Wednesday, 21 October 2015

お家改装、ワークショップがやっと完成。House renovation. My workshop's finally done.


As fall deepens, the rain has started falling in Metro Vancouver. The temperature here is now 13ºC. 
I don't hate it when I can stay in a warm room. It's kind of romantic, isn't it? 

Renovation of my studio was basically, kind of done to use for a while ago, but I had not enough storages there. 

So my husband built shelves in the room. 

I painted them all in white...


And they became like this. I still need to organize things on the shelves better but it's already much more factional. I going to make a lot of nice and unique things in here from now! Well, I should finally start painting a big canvas very soon (postponed it for long time). 

This one also made by my husband. I'm always impressed by his handiness. 

It is for this. Perfection! Of course you can sit on this too. 

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We have finally gotten 4 sets of coffee cups. We had only a couple of our own daily use ones so It was a bit problem when we had guests. Now you can come visit us for tea! lol. 


I just saw him in a fashionable Knick Knack shop. I didn't get him but I found him as...hmm...tasteful face? lol.

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Tuesday, 13 October 2015

感謝祭の連休、クランベリーフェスティバルとディナー。Thanksgivng long weekend and Cranberry festival and dinner.


It was a thanksgiving long weekend. Canada is located north of USA so our harvest is a bit earlier. That's why our thanksgiving day comes a month earlier than USA. However, as a Japanese, maybe it's influenced by Hollywood movies or so, I can't deny that I'm feeling like that Christmas is coming soon and the year is ending! lol. Not really thaw soon though...


And it was an annual cranberry festival happened in here in Fort Langley. Since I moved to Surrey, next city, from Vancouver downtown in 2012, I looked forward of it almost every year. It was a first time to go to the festival as the villagers in this year.  The most excited thing was that we didn't have to find a parking space anymore! lol. 


So my husband jumped out of the house as soon as he got up before the festival started because of the pancake breakfast. It was served from 8 while the festival started at 10. He came back with two sets of Cranberry sausage and pancake plates, and that was the privilege of the villagers. 


The same time of the festival starting our friends came over and went there together. It was already bustled with people. 

The street for food trucks was also packed!

There was a bagpipe team there as a tradition. I thought that the sound of bagpipe was so suitable for the fall air. 

Face painting corner. I would be a volunteer for it sometime...

It was pumpkins everywhere!

The flowers were also so autumn-ish. 

This vender provide metal objects with very Canadian motifs. 


Jams and Jellies made of many kinds of fruits. There were many other attractive venders but I couldn't take good pictures because they were so busy. 


The farmer's market was also held as well at a block away from the festival site. We went there to get some veggies and a wine for our family thanksgiving dinner next night. Then I bought a bunch of brussels sprouts first time. 


Our dinner next night was at my brother's. His wife and I discussed menu beforehand and then decided not to have turkey. We are Japanese family, well, except my husband, and turkey takes time to cook but not our number one favourite though. However, I still thought of something very thanksgiving so I included turkey and cranberry sausages and apple pork sausages into my veggie casserole.  I also made a pumpkin pudding but I forgot to take a picture of it.


It was so colourful. 10 kinds of vegetable and 2 kinds of sausages were crowded into the casserole and put some fresh rosemary on top, sprinkled some salt and pepper, and drizzled some olive oil then baked. Easy! 

焼き上がりはこんな。Done baking. 


My sister-in-law prepared some appetizers and salmon terrine. She also cooked salad with her garden vegetable and then my brother cooked tomato sauce and prawn spaghetti at last. My mom brought some Japanese pickles and Japanese pumpkin dish. Everything was so good! 
I really appreciate that we had nice family dinner on thanksgiving day in this year again. I don't take it for granted. I'm so thankful. 

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Friday, 9 October 2015

秋(冬)のための手作りとデコレーション。Some hand-mades and decorations for the season.


It's a kind of my seasonal / annual project of crochet. My feet get cold lately so I made boots style slippers then.

Like this. They are warm. 


This coming Monday is already thanksgiving! And it's followed by halloween, so I needed some pumpkins!! I wanted some blue and white ones naturally (They are actually exist) but I couldn't find right size and light colour both together. So...I painted them with acrylic paint. Under pumpkins are some leaves and nuts that I found outside. 


At last Christmas, my dear friend made this beautiful wreath and sent it to me all the way from Japan. I was looking forward to display it again in this year in our new house. The colour scheme of it is chic and perfect in fall too so I didn't have to wait till Christmas. I pictured French country style and wanted to put it on to the range food in the kitchen. The wreath was perfectly fit on it as the way I pictured but...


The sign board that I made in summer is no longer fit in the seasonal atmosphere. So I decided to make new one for the season. 


I asked my husband to make a wood panel with reclaimed wood. And put masking tapes on it and cut them out as letters. Lightly painted white acrylic paint with a dry brush over the musing taps.


And I also painted a image of a cake. Well, a cake is nothing with Autumn but you know, Autumn makes you hungry?? lol. I just wanted to paint a cake badly. 


After I applied all pigments, then finally peeled masking tapes and exposed bare wood surface as letters.

Here it is. I personally think that it is really autumn-ish. lol. 

Anyways, the chemistry between the beautiful wreath and my painted board isn't bad, is it?

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This photo of Fraser river was taken last evening around 6. The sky was pretty yet mysterious, and the fog hovered over the surface of the river. Ah, the winter is coming.


And this late afternoon. I saw that those big amount of cranberries were carried into the village for the cranberry festival tomorrow. I heard that the weather would be stormy tomorrow but hope it would be okay somehow. long weekend is begging. Happy thanksgiving!

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Wednesday, 7 October 2015

お家改装、小物編3、キッチンアイランド。秋の風景。Kitchen Island. Autum scenery


It's  Fraser river yesterday. It was cloudy and it was definitely the MetroVancouver Autumn weather. lol. Yeah, it's Autumn! I don't hate this kind of weather with beautiful shades of grey. So I took some pics on the way to go the nearby super market. 

A scene that a women quietly watching the river looked picturesque. 

A small church on the other side of the river.

And there are a lot of such pretty old houses in my neighbourhood. Ah I admire them! 

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Well, even though those pretty big houses are not affordable for us, our tiny house is still nice and getting better. This time my husband made a new counter top for our small kitchen island to make it breakfast bar. 


We bought it at IKEA in good cheap price. Since we have no dinning room this had to be our dinning table which had no space to stick our legs under the counter. 

My husband did a good job again! Here we can have our meals comfortably now. 

This island is small but actually capable to contain big amount and now it's even more functional. 


The slab was kindly donated by my husband cousin who cut out of it from his property in Thetis island few years ago. My husband dried it and processed it...

with remaining live edge. 


This is original countertop from IKEA. It's much better now! It make even entire kitchen atmosphere bit more high end. Love it!

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Sunday, 4 October 2015

フォートラングレーの新しいレストラン。月。New restaurant in Fort Langley. Moon.

長らく工事中で、開くのを楽しみにしていたお店がオープンしていたので早速行ってきました。Mangia a Scappa というイタリアンレストランです。以前、同じフォートラングレーのダウンタウンに小さなイタリアングロサリーを開いていたのですが、今回は同じ町の中の違うロケーションに大きなイタリアンカフェ/レストランとして新装開店。

It was in last week. 
We found the restaurant, where we were looking for their opening for a while, was already open so we went there for dinner.  It's called Mangia a Scappa. They had a small Italian grocery shop in the same town before but this time they open as much bigger Italian cafe/restaurant in the different location of the same town, Fort Langley. 


It's not open yet but the left side of the cafe part will be a Italian grocery shop. 


Their pizza was baked in the wooden stove, so we expected it a lot. (A photo I took was a bit out of focus so I borrowed this from their site)


Our order was a prosciutto, arugula and parmesan cheese pizza. It was simple yet very genuine taste and we enjoyed it so much. There were many more different choices of pizzas on the menu. 


And one more. Our server told as 3 kinds of past of the day so we picked Italian sausage tomato sauce fettuccine. This one was also so simple but genuine taste. We were very satisfied. It seems like they will produce more menu other than pizza soon. This restaurant will be potential. 

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Well, I could't write about this on time because I was writing about the trip so... here is about the super moon in last week. The distance between the moon and the earth was the closest at the moment of the full moon in this time and also total luna eclipse happened the same time. 


This one was 2 days before from full moon on Friday. It was already so big and bright, and shining  through the cloud was pretty. 


Saturday was like this.  The moon rose before suns so the big moon was floating in the pick sky.


And this was on Sunday, the night of full moon with eclipse. When we went to the hill on time of the moon rise there were already a bunch of people there waiting for the moon rise. We wanted to take a picture of the huge moon just above the far forest, low in the east sky. However, the sky was hazy so we could't recognize it for a while. When it became barely visible, it was already high like 2 pictures above. So we gave up on it once and went back to home. We took some pictures after the sky became dark enough and the moon rose high enough to see from our yard. Here is the blood moon. 


そして月食。And eclipse.

Next time we can watch the super moon eclipse would be 18 years later. 

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