notice that not all photos show the same needle-work inside of the frames.
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Watching Red-backed Voles for Entertainment
  We have been doing our very best to shelter-in-place during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, but it's still deep winter here, with the snow ass-deep even for a tall person, so we need more than just walks up the road, watching the Black-capped chickadees, and shoveling snow from our driveway and walk areas. We therefore decided to try and start watching the Northern Red-backed Voles (probably Myodes rutilus). We tried just putting some sunflower seeds on the ground, but that was too easy for them to just grab all of them in the night and move them inside to their tunnels, so we tried putting the seeds in a bowl which they have to climb into. We also put some chunks of unsalted butter which was left over from baking. They love both of those items. The first shot here shows a large adult sitting in the hole under the snow and looking out. The second shot shows where the food bowl is in relation to the major hole and the third shot shows the big one coming to the feed bowl.
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  Ah, ha! This is where the fantastic smell is coming from. I'll begin with sunflower seeds, I don't know what that yellow stuff is.
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  The first shot in this row shows a vole sitting and breaking open a sunflower seed, the second shot shows a vole searching for a seed, and the third shot is an overview which shows the entire area. Notice all of the holes under that pile of snow.
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  Oh heavens, this is so wonderful. Then it snowed, which doesn't bother the voles a bit - they spend the winter making burrows under the snow, there are probably entire villages of voles under the snow. We have seen several young ones run out for seeds and butter too, but the young ones are always so very quick that every shot which shows a young one is blurry.
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March 23rd and 25th Snowstorms
  Now it's March 23rd. By the time this storm finished up there was about another 8 inches of snow on the ground.
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  This row of shots was taken on March 25th - and on this date we had another 7-8 inches of snow. Please notice how much deeper the snow is in the photos in this row compared to the row just above. You can compare the snow depth on the fences which we grow our snap peas on and also on the stakes to the left of the fence rows.
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