Winter wind was blowing through Nara.
As usual, we Three Flying Witches got together at Vanam.
Our magical wreath were made with blessings of local mountains.
We simply weave them carefully.
No need of glue, string, or wire.
By listening to the bending vines and make base frame.
Then put the evergreen twigs one by one.
Make a finishing touch with Christmas-ish decoration and we've done.
From 2015, we are planning to hold four seasonal workshops.
We will descend Vanam and hope to provide our workshops at accessible venue and dates.
Right now, we are having meetings about it.
Please look forward to our next move!
At the end of November, I went to Turkish cuisine lesson by Ayami.
For Turkish dishes, we use spice like Indian dieshes, but in a different way and with different quantities.
And we use lots of fresh herbs.
Our lesson menu was full of my favorite things.
Yapral Salmasi which are vine leave rolls stuffed with rice, nuts, and herbs.
Acili Ezme, spicy tomato salad. Lots of tomatoes.
Köfte, Turkish meat balls with lots of vegetables, with yogurt sauce.
Mercimek Corbasi, tomato soup with lentils.
And "Babaanne's privincial bread".
Babaanne means a paternal grandmother.
Turkish dishes requires lots of finly chopping works.
It's like making mosaic tiles. We chop everything fine fine fine....
Red of tomato, green of parsely, and white of garlic.
All the colourful mosaics are dancing around on the chopping boards.
Food with beautiful colours can satisfy our appetites just the look of it.
Before I went to the lesson, I'd been in dissy days which had been disturbing my own rhythm of living. So I was having a trouble keeping my mental and physical balance only by Pilates excercises.
On this day, I cooked happly with other students at the lesson and shared delicious dishes. Those things slowly cheered me up.
After the lesson, Aco from Vanam in Nara came and we had a meeting of The Three Flying Witches. I was exhausted, but happy.
On the same day evening, I had two Pilates classes on my Pilates master's behalf. It was surprising that as soon as I stepped into a studio, I was full of energy like someone switchd on my power.
As I was looking at my students' smily faces, I was happy to be in front of them and I was glad that I've been studying hard.
I felt like I shared happy energy which I was given by two witches with my students.
I want to keep sending others a good vibe like passing a baton in a good condition.