Aisatsu

Aisatsu

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

突然雪、寒かった

Atagohama



Iwarayama



春 - spring is on it's way!

Winter

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