May 16, 2009
To give myself a bit of encouragement to make us some coffee cups I have decided to keep a journal of my progress, this will take a bit of time I want to do it slowly but I am determined to go back on the wheel .
Today I cut some bamboo , It's still green, one piece is about two feet long and about three inches dia, from this I have fashioned a clay knife to fit my hand, I will use this to cut spare clay from the bottom of the pot when it's still on the wheel it has other uses too.
The other piece is much thinner about three feet long and a little over an inch dia, I've split this to make some Tomboe (dragon fly) measuring tools, they will be cross shaped and will be used to measure the depth and width of the mug's when they're on the wheel to keep them uniform size.
For me I like to make my own tools as much as possible then everything feels better .
So what would you do
May 12, 2009
If someone came to your house and told you it was no longer your space and you should get out, what would you do?
May 8, 2009
Just watched the bbc news, It started about money( seems like more important than any other (thing) again only white faces in it then people mostly white until about 13 min's long/past , then it showed black people/ don't like that word, mostly/definately, they were hurting dyeing, then the beeb started on religion shots of the pope, like who is he dressed in white(how often does his clothes get washed) shorly we shouldn't worry about spelling we should worry about people black, yellow white or pink?why does money take up most of my (paid for news)
Apr 19, 2009
Just thought I should advertise a bit early this year,On May the fourth we will be having a big BBQ lasting from lunchtime until well into the night , your all welcome to drop by.
Just thought I should say
Jan 17, 2009
That since xmas unknown to me I've had four heart attacks , at the time I thought it was my lungs playing up, after visiting my local chest DR on tuesday I've spent most of the time in Tenri hospital, my arms are now blue , yellow and shades of purple, feels like half my blood is in small files at the hospital.
I do know that one of the best heart DR's in the world took care of me a DR Nakagowa ,he placed a Stent in one of the main arteries in my heart via My left wrist, we also talked in english about the cotswolds where he vacated a few years ago. In my experience the vast majority of DR's in Japan can and will talk english to anyone that needs their help.
I am pished
May 15, 2008
But for those who know my name my daughters english teacher has decided that her name is not true and she the teacher has omitted the only R and changed the last S to a z and added a U to her name , now I will go to the school tomorrow to try to (nicely )put this right n screw any one who stands between me and my kids future
May 5, 2008
I had a Birthday Bash /bbq yesterday and what a day . The weather was lovely 28 c , I put the potatoes in the top box ( this bbq is like every thing else around here it's hand made with an oven in the top most part with a binged door I t also has 3 wire racks) Then started the fire at 12 midday , soon after the first guests arrived The Turtle family and their daughters friends (Japanese ) They usually come first , the wife helps in the kitchen the girls are set to work making sausage rolls and fudge brownies and the husband is the camera man and this year he was filming a DVD should be interesting.
Next to arrive was my english mate A with his Japanese wife , 1-5 year old son J,A 's mother L father F on a months holiday from Spain (F is a retired english policeman) and A"s brother K living in Nagoya , This is the third bbq /birthday bash for L and F,A helps a bit / takes over the bbq, we open cans and chat , not sure who came next,but at around 3 pm we had, an American friend B living in Osaka with his tough Japanese wife M ( yakosa's daughter) her birthday too we exchanged gifts hugs etc and their son M 4 years old + Santa their dog Chelly and Santa also greeted each other as they usually do with a female friend and son 4 , A polish lady C an d her 8 year old son Y ( japanese husband had to work in Kyoto driving the taxi ),An American lady N with her 5 daughters 13 down to 8 all long haired blondes , again again N's husband J american , was teaching in Kobe another american/Swiss S ,an old friend who gave me this computer , my geek New Zealand C friend who teaches computer science at a university near here, he also takes care of all the macs , We are all Mac users, a canadian Friend K he owns 3 english schools came in his Corvette (his mother on holiday was too tired to come , A few more Japanese friends a friendly neigbour with grandson 2
All the children played together on the front grass with a large ball, frisbies and even the pond being a large attraction for the young boys , most of the men hats on the lot stood, sat chatting and bending their arms watching the kids ,we stood in the shade at the front of the house , most of the women were inside in the shade , We were all eating and drinking ( This is Japan It's natural to carry food and drink when visiting ) lots of interesting food both on the barby and various breads cakes ,cheeses, vegetables, fruit and freshly picked herbs . I particularly enjoyed the rack of pork ribs and of course the beer . at about 5 the American lady N and daughters left to go to another party .As it began to get darker the deck lights were turned on , usually we use candles but because of the small kids this time we used electric and as the evening went on we all changed to drinking Hardys Chardonay A nice white wine that had been in the freezer overnight ,somewhere early evening 8 or 10 other english teachers (mostly american) came to the bash ,My American friend S and Canadian K tried competing with each other by producing the best drinks , We did empty a bottle of Japanese single malt whisky 25 years old voted the best in this years competitions during the evening some people went home but most stayed to the end men outside around the big deck table drinking ,smoking , plus snacking , women mostly inside eating drinking and enjoying them selves kids in general playing or sleeping in different parts of the house, we finally called it a night at about 11 pm . This is something that we often do (get together) and in particular my birthday comes between May3 Emperors birthday holiday and Boys day May 5 both public holidays
Grandmother in law
Sep 2, 2007
RIP Ookie ba chan
3pm japan time 100+1/3yrs old
Apr 23, 2007
My wife cannot find the word CRETIN in a Japanese/english dictionary , would anyone like to try to explain why I am one to her cause I can't
gonna get another drink whilst waiting
A meeting of nationalities
Oct 2, 2006
We are going to have a bbq next sunday ,we are expecting at least 10 different nationalities plus about 12 halves and quite a few japanese people to attend
It should be a good one.
Sep 12, 2006
I belong to a group /club called Osaka In The World, Every year we bring a group usually musicians or and dancers to this area to put on shows around here.
2yrs ago we had a group from a Vladivostok university ,their were about 35 of them the women danced traditional russian style and the nen played musical instruments very interesting stuff .From that group
We had a young lady stay with us for about 3 nights homestay style ,we took her around the temples fed the deer n went to museums etc
Last year we had an italian young lady stay, same thing ,they sang opera and as usual we met at a party type meeting bring them home next day they do their thing on the 4th day we deliver them to a pre arranged meeting point where they get on a bus and go to Wakayama for a few days should say before they come here they spend time in Osaka .
On their last day in japan there is a big party in a hotel not so far from the new Osaka international airport everybody involved with the stay go there to say bye bye and cheque out the pictures taken quite enjoyable really and I like to think its good for my daughter to meet people from all over the world , Our group pay for every thing including the airfare .
Next month we are having a young lady from Nepal stay with us same thing just hope she can talk a little english as did the others.
Jul 30, 2006
About 5 yrs ago the falafale king set up a shop in a Nara arcade n I used to shop their but after sharon took over the government n did crazy things. I gave up buying anything from an Israel group or business
Last year my friend the falafle king went out of buisnese n sorry but he was my friend
I will no longer buy anything from America or israel full stop ,ever
cause Im so angry with what they have been doing to the palastinianse in my lifetime lebanon too
please excuse my bad spelling but this is all I can do .
A big job
Mar 13, 2006
Five years ago today a very large container arrived near my land all the way from finland.
I was given 10 hrs to empty it.
Sep 26, 2005
As of yesterday my 9yr old daughter is heavier than her mother.
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