been reading my blog on Mondays, you know how much I am enjoying EPP (English
Paper Piecing). It is so much fun for me, I think everyone will like to do
it.This week after Japanese class I
stitched with four of my classmates and one of my teachers.The project was a coaster made from seven
hexagons backed with stick-on felt.I
think everyone enjoyed the project.
person took hers home to finish, one just needed to cut away the extra felt,
the others took home finished coasters.
very happy to have more people to stitch with!
cherry blossoms have come and gone in the rest of Japan.I’m watching every day, waiting for them to
pop out here.The dark bark tree in
front of the white bark trees is a cherry tree.I think I see some little buds.I
hope I see some little buds.
planted some corn, melon, and kabocha on our balcony, later to be transplanted
to the garden.Yesterday he noticed one
kabocha has started growing. Yay!
takes a long time for the snow to melt here, but flowers are trying to grow
soon be beautiful with millions of flowers – spring is coming!
What a great
day we had yesterday!We headed out of
the house at 9 am so that we could get the 9:25 am bus to Sapporo.Once in Sapporo, we went to the subway and
bought the Donichika tickets for 500 yen each.It’s available on weekends and holidays and good for as many subway
rides as you can make in a day. We more than got our money’s worth. Our first
destination was the Hokkaido International School’s Spring Bazaar and flea
market.I went to this event last year
by myself.Ted must have been on a field
trip that day because he loves to go to flea markets. We had a little walk from
the subway station, but it wasn’t too far.
held in the school gymnasium and there was also a food area with the senior
class selling Thai curry and Indian curry meals for 400 yen.Both had meat so I passed them up, but Ted
enjoyed the Thai curry.Proceeds from
the curry sales were for the benefit of an orphanage in Thailand.
found quite a few fleas – some books, a Japanese print, a hammock, some brass
bell things, a tool set, and maybe some other things.I bought a mola for 500 yen, two beautiful
saris for 500 yen for both, and some Japanese looking cotton print fabric –
three for 300 yen.We were both happy
with our purchases.
went back to Odori Park to see flowers – the snow is gone in Sapporo.
next destination was Hokusei Girls’ High School to see the play, Snow White in
English! I have attended Tea Ceremony and Kanji workshops at this school in the
past. Some of the tea ceremony girls recognized me and waved from across the auditorium.
fantastic! The girls were adorable and their English excellent. They sang and
danced – it was amazing! The costumes were perfect. I thought there would be many English speaking
foreigners in the audience, but I was wrong. The audience was mostly other students
in their sailor uniforms.
leaving Sapporo, we had dinner at a soba restaurant.
Walking home from the bus stop, we saw this life size Marilyn on someone's porch. It must be spring.