Our “backyard” plum or ume has started to bloom little by little. White ones come earlier than pink, yet both buds in the same red, shining in sunlight. You can enjoy many of them along a lane to our horse riding club, patched with rice paddy. Mei-Shun’s partner today was 英二=Ei-ji, lovely chestnut-brown boy rarely named in Chinese characters. Why these boys and guys, including you, like to make fun of her by chewing saddle buffers or her riding vest?