Saturday, 27 December 2008


New graffiti.. Pretty good. The inside was all black with a string of characters leading you through. Very dark spacey and fairy tale in one.

Friday, 26 December 2008

Stroll Around

Nice pond in a suburb, .innit mistah!

Thursday, 25 December 2008


On the tree, and a very late Merry Christmas ☆

Wednesday, 24 December 2008

Christmas Eve

Beautiful red Poinsettia and Christmas cake, heavy, dark, alcoholic and stuffed with dried fruit kind.

Monday, 22 December 2008

Winchester Cathederal

Pictures at dusk, leaving the Christmas Fayre.

Saturday, 20 December 2008

Oxford Street Uniclo

Funny that in the U.K. the sign is in katakana and in Japan it's in the English alphabet. The London one looked really funky.

Friday, 19 December 2008

Covent Garden Buskers

Two of a dancing and often comical string quartet, amazing that they can do all that and play so beautifully.

Thursday, 18 December 2008

Fishing in the Freezing Cold

Over the Bosphorus Strait, last glimpse of Istanbul.

Wednesday, 17 December 2008

Tuesday, 16 December 2008

Hookah Smoking

Relaxing in the evening drinking tea and smoking their water pipes.

Turkish Sweets

Were delicious, sticky sweet buttery pastries with lots of nuts. I was taking pictures in this shop, and when I  turned round and these two guys were waiting for their photo to be taken too!

Sunday, 14 December 2008

Hagia Sophia, Istanbul

Huge, amazing it's so old, completed in 537 it was the religious focal point of the eastern orthodox church for nearly 1000 years..

Saturday, 13 December 2008

Friday, 12 December 2008

blue mosque and moon..

still in istanbul, i saw so much in so few days. really is the crossing point between east and west, two sides combined in one very busy city.

Thursday, 11 December 2008

Wednesday, 10 December 2008

Monday, 8 December 2008

Another morning shot

Another morning in Southampton, riding past the golf course.

Sunday, 7 December 2008

Saturday, 29 November 2008

mountain shape city....

is what yamagata shi means in english, and indeed the city is surrounded by mountains..

Thursday, 27 November 2008

Wednesday, 26 November 2008


is the name of the run, and today it was, the sun was shining and hardly anyone around ; )

Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Monday, 24 November 2008

at the top..

of mt. zao.. jizo-san, patron saint of travellers (or something like that), always pay a visit first time to the top in winter, eventually he'll be up to his neck in snow.

Thursday, 20 November 2008

first snow...

always seems to come when i have to drive 40 minutes into the countryside to teach at kindergarten, this is an oddly designed public building, always like the way the snow sits on top of the silver ball and the red spirally stairway..

Tuesday, 18 November 2008

Sunday, 16 November 2008

giant pumpkin...

i HAD to take a picture of this huge vegetable, in the supermarket, late at night, with people giving the messily dressed white girl with a camera funny looks.... taking pictures in a supermarket is not something we do i guess!

Saturday, 15 November 2008

morning yoga class...

waiting for students to come..such a lovely room to teach in with the straw mats, sunshine and mountain views ; )

Friday, 14 November 2008

car rambling...

it's so much fun to go off up unknown tracks in the longs as you don't get stuck..!

Thursday, 13 November 2008


for my husband to come and extricate my car from its akward postion on a mountain road....stuck again!

Monday, 3 November 2008

taking photos...

while driving around...couldn't resist this sky ; )

Tuesday, 28 October 2008

last mountain yoga..

for the year...ooohh was it a cold practice. but the air smelt sooo good!

Monday, 27 October 2008

test drive....

up a mountain, yep, my car is really fixed this time...yippeeee!

Wednesday, 22 October 2008

time to get serious...

about gourd lamp making, with some serious electronics shopping and a crash course in LED wirement!

Tuesday, 21 October 2008

searching for gourds..

to make lamps, more difficult than one imagines! until i cycle past a small field where HUGE gourds were hanging, i left a note and this lovely man called and give me a few smaller ones! he wouldn't part with the giant ones...apparently he paints them in winter..

Monday, 20 October 2008

supposed to be making...

a lamp from a gourd, but mine ended up a wingless goose...complete with moustache!

Sunday, 19 October 2008

kaminoyama castle..

had a lovely little hot spring foot bath outside, very relaxing sitting round chatting with feet being boiled ; ) the water was HOT!

Saturday, 18 October 2008

nice display of...

sake cups in a soba restaurant...soba (buckwheat noodles) was good too!

Friday, 17 October 2008


on the way back from the beach on a mountain road my poor car overheated and starting dripping bright green ooze, oh dear! i tried to fix it, but it just dripped and steamed more, it really didn't look very happy, so my husband had to leave work and come and rescue me!!

Thursday, 16 October 2008

no waves....

but i loved the dotted stripe of was such a beautiful day  ☆

Monday, 13 October 2008

Saturday, 11 October 2008

tohoku university of art and design..

beautiful building, reflecting the shape of the surrounding mountains..nearly full moon! they even have a funky painted bus that does the college route..

Friday, 10 October 2008

kannon sama

the bodhisattva of complassion, in sanskrit her name is Avalokitesvara, and this particular version only comes out every 12 years, in the year of the i was lucky to see her, and when i did there was a group of ladies chanting, under all those ribbons in the picture below..

Thursday, 9 October 2008

inside the temple..

so simple, but colourful, most of it was open ... no glass, i guess it's shuttered up in rain and snow....loved the ribbons leading to the altar and the paintings on the ceiling..