Thankfully these cockatoos aren’t in my yard because they just destroy tress like crazy. These guys were sitting outside my parents’ hour today and leaving behind a giant mess!
We went to Japan in October 2010 for our honeymoon. See our Tokyo photos here. Our next stop in Japan was the beautiful city of Kyoto. We had a lot of fun here walking around and seeing the sights. We definitely got ‘shrined-out’ here. There are beautiful shrines with great architecture and tradition, but they’re absolutely everywhere. We also got to go on our first shinkansen (bullet train), which was amazing efficient, like everything in Japan.
My favourite place in Kyoto was probably the Arashiyama region, which was west of Kyoto and had these beautiful bamboo forests. Wish I got better pics, but there are plenty around already. I just really enjoyed walking around this region.
Like suckers we walked, but there were lots of rickshaws around for the less able. I like how the driver of this one doubled as photographer. So talented.
We also ventured up Mt Arashiyama to the Iwatayama Monkey park.
My favourite shrine in Kyoto was the Fushimi Inari shrine. There are so many trails up the mountain that leads to the top with smaller shrines along the way. It’s famous for the torii gates that line the paths and are donated by businesses. We got there late afternoon as the sun was going down and decided to hike all the way up to the top, which was lots of fun, and just a little bit spooky on the way down. It was particularly scary when we got completely lost, until the husband figured out that the writing on the gates led the way out.
Sunrise over the construction site on the way to work.
Another lovely autumn day with the sun shining through the clouds.
Today’s pic is brought to you by my walk home and Instagram.
There’s been a lot of construction around my work. I have no idea what they’re doing, but I do like watching the cranes at work. The birds seem to love sitting up there as well. I also love the sky in this pic. So moody.
It’s been a tough week for me this week and been hard to be inspired. I started work at a new place where everyone is still very nice, but it’s not my own team and I don’t feel like it’s my home like I did at my old work. I want it to be though, but it’s been stressful working with new people with different processes and protocols and relearning how to use different equipment. I’ve come from a place where I’ve been totally comfortable and competent to feeling like a complete idiot who has no clue. I’ve never really adapted that well to change and I want to be better, but this week was a bit of a wash. However, as displaced as I’m feeling now I know that I’ll eventually adapt to my new home and the sun will come out again. It’s just hiding behind the clouds at the moment.
Today was such a cold and wintery day, and it rained for most of the day. There was a tiny bit of sun on the walk home and then it continued on with the rain.
Power lines taken on my walk after work to the station. I’m enjoying the last two weeks of daylight savings where it’s still light when I leave work late. I’m not looking forward to not seeing daylight when I go to work and when I leave. It makes the walk much scarier.