Monday, January 15, 2018

Winter-Flowering Peony and 2 kinds of Birds;

Winter-Flowering Peony at City Park* 
My friend and I went to see the peony which blooms during the cold season.  It was first for me to see the Winter-Flowering Peony.  Even though I had the knowledge about it, it sure was a fresh surprise to see spring flower (deep in mind) blooming during the cold season.

             You can see the shelter from the snow for flowers. We call it " yuki-gakoi:"  

Pelicans in the lake of the Park
A new baby was born there,  and I could see a bit older one as well.  They all looked a little cold and couldn't see one swimming in the lake.  Not like in my old post (← link page), which I explained about Catta-kun.

White -Eye on a snowy day
One of my cousin has an orange orchard (← link page). Like I DO every year, I stuck some oranges to the branches of the tree for birds in our small garden. I haven't had much hope as it hadn't worked yet. But checking through the window several times a day p:-)  After breakfast on 12th (cold snowy day), my husband found a little one enjoying orange♪  I always LOVE to see birds having meal with their sweet beaks.  SO happy for my first LUCK(*^.^*)

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I hope you all are doing fine under the cold or hot weather♪
I'll be able to start visiting you after hus. left for a gathering this evening!

Monday, January 8, 2018

New Year's Visit to a Shrine and New Bird;

*New Year’s Visit to a Shrine (hatumoude)*
Visiting shrine to wish for the peaceful and healthy year is another very important first of the year event. New omamori (charms or amulets) are bought,  and the old ones are returned to the shrine so they can be burned. I bought some for Shinto Shrine (which my late father made for me when I married) placed in the kitchen. Long queue to the Main Shrine.
According to the Chinese Zodiac sign, this year is the year of Dog. I was born in the sheep year. If you are interested in what year you were born, you can check yours and your character from this page.
Our family Shinto Shrine decorated for the New Year with charm amulet for the year.
This is the gorgeous New Year arrangement arranged by the mother of my husband's friend (pic sent through sns).

*New Bird I found on our way back from  visiting shrine*
Common Kestrel ;      My husband found perching on the wire very far place while he kindly making detour.  So excited for my first bird♪

Wishing you started wonderful new year♪
So sorry that I haven't commented any of my friends year end and new year.
I'll start visiting you soon. My New Year resolution is try hard commenting.

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Sunday, December 31, 2017

A Happy New Year ”2018” ♪

          The Give Away of the 2018's Calder still works 'link page'  (previous post)
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New Year Decoration for the front door 
On 23rd, I received sns called "line" that the preserved flower association called "Juillet" is holding the exhibition with other art associations. I bought one of the works for my front door (I can save the effort to arrange p;-)  I will show you their works only for the New Year  versions here. 

  Inside of the front door with the work I bought;

Above is their lovely work of しめ飾り (shime-kazari); which is another New Year decoration for outside of the front door.  Below is the one I bought at the department-store.  They are for protection of the year and welcoming the Gods etc.
I'll post the above to my Japanese culture page.

Japanese White Eye from the tree in of our house
    I thought that the green color of this bird will match for the New Year ;-)

My husband had made 27 Soba noodle for 7 familys (Special Year-Crossing one) on 30th and 31st (today).   Went out deliver deliver today's  (looked a bit tired p;-)

Thank you very much for 2017's your support and kindness. 
Wishing all of you will have a Bright and a Happy New Year ♫♫♫

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