Monday, 30 April 2012
Sunday, 29 April 2012
Ian wanted to climb up this rope ladder to follow his friend but his mummy said no at first. On his second attempt, he did it. After that, he was hitting them as best he could.
Thursday, 26 April 2012
Yesterday, while on the way home, it began to drizzle. I knew my son didn't have a raincoat, so I stopped by the shop Workman and got him what is called an Urban Camoflage jacket. Since it's designed for an adult, it fits him fine, right over top of his school bag. He liked the color. Now he's all set for the rainy season. I just have to get myself a second DPM waterproof suit.
I`m calm, I`m at peace, I`m enlightened
Sunday, 22 April 2012
Monday, 9 April 2012
In Japan, the first day of school when you join the first grade is a big ceremony. Children wear their best suits, parents also wear suits, sometimes kimonos and take their children to the school. The school our son goes to was the same one my wife attended!
Ian's backpack is called a Landsale, one of the ideas the Prussian army gave to Japan. All elementary school students from the first to sixth grade have one, usually the same for their entire elementary career.
Sunday, 8 April 2012
This scenario is a what if situation whereby the French, flush with success from their attack on Fort William Henry continue down the frontier towards Albany, New York. The colonial militia sufferend a complete meltdown when faced with a large Canadien milice and Indian party.
There is bit of a story behind this shot. It reminds me of a situation I had back in Nova Scotia with my Korean friends. In 1997, the Korean host family I stayed with visited my family in Canada. Outside, my father had left a set of deer antlers lying on the ground. The Koreans were immediately surprised and shocked that we had them just lying around. Koreans, like the Chinese will use deer antler for traditional medicines. My friend was trying to figure out how we could take them back to Korea. His wife asked me what we were going to do with them, to which I replied that he would make them into buttons, knife handles or other tools.
When we got back to Korea and my friends were talking to the other staff, they were aghast that we'd have something so valuable lying on the ground.
This deer in Japan had his antlers sawn off to prevent him from ramming kids.
Every year, the Japanese celebrate the cherry blossoms by sitting under them in parks, enjoying drinks food and each others company. This park was across the street from a Buddhist temple. In the temple grounds, were kiosks selling snack foods, toys and beverages.
Spring in Japan is when the Sakura or Cherry blossoms come out. Last year, all the Sakura viewing parties were cancelled due to Japan's expression of mourning for those who were killed, missing, injured or otherwise badly affected by the Great East Japan earthquake.
Wednesday, 4 April 2012
During my spring vacation, I decided to play out the 1745-46 Jacobite rebellion. This shot shows the initial Jacobite Highland Charge. However, as in the real battle, the British line didn't crumble in panic, and were able to advance and flank the charge and pour in musketry. The battle still rages, but most of the front rank have fallen. It's up to the Irish Picquites and Royale Eccosais to stem the British Advance.
I took this shot while walking home from school yesterday, just before we had our strong storm. He looked either like a Colonial ranger in Nova Scotia 1750's or a VC cadre circa 1968. He's enjoying his after school program before he begins school next week.
Now usually when a castle walls were breached, the attacker would charge in. However, while playing this game, one battlement fell down due to a strong gust of wind which hit my house. The collapse fell right on my main Jacobite attacking force. There was one stand of highlanders left, with two French guns in support. They then made a hasty retreat.
Interesting way to end a game I suppose.
This month, as I'm on spring vacation, I take my kids to daycare and school. We always pass a small garden plot with an elderly gentleman who grows vegetables. I stopped by last week and asked him about his crops. I then thanked him for growing vegetables. This week, as we walked by, he called us over, then pointed out his row of Daikon's known in the English world as Japanese radish. He gave us this one. He didn't want any payment. I guess farmers don't get thanked enough. Ian and I want to take him a cup of tea, but we haven't seen him since.
Sunday, 1 April 2012
The final stages of the Jacobite assault on Keith village on the night of March 20, 1746. This was against a small garrison of Argyle militia and 10th Dragoons. The Argyles are off in the upper right corner trying to chase off the Scots Hussars. On the Jacobite left, the Fraser's are closing in for the kill on the remaining 10th Hussars.
Last Friday, March 29, 2012 I cycled about 30 km round trip. I cycled down to one of my favourite shops Wild One, which is a Japanese outdoor and camping shop. It's choc a bloc full of everything you need for camping, fishing, hiking, canoeing etc. I also stopped at another outdoor shop named L-Breath. Their slogan is "feel the earth, open-air sports" I was able to pick up the following items.
An Espit hexa-block stove. My Dad used these when he was attached to 4th Battalion (TA) Royal Green Jackets back in the summer of 1974. I also picked up some Sporks made by a Swedish company. I also found a water proof match case which I have back in Canada, but didn't have here. As a back up, I also have included a lighter.
Slowly but surely I'm getting my emergency gear together.
My vest was a Christmas present back about 1986. It was made in Korea, which is where I ended up ten years later. The name tag I got from a Canadian military supply company which name I seem to have forgotten at the moment.