Hi there!

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…….


Trip to Shizuoka

Hi there!

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.

BBQing in the rain!

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:

Nagashi Sakana!

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!


One man’s junk is another man’s treasure!

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!!

Goodbye Koo

Our beloved dog Koo passed away a few days ago. He was over 15 years old, and passed away very peacefully.

Hana and Maki wanted to have a funeral for him.

They made a tomb stone to mark where he is buried. Then they wrote messages to him, thanking him for being such a good friend to them.

Then they placed some flowers on his grave, and said their goodbyes.

We will miss you Koo……


I found an old video of Koo here:

Golden Week 2019 – Trip to Kyoto

Hi there!!

We are just on our way back from Kyoto. I am sat on the Aqualine Bus, so thought I would post a few pics from our trip.

On the first day we went to Fushimi Inari Shrine. It was amazing!

My mum was surprised to see them grilling sparrows there…..

We got to Kiyomizu dera at 6:30 am, and it wasn’t crowded at all. By far my favorite temple in Kyoto.

It did rain a bit, but it didn’t spoil it at all.

Hana loved the Golden Pavilion. She likes anything that’s expensive!!

Kyoto Imperial Palace was beautiful. Highly recommend visiting it.

Today we had nice weather, and it helped us really appreciate the beauty of Kyoto.

Even got to see Mt Fuji from the Shinkansen on the way home!!

Anyway, we will be arriving back in Sodegaura soon…..

Bye for now!!


Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everybody!

I hope the year of the hog is a great year for you all!


We went to Nakayama JRA  horse racing track during the winter holidays. It was a great day out!


The kids were more into it than I thought they would be.


The main event was a G1 race, with jockeys from all around the world competing.

We picked a couple of winners, but as we were only betting 100 yen each, we didn’t get much back.


We got to meet a jockey from Ireland called Oisin Murphy. He is doing quite well in Japan, and it looks like he is going to stay for a while.


Anyway, I wish everyone I know a fantastic 2019!!

All the best,


Farmstay in Minamiboso

Hi there!!

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………

Anyway, here is a short video,

All the best,