This blog is for family and friends, to share my feelings and photos with and for myself, to support my fading memory and improve my Japanese. I intend to do some writing in kanji, but am not getting very far without a Japanese computer. So for the moment I say "konnichi wa". Aisatsu dake - just saying hello.

Sunday, 19 February 2012

More winter




春 - spring is on it's way!


今年の鳥遅くなりました   今年の写真は少ない   鳥も少ない
ルリビタキの雄まだ全然見えませんでした   ジョビタキもあまり
寂しい かものいろいろはいるけど   かもは楽しい
オシドリ, Mandarin Ducks

トモエガも  Baikal Teals

コガモ,  Common Teal

オナガガも,  Northern Pintail

ヒドリガも  Eurasian Wigeon

ヒドリガもの顔 面白い

 氷 ice


これも 氷


今日の勉強      遅い = おそい  late
   寂しい = さびしい lonely
   顔 = かお face
   面白い = おもしろい interesting

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Monday, 6 February 2012

New Zealand 12

Last but not least: The family

A pleasant gathering at the Hennevelds' beautiful residence

A stroll on 'our own' beach, now shared with the people of the new house on the hill.

Jaap after his run. He has the Ibusuki Marathon to look forward to.

Happy Birthday Hessel!
Special treat for her 50th: All her favorite men in the family sporting yellow swimpants. What do they call them there... toggs?

Hes, at her birthday best

Adam and Eva, at home at their paradise. Not a bad place!

Span cleaning Eva's ears

Christmas 2011. We had a wonderful time!

New Zealand 11

People in shorts and singlets, parties at the beach. Christmas in summer, it looks and feels different.

Many decorated, well maintained old-timers at the X-mas parade in Tutukaka

The weekly arts and crafts market at Whangarei's Townbasin.

There was a little white dog, called Benton chasing these Pukeko's, but he got lost in the process.

Rock 'n Roll around the harbor

Art displays in the park along the river. It all looks quite different from 18 years ago, Whangarei. Well done!

Harbor views

And more arty scenes at the Quarry, always worth a visit.

What a dragon! Specialty of the year? I wonder if the creator was Asian...


Just remembered my first photography classes here.

Not a blood-colored Pohutekawa, but a purple Jacaranda, equally impressive.

Thursday, 2 February 2012

New Zealand 10

Red-billed Gulls (or Mackerel Gulls) are found all around the New Zealand coast.
Their bright red bills, legs and eyering make a colorful contrast to their white, grey and black body.


A little courtship on the rocks


funny faces

Pretty in flight


 And very social when checking out swimmer's bags

Big Brother Black-backed Gull keeping an eye on the lot.

Haven't had our fix of Pohutukawa's yet?


Red, redd, redder

mata neh