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...

Friday, November 06, 2009

Are you ready for

Salmon Fishing Trip from tomorrow, Lance?

He said 'I think, almost... no, not yet...' He was still struggling to finish his preparation until midnight, because he spent too much time for tying only...

Bad time management, Lance...

In just left corner of his fly box, there is his secret weapon.

Guess what, guys!

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Birds of today

SHIJUUKARA, Great Tit; often seen recently.

MEZIRO, Japanese White-eye; long time no see.

And today's surprise was JOUBITAKI, Daurian Redstart.

Since it is winter bird, we'll have it soon maybe.

Sunny day in cold was nice.

SEGUROSEKIREI, Japanese Wagtail; often seen around the water's edge.

Many radio-controlled white yacht were there today.

KITATEHA butterfly sipping one of composite's nectar.

Hopefully, we'll find good walking course around our new house.

Columns as foundation

It was so nice fine day today. We went to our new house building place to see its progress.

The drilling machine is for building columns.

It digs the ground with drill and pours the cement into the hole at the same time. 28 columns! Please keep us safe, even if the big earthquake has come.

The real foundation work itself should be started tomorrow.