2007年12月2日日曜日

only in the country

You miss out on a lot of stuff living in the middle of nowhere:

English conversation
Montessori schools
REAL cheese
Multilingual libraries
frequent public transport
(etc etc. I could go on but this is just depressing me!)


But there are some things you only get in the country:
neighborhood association onsen trips
apple tractor rides at the kinder festival
apples in general
big yards for playing
incredible starry nights
and Christmas illuminations away from it all, pitch black all around you and the feeling you've got the place to yourself.

I went to the Marunouchi illuminations in Tokyo in 2005. It was amazing. A huge long street that was arched over with intricate geometric arches with stars and christmas trees and bells. Beautiful. Breathtaking. And so crowded you literally couldn't move forward until the person in front of you did and you couldn't stop and take a picture or a staff member would remind you (politely) to move on and not stop traffic.

Last week we went to the illuminations at Alps Azumino National Park. A 20 minute drive north. The lights were spread out over the whole park. There were Christmas trees and a star tunnel, a rainbow arch, lights in the real trees and gardens, lights ringing the ponds that were reflected in the ponds, and little litup animal sculptures. It was beautiful. Magical. A jumped and giggled and grinned her way around and M kept exclaiming at everything "LOOK mummy! A RED Christmas tree with a STAR!!" And the park is tucked away in the foothills of the Alps so there were no other lights around but the stars and the moon.

It was cold. Bitterly cold. And there was no starbucks at the end of the walk, but I wouldn't swap it.

Sometimes it's good to live in the country. :)





We have...



a place to cut wood.............


a wood pile...

and a wood stove complete with tile base and some spare heat bricks. Just because they were there at the hardware store and well, you never know, we might do something with them some day. :)
Only thing missing is the chimney. :)
The stove was a tad $$ but within what we expected. The chimney however was @_@ oh my god!!!! in the $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ range. Us being us though, it had passed the 7 day cooling off period for returns before we even contacted a contracter about chimney quotes so there was no going back. With free wood and the price of kerosene going up I will be back in the black on heating costs just in time to heat my wake. :)
I am looking forward to a heat source you can leave on when you're asleep or out or go for a walk etc etc.
Priceless.

2007年11月25日日曜日

winter...



Well not officially for another week yet but we had the first snow that stuck. M was ecstatic and had to get right out there and try it out. She got out the door before I even had a chance to brush her hair!

Autumn (again)




Autumn.


Apples.


Autumn leaves.


Frosty mornings.


Crisp nights.


Hot baked sweet potato.


Big bright moon.


Blue sunny days.


I love Autumn. I love the colours, the sounds, the smells and of course the flavours. I even love all the Autumn jobs like raking and collecting leaves and cutting down all the dead things in the garden. I think it is still a novelty. Maybe I’ll change my mind. But for now I love Autumn. And what are M and A doing? Why being acrobats of course! I mean, anyone can just ride a bicycle!

2007年11月23日金曜日

watch what you say...

Ken had a business trip.
M: What time is daddy coming home tonight? (She can't tell the time but is obsessed with knowing what time everything happens)
me: He's on a business trip so he's not coming home till tomorrow.
M: what's a business trip?
me: It's when you have a lot of work to do so you sleep at work.

A few hours later at kinder
M: good morning sensei!! My daddy's not working today, he's just sleeping. And he's not coming home anymore.


aagghhhhh!!!!

I hurriedly reassured the teacher there was no need to call social services!

2007年11月17日土曜日

the girls


M is 4 now and is two. They're inseperable when they're both home which is great when it works out and nightmare when one of them doesn't want to play. They love playing lego, tea parties, hospitals- did you know you can cure cold by rubbing cream on your elbow?? and running up and down the corridor yelling 'ready.....GO!!!' That is, they both individully yell go and run so there's no competition as such.

2007年11月4日日曜日

Autumn in Azusagawa


Autumn in Azusagawa
Originally uploaded by fukahef
I just love the Autumn light and the ripe rice all golden in the afternoon. Almost makes me forget that this kind of scene means winter is on the way!

one more try...

I was blogging sporadically and my computer crashed, I lost all my passwords and couldn't for the life of me remeber what the blog account was. So here we go- take two!