Sunday, January 13, 2019

Part 2 of husband's friend's Garden and birds etc;

From Garden and Field of my husband's friend
Mother of the Lady Key-Board player of the band my husband involves is taking good care of her garden and growing vegetables. She kindly took me around and helped me taking pictures. The first flower is "Oxalis", the tree in the second picture is "Coral Bush". 
I am really Thankful for her kindness.

I was surprised to know first time about the pea. Right now you can see only leaves
in the first two pictures below.  It is called " King Tut Purple Pea: Pea of 
We can cook red colored rice with the peas. I may be able to have a little share from her.
                             Link pages of the pea and the cooked rice.
*Other Vegetables*

Her mother took care of the pansy her daughter bought at the "Yamaguchi (山口)Yume Expo" when we went there together. Happy to see the flower keeps blooming beautifully.

Tried to see my first bird
Last Friday, my husband and I  went to the "Kirara-Hama Nature Observation Park".  The Osprey caught the fish "Mullet" (my husband told me the name of the fish) looking proudly:-)  My main reason visiting there was to see the the Water Rail (Rallus aquaticus) I've never seen.
My pictures of Water Rails are the blurry ones I took form very far. To make how the bird looks clear, I added the picture from the home page of the park. Sure is the cautious bird, but when 2 people happened to walk into the arbor "azumaya 東屋”, the bird got scared and flew. The staff said it is rare we can see the bird fly as it is hidden most of the time.
Although very short and not clear video, I felt lucky.

Female and Male Red-breasted Merganser from very far.
*Dunlin. black-headed gull. Grey plover*
I loved this sweet looking 
Grey plover 

I thought this gull with funny beak is interesting :-)
Thank you very much for stopping by;  I wish you all had a good start of this year;
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Monday, January 7, 2019

New Year Lesson and Nature ;

New Year  Lesson  
New Year on 6th, my husband visited Lady Key-Board player of the band he involves to fix the part where he feels hard to tune in with others. 
He practiced with her and recorded her Soro to use them at home. She mainly teaches students to play drum. She has 2 items for teaching I've never seen before.   I am Thankful to this lady.
This is the pedal box (?) for children; putting it onto the connected one with piano.
Below is the Music Table. You use floppy disks to make sounds. 
You can just pound the round part. 

My first Citrus Fruit and Birds  from visiting 
To my surprise, there is a new citrus tree in her garden. Her mother taught me the name, but I've never heard it p;-)  In Japanese, "Kinzu, 金豆"; Webkinz (Golden bean). It is an ornamental plant, not edible. Here is the picture page of the potted plant of it.

Redstart and Bull-headed Shrike
When I was enjoying her garden, I found a Redstart perching on the plum tree outside her house.  Seems like regular bird recently ;-)
Happy to see this cute looking Bull-headed Shrike on the electric wire.
Thank you very much for stopping by;
 Wishing year 2019 will be the Happy one for you all!

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Thursday, January 3, 2019

Our Year End and New Year & Birds;

A Happy New Year to Everyone!
I DO wish the year 2019 will be a prosperous and healthy one for all of you
In Japan, to prepare for new year, we decorate arranged flower inside of the front door. Don't you think mine is wonderfully arranged?  As I was so busy at the end of last year, I bought this beautiful one at the flower-shop. Owner is the old acquaintance of my husband's ;-)  Pine tree is the symbol of longevity and good fortune.  Link page with long explanation about it. We also decorate "Shimekazari" outside of the front door. They are for protection of the year and welcoming the Gods etc.

The two arrangements below are the ones professionally done by my husband's former lady colleague. Left is the one for this New Year. Right is the work from last summer. She kindly sends me her works sometimes.   
"賀正" means "Happy New Year" expressed by only two Chinese Characters. These are the new years decoration from the cake shop.

*Year-Crossing Soba-Noodles*
My husband makes soba noodle for our acquaintances every year. This year for 27 people ;-) We have a custom eating year-crossing soba-noodles 「年越し蕎麦」 for new year's eve dinner.  For most Japanese families, having this soba-noodle with family member quietly at home means to greet a happy next year.  "wishing to have a thin long happy life" year-crossing noodles (link page) .

*New Year’s Visit to a Shrine (hatumoude)*
 Yesterday (on 2nd), we visited Shine to do Hatumoude  (link page) .
According to the Chinese Zodiac sign, this year is the year of Boar. 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.

Some days ago, I had a LUCK to take a video of male Rdstart having an itchon his face at the last scene p;-)  And the two pictures are taken on the same day.

On our way back home from the shine, I found the cold looking birds in the river. They all were shrugging their shoulders (? in japanese we use neck). 
And the Wagtail walking inside of the rice paddy.

Hope you all had a wonderful head start of New Year ♪
I'll see you soon after visiting some relatives people's house;