A massive typhoon hit Chiba last night. All our neighbors said it was the strongest one they have ever experienced. We were very lucky as our house only suffered a little damage.
When I went to check our English school, I was in for a surprise though.
Its only a few minutes from our house, but there was definitely more damage there.
Then, I got to our premises and couldn’t believe that the massive tree right behind the classroom has fallen down!
The tree is only being held up by the electric cables.
I couldn’t get through to City Hall as all the lines are down. So, I drive down there and they sent some people out to look at it. They are going to cut the whole thing down. Just hope my neighbor will pay for his wall to be fixed!!
Hana and Maki seem pleased to be off school, but not happy to be without Wi-Fi!
Hope we get the power back on soon. I was helping some elderly neighbors this afternoon and the heat index was 41 degrees. Way too hot for them…….
We just came back from a trip to Shizuoka. We weren’t sure if we would be able to go, as there was a typhoon making landfall at the same time. However, it was further south than where we were going so even though we did get a bit of rain, it was fine.
We left home at 5 am, and missed all the traffic! We got to Atami at 7 am and had some breakfast at a place that looked out onto the beach.
Then we decided to go for a drive around and see what Atami had to offer. Then we stumbled on Nagahama Beach! It is perfect for families, as there are almost no waves, and they had diving platforms!
Then we drove through the mountains to our campsite.
It was nice and cool at the campsite, but we still needed the air conditioner. We all slept well, and all said we want to stay at this campsite again.
Then the next morning we drove across Shizuoka to Awashima Island. We took a boat there from the mainland. The highlight for Hana and Maki was seeing the penguins being fed Japanese style!
Here is a video Hana posted on Youtube:
They were first in line when it was time to feed the penguins again!
We had a great time in Shizuoka, and hope to go back again there soon!
A couple of days ago, I saw some workers replacing the cabling on the road by our English school. I asked them if I could have the old cable reels, and they gave me two.
So, yesterday afternoon I got to work on one of them. I cut a bit off the bottom and sanded it down. Then I put some legs on it to make it a bit higher. I had a bit of white paint and some varnish in the shed.
I thought it would make a good desk for the waiting room at AES!
So, I took the desk that was at AES and put it in Hana’s room.
Then, I took the desk that was in Hana’s room and put it in Maki’s room.
Maki is so excited to have her own desk – she wants to eat her tea there tonight!!
We have just come back from a fantastic stay at a farm in Minamiboso, Chiba. We stayed in a new build with stables in front of it. We rode when we arrived, and then again when we woke up!
We rode a quarter horse called Rainbow Kid. It was my first time riding western style. Its quite different to British style riding; the main idea is that you control the horse with your feet and don’t really use the bit. You steer with your feet, and to stop you just lean back.
The weather wasn’t bad, so we had a BBQ on the patio, then went inside and got warm by the log burner. We will definitely be going there again………