28 Sep 2013

Fungus!

A big fungus popped up out of nowhere in our back garden!

 


27 Sep 2013

Iridescent Colour

I love to look up the sky. It always alter the expression. It's the natural art!

When I looked up the sky, I thought it's a interesting look. It was cirrocumulus with clouds stream. So I took pictures. It was not raining but I saw glow with all the colours of the rainbow. It was so beautiful. Can you see it in the middle of picture?

26 Sep 2013

Long-Term Project

My long-term project --- making a granny squares blanket has recently completed. I started to crochet squares as the first project at the end of April! But it took a long time because I made other things alongside this project. At first I struggled following a tutor's example and pattern in English. But now I teach how to make a square to other people. For that reason, my blanket is mixtures of early awkward shapes and better shapes. I am happy that I could finish before the winter season:)
 

 

25 Sep 2013

In a Park

It's a slightly overcast but warm. I had a lunch in a park today:) All benches were full. Everybody had enjoyed their lunch under the sky.
 

24 Sep 2013

Curl Creme

I often have a bad hair day. I like to wear my hair down, but I always struggle with my dry and unruly hair... Do you have special items for your hair care?  I bought Boots Essentials Curl Crème the other day. It was only £1.49 and  took additional 10% off because of Boots Contact Lens Reward Scheme:) 

It's so good! It curls my hair naturally and the curls last. And I think it's value for money;) I may make a repeat purchase.

23 Sep 2013

Tower of London and The Shard

From London Liverpool Street, we passed by 30 St Mary Axe known as the Gherkin, walked toward the Tower of London.
 
 
Rubbish, rubbish, rubbish! This is London!
 
 
I'd seen this view several times, but never been to the Tower of London. Since I've studied history of England, I wanted to visit there.
 
 
We queued up to buy tickets and I couldn't believe my eyes. To say nothing of expensive ticket, but did you notice? The admission prices were shown in big letters, but that is the price including voluntary donation. And another price excluding donation was shown in small letters... I think "donation" means an act or instance of presenting a gift or contribution by "the will of contributors". If you say "Two adults, please", ticket officer say the total price including voluntary donation without asking. At this point, it's not a "voluntary" nor "donation" anymore. Then, why do they need to show both prices? It's confusing. If they want to money for maintenance and preservation, they don't need to show the price excluding donation. Just say £2 of this price is used for our maintenances of historical buildings, thank you for your corporation. On the other hand, if they prefer to say "donation", they don't need to show the price including voluntary donation, and just install donation boxes somewhere. Whatever the case, I found some donation boxes in the buildings though... Anyway, we paid £42.90 for 2 adults INCLUDING VOLUNTARY DONATION BY OUR WILL.
 
 
Well, well, well, I tend to write passionately about complaining matters... In fact, I got a good score about complaint letter in English test... Let's calm down...
 
 
I expected the bloody dark place, but there was completely touristy place. The buildings and objects are real but I felt as if I was in the Disney World.  To be honest, that was a shame. But the site is big and I think it was worth watching at least once. Especially Wall Walks was nice.
 
 
Inside the White Tower is exhibition hall, you can see many valuable objects. Many objects caught my eye, and I forgot to think of actual spaces of this building and real people there.
 

 
 
This is the room George, Duke of Clarence was murdered by drowning in a barrel of wine. The room is located on lonely edge of the exhibit buildings. Unfortunately, now it's next to toilet for visitors...
 

 
After we left the Tower of London, we went to the Shard, the highest building in London, and also Europe. There is the observation deck that offers a great view of London, but we went to a restaurant on 31 floor to have a cup of coffee. Yes, I came back with one-pieced dress:) 
(see previous article; Wander-around-London)


 
It was not busy and we could have seat by the window. The view was wonderful. We enjoyed the nice coffee and the great view all together.




20 Sep 2013

Tales of Old Japan

The Chinese Zodiac is based on a twelve year cycle in Chinese astrology, and each year in that cycle is related to an animal sign. These animal signs are;
  1. Rat; Rat years include 1900, 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008.
  2. Ox; Ox years include 1901, 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009.
  3. Tiger; Tiger years include 1902, 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010.
  4. Rabbit; Rabbit years include 1903, 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011.
  5. Dragon; Dragon years include 1904, 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012.
  6. Snake; Snake years include 1905, 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013.
  7. Horse; Horse years include 1906, 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014.
  8. Sheep; Sheep years include 1907, 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015.
  9. Monkey; Monkey years include 1908, 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016.
  10. Rooster; Rooster years include 1909, 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017.
  11. Dog; Dog years include 1910, 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018.
  12. Boar; Pig years include 1911, 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019.
Did you find your zodiac sign? Next year is the year of the horse, and my zodiac sign is the rat. There is an interesting tale of old Japan about the order;

A long, long time ago, a god stated to all animals that you will be the boss of the year in each twelve year cycle on a first-come-first-served basis in the morning of 1st January.

Animals across the country started to go before daylight, to be the first. However cat didn't go because rat told him that it's on "2nd January". Dog and monkey were side by side, running together at first, but they started to have a fight on a bridge.

When the first sun of the year raised, a ox appeared at first. But a rat on the back of ox said "A happy new year, my god." and jumped off the back into the front of the god. That's why rat is the first. Ox was chagrined at the second position with crying "moo, moo."

And tiger, rabbit, dragon came one after another. Kaeru (frog) was 13th, so it went back home (Kaeru). Kaeru wa kaeru (A Frog is Going Home) ; Kaeru can be 'go home' or 'frog' in Japanese.

The god and twelve animals started to have a celebration party, but dog and monkey was still arguing each other. The cat appeared furiously in the party and chased after the rat. That's why it is said cat chase rat, and dog and monkey are dog-and-monkey relationship (cat-and-dog relationship).

For that reason, I am petite, short, shifty and shrewd:) Also my first coin purse was this:)

A Winter Neccessity

I am absorbed in crochet. I found a lovely pattern on the internet and crocheted the Divine hat for this winter:) I used Wendy Mode Chunky and 6 and 5 Hooks. It's essential in the winter life of the UK, isn't it? Pattern from here; http://www.rheatheylia.com/index.php?page=patterns&id=10

 

16 Sep 2013

My house Project - Pictures

It's nothing special, I just changed the pictures on the wall. As you know, pictures really change the mood in the room. Originally these botanical pictures had displayed on the wall in a bedroom. I like them, but they are a bit old, shabby and changed colour. So I changed pictures and mounts.
 


Now the white room has modern and stylish mood. I selected Blanca Gómez's illustration. Blanca is a Graphic Designer and Illustrator based in Madrid, Spain. I like her works.

 



I also displayed her illustration in the blue guest room. Recently, I've enjoyed replacing pictures and changing of frame position in the house. New pictures and new place breathe new life into each room.

15 Sep 2013

Fire

The other day, the pub near the station caught fire. When we got back from London, it was just after the fire was extinguished by fire-fighters. I smelled something was burning. The burned-out site is barely visible on the surface, but part of the roof is burnt down. Now the pub is closed. According to the news, the fire is not being treated as suspicious. I think it's a shame.

13 Sep 2013

Facial Oil Blotting Paper

Several years ago, when I stayed at a hotel in Tokyo, I got Yojiya's gift products as an accommodation plan. Yojiya is Kyoto's famous cosmetics brand, which was founded in 1904. Their main product is aburatorigami (facial oil blotting paper) and it is the oldest cosmetic product.

Japanese women tend to use facial oil blotting paper when they correct their makeup. Because of humid country, extra oil makes makeup comes off easily. This facial oil blotting paper can absorb your oil or perspiration easily.

Almost all of their shops are located in Kyoto, and also you can find a shop in some airports including Narita Airport. Their products are still very popular among Japanese women.

I found this picture from my photo album and it reminded me of travelling in Kyoto with my friend and shopping at Yojiya's shop.
 

11 Sep 2013

Award Ceremony

We attended the Sheila Mckechnie (SMK) Recognition Awards Ceremony in London yesterday. It's a celebration of people who demonstrate their commitment to and effectiveness in tackling the root causes of injustice and inequality, be it over the last year or over many years.
 
To be honest, I hadn't known SMK, but my husband was nominated for SMK Campaigner of the Year Award and we were invited to the ceremony. He has devoted Divided Families Campaign, BritCits since last 9th July, after we joined the demonstration against the new family Migration rules. He has produced case studies for MPs and journalists, created an website where people can share experiences and information, and mobilised people to respond to an All Party Parliamentary Group inquiry. I know he has been keen on these activities and has worked very hard. I am very glad that his activity was recognized and assessed as new campaigner and I am so proud of him.
 
It was a nice ceremony, and presenters and winners had a wonderful speech. It was a great experience for me to witness amazing campaigners.

 
 

9 Sep 2013

A Ring

This is my first finger ring my mother bought me when I was young. As the same as other girls, I was so delighted to wear the ring, as if I was an adult. This is a cheap and junk ring for kids, but I love this lovely baby-pink ladybird ring. I think my sister still has the same ring as well, but hers is yellow with red dots.

When I travelled Hong Kong with my friend, I got this ring case at a shop. An embroider glossy cloth is lovely. I have kept the ring in this box as my treasure.

8 Sep 2013

Coggeshall

We went to Coggeshall to visit Paycocke's House and Garden, which National Trust preserves. This is a merchant's wealthy house, built around 1500 for Thomas Paycocke.


Stepped inside, I took a deep breath of admiration. It was massive, characterful and so beautiful. I love to see this kind of houses! It's very English!




The cottage garden is also beautiful. We relaxed in a fresh open space for a while.




Also we explored Coggeshall. I saw many colourful buildings and local shops. It's quite lovely town.






We accidentally found Coggeshall Museum. It displayed many old pictures and local historical things. We found a school's punishment book. It was an interesting to read why a boy/girl was punished and how many times they were caned at school:) And also this museum's opening time is only every Sunday (2:15pm-4:45pm) and Bank Holiday Mondays (2:15pm-4:45pm). So we were lucky to have an opportunity to see it:)