Monday, 29 June 2015

暑い日!アメリカからお友達来る。フォート。肉球ブレスレット再び。Hot day! Friend came form USA. Fort. Paw bracelet again.


It's been so hot here in south west BC Canada. Right now, it's 31 C here. Humidity is not too bad so you, Japanese people or central Canadians would laugh at me if I complain too much about that. However, This area usually has not so much temperature deference between winter and summer, such as 5C in winter and 26 C in summer, compare to inner Canada such as -30C in winter and 35C in summer. So we don't get use ton it and usually not have air conditioner in the house. And more over our house's roof is tin and insolation is thin. Ahhhh so hot! 

Hoever, bright side of it is good fruits! Raspberries in our common yard of the complex has a lot of berries and they were so sweet! Can't help pick them often secretly. lol

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My friend couple visited us on Saturday, the hottest day so far. It was 32C so she complained "Canada is supposed to be cooler!" but she was from Washington and was just about 2 hours away from here! LOL!! The perception toward CANADA is such a thing. lol.


Despite of the hear wave, we went to Krause berry farm for wine and more. I wrote about it before but the day almost no people were in the berry fields. Too hot to do U-Pick. Inside of the building was packed as well. We got there famous berry pie, that time availability was mixed berries' one, as well as red currants and gooseberries. The harvest season was about to switch for strawberry to for raspberry following by blueberry very soon. 


well, my friends' request was to stay around our place instead of going to busy Vancouver, so we went to national historic site next. It was just 10 min on foot form our house but we had never been there. Itv was a good opportunity to go. 


Fort Langley was established in early 1800's as a first town in British Colombia. There were original village preserved in Fraser river site surrounded by fort. 

On top of the fort.


This was a way of a blacksmith in 1800's. She wore layers of thick old costume and showing people how to hit a burning iron right in front of open fire. It was 32 C then! Unbelievable!!


My husband was trying to get a gold dust in the water. Boys there said that that found one. Really? lol.


Anyways, it was too hot to stay there too long so we moved to a restaurant patio for cold drinks. It was a watermelon mojito. Actually, onsite of restaurant was cooler than the patio seats though. 

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The friend ordered me for her paw bracelet and the same collar for her kitty. Thank you!


This is my small social project which I save 5 dollars out of 15 dollars each from every sales and when it become over $100, I donate money to somewhere good for animals such as shelter or rescue or so. I donated $130 last time to Surrey SPCA. 


If you are interested in purchasing them, feel free to contact me! If you can open Paypal account and pay online, I can sent them anywhere you are. (Postage is not include.) 


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Saturday, 27 June 2015

旬の野菜、季節の花。Seasonal vegetables and flowers.


Hydrangeas are getting vivider day by day. In Japan, the flower represent the season of rain but here the flower seems to relate strong summer sun-shine. It's been very hot here for a couple of days. Yesterday was 32 C at the peak. I felt like melting. I'm no longer Tokyo girl because I complained a lot of temperature of just over 30 degrees?? lol. 

I don't know the name of the pretty flowers next to the hydrangeas.


Few days ago, I heard a voice calling me at our yard so I peeked out of my head, it turned out of the lady behind us. She stood there with both hands full of rhubarbs and lettuces from her yard. The way she look with huge rhubarb was a bit comical though. lol. And she gave them to me! The most beautiful rhubarb I've ever seen. 


At the night I decided to make some rhubarb and mix berries crisp. Bake them also in the small containers to deliver them the neighbour who gave us the rhubarbs. I liked that kind of nice interaction with my neighbours. 

So the lettuces form her became delicious salad. 


The shiso herb plat, form my friend, has grown bigger now so I picked some leaves and put them into pork chops with cheese and pan grilled them for diner. It was so good!


My husband bought it at a super market. I didn't eat those edible wild plants in Japan at all so I didn't even know how to cook. Then I abandoned them for few days in the fridge. 


Shouldn't waste them which is available only in a short time of the year, so I finally search how to cook. It's called Kogomi in Japanese and Fiddleheads here in Canada. They got a bit browning but I washed them well and steamed for 15 min according direction. 


Then I sautéed them with butter and lemon juice for a couple of min. 
They tasted like somewhere between asparagus and green bean and I liked it. 

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My young cousin in Japan is getting married soon in July. I won't be able to attend her wedding but my parents are going to. So I left some gifts for her on my parents. one of them is my handmade necklace which is made with a pink quartz. It's a love charm for her happy marriage life forever. 


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Monday, 22 June 2015

隣人とピクニック。夏至の夕焼け。最近作った物。Picnic with a neigbour. Sunset of summer solstice. Things we made.


We have so much to do inside of our house so the yard is untouched yet. Wanted at least one flower basket for this summer. I'm happy.


It was perfect weather on Sunday. A lady from our next door called us for a picnic. Around 4, we sat on the table she set in the outside across our 2 houses. We had very good time chatting together. We are so lucky to have such a nice neighbour. 


So our dinner was pushed back because of that spontaneous picnic so we were cleaning after dinner around 9. I realized that that was summer solstice so I thought we should go to the river to see what time exactly the sky goes dark. Sunset was supposed to be 9:19

At 9:15. West of the bridge. Subtleness of pink was so tranquil. 

And around 9:40, after sunset. The east of the bridge was like that. What a dramatic sky!

We started to walk to the river side trail. We encountered this friendly guy.


And very the end of the sunset. Right before it got dark the sky was burning. Around 10 pm.  Even experienced many summers of north west coast, I will always be taken my breath away by the amazing nature here like that. Too beautiful to get used to.

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Well, now things we made lately are here.


Cushion covers. I took too long to finish them from design, got materials, embroidered, and sewed...but here are they finally! White knitted cushion was from IKEA but I also changed its original red tassels to blue ones.
Our house colour scheme is white, bit of natural wood and dark cast iron, and pale blue.

I asked my husband to make some buttons form a branch. 

I decided to make a area rug too. I wonder when it could be done. lol


We found a pulley at a nearby antique shop, so pained its aluminum colour black, and hang some air plants like that. I also hand herbs form the ladder to make a country house mood. 

And the same lavender as potpourris. 


We got a simple silver framed LED light for our dark hall way. I put a wire decoration and paint white over.


And my office window treatment. I bought cheap white roller blind at IKEA and put a apple green cloth over it. My husband made a box to hide roller part and also as a decoration shelf with a left over piece of a crown moulding.

I also made a cushion cover for a office chair with apple green. Now my office is white and apple green/

Put a couple of thick wooden blocks as coffee tables at the both side of couches. 

And the kitchen!! It is slowly but steadily being progressed. Can't wait!!


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Sunday, 21 June 2015

20年ぶりにキャピラノ吊り橋へ。went to Capilano suspension bridge.


It was on Thursday. I was being a tour guide for my dad's cousins from Japan for a day. I got Vancouver downtown early (to me) in the morning around 9 for a first time by public transportation since I moved into Fort Langley. It wasn't too bad.  I was proud of myself. lol


By their request, I took them and my mom to Capilano Suspension bridge. For myself, it been a looooon time since last time went there around 20 years ago (even though I was a student of Capilano University). There were free shuttle buses available for Vancouver downtown. We got it in front of Blue Horizon Hotel on Robson Street, and we could get tickets for the bridge right there too so we didn't have to get the long line-up for the tickets there. Bus ran once in every 10 min and stopped by many hotels downtown so it was so easy. However, the tickets for Capilano Suspension bridge was now about $40 each!! Wow, way too expensive. 


It was a high season so couldn't help this. Look at the amount of people on the bridge! When bunch of of people walk together the bridges swung a lot. So thrilling! 


There were the tree-walk in the other side of the bridge. It was the first time for me to walk on those things. We enjoyed them.

They were a bit shaky too. 

This kind of guy always shows up for snick-seeking at the touristy sites as well. 


After that, we went to Lonsdale quay by a city bus and had lunch there at Quay Market. And then we took a sea bus, as a part of an attraction,  to went back to Vancouver downtown. 
And I took them to Canada place for the attraction, Fly over Canada. 
It was a 4D movie with moving chairs floating the middle of the movie screen surrounding and made you feel like flying high and low above Canada from east to west. You would even feel water spray and wind against your face. It was so real and thrilling.
Since my dad's cousins had only 4 days in Canada, I thought that was efficiently way made them extra experiences of Canada in very short time -actually about only 15 min-, and yes, they were ecstatic and even my mom too. It was a second time for myself but I was so moved again. Canada, you are oh so beautiful! I strongly recommend it to you all.


We went to the public market in Granville island at last. I took them to Japanese fish shop, Seafood City where always has great selection of fresh seafood. They got some salmon jerkies. (borrowed a pic)


I aimed this for dinner when I made a reservation but it unfortunately rained. So we got a table inside of Bridges restaurant in Granville Island. My brother's family, parents, and my husband joined for dinner. We were a group of 10.  ((borrowed a pic)

They preferred seafood so they were still happy for the dinner there. 


Seafood linguine

Garlic prawns


Seafood caesar, and more.


The restaurant was casual and food was authentic. We enjoyed it!

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さて、これは金曜日の夕方。近所のカフェの川沿いのデッキで。今日、日曜日は夏至ですね。一番長い日です。日没は9時19分、しかしそこから暗くなるまでの夕焼けタイムがあるので、きっと真っ暗になるのは10時半すぎるのではないでしょうか。夏の始まりです。そしてHappy Father's day!

Well,  that was on Friday evening and nothing special. A deck of nearby cafe on the river side was good. Today, on Sunday is the summer solstice, a longest day and the first day on Summer in the year. Sunset is 9:19 here but it would be followed by pick sky for a while so actually getting dark would be around 10:30? Will see. And also Farther's day. Happy summer and happy father's day to all! 


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