As usual I am pretty bad at answering comments on my blog - I absolutely love reading them (hint, hint) and answer them in my head, but often never get around to writing them.
Here are a few answers to questions/comments that people have asked (in random order and so out of date that you probably don't even remember writing them!)
Katie - looking forward to another cuppa and cookies soon!
Mike - hope the baby is sleeping like an angel....
Connie - there are actually laws about burning... it is just that no one in the countryside takes any notice of them!
Gina - I like your eggscellent sense of humor!
Roli - after reading your comment about bird mites I started getting itchy! I think the birds may be about to vacate and I'll be in there to remove and block up the hole as soon as they do!
Heather - I'm really hoping the chickens will just start sleeping on the perches as they get bigger. I'm guessing that if they haven't started doing it before they start laying some serious training may need to be done. Tom just informed me that 5 were sleeping on the perches tonight so hopefully they will all start to copy soon - they are Japanese chickens after all!
George and Erika - the kids really wanted to name the chickens but unfortunately there are too many to keep track of (and it's harder to munch on the leg of a named chicken than a random one!). The sick one has fully recovered though and therefore would definitely be named "kiseki" if it was going to have a name.
Audible - I've never seen wild blackberries here in Japan, but you can find the plants in some plant centers or if you find someone with canes then just cut off a bit and plant it in the ground... you should get blackberries the next year (or year after) - mine are slowly starting to fill out... yum!
I know there were more comments that I should respond to but bed is calling... 5 loads of washing, gardening all morning then work till 9pm have tired me out! If you've never commented before it would be great to hear from you... or if you've commented before it would be great to hear from you again .... I may even answer you if you write a question... maybe!