Nessie RB's Diary 2012


Dear Friends

We send all good Christmas

and Happy New Year wishes to you and your family!!

With kokoro

Nessie & Darren

November XXXXX, 2012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

Once upon a time, Darren and I had a romantic time on Christmas.

Can we still have a romantic time??
I want to believe that!!

Anyhow, I really hope we can have a lovely Christmas time together in our new place!!

November XXXXX, 2012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

I'm going back to Japan soon.

I'm so happy that I can celebrate the New Year in Japan with my family after 10 years!!

It's a pity that Darren can't come with me this time : (

I'll miss him a lot!!

November 26th, 2012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

Darren and I enjoyed watching Christmas displays of London today.

Christmas views of London are always fantastic and enjoyable!!

November XXXXXX, 2012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

I found a stylish Calendar in London. The price of the calendar was only 50 pence!!

I got fifteen calendars for my Japanese friends as souvenirs : )

And later...I noticed the calendars were for 2012!!

How idiot I am!!

I now feel like punching myself!!!

November 22nd, 2012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

Today is Thanksgiving Day.

On this day, I still think fondly of lovely Thanksgiving Dinner Parties,

which I enjoyed with various my American fiends.

I hope I can have a lovely Thanksgiving in America again in the near future!!

November 15th, 2012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

I  have no memories about my Shichi-Go-San.

I wonder what I did when I was three and seven years old for this event.

Only my memory about Shichi-Go-San is my niece wore her first Japanese Kimono to celebrate Shichi-Go-San.

November XXXXXXX, 2012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

Many of my friends (especially my Japanese friends) have said to me,

"Don't you think Darren looks like Sean Connery as James Bond?"

Honestly I didn't think he looked like Connery's Bond except shape of his head,

but recently I looked the following picture of the Bond

I thought Darren looked like Connery's Bond for the first time : )

What do you think?

October XXXXXXX , 2012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

Lovely Autumn View of Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Leaves aren't the only fall color in Cape Cod!

October 13th, 2012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

Friendly performers at Piccadilly Circus

They are Bronze Men!!??

If you put a coin into the box, they blow kisses for you!!



Harry Potter Characters; Wands are on sale at Leadenhall Market in London.

Each character has original wand!

How much do you think it is?

Which characters' wand do you want to use?

October 6th, 2012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

Today, Darren and I went to Japan Matsuri held at Trafalgar Square in London.

We enjoyed various traditional Japanese performances and meals!!

I'm homesick again now!!










September 16th, 2012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

When I was having lunch on a bench at Hyde Park in London,

a squirrel suddenly jumped into my lunch packet and began to munch a sandwich in it!!

Some tourists at the park began to gather around the bench and take pictures of the gluttonous squirrel.

I was a bit embarrassed!!

Of course, it's cute though!!

The squirrel left the bench with another sandwich in its mouth.

What a Big Eater!!

September XXXX, 2012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

Darren is Salem's good hairdresser and massager!!

September 9th, 2012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

During Olympics & Paralympics seasons, I really enjoyed hunting Wenlock in the City of London : )

The other day, Darren and I were walking on the trail of Jack the Ripper in Whitechapel and found Wenlock every five-minute!!

Wenlock must like Whitechapel!?

All statues of Wenlock will be sold on the net soon…

I’ll miss them!! I wish they would stay in London for good!!

I want to get one but price of one Wenlock is about £400,000….!!!

Thank you and good-bye, Wenlock!!

September 9th, 2012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

--The last day of the London Paralympics Games, September 9th --

Darren and I enjoyed watching the last game of the Paralympics,

Visually Disabled People's Marathon Race and Wheelchair Marathon Race.

Both Japanese visually disabled runners and wheelchair athletes made great efforts.

None of them won medals but most of them won prizes!!

Of course, I was impressed by all runners from all over the world!!

September XXXX, 2012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

Darren has decided to start going to a swimming pool constantly for health.

I'm happy with his decision!! I gave him brand-new swimming trunks : )

Of course, I will go too!! I'll lose at least 5kg within this year!!

August 30th, 2012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

Yeah!! Darren and I were finally able to get tickets of the Olympic Park!!

On August 30th, we visited the park and enjoyed the Olympic atmosphere to the full!!

Any liquid is not allowed to take to the park,

so we had to drink all packs of Juice we had in front of the gate!! Whew---!!!

Many people emptied their bottles of mineral water.

There were a lot of lovely gardens everywhere at the park : )

We enjoyed watching games on the Big Screen on the hill.

Only problem was freezing that day!!

The Olympic Studio & Orbit!! Night view of the park was amazing!!


We happily saw lovely Wenlock at many spots of the Olympic Park!!

I was impressed when I saw moving Wenlock for the first time at the park!!!!

All Wenlock were sooo friendly!!!

I was mistaken for a child because of my size!?

August 28th, 2012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

While I was looking for a gift for my best friend's newborn baby,

I found lovely Kita Kitsune (Foxes from North part of Japan, mainly in Hokkaido)) Mascots!!

How cute!!!

I now feel like visiting Hokkaido to watch real Kita Kitsune!!

Are real ones as cute as the mascot?


August XXXX, 2012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

I brushed the floor of each room every day but hairballs appear one after another..!!

Are all hairballs from my two cats????

I feel that some hairball cats are somewhere in the house!!

August 24th, 2012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

I watched "Expendable 2" today.

One of the most refreshing movies this year, I think.

I felt the movie says, "Gather around, Super Action Stars from 20th Century!!

We are STILL Super Action Stars!!!"

It's a pity Jet Li's turn is just a little this time.!!


August XXX, 2012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

Summer Greetings to everybody!!

Rainbow Colored Cats & Poetic Charms of Japanese Summer


August XXX, 2012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

Japanese Site of the super hit movie, "Avengers"

The catchphrase is "Nihon yo, KORE ga EIGA da."

The nuance is, "Hey, Japan! This is a REAL movie!!"

Some (many perhaps) Japanese people feel unpleasant with this catchphrase

because it sounds like Japan hasn't made real movies.

I wonder who thought of this catchphrase!!

The catchphrase should be, "Nihon yo, Karera ga American HERO da.

(Hey Japan!! They are true American HEROES!!)", I think!!

What about you???

August XXX, 2012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

When I was a child, I enjoyed fireworks with relatives at night of the middle of August.

It is said that spirits of ancestors come back to this world in the mid August in Japan,

so our family reunion firework gathering was an annual summer event to entertain the spirits of our ancestors.

We always did Senko Hanabi (It literally means incense fireworks) at the end of the event.

At one summer, my uncle told me, "Senko Hanabi is a sort of good luck sign for the spirits of our ancestors.

I believe that Sennko Hanabi makes them feel happy when they return to their world."

Thanks to his words, I felt that smiley ghosts just next to me when I did Senko Hanabi.

August 12th, 2012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

I was impressed by Mr. Nakamoto's "Never Give Up" Running Performance!

I now feel like running at London Marathon again!!

August 5th, 2012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

007 Special Exhibitions for 50th anniversary

50th anniversary James Bond Special Exhibitions are held at The GOLDSMITH' Company in Barbican, London.

Bond fans must visit the exhibitions.

You can enjoy costumes of all Bonds and sexy Bond Girls, Bond secret weapons, Villains' weapons and so on.

It's a pity that photography is not allowed except the entrance part.


August 5th, 2012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

After the ladies' marathon race, Darren and I enjoyed hunting Olympic objects in the City.


August 5th, 2012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

--August 5th Sunday – Darren and I enjoyed watching London Olympic Ladies Marathon Race : )

Until the runners came, we waited for about two hours in front of Tower of London (One of best spots because it was a turning point!)

It was so impressive to watch runners from all over the world!!

It is a pity the result of both Japanese runners and British runners was not good,

but I was happy that I was finally able to see part of the Olympic games in person.


Darren and a Volunteer for the marathon race

I forgot to make a Japanese flag, so I brought a fan of Dharma instead.

Top runners are coming!! Still a BIG group!!

A Policeman to lead runners. Cool!!

British runner, Freya Murray

Cameramen taking runners. Interesting view!!

Japanese runner, Ms. Kizaki

Japanese runner, Ms. Shigetomo. Go Japan, Go!!

British runner, Ms. Murray and Romanian runner, Lidia

Simon is a silver medalist of Sydney Olympic Ladies Marathon.

August XXX, 2012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

I was very looking forward to visiting the Olympic Village,

but all tickets are already sold out and the gate of the village is closed for new comers...

How disappointing!!

The Olympic Village is just thirty minutes from my place by train but the Gate is far, far away!!!

August XXX, 2012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

I'm excited at the Olympic games every day : )

When Japan is not in a match, I cheer on British team since I live in Britain.

When both Japan and Britain are not in a match, I cheer on American team since I had a happy life in America.

When none of Japan, Britain, and America are in a match, I cheer on my friends' countries teams

such as Philippines, Hungary, Bulgaria, Germany, Belgium, Netherland, France, Taiwan, Egypt and........more!!

Ahhhh too many choices!!

August 1st, 2012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

Today is our official marriage anniversary.

We were supposed to eat our for an anniversary dinner but

I couldn't move in front of TV because I was soooo excited to watch Olympics games.

Instead, I cooked Darren's favourite Katsu Curry to celebrate the day.


July 22nd, 2012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

Five days to go to the London Olympics!!

On nice sunny Sunday, I enjoyed hunting, Olympic Mascot character, Wenlock.

You can hunt a variety of Mr. or Ms. Wenlock at various spots of London now : )

July XXX 2012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

New "Salem's Lot" movie!?

No! Darren is just cleaning the window : )


July XXX 2012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

Today, I received a postcard from Kyoko san in Japan.

The postcard design was "Japanese Yati Menu" and it made me feel very hungry and miss Japanese summer festivals!!

In my childhood, a mini festival was held at the arcade street of my town every weekend during summer.

On every Saturday, the street was lined with various booths for Yatai meals.

I was always looking forward to hunting Yatai meals with my sister. Awwww!!!! I

'm really hungry now!!!

July 19, 2012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

Mr. (or Ms.?) Wenlock, a symbol character of London Olympics, is so lovely!!

He (or she?) is found all over London now : )



July 14, 2012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&


This evening, I was taking a rest on a bench in East part of London, and suddenly a group of people gathered around me.

I was surprised!! One of people of the group began to talk in loud voice, and I realized that he was a tour guide and other people are tourists.

And also, I remembered that this spot is one of famous sightseeing spots of East side of London because of the incident,

which happened many, many years ago. Do you know what the incident?


Three benches and seasonal lovely flowers...

 This Mitre square looks a nice place to take a little rest, but this square is one of scariest spots of London.

In the early hour of 30 September1888, a prostitute, Catherine Eddowes was murdered

by the mysterious serial killer known as "Jack the Ripper."

I watched, Johnny Depp's "From Hell" since I felt like knowing what this area looked like in end of 19th century.

The film shows that desolate and ghastly scenes of East part of London.

People in that era must have never guessed that this area would be one of Major Street lined with office buildings.




July 14th, 2012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&


Today I enjoyed taking pictures of The Five Olympic Rings displayed on the Tower Bridge.

Less than two weeks to go till the Olympic Games.

Whenever I saw joggers in the City I thought, "They might be Olympic athletes who are training."

July XXXXXX &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

I wanted to have a picture taken like "A big, Maine Coon Cat, Mr. Rupert & His cute owner",

so I tried to practice lifting my Maine Coon Cat, Samantha in front of a mirror.

However, Samantha was too heavy to keep supporting!!

I lost balance easily, and Samantha ran away after leaving some scratches on me : (

July 8th, 2012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

Ernest Borgnine was one of the unforgettable actors from the 20th century.

His strong personality was really remarkable.

I've seen many of his masterpieces and my most favourite one is,

the big hit disaster movie,

"Poseidon Adventure" from 1972.

His yelling voice is as impressive as Gene Hackman's heroic actions in the movie.

It seems that he had good relationships with his co-stars from the movie.

 They had a Poseidon Adventure re-union gathering just one year ago, July 2011.

June 5th, 2012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

Last night, I had a dream that I enjoyed drinking with Ms. Liberty in America after a long time.

When I was in America, I often had this dream.

I might have heard sounds of fireworks for Independence Day while I was sleeping!

Almost ten years have passed since I left from USA but I still think fondly of my American life once in a while.

June XXXX, 2012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

The other day, A Fortune Cookie told me,


This message made me smile and reminded me of days I took a trip any place I pleased as a wanderer.

I hope this fortune telling will come true in the near future.

June XXXX, 2012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

I am mentally and physically exhausted these days.

Any kinds of sounds from my evil next-door neighbor can be heard loudly in my house.

They start making strange sounds at my time to retire every day, so I can't sleep!!

I mailed them a letter about the noise problem but they never try to quit making noise.

I'm dying to leave from this place!!!

What should I do to sort out this problem???

June 24, 2012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

Today is Salem & Samantha's sixth anniversary.

Time passes so quickly! It's six years since they came to our house.

They were little and slim kittens.

Now they are still cute but become overweight fat cats!!

Their vet said, "They need to go on a diet."

What should I do to change them into slim again?


June 19, 2012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

Today, I found an interesting article, "Maine Coons are lauded as largest domestic breed.

Your Maine Coon kitty might be going to be a biggest cat in the world.

9 kg Mr. Rupert has a good possibility of becoming a largest cat."

My cat, Samantha is now 8.5 kg, so she also has a possibility to be largest one!! I thought she was just fat!!



June 14th, 2012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&


 June 14th is my birthday!!

I had a lovely time with Darren in the Isle of Wight!
This place is still rich in the atmosphere of old England.



You can find traditional style of lovely tearooms all over the island.




Whenever we took a rest at a tearoom, a little bird came to our table and started singing!!
They are lovely performers for afternoon tea time!!



Darren wandering at a BIG barley field...

This view is like one scene of a Horror film.

A mysterious creature might appear from the field suddenly!!



June XXX, 2012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&


I planted a lot of flowers to make the courtyard more attractive.

However, a few days later, slugs ate most of the flowers and leaves!!!

Gardening is not easy!!!!!



June 6th, 2012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&


Some pictures of "Venus passing across the face of the Sun" made me imagine a scene, "Venus and Apollo are kissing!!"



May 27th, 2012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&


I was walking around the City for about seven hours under the burning sun today.

I forgot to apply sun-block cream to my skin except face, stupidly, so I'm wearing invisible T-Shirts now!!



May 27th, 2012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&


It's Sunny Sunday!! I enjoyed haunting Blue Plaques in the City of London.

The day was Christopher Lee's birthday (he became 90 years old!!) and he was born in Belgravia, so I chose Belgravia for hunting.

This district is one of the most exclusive and fashionable areas of central London.

I found Blue Plaque of great celebrities one after another such as Vivien Leigh, Ian Fleming, Chopin, and Mozart etc.



While walking around Belgravia, I saw houses, which belonged to great actresses, Vivien Leigh and Judie Garland.

Situations of these two houses are totally different.

Vivien Leigh's former house is still so elegant and gorgeous, but Judy Garland's former house has been empty and left to ruin.

She passed away in this house. I hope this house will be reorganized well sometime to cheer up her soul.



Today's lunch is Belgian Waffle & Ice Latte.

Hot waffle with Maple Syrup really goes great with a cold ice latte!!



The New Statue of Lawrence Olivier along the Thames River

He is perhaps playing his role in Hamlet. I wonder why he has a beer glass in his hand!!??



Bagpiper at Westminster Bridge

No matter who came to next him, he never changed his expression and kept playing the bagpipe.

He must be a great performer.



This is one of No.1 haunted spots in center of London, Old Bailey.

The fountain is just in front of the Central Criminal Courts, and this spot used to be a public execution place.

This day, the fountain was covered. Maybe to shut up ghosts in it !!??



May XXXXXXX, 2012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&


Internet was not available for almost 10 days in my area because of cable problem.

I couldn't contact anybody and it was like that I was left at an isolated island!!

May 14th, 2012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

"Avengers Assemble" was fantastic!!

I really enjoyed watching dashing American HEROES : )

I paid £14 (Two tickets) for this movie and it's worth it!!

I also paid £15 for two hot dogs and a small cup of popcorn.

It's too expensive!!

It costs only £3 totally at a supermarket!!

May XXXXXX, 2012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

When it comes to pub meal, "Fish & Chips" or "Steak & Kidney Pie" is the best-known type.

I ordered F&C or S&K whenever I had dinner at a pub before,

but recently, I found out that hamburgers at pus are so tasty and substantial.

Also, Hamburgers go great with both beer and white wine : )

It is one of my great pleasures now to find a marvelous hamburger at a pub!!



May XXXXXXX, 2012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&


I felt tired this morning but a Cup of Ochazuke made me feel relaxed and refreshed!!

 Ochazuke is essential to many Japanese people, I think!!

* Ochazuke= A bowl of rice over which ample hot green tea has been poured.

April XXXXXX &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

I enjoyed watching "ISU World Team Trophy in Figure Skating 2012"

on You Tube. Team Japan always have a friendly atmosphere!!

I began to feel happy while watching their excellent performances.

It was impressive that not only Team Japan but also skaters from other countries gave great cheers

to Japanese skaters from the stands. What a lovely view!!

April XXXXXX &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

Popcorn Doughnuts!! Yummy!! A bit too sweet though…

April 15th, 2012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

-A Poster of Titanic, which tells, "Tickets of Titanic are sold at Regent Street, LONDON"--
I found this poster at an antique shop in London.
100 years ago, this poster must have made many people have dreams of taking the ship and going to NEW York....
I felt sad while looking at this poster...

April 12th, 2012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

Torquay is a marvellous seaside resort!!
And, it was enjoyable to find various spots related with the Queen of Crime,

Agatha Christie on the English Riviera!!

The Christie Memorial Bust

To celebrate Agatha Christie's 100th birthday, the Dutch sculptor was commissioned

to produce this unique bronze sculpture.

On 15th September 1990, this sculpture was unveiled by Christie's daughter.

Sweets made in Devonshire are so tasty, especially fudges!!

At some shops in Torquay, you an see that confectioners are making fudges.

You can find various Agatha Christie goods in Torquay.

Also, some Christie tours are held.

You can see a variety of ships at the harbor.

The Princess Garden

Christie spent many happy hours in this garden throughout her youth,

particularly when she was engaged to Archie.

Grand Hotel

In 1914, Christie and her first husband, Archie spent their one-night honeymoon at this hotel.

Torquay Museum

This museum has a special exhibition room of Agatha Christie.

Scones hot from the oven with jam and Devonshire cream were very tasty!!

They really go great with hot cream tea!!

Royal Torbay Yacht Club

Christie's father, Frederick Miller, spent a lot of time at this club.

April 11th, 2012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

Tomorrow, Darren and I will go to Torquay, Devonshire. It's a lovely seaside resort place : )

Also, Torquay is Agatha Christie's birthplace and there are a lot of spots related with Christie!

I'm so excited since I'm a BIG fan of Christie!!

Last week, I was a bit depressed and now I feel so happy!!! What an easy person I am!!!!

April 9th, 2012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

Today is Darren's XXth Birthday!

Happy Birthday to my darling!?
It's a pity he has to work until late at night even on his birthday!!



April XXXXX, 2012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

I've got many Japanese meals and snacks : )
I feel happy somehow!!!

It's lovely a Chinese Shop close to my house has started selling a lot of Japanese meals : )



March XXX,  2012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&


Whenever I started collecting dusts on the floor, Salem jump onto mountain of the dusts and starts rolling on it!!

I can never clean up the house!!!



March 29th,  2012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&


While reading a book, which I often read in my high school days, I suddenly remembered,

"Oh! Today is birthday of my first boyfriend!!"

I wonder where he is and what he is doing now. I'll never know perhaps.

I drank for toast for his birthday then I also remembered that he was a little like Darren.



March 26th,  2012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&


Many people must imagine that Sailor Fighters on the sky Tree

when they saw the view of the Sky Tree with Venus, Moon and Jupiter.



March 23rd & 24th,  2012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&


I was on bed for two days because of food poisoning.

I have to be very, very careful when I cook pork meatballs or sausages!!
Sam started taking nap on me..Gaaaaarrrr!!! She was like lead!!
My bloody next door neighbor started a party.

Terrible noise made me have headache!!
I really hate this mid-terraced house!!!!

It was like end of the world, so when I got well I felt,
"How lucky I am!!!"



March ?????,  2012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&


The Full Moon last night was big and beautiful!!

The perfectly round moon made me want to have Tsukimi Udon, Odango, and Melon Bun.

The Full Moon makes me hungry!!!




February 24th,  2012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&


To celebrate our anniversary, we went to London.

We visited London Film Museum which recently opened.

Both we are Film Lovers, so all exhibitions at the museum were enjoyable and exciting!!

We really enjoyed learning film history, effects, and biographies of Big film stars.

If you are film lovers, you should visit this museum at least once!!!







At the museum, I met an artist, who works for films and animations.

He was very open-minded and told me about exciting aspects of working as an artist.

Coincidentally, his wife is Japanese and he has his own studio in Tokyo.

Talking to him brought me more passion to make my own art works.



February 24th,  2012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&


Today is our 10th Anniversary. What's anniversary??

Ten years ago, Darren and I met for the first time at Piccadilly Circus of London.

I can't believe that 1o years have already passed since then!!

Eros Cupid is really cupid to us!!!



February 22nd,  2012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&


What a lovely surprise!!

I received "a lovely greeting card to congratulate our 10th anniversary"

from my friend, Fu-chan in Japan : )

This stylish card suits St. Patrick Day, which is coming soon.



February XXXXXXX,  2012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&


I tried after having nice Chinese delivery meals.

The Fortune Cookie said, "The Inland Revenue has made a mistake,

you will get a rebate." Ummmm.... What does it mean???

February 10th,  2012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&


I found a nice surprise in the mailbox today!!

My friend, Nagayo san was kind enough to send me a beautiful 3-D Hina Doll Card : )

I displayed it on the dining table at once.

This beautiful card makes me miss Japanese spring

and want to have a Japanese traditional Marriage ceremony (Of course, with Darren)






February 5th,  2012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&


Snow finally piled up in southern part of England too.

This view reminded me of Vermont winter.



February  XXXXX,  2012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&


I 'm absorbed in watching, "RANMA 1/2" these days.

This exciting Martial Art comedy made me start practicing Karate lessons.



February  XXXXX,  2012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&


I enjoyed Kakizome.

Kakizome is a traditional event of doing calligraphy with a brush for the first time in the New Year.

It is usually conducted on January 2nd, but lazy Nessie finally did in February.

Theme of Kakizome is "LOVE" since Valentine's is coming soon!!




January  29th,  2012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&


The Chinese New Festival held at London Trafalgar Square was brilliant!!!

We enjoyed amazing performances such as Fire Crackers, Lion Dancing, Flying Dragon and so on.

Chinese people are always powerful and skillful about various things.

The mayor of London, Boris Johnson was there as one of guests. He still keeps his unique style.

It was freezing, so we couldn't manage to stay until the last. It's a pity!!









January  XXXXX,  2012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&


It seems that Sam likes My new mascot, Mr. Flower Cat : )



January  XXXXX,  2012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&


I'm a bit lazy about everything these days...

I think it's time to light a fire under myself.



January  XXXXX,  2012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&


My cats like taking a rest in the bathtub these days.

Maybe I should get a mini bathtub for them instead of a new cat bed.



January  18th,  2012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&


While tidying up my cloths, I realized many of them didn't suit me any more..!!

I'm not young enough to wear some of them...
I've got too much weight and some of them were too tight...!!

I began to feel sad somehow : (



January  7th,  2012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&


Many of sets of furniture are at half price at Argous!!

We got two sets immediately... but after we got them, we noticed

that we had to carry them to the house by themselves.

They were much heavier than what we had expected....!!!

Ah--!! We wish we could drive a car!!!



January  6th,  2012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&


Season Greeting Cards from all over the world made me feel happy this year too!!

I wish I could display all for the whole year.



January  1st,  2012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&


I wished that I would have the first dream of Seven Deities for luck of this year,

but in my first dream, I was trying to conquer various specters as a brave fighter.

I'm still wondering what this dream mean to me!!



January  1st,  2012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&



My friend, Dawn in Hitchin was kind enough to ask me to join her family New Year lunch gathering.

I enjoyed Dawn's mum's lovely homemade meals,

Roast Beef with Yorkshire Puddings and Vegetables having lovely red wine.

And, we enjoyed talking about travelling.

Dawn's parents are excellent travelers.

Their stories of travelling various countries mad me think that I should travel more countries to know the world.






January  1st,  2012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&


I was looking forward to watching the first sunrise of this year, but the weather was clumsy in London : (

However, when I arrived in Hitchin, the lovely sunrise appeared.

It looked smiling to me somehow : )



December  31st,  2011 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&


Today is the last day of this year!!?? Wow!! Time really flies!!!

This year, I failed many times about various things... so I was often depressed...

but otherwise, I felt in many occasions that I'm blessed with good relatives and friends.


I will try many new things next year. I'll fail many times again though....

And, I really hope I'll see my lovely relatives and friends again!!



The following site is my photo collections of this year.

I would be happy if you access it!!

Nessie & Darren's Photo Album of 2011

December 25th , 2011 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&


At night, Darren and I enjoyed Christmas dinner, a mount of sliced roast Turkey with White Wine.

It was lovely but maybe a little too huge meal to me.

Next morning, Turkey was still dancing in my stomach!!!






December 25th , 2011 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&


On Christmas Day, I was walking around centre of the City.

Nobody was at Covent Garden unbelievably!!

The view of extremely quiet Covent Garden looked very weird since

people, people , people everywhere at Covent Garden normally.

The Big Green Deer displayed at the Covent Garden looked lonely somehow.





December 17th , 2011 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&


I went to a Christmas Concert held at a local church.

A variety of traditional Christmas songs were sang by chorus group, which includes my friend, Ivy.

Also, a professional singer, performed several famous Christmas songs.

I was charmed by the beautiful harmony of the chorus, which brought me back some happy Christmas memories.



I got lost while walking back to my home after the concert. It's 10:00 pm.

The vicinity was pitch-dark! Nobody was seen on the road.

The sky was also pitch-black. Only Sirius (maybe) was shining remarkably.

I was wandering around the unknown area for two and a half hours!!!

I finally found a DIY shop I know and managed to reach the house.

Later I recognized that I was just wandering around an area, which is very close to my house.

My sense of directions is horrible!!!



December 13th , 2011 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&


The other day, I watched, "Whisper of the Heart (Gibli again!!)" with Darren.

The story is about junior high school students in Love and their dreams and fear for the future.

"What a pure romance!!!" I was totally carried away by this sweet story : )

However, Darren suppressed a yawn : (




December 12th , 2011 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&


A Chinese shop, close to my house, has started NISSIN Noodle Cups : )

Lucky!!! I surely think NISSIN Noodle Cups are yummiest noodle cups in the world!!!



December 11th , 2011 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&


While I was singing a hymn at a church, a little fly was trying to attack me several times.

It almost entered into my mouth!!! "Go away!!!! My mouth is not your rest area!!!"

I almost shouted that. The fly might have tried to stop me singing since I'm tone-deaf : (



December 10th , 2011 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&


I was supposed to make cookies in the shape of lovely heart mark and star....

but while baking all of them got mumps!!! What was wrong!? I surely followed the recipe!!



December 9th , 2011 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&


I'm absorbed in making Japanese omelet, which called Tamagoyaki in these days.

I basically use sugar, a little soy sauce, and bonito powder for it.

The other day, I wrapped crab stickers with omelet. It was so tasty and good to have with hot rice : )

It is also lovely as an hors d'oeuvre!!



ASDA's mini duck spring rolls were yummy!!!

These spring rolls go great with both wine and beer!!!




So cute little pigs!!!

These photos make me recognize that pigs can be lovely pets as dogs and cats.



December 3rd , 2011 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&


I went to London to enjoy the atmosphere of Christmas : )


At Carnaby Street, a Guy was blowing a traffic cone.

To him, it's not a traffic cone but a traffic horn!!!




The BIG Reindeer has appeared at Covent Garden again!!

It's third time. The reindeer has become a top idol at Covent Garden

for Christmas season.



December 3rd , 2011 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&


I couldn't sleep well last night, so I went to back to bed to sleep for a couple of hours,

but the sounds of hammer from the next-door disturbed my sleep. It was still 7:00am!!

The noise from the next door neighbor often disturbs my sleep : (

I felt upset and kicked on the wall in spite of myself,

and.....stupidly hurted my left heel.

I wish that there was at least 5cm gap between my house and the house stupid next door!!!

Sometimes I wonder who designed terraced houses!!!

The person must have had no sense of designing comfortable houses!!!



December 1st , 2011 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&


A Package, I sent from Japan on October 1st, finally arrived this evening!!

It took two months!! Whew--!! Anyhow, I'm very relieved.

I even felt affection for the package and pressed my cheek against it!!!



November 26th , 2011 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&


We won a wall clock at a church Christmas bazaar. Lucky!!

We hung the clock on the wall of our dining room at once, but soon after,

Salem attacked the clock!! It seems that she thought it was a mysterious creature.



November 25th , 2011 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&


1-pound coins will be my best friends again!!

I'll go to a Church Christmas Bazaar tomorrow and BIG Boots Sale day after tomorrow.

I hope I can find a real bargain!! For the Christmas shopping, I can get over the flu easily !!??



November 25th , 2011 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&


Every year, November 25th reminds me of lovely Thanksgiving dinner parties in America.

I celebrated Thanksgiving Day in various places

such as New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Vermont and Boston.

I enjoyed Big Turkey, Pumpkin Pies, glasses of marvelous wine,

and lovely chats with my American friends.

Everything is unforgettable!!



November XXXX , 2011 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&


I've been wondering which country I should choose to live for the rest of my life.

Japan or Britain????? That's the BIG question!!!



November 20th, 2011 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&


Darren and I were supposed to go to a BIG boots sale this morning.

I was very looking forward to choosing interior decorations, but it was verrrrrry foggy

and the boots sale was canselled....tsk!!!



November 15th, 2011 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&


I collected old magazines and brochures I didn't need any more.

They filled seven red recycling trash bags. Whew---!!!

I have a tendency to pick up many brochures whenever

I visit sightseeing spot.

Maybe I should quit this habit!!



November 15th, 2011 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&


I tried to make nice green tea colored cake.

This time, everything went well!!

I tasted lovely green colored Green Tea Cake

with a cup of very green colored bamboo tea.

What a healthy green afternoon tea!!




November 10th, 2011 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&


Love Love Cookie for Darren : )




November 9th, 2011 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&


I hung from doorframe to ease my stiff shoulders, but it was NOT a good exercise to me!!

My fingers were almost broken!!!

I can never try to belong to "Ninja Warrior."



November 8th, 2011 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&


I can't forget marvellous Green Tea Cookies I tasted in Japan,

so I tried to make similar ones.

Dough became nice light green tea color. I was happy!!
However, after baking, all became just light brown...


Also, the cookies didn't taste green tea at all....



October 31st, 2011 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&


Lovely Halloween card from my Japanese friend, Fu-chan!!
It seems that Halloween is getting major event in Japan too.



October 29th, 2011 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&


A BIG slug was creeping in the kitchen this morning.
I wondered how it entered to the house.

Slugs might be a sort of aliens or ghosts...



October XXXXXX &&&&&&&&&&&&&&


Even after I was back in Britain from Japan,

part of my souls were wandering around Japan.

It was not easy to bring it back!!!

I must miss Japan too much!!!



October 4, 2011 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&


Today was the last day of our trip.

We visited nice spots of Kobe as much as we could.


We visited Kitano Shrine in Ijinkan Street first.

Then we went to Herb gardens by a cable car.

The view of Kobe city from the cable car was majestic!!!

Also, the whole view of the big herb gardens was magnificent!!!

Herb Gardens are really well organized stylish park!!





And, we visited the Disaster Museum.

Exhibitions of this museum tell misery of the big earthquake occurred in Kobe in 1995.



In the evening, we went to Meriken Park.

This is one of the most romantic spots of Kobe City.

While walking around this park, I got a bit sentimental.

I murmured to myself, "I don't want to leave from Japan.

I wish today won't be finished..."

I think Darren wished the same thing.






October 3, 2011 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&


This morning, we left Kagawa for Kobe.

16 days in Kagawa passed by before I knew it!!!

"I already miss Kagawa. I miss everybody... family and friends..."

I felt like crying on the bus.


In Kobe, we met up with Dawn.

We went to Maiko together.

Maiko is a beautiful seaside place.

We enjoyed majestic views of Akashi Kaikyo Bridge and beautiful ocean.



October 2, 2011 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&


We had afternoon tea with my cousin, Masahiro san and his wife, Yoko san.

Green tea au lait & dumplings flavoured with green pea jam were yummy!!!


We promised we would meet in Britain next time!!



October 1, 2011 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&


Nagayo san took us to a stylish coffee shop.

The building of the coffee shop is very old fashioned

and cups of coffee from various countries are served here.

What a unique coffee shop!!


With a cup of coffee, strawberry sherbet & Japanese sweet dumpling were served.

Both the sweets really suited the coffee!!!



Then, we visited the Marugame Fan Museum.

We tried to make fans here.

It's not easy but enjoyable. Darren did much better than I did...!!


A variety of designed fans are displayed at this museum. So artistic!!





September 29, 2011 &&&&&&&&&&&


Naoshima island has become a popular sightseeing place recently

because of a variety of unique modern arts displayed all over the island and

some attractive art museums.


At this island, we saw lovely art works in the nature including two big impressive pumpkins!!




There is 007 museum at this island!!

The James Bond novel , "The Man with the Red Tattoo"  featured Naoshima island,

so this memorial hall was created to generate support for the use of Naoshima

as a location in the novel-based film.


The museum is small and simple, but I surely think that 007 fans can be satisfied with the exhibitions.

You can see most of film posters of 007 series (Japanese version), film pamphlets, comic books of 007,

and a poster of Daniel Craig with his autograph.





September 28, 2011 &&&&&&&&&&&


Today, my father went outside of the hospital after ten months.

Darren pushed his wheelchair to the foot of the mountain behind the hospital.

From the foot of the mountain, whole view of Saiade city was seen.

My father enjoyed the view for a while.

It must have been sweet pleasure for him to gaze upon the city again after such a long time.



September 27, 2011 &&&&&&&&&&&


We went to Konpira Shrine with Ms. Motoko Mori.

Ms. Motoko Mori is my sister's husband's mother.


We had to climbed 1368 steps to reach the top!!!

Ms. Mori was very energetic!!! She climbed the steps easily and rapidly!!



The legendary story of Konpira Dog is impressive.

Once upon a time, many people couldn't climb the Konpira steps by themselves,

so instead of them, their dogs climbed the steps to make wishes at the shrine for their owners.

it is said that these faithful dogs managed to reach the top shrine with some kind helps by visitors.



We also visited Kanamaruza Theatre.

Kanamaruza Theatre is a Kabuki theatre.

Every spring, famous Kabuki performers come to this theatre for special stage shows.




Ms. Mori took us a traditional seafood restaurant for dinner.

We tasted gorgeous seafood full courses there.

All dishes were brilliant and artistic!!

Darren was amazed by jellyfish dish : )




September 26, 2011 &&&&&&&&&&&


We went to the family restaurant, "Joyful" again.

I wonder how many times we had lunch at this restaurant during our stay.

Darren really loved Joyful meals!!!


We wish there was a family restaurant like Joyful in Britain....




September 25, 2011 &&&&&&&&&&&


We went to Salt Festival held at Seto Ohashi Commemorative Park.

Totally we walked for 6km at least. It was a good exercise!


There was a greeeeeet crowd of people at the festival.

I'd never seen such a big crowd in Sakaide city.


We were luckily able to meet up with my friend, Natsuko san and her daughter, Sayaka chan at the park.

One of main events, Samurai gun fighting was already finished...Pity!!


Darren enjoyed a special exhibitions of world wide sports cars.

An owner of Ford sports car was kind enough to let Darren get in his car.






September 24, 2011 &&&&&&&&&&&


We enjoyed Karaoke with my friends, Yoko san, Nagayo san, and Nagayo's husband.

Everybody was excellent at singing!!!

We are......!?!?




September 23, 2011 &&&&&&&&&&&


Masato brother and Machiko san took us to Omishima island for a drive.

Omishima island is known as an island of the God.

We enjoyed marvelous views of both seaside and mountains from the car : )


At a rest area, we enjoyed Machiko san's handmade lunch.

It's gorgeous!! She is really good at cooking : )


after the lunch, we visited Oyamazumi Shrine.

At this shrine, you can see a variety of national treasures including

Minamotono Yoshitsune's armor and Minamotono Yoritomo's armor.

The dramatic story of these Shogun brother is extremely famous in Japan. 


On the way to Kagawa, we made a stopover at Yoshima island.

The view of the Seto Bridge with sunset was breathtaking!!







September 22, 2011 &&&&&&&&&&&


We went to Matsuyama City in Ehime prefecture.

In Matsuyama city, Brother Masato' daughter, Nozomi chan showed us around Matsuyama Castle.

10 years had passed since I had met her for the last. She'd become more grown up and beautiful.

Compared to Marugame Castle, Matsuyama Castle looked much bigger.



At night, we attended Visi's Birthday Party.

Visi is my former campus mate.

She often helped me with school assignments during my American college days.


She looks younger and prettier than before.

She must be enjoying her Japanese life with a lot of good pals.





September 19, 2011 &&&&&&&&&&&


We went Marugame Castle with my old friend, Satoko san.

At the castle, Darren tried on a suit of Samurai armor.

He looked very cool in the armor!!!


We also enjoyed Kyogokutai BASARA's dancing performances.

They were so Kakkoii!!!

Kyogokutai BASARA is a group of performers of historical characters.

They were so friendly. Some of them talked to Darren in English. Wow!!







We tasted Japanese version of fried chicken for lunch at Ikkaku.

Ikkaku is one of most popular restaurants of chicken dishes in Kagawa.




September 18, 2011 &&&&&&&&&&&


My cousin, Brother Masato and his wife Machiko san took us to many interesting spots of Kanonji City

such as Sand Art of Huge Ancient Coin, Festival Museum, Seafood Restaurant, and Hagiwara Temple etc.

They are always so kind to us!!

At Hagiwara Temple, a traditional Japanese tea ceremony was held at the temple garden.

At the garden, flowers of bush clovers were in bloom!!






September 16, 2011 &&&&&&&&&&&



I'll tell you everything about my trip to Japan on this diary

after I'm back from Japan in October!!!

Talk to you again in October!!!!


September 16, 2011 &&&&&&&&&&&



"I wonder what I can find in my home town this time!"
I'm so excited to think about that!!!


September 15, 2011 &&&&&&&&&&&&



Darren and I took Salem & Samantha to a cattery.

They have to stay there for three weeks.

We feel a little guilty about it.... and we'll miss them.


September XXXXX &&&&&&&&&&&&&



Kagawa prefecture is a Manju paradise!!

I can't wait to taste a variety of Manju there!!!


September 14, 2011 &&&&&&&&&&&&&



Today's my lunch was Sushi from a supermarket.

"I can taste real Sushi in Japan soon, so I should wait!!"

But I really, really wanted to have sushi today and couldn't help but buy it!


September 13, 2011 &&&&&&&&&&&&&



I was packing souvenirs for my Japanese friends today.

Best souvenirs from Britain this year must be

goods of "William & Kate" or "London Olympic Characters"


September 12, 2011 &&&&&&&&&&&&&


Today, Darren and I went to a big shopping mall at Upminster.

At an Italian cafe at the mall, I had meatball pasta, but it was horrible!!

Iceland's meatball pasta is much better than this one!

However, dessert was not bad.

I got various goods of London Olympic characters.

I love these characters!! They are so lovely!!!


September 10, 2011 &&&&&&&&&&&&&



I got a picture of "007 Museum" from Naoshima Island Tourism Association.

It sounds interesting that there is a 007 museum at the little island of Kagawa prefecture.

I must visit the island and check it out during my stay in Kagawa.


September 1st, 2011 &&&&&&&&&&&&&



Darren and I took Salem & Sam to the Vets for vaccinations.

When a vet weighed the cats she said,

"Both the cats are overweight.

They have to go on a diet!!"

How can they lose their weights?

Their hobbies are eating, eating, and eating!!!


August 31st, 2011 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&



2012 London Olympic Countdown Clock at Trafalgar Square

made me feel excited to think about the next year.

I can't wait to watch Japanese athletes' plays here in London!

(Although just on TV. Hehehe...)



August 31st, 2011 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&




I heard that the Travel Bookshop, well-known as a model of Hugh Grant's store in the film,

"Notting Hill", will be closing down soon,

so, today, I visited to Notting Hill for last shopping at the bookshop.

The shop was already closed, unluckily..

Cute sisters from Spain were also disappointed in front of the shop.

I talked to them, "As everybody is expecting,

it will be lovely that Hugh Grant buy this shop."

 They nodded with smile : )



Seven years have already passed since I came to Notting Hill for the last.

Time really flies!! It was a lot of fun walking around this place after a long time.

Portobello Market is still so enjoyable. I know why this market has attracted so many tourists.

A young lady was selling her hand made goods such as card holders, woolen caps & scarves, art craft cards and so on.

It's amazing that she made all the goods by herself. What a skillful lady!!

Here's her URL.

It seems that she really enjoys her business.

I bought two lovely leather cardholders of black cats from her.

No matter which outdoor market I go, I can't stop buying black cat goods!!


August 29, 11 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&



I've enjoying the World Championship 2011 held at Daegu, South Korea.

Happily, Gold Medal has finally come to Japan today!!

Koji Murofushi, a hammer thrower, won the gold medal!!


August 28th, 2011 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

Disqualification of Bolt was really disappointing!!

The too strict rule of flying should be changed until the Olympic Games 2012!!!

August 28, 11 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

Since I got flight ticket for Japan, my spirit has already started flying around Japan!!!

I can't wait to go there!!

This time, I'll mainly stay in my birthplace, Kagawa.

August 26, 2011 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

I found new sweets, "Trifle Tarts" at Iceland.

It's a bit too sweet but yummy!! It goes great with lemon tea : )

August 21st, 2011 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&

I made a Big hamburger for my lunch but I feel like having Onigiri (rice balls) now...

I miss Japanese rice and pickles!!



August 18, 11 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&




It seems that little monkeys at the London zoo are interested in football.

We might be able to watch their football match sometime : )

August XXXXX, 2011 &&&&&&&&&&&&

The bedroom was as hot as a sticky as a steam bath!!

Darren and I couldn't sleep!!!

What was worse, a wasp was buzzing around our heads!!

What a night!!!!!



August 1st, 2011 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&



Darren and I celebrated another marriage anniversary on 1st August at Chinese buffet.

We had a family wedding ceremony and an official ceremony separately,

so we have two marriage anniversary days.

We might be going to have the third one since we haven't had a marriage ceremony in my country yet.

At the Chinese buffet, I found a mountain of Gyoza.

I am big on Gyoza!!!

I took quick bites of Gyoza one after another....and that night, I couldn't sleep

since Gyoza started dancing in my stomach!!




July XXXXXXX, 2011 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&



The golfer, who struck and killed a fox, which ate biscuits in his bag, is horrible!!

As Brian May insisted, the golfer should be expelled from any golf courses.

I've seen a lovely view once that an old gentleman gave his biscuits to little animals

after he lead them from golf courses to woods for safety.

The horrible golfer should learn gentleness from him!!



July XXXXXXX, 2011 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&



The news, bones of a dinosaur were discovered in Aberdeen, is sad to me.

It means that Loch Ness Monster already passed away many years ago???

I hope she left some descendants at Loch Ness.



July 23rd, 2011 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&



Amy Winehouse

It is very sad she passed away so young.

In fact, I don't know about her a lot.

Most impressive thing about her is her words,

"Am I like Marge Simpson!?"

I should listen her songs to know how talented singer she was.



July 17th, Sunday, 2011 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&



Congratulations on winning the World Cup,

Japan Nadeshiko Team!!!

We are very proud of you!!!


It is said that the fortune telling Octopus predicted

that the Japanese team would win the World Cup.

The Octopus must be also a winner!!!


July 11th, Monday, 2011 &&&&&&&&&&&&&



Darren's two-week holiday was just finished.

At the moment Darren left the house for work

and I became alone again in the house,

the empty living room was like black hole to me!!


July 10th, Sunday, 2011 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&



For the first time, I finally bought the famous Sunday newspaper,

"New of the World."

And, it was the last issue.


July XXXXXXXX 2011 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&



Fleas, fleas, fleeeeeeeas are everywhere!!!!!!!

We clean the each room everyday.

We spray "Flea Killer" on all floors and furniture every day.

And, we wash cats every day.

Despite these efforts, fleas still hop, step, and jump everywhere!!!!!

They must be zombies or have secret basement somewhere : (


July 4th, Monday, 2011 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&



Our computer became sick again!!

The rounded rainbow spinning mark on the screen looked soooo hateful!!!

Darren phoned the Apple computer office, a

nd the officer explained how to fix the computer very politely.

Darren followed his explanation and the computer was easily backed to normal!!

Oh! What a kind and polite officer he is!!

I thought so first, but he charged £35 for the explanation in the last!!

I couldn't help but felt, Isn't it too expensive just for the short explanation!!?



Today is our engagement anniversary.

On July 4th of 2002, he proposed to me at B&B in Edinburgh.

I remember it as well as if it had happened yesterday.

Sadly, Darren didn't remember this anniversary.


July 3rd, Sunday, 2011 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&



Whenever we go to a Boot Sale,

we can't stop looking for and buying ornaments of Cats.


June 29th, Wednesday, 2011 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&



Darren and I had 8th marriage anniversary today.

We celebrated the anniversary with our two fiends, Ivy and Shirley at home.

It was a casual celebration.

We enjoyed watching Wimbledon tennis match on TV

having sandwiches, Pizza, and scones with tea.

Eight years have already passed since we got married!!

Time really flies!!


June ???? 2011 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&



What an adorable girl!!

In my high school days, I saw a photo of this beautiful girl, Rosalia Lombardo for the first time

and I was so attracted by her innocent sleeping face.

I saw her again recently on TV, and I was a bit shocked.

The girl certainly had faded.

It is sad that her beautiful sleeping face can't be everlasting.


June 16th, Thursday, 2011 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&



Michelle was kind enough to present a gift card of Pizza Hut to us!!

After enjoying Kung Fu Panda 2, we finally entered this famous Pizza restaurant : )

It's extreeeemely yummy much more than what we had expected : )

Thank you, Michelle!!!


June 14th, Thursday, 2011 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&



Japanese Fashioned Birthday Card from Shirley.

So Lovely!! Suteki!!



June XXXXXXX, 2011 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&



I miss Japanese hot spring, but Japan is far, far away from here...

so instead, I got bath soap called, Japanese Spa and enjoy it at my bath time.

This soap contains Green Tea and Rice Milk.

You can feel relaxed and enjoy the atmosphere of Japanese hot spring with this soap!!



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