Hi there! It finally feels like we are turning a corner. Being stuck at home, and not having our business running at full speed hasn’t been great. However, people are starting to get back to work and school now, so hopefully things will start to improve.
We added a small vegetable patch to our garden a couple of months ago, and we are already starting to get some fresh veg from it!
Anyway, hope you are all well and that we can all get back to normal very soon!
Hi there! We will open AES again from next week, but will do all the lessons online. Looking forward to seeing everyone again! While we have been closed and the kids have been off school, we have been going on lots of bike rides. Obviously at the moment we can’t go to crowded places, so we have been going to places off the beaten track.
Here are some of the other animals we have seen whilst we have been out and about on our bikes.
Anyway, that’s all for now. Hope you all stay safe,
Hi there! We have closed AES for a couple of weeks, as all the schools here have closed due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
While I had time I thought I would post a video from last week. The place where we go riding has a small riding area for young children, and a bigger area for older children and adults. Maki has been allowed to start having lessons in the bigger area, and last week was her second lesson there. I think she is doing quite well. Here is a short video:
Hi there! We have made a lot of progress with the wall that got damaged in the typhoon last year.
The first thing I had to do was remove any loose debris, then get rid of the giant section of root ball that had appeared when the tree blew over.
The next job was to get the tree out. We had to get a 50 tonne crane in, and they lifted the tree in 2 tonne sections over the top of Anytime English School.
The next step was to start rebuilding the wall.
It was really interesting to see how they attach the new section to the old section of wall. They insert reinforced steel bars into the wall with anchors that open out once they are deep into the wall. Then the weld on additional steel bars, and build a cage.
Then concrete was pumped in from the top. They had to open a hole at the bottom and use a vibrating tool to make the concrete go all the way down.
In a couple of weeks the builders will come back and take off the plywood and scaffolding. I will post a picture of the new wall here soon!
All the best,
Here it is!! The finished wall!!
We are closed at the moment, as the government asked the schools and after school educators to take a break to help reduce the spread of Coronavirus. While I was off work, I finally got round to replacing the guttering on the back of our premises.
We have another typhoon heading towards Japan this weekend. So, we have been trying to prepare for it as well as we can.
Yesterday, TEPCO came and cut lots of branches off the tree that fell down behind AES in the last typhoon. It is much safer now. They will remove the rest of the tree at a later date.
They put a support underneath it, so it shouldn’t be able to fall down in the typhoon.
I boarded up some of the windows at AES this morning.
There is so much debris that is going to fly around this time. A lot of houses have sheets on the roofs as they are still waiting for them to be repaired from the last typhoon. People are worried that these sheets will all blow off and wrap around the powers lines, which will cause another power cut.
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!