コネチカットの景色**scenery

May 05, 2007

Southbury Public Library

Southbury Quick Tour***
Southbury Public Library5/5 library flower5/5 library tulips









The library was very modern and beautiful! The illumination was also good. Inside was very clean it looked almost new. The walls were white and dark woods (looks like mahogany or cherry) was used for accent. There were many sofas too. I understand people stayed there to read books. I am jealous that they have such a great library in their town.
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サウスベリークイックツアー
図書館がきれいだということで、見てきました。モダンで、美しい建物。建築して間もないような、きれいな館内でした。清潔感があり、照明もちょうどよく、品がありました。壁は白で、アクセントに(マホガニーやチェリーのような)濃い茶色の木材が使われていました。心地よさそうなソファーもたくさんあり、多くの人がここで本を読んでいる理由が、よく解りました。こんな図書館が、近くにあったらいいな。

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May 04, 2007

around my house on May 4th

The season of fresh green is coming to my town!
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嵐のようにやって来る、コネチカットの春。新緑の季節もすぐそこ。日ごとに緑が増します。
5/4家の周り

5/4家の周り

5/4家の周り


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May 01, 2007

Louis' Lunch in New Haven, CT

5/1 Lois's Kitchen entrance5/1 Lois's KitchenI had lunch at "Louis' Lunch" in New Haven with my friends. We expected their hamburgers! We couldn't find the menu, but the storekeeper(?) asked us "hamburgers with tomato, cheese and onion?" So we ordered the hamburger. They don't serve ketchup, but it was very tasty. We had potato salad and pasta salad too.
According to the official cite, "One day in the year 1900 a man dashed into a small New Haven luncheonette and asked for a quick meal that he could eat on the run. Louis Lassen, the establishment's owner, hurriedly sandwiched a broiled beef patty between two slices of bread and sent the customer on his way, so the story goes, with America's first hamburger."
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261-263 Crown Street
New Haven, CT 06510
Phone: (203) 562-5507
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ハンバーガー発祥の店と言われる、ニューヘイブンの"Louis' Lunch"に行ってきました。続きを読む

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April 28, 2007

Cherry blossom

5/1さくらsidare sakuraIt's beautiful spring in CT now. Both cherry blossoms and weeping cherry blossoms are in full bloom. Actually other spring flowers also are at their best now. My friend saied WOOSTER SQUARE PARK in New Haven is srounded by Cherry trees. They seemed to have a "Cherry blossom festival" this past weekend. I'll go there next year! You can see the view at "Wikipedia: Wooster Square".

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April 21, 2007

Derby Greenway Trail: What is hidden? /

bunnyWe found some animals while walking through the trail. An animal is in this picture. Can you find something? If you click the picture, you'll see it. Isn't it pretty?
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トレイルの途中で、いくつかの動物に出会いました。そしてそのうちの、ある動物がこの写真に隠れています。分かりますか?正解は、クリックで写真を拡大して見て下さいね〜。かわいいでしょ!?

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Derby Greenway Trail /

Since it was nice and warm, we went to Derby Greenway Trail. We followed the trail. It was about an hour walk. The temperature went up to around 80 degrees, but it was breezy and comfortable because the trail was along with a river. We walked underneath the Metro North Railroad. If you check their time schedule, you'll be able to see a train. I'll come again with a bottle of water. It was a good experience.
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とてもいい天気だったので、いつも横目に見ていた「Derby Greenway Trail」に行ってきました。ロケーションは、ダービーのBJ'sの近く。川に沿って続くトレイルなので、25℃近くまで上がったものの、風があって快適でした。メトロノースの線路の下も通るので、時刻表を見てくれば、間近に電車を見ることもできます。約1時間のトレイル、いい運動になりました。次回は、ペットボトルの飲み物を持って歩こう♪

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April 07, 2007

I'm sleepy. /

sleepy day squirrelI don't know why, but lately I've been very sleepy. Is it because of the weather? Allergies? A squirrel on my back porch also seems to be sleepy today. Be careful! My back porch is on the second floor. / photo by Yoshi
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なぜかわからないけれど、このところ妙に眠い。天気のせい?それともアレルギー?今日は、ベランダにいたリスも、何だか眠そうです。気をつけて!うちのベランダは2階の高さにあるから、落ちないでね。

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A bitter cold day /

cold day's squirrelSince March went out like a lamb, I was happy. We had some warm days, but we have had cold weather again. The strong wind blew a squirrel's tail. Poor him! / photo by Yoshi
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寒さが戻ることもなく、無事に3月が終わり、4月も暖かい日が続いていました。しかしここへ来て、また冬用の上着が必要に。寒空の下、強風でなびくリスの尻尾。見ている私まで、寒くなります。

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March 31, 2007

manners at a driving range /

driiving rangeIt's getting warm. People love to go outside in this season. The driving range was full this weekend too. Many golfers took their friends and family. I think it is wonderful. In Japan, people at a driving range seemed serious about practicing golf. However people enjoy golfing without constraint in CT. One woman put on flip-flop sandals, and some people wore NY Yankee's T-shirts. They absolutely enjoy spring! I like this atmosphere.
Unfortunately, some people were bad mannered. We have to walk outside of a yellow line to keep away from the driving booth. It is a safety measure. In addition, I saw a horrible scene today. One man ran into the grass (green area) to get his or his son's golf club at 30 yards range. I saw him running from my booth on the 2nd floor. The driving range rang out with many people's voices. He came back unharmed, but it was very dangerous.It is a bad education for kids and all beginners. Remember, "Safety comes first"!
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今週もまた、ゴルフの練習をしたくなる暖かさでした。当然、練習場は混雑。この時期は、普段ゴルフをする人が友達や家族を連れて来ることが多くて、とても賑やかです。特に子供の数は、日本の練習場(私が見た限り)とは比べ物になりません。まじめな日本人は、何事も真剣にやる感じですが、こちらは何をやるのも気軽です。ビーチサンダルの人もいたし、いかにも野球ファンというヤンキースのTシャツの人、アイスホッケーチームのヘッドカバーの人など。ゴルフというより、春を楽しんでいるようです。この雰囲気は、結構好き。
一方、マナーの悪い人が多い時期でもあります。続きを読む

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March 27, 2007

New location: H. MANGELS CONFECTIONER /

chocolatier
I haven't walk around the Milford Green for a while. And I found my favorite chocolate shop, "H. MANGELS CONFECTIONER"
on River Road. It is a local shop and it moved from by the train Station. The new location is much better than before. It is next to The Corner Restaurant. I didn't buy anything today, but they sold pretty shaped chocolates for Easter as well as regular truffles. I think their chocolate is the best around here, and I'm going to buy some next time.
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久しぶりの見るフォード散策。お気に入りのチョコレート屋さん、"H. MANGELS CONFECTIONER"が、移転したことに気づきました。以前あった駅のすぐ脇の目立たない場所と違い、人通りのある通りに面したお店。駅からも数分です。今回は(食後だったので)特に何も買いませんでしたが、通常のラインアップ同様に、イースター向けのチョコレートも美味しそうでした。この辺りで一番美味しいチョコレートだと思います。次回は何か買いたいな。

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The Corner Restaurant in Milford /

032707Corner Restaurantsandwich I wanted to go to a small storefront restaurant called "The Corner Restaurant" in Milford, CT. Every time the restaurant was closed because they serve only breakfast and lunch, not dinner. And finally, I had lunch there with my friends. I ordered a "grilled chicken & red bell pepper sandwich" with potato salad and chips (pringle's?). It was good. My friends had a "Bacon, Egg and Vegetable wrapped with tortilla" which was on the special menu. It was very delicious. Their food was moderately-priced. According to a certain online guide, they open everyday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., but I'm not sure. Today we arrived at 1:20 p.m..
P.S. The waiter was very pleasant.

The Corner Restaurant
105 River Street, Milford, CT 06460
Tel: (203)882-1150
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いつか行ってみたいと思っていた、ミルフォードの「コーナーレストラン(The Corner Restaurant)」に行ってきました。このお店、朝〜昼までしか空いていないので、通るたびに閉まっていたのです。続きを読む

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March 25, 2007

a good day for golfing /

91ce563a.jpgSince it was gorgeous weather, my husband and I took a walk. Than we went to the driving range. We often go to "SPORTS CENTER". When we arrived there, the parking lot was almost full. We parked our car and somehow found 2 booths for practicing golf. While we were golfing, some people were waiting for us. There were a lot of beginners. That is SPRING! Everyone wants to start something new, many people love to go out in this season.
BTW, "Fun Bowl" opened in "SPORTS CENTER"! It is located at our Golf Center Building. I'm interested in it. You can also enjoy Mini Golf, Batting Cages, Lazer Tag, Ice Skating etc..
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あまりにもお天気がよかったので、朝はお散歩。それから、近くのゴルフ練習場に行ってきました。続きを読む

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Roaming /

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散歩4 Finally, it's getting warmer. It was sunny and not windy. It was perfect for roaming our condos. We heard some birds singing. My neighbor's cat was out too. I thought it was warm enough to enjoy bird watching.
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ようやく気温が安定してきました。もうさすがに、雪は降らないはず。今日は暖かくて風もない、お散歩日和。コンドミニアム内を歩きました。鳥の鳴き声が聞こえて気持ちがよかったです。隣家の猫も、久しぶりに外に出たようでした(本当は、放してはいけないようですが)。これから新緑を迎える前まで、バードウォッチングに絶好の季節です。緑が多くなると、鳥をみつけるのが難しくなるので、今がチャンス♪

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March 06, 2007

Another deep freeze /

It was warm in December, but there is freezing cold weather now. Today's temperature is record low, 11 degrees F.. There will be snow showers tomorrow. I'm planning to go to NYC tomorrow. I have to wear warm clothes. Stay warm!
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冬の始まりは暖かい日が多かったのに、ここへきて凍えるような寒さ。今日は観測史上最低の気温、マイナス12℃近くまで下がりました。本当に寒かった。ESLのクラスの後、少し外で立ち話したのですが、あっという間に凍ってしまった感じ。明日は雪が降りそう。マンハッタンで友達に会う予定なので、厚着して行こう。シティに行くとビル風があって、これまた寒いです。何よりコネチカットと違って、歩くし。(笑)

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March 04, 2007

The golf range /

golfMy husband and I hadn't been to a golf range for a few month. It was too cold, but today was a perfect day to practice golf. When we arrived, the parking lot was crowded. The golf range has 2 floors, and the 1st floor has heaters. We wanted to practice on the 1st floor, but it was full as I expected. We enjoyed golfing on the 2nd floor, but it was very windy and cold. We stayed there for an hour then went back home. I hope it gets warmer soon.
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ここ数ヶ月間、ご無沙汰していたゴルフの練習。寒いから、行く気にならないというより、寒い時に無理に体を動かして怪我をしてもいけないのでやらないことにしています。でもこの週末は多少暖かいので、近くの練習場に行きました。駐車場につくと、車がいっぱい。私達のような人が多かったのかな。案の定、ヒーターがついている1階フロアは満席。残念。2階は吹きさらし。でもせっかく行ったので、2階へ。気持ちよかったけれど風邪が強くて寒かったです。1時間ほど練習して、帰りました。もう少し暖かくなってくれるとよいのですが。

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March 03, 2007

warm weekend /

warm weekend yokotrafic jamWe had nice and warm weather. We went out but there was a traffic jam. Every one seemed to be thinking about the same thing. The sky was cleared up and the scenery was very beautiful. We wanted to go to a golf range after shopping, but we didn't go becouse we got tired. We saw a movie instead. Anyway, I love this weather.
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kaerikaeri2澄みきった空、春を感じる週末。お天気もよく気持ちがいいので、少し遠出してショッピング。と思ったら、高速道路は断続的な渋滞。みんな考えることは同じですね。外に出たくなるような、そんな気持ちのいい一日でした。最高気温も10℃を超えて、暖かい。本当は、ショッピングの後にゴルフの練習も、と思ったのですが疲れて断念。その代わり、というわけでもありませんが、映画に行ってきました。この報告はまた後日。

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February 26, 2007

snow day /

7d0f698d.jpgFinally we got plenty of snow to make a snowman. Of course I don't go out though. All schools around here are closed today. It must be the the funnest day for children, because we didn't have much snow this winter until today. Enjoy making a snowman and snow angel!
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気温が上がってきたと思ったら、日・月と雪。この冬初めてのまとまった、湿った雪となりました。おかげでこの辺りの学校は、全てお休み。私の予定も急きょキャンセル。子供たちにとっては、最高に楽しい一日ですね、今年は今まで雪がなかったので。雪だるまやスノーエンジェル、大いに楽しんで下さい!もちろん私は、駐車場の除雪をしてもらうために、車を一時移動する以外は、家から出ませんが。コタツに入って、雪景色を眺めるのが一番♪

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February 14, 2007

White Valentine's Day /

viewview2There was no snow this holiday season, but we have snow now. From late Tuesday to Wednesday,It started to snow then ice fell. Sometimes sleet and rain fell. The roads are slippery. We have to drive and walk carefully.
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年末のホリデーシーズンは雪がなかったコネチカットですが、バレンタインデーは雪でした。火曜夜から水曜夜にかけて雪、と思ったら霰(アラレ)にみぞれ、雨などのミックスでした。最悪。雪に見えても実は固まっていて、滑りやすいのです。友達の家族は、バックヤード(庭)でアイススケートをしたというくらい。運転も歩くときも、事故にならないように要注意ですね。私は家から出ませんが。

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January 19, 2007

Finally... /

0041f65d.jpgThe real winter was ushered in by the first snowfall.
The unseasonal weather is over, it's bitter cold. Stay nice and warm!
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季節外れの暖かさが続いていましたが、初雪♪が降りました。木曜夜から金曜朝にかけて、少しですが積もりました。もっとも、午後には融けてしまったから、例年よりは暖かいのだと思いますが。日々の気温も下がって、いよいよ厳しい寒さ到来。こんな日は家で、暖かく過ごしましょう!

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December 02, 2006

From getting a tree --- to decorating the tree /

I got a Christmas tree this year too. It smells fresh.
I'm gonna show you how to get, stand and decorate the tree.

1. Go to a Christmas tree farm.
2. Choose and buy a tree. If you buy a already cut tree, you should ask them to cut the botoom trunk . I think they called it "fresh cut".
3. After wrapping the tree with a net, carry the tree home.
4. Prepare a tree stand, and pour plenty of water in it.
5. Cut the extra branches to hold the trunk with screws.
6. Stand tighten the screws around the trunk in the tree stand.
7. Take off the net.
8. Vacuum around the tree.
9. Cover the stand with a tree skirt.
10. Decorate the tree.
11. Water it often.

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今年もまた、クリスマスツリーを買いました。去年は詳しく書かなかったので、購入から飾り付けまで、詳しく紹介することにしました。少しでも、雰囲気が伝わればよいのですが。farm1farmfarm






Click "read more?" to More pictures!!続きを読む

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November 24, 2006

After the Thanksgiving Sale /

85173972.jpgYesterday was Thanksgiving Day. What' next? Of course, After the hanksgiving sale & Christmas is coming up! The day after Thanksgiving Day is called "black Friday" because many people go shopping and stores make a lot of money!
Today I went to "Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets". Sometimes I go there, but I didn't know "Banana Republic" opened a new store. It made me happy! I got a bunch of clothes. Shopping season has just started though.
We saw some trucks loaded with Christmas trees. We also saw Chrismas trees on car roofs. The local radio station, "Star99.9", started broadcasting "holiday music" all day long. It lasts until Christmas Day every year. I like the music. I should hurry up for Christmas decorations!
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サンクスギビングデーも終わり。次は?もちろんサンクスギビングセールとクリスマスです。サンクスギビングの翌日の今日は、セール&クリスマス商戦の幕開け、多くのお店が稼ぐ「ブラックフライデー」です。続きを読む

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November 23, 2006

Thanksgiving Dinner /

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Thank you for having us! We visit our friend's house every Thanksgiving. He is like a professional chef. Everything was marvelous! I should've learned cooking from him, but I was busy eating. :)
Appetizer** sushi, BBQ beef, fried rolled scallops with bacon, shrimp cocktai, salad etc.
Dinner** roast turkey, cranberry sauce, chiken gravy, mashed potatoes, squash and turnip, ham, green beans with cream sauce, different kinds of cake

I really enjoyed the party. The party brought to my attention the need to studing English and Japanese. I need both vocabulary and knowledge to talk more with friends.
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パーティーに誘ってくれてありがとう♪毎年こうして、友達の家でサンクスギビングデーを過ごしています。続きを読む

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November 22, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving! /

Have a great holiday!People seem to enjoy shopping after Halloween (10/31), because a big holiday is coming! And finally I heard "Have a great holiday!" at a supermarket. When I hear the word "holiday", I'm happy. The supermarket was very busy. It reminded me of Japan at the end of December.
Thanksgiving Day, One of the biggest holidays, is tomorrow. My husband and I will join a party at our friend's house.
There's going to be heavy rain tomorrow. I'm worried about the "Thanksgiving Parade in NYC". I hope they hold the parade on schedule. I hope there are no accidents during the parade this year.
Have a happy Thanksgiving!
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10/31にハロウィンが終わってから、大量に買い物をしている人が増えてきました。そしていよいよホリデーシーズン。今日ついに、スーパーで「よいホリデーを!」という言葉を耳にしました。ホリデーって聞くと、幸せな気分♪もちろんスーパーは大忙し、日本の年末の映像みたい。
最大の祝日のひとつであるサンクスギビングデーは、明日。多くの人が、4連休になります。我が家は遠出はしませんが(祝日を祝うために、家族が集まるため、道路も飛行機も混み合う)、明日は友達の家で開かれる、パーティーに行って来ます。
ちなみに明日は大雨のよう。ニューヨークで恒例のパレードがあり、テレビで見るつもりなので、天気が気になります。予定通り、パレードが行われますように。そして、去年のような事故が起きませんように。
では、楽しいサンクスギビングデー or 勤労感謝の日を!
(写真は先週始めに撮ったもの、並んでいるは七面鳥です)

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November 08, 2006

traditional Thanksgiving dinner at lunch time /

lunch tate1I have taken a daytime ESL class since September. And the teacher invited all the students for lunch today. She made a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for us. The turkey she grilled was 22 pounds! It was the biggest turkey I've ever had. The teacher also told us about the first Thanksgiving Day.
It was a precious time. Even though I've been in the US, it is difficult to see their culture. Everything was very delicious! I'm going to try grilling a turkey your way. Thank you very much.
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9月から出席している英語のクラス。その先生が生徒全員を昼食に招待してくれました。アメリカの文化を知ってほしいと、伝統的なサンクスギビングディナーを作ってくれたのです。丸焼きにした七面鳥は、約10キロ!食事前には、最初のサンクスギビングの話もしてくれました。
とても貴重な時間となりました。アメリカに住んでいるとはいえ、彼の文化を知ることは難しいことです。お食事はどれもおいしかったです。今度は彼女に教わった方法で(小さな)七面鳥を焼いてみようと思います。一足早いサンクスギビングディナー、ごちそうさまでした。続きを読む

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October 31, 2006

Halloween night /

Halloween pumpkin lightI had time in the afternoon and my small pumpkin was still in good condition (= No one has bitten it), so I made a Jack-o-lanten. And I prepared sweets too.
In the evening I walk in our condos with Piyo (Her parents and I enjoyed watching her.) It was a nice and warm day. This year she really enjoyed trick or treating. Sometimes she fogot to say "Trick or Treat", but she said "Thank you" instead! That worked. It was a very pleasant time. Many houses were decorated spooky. In general, Halloween is a children's event, but I believe many adults are more excited.
I came back home at 6:00, and I turn on the lights in my house. That's a sign of "welcome". I started to set up a little bit late, but 20-30 children knocked on my door. That's good enough for me. I enjoyed seeing many children wearing costumes.
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昼間に時間ができた&外に飾っていたカボチャを何者かにかじられることもなくいい状態だったので、ジャックオーランタンを作りました。それと、お菓子の準備もしました。(買ってきたお菓子を容器に入れるだけですが)続きを読む

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October 21, 2006

Taking a walk /

10/21sanpoWe've been trying to take walks weekend mornings. As we took a walk after a windy and rainy day, numerous leaves and pine cones were on the ground. Pine tress were turning yellow. I'm happy to enjoy fall foliage around my house. I didn't pick any pine cones today because it looked wet, but I'll pick them next time.
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週末の朝の散歩。強風と雨のあとの週末、数えきれないほどの葉っぱと、松ぼっくりが落ちていました。松の葉は黄色に変わりつつあります。家の周りで紅葉が楽しめて幸せ♪今日は松ぼっくりが湿っていそうだったので拾わなかったけど、次回は拾って来るつもりです。
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October 19, 2006

Silverman's Farm /

10/18farm10/19farm pumpkinI went to "Silverman's Farm" in Easton, CT with my friends. We hadn't been there for 2 years, and we were looking forward to picking apples. When we arrived at the farm, there was a sign saying "Apple picking is over this year".
What's happning? We were very disappointed and asked an employee about it. She told us "It was very hot in July, and the harvesting season came ealier than expected. We had a couple of very busy weeks". They still sell apples, pumpkins, pies etc.. So I bought some apples, a container of apple cider and some pumpkins.
After visiting the farm, we searched for the place where we can pick apples. And we found that apple picking is done for 2006 at all of the farms around here. We have to check their schedules next year.
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Eastonにある、「Silverman's Farm」に行ってきました。このファームに行くのは2年ぶり?リンゴ狩りをとても楽しみにしていました。が、行っていると「今年のリンゴ狩りは終了しました」という掲示板が!
どうなってるの?信じられない思いで従業員に聞いて見ると、7月に暑い日が続いたため、収穫が例年よりも早まったとのこと。収穫期が重なって、すごく忙しい週もあったようです。それにしても残念。ファームの売店で、リンゴとかぼちゃ、アップルサイダー(秋の味覚のひとつ。手作りリンゴジュース)を買って帰りました。
帰り道、「来週ほかのファームに行く?」という話になり、さっそくリンゴ狩りのできる場所を探してみました。が、近くでリンゴ狩りをできるところはありませんでした。どこも今年は早く終了したようです。来年は事前にチェックするか、早くファームに行かなくては。

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October 15, 2006

Halloween is coming this month. /

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I often see decorations for Halloween in our condos. They stimulate my interest. I want to decorate more! I have to buy candies too. Halloween is the end of this month.
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コンドミニアム内で、ハロウィーンの飾りをよくみかけるようになりました。いろいろ見て刺激されると、私ももっと飾りたくなります。そうそう、お菓子も買って用意しなくては。ハロウィンは月末、もうすぐです。今日の散歩では、久しぶりに白いリスも見かけました。

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October 12, 2006

market in Westport /

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My friend took me to a market in Westport. I wanted to go there, and finally I enjoyed shopping there. Organic vegetables and fruits, local honey, bread and pastries were sold there. We saw pretty goats too. (They were not for sale.) I bought some apples, bread and apple cider donuts.
Then we stopped at "Stew Leonard's" in Norwalk. I got milk and cheese. I like the supermarket. I wish it would open in Orange soon.
"ヒューズさん"が、ウエストポートのマーケットに連れて行ってくれました。念願のマーケットで買い物♪オーガニックの野菜や果物、地元の蜂蜜、パンやお菓子が売られていました。可愛いヤギもいました(売り物ではありません)。私はリンゴ、パン、アップルサイダードーナツを買いました。それから、スーパー"Stew Leonard's"に寄って、牛乳とチーズを買って帰りました。お惣菜も多くて品揃え豊富なスーパー。家の近く( Orange) にできるのは、いつだろう。



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October 09, 2006

Short Beach Golf Course /

I've heard that there was a public par 3 golf course in our town. And today My husband and I become members and played. The course is called "Short Beach Golf Course". It is located by short beach in Stratford, CT.
It is necessary to make an appointment on weekends and holidays in principle. However, if there is vacancy, we can play golf without an appointment like today. (Today is Columbus Day.)
The course was not too long, but there are some ponds. And I lost some balls... We had a nice time though. We played with a boy and his daddy. They were nice, it made us comfortable too.
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私が住んでいる街に、公営のパースリーゴルフ場があることを以前から聞いていました。ようやく行ってみることに。メンバー加入をして、(クラブを車に積んでいたので)急きょプレーもすることに。「ショートビーチコース」というこのコースは、その名の通りStratfordのショートビーチのすぐ隣にあります。原則として、週末と祝日は予約が必要です。が、もし当日行ってみて、空きがあれば(今回の私達のように)プレーができます。今日は、コロンバスデー。
このコースは、長過ぎず短すぎずちょうどよかったものの、池がありました。私はボールを池に、献上してきました。(-_-) それでも楽しかった。2人で来ていた親子と一緒だったのですが、彼らが親切だったので、気持ちよくプレーができました。

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