Thursday, December 31, 2009

New Year's Eve

Although we have still several rooms to be cleaned, have cleaned up most of part and likely are ready for New Year.

Have a nice New Year's Day to all!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Walking in the evening

is a kind of our routine now.

We saw nice top view of Mt. Fuji today.

Male Bull-headed Shrike, MOZU was also beautiful with the setting sun .

Outside construction is close to end now.

And marvelous view of the declining sun from second floor. Give us a wonderful tomorrow also, please.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

From KAMO Park

We were still having lots of unpacked boxes though, my daughter and I went out just for change this evening.

View from top of KAMO Park which is located just below our house.

NANTEN? Let me update it soon. Need time to find a picture book from unpacked piles...

Good night, moon.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Christmas Night

Eventually, we moved in our new house today! And she could have wonderful her birthday.


They gave these Christmas presents to me. Many thanks, honey and sweetie!!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

First Post from New House

Today as just two days before our moving in, I was here in new house for several preparation like Internet connection.

So far it seems good connection, and this is memorial first post from our new house.

The right pic is the light of dinning room, likely my wife did good selection!

By the way, I got this wonderful prize from Mr. Gold as big boss. It was for MVP of our Salmon fishing trip last month.

His handmade minnow lure looks so fantastic. Let me try it soon, Mr. Gold, if I've done for all set up of new house...

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Close to completion

This weekend, we could see the interior of a house.

It was better than I imagined. We all were so excited, as you could guess easily.

Let us have wonderful next weekend!

Sunday, December 06, 2009

The scaffolding

which surrounded our new house was

removed completely. Coming soon!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Her must take item

to take a walk with me is binoculars. Since she got jealous when I watched wild birds with a zoom lens, I gave it to her.

At first she had difficulty to use it just a little bit, but now know how to handle it very well.

HAKU-SEKIREI, white wagtail was on the car door mirror. She (or he) seemed to like that place.

This brown-eared bulbul, HIYODORI was so tame.
Even we were so close to it, looked like never minded us.

KADOIKE pond was turning to winter scene by degrees.

Lance, are you ready for winter?

Getting close, but not yet...

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Checking inside of

our new house, it was first time for us to enter it today. Seeing actual building itself was just exciting experience, because we'd ever seen only drawings.

It was fine but a kind of chilly morning.

View of first floor from kitchen area. We checked every location of like a wall socket, and decided a height of each shelf.

This space called 'KURA' is in an attic. We thought it should be used as only storeroom, but maybe good for a kind of secret den also.

We have still a lot of things to do though, get walking on air now!

Monday, November 16, 2009

The framework-raising

got started this morning finally.

It was just cloudy and kind of cold morning.

Memorial first unit was lifted.

First floor which consisted of four units was done within one hour!

View from KAMO park which was below our new house.

Can you see two Mt. Fuji on left pic?

Attachment of a veranda.

SHIJUUKARA(Great Tit) and MEJIRO(Japanese White-eye) welcomed our new house.

We can't wait moving in!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Foundation work had been

done by this weekend. And the framework-raising will be coming soon.

Although we were there today, couldn't see a lot of birds because of strong wind.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Memorandum to next year

This pic from Mr. Gold was taken when I succeeded in hooking first fish. Thanks, Master 'Gold'. I liked this shot very much!

By the way, let me leave memorandum to Lance in next year.

1. Keep your fly in the bottom range of stream anyway, especially for slow condition. This is the exactly same basis as Steelhead fishing you loved. So don't forget various weights of shot.

2. Don't forget color of 'Pink' for Salmon, Lance. It was your lucky color of this year and Master KANNO used the same color. He liked small size, though...

3. For natural drifting, upstream casting just like Steelhead nymphing may be better.

4. Left hand must be key including hooking. Don't use your fly rod when you set a hook. It is same as lake fishing. But you need much time to practice.

5. Go for 'Gold'!

That's it. Have a fun, Lance, next year also.

Sunday, November 08, 2009

My first Salmon Fishing in Japan

Even we drunk too much last night, we all got up at 5 AM today. Because must be crazy for fishing.

Wonderful morning sunrise welcomed us.

Good luck, Lance!

Looked a little nervous, guys?

My secret weapon 'Big Dancer' worked so well!
Definitely my first Salmon in my life!!

Leader O-chi took this pic for me. Many thanks, O-chi!

2nd one was so silver.

Must be one of fresh run.

3rd one by simple pink Zonker with eye shaped weight.

4th one as last fish was by volumed pink Zonker.

We all looked happy with each Salmon story today, except only a man who got skunked. Don't guess who, guys please.

For myself, it was so fantastic day, of course. I learned many tactics and basic of Salmon fly fishing. Couldn't wait next year!!

Saturday, November 07, 2009

The day before

of Salom fishing, we was there KIDOGAWA river to check current condition of river and fish.

We left NUMAZU before 6AM and arrived there around noon. I as car driver as too sleepy and tired, because couldn't have enough sleep time last night.

But let's get started river investigation anyway!

Fishing itself looked like just 'slow' today. Is tomorrow OK for us???

Only few people caught fish.

After fishing time, KIDOGAWA Fish and Game's member started to do something.

They were catching fish by huge fishing net.

Too many Salmons!!

Needless to say, we all got mad to see them. And had confidence for our fishing tomorrow.

To be continued...