Happy New Year!! I hope you all had a nice break over New Year, and I wish you all the best for 2010. I hadn’t realized it was the year of the tiger until I received my New Year cards. There were a couple of really funny ones of people running away from tigers etc, so I thought I had to do something different. So Hana and I went for an onsen with some tigers!!!! Ha ha ha…………well obviously we didn’t actually do it, but I thought this picture was hilarious!!
Anyway, I look forward to seeing all my students this week and I will be listening to “The Eye of the Tiger” before lessons all year to try and get some tiger spirit going on so the lessons should be fun!!
All the best,
“What are you going to make with that?”
That’s what Mami said to me, when she saw me messing about with a few bits of wood, some rope, and a bit of rubber.
A swing, that’s what!!!
Due to there being so many cases of influenza in our area, Hana hasn’t been allowed to go to the park for a while. Also, the park near our house doesn’t have seats for toddlers on the swings.
So, I went online, and found that you can’t buy them in Japan. Swing sets with the frame etc were available, but I only wanted the seat and ropes.
There is an area of land behind our house that’s owned by a university in Tokyo, and they don’t use it for anything. However, it’s well kept, and has loads of trees perfect for hanging swings off. So, I thought if I have a swing I can put in my bag, then I can just attach it when I Hana wants to use it, then bring it back with me.
Hana’s first go on a swing!!
She seemed a bit apprehensive at first, but got used to it after a few minutes. As she is so small, the bar to hold onto was blocking her view so she kept pushing it up.
I think the swing will be her favourite toy once she gets a bit bigger.
I had set the ropes up for the tree in the wood, but after wrapping the rope around this old fence post a few times, it worked fine. At least Hana can get used to it in the garden now, then hopefully by the time her Granny from England arrives in Japan in January she will be flying!!
Anyway, that’s all for now,