万博記念公園の花蓮開花2019

As a guy who loves lotus, I can’t keep myself not reblogging this post . . . . . .

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蓮が咲き始めた万博公園のはす池へ出かけました。26品種1200株があるそうですが自分の目では咲いているのは3品種?で開花は2割程度でしょうか?

植え込みの間から覗く太陽の塔は可愛く見えました(^^♪

この黒いトンボがいっぱいいました。飛ぶと言うよりゆっくり舞っていて蝶のようでした?

葉が虫食い状態!その奥に水滴。

当日は早朝の6時から開園されて日本酒を味わう象鼻杯のサービスがあったそうで入場者が多かったです。

象鼻杯とは穴を開けた蓮の葉に酒を注ぎ長い茎を通していただく古代中国の暑気払いの一つとか。

花が終わって見られる蜂の巣のようなものは「果托(かたく)」と言うそうです。

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すっかり深緑のマキノ・メタセコイア並木2019

Wakasa15thfd has always got the style and the type of subject I like. Great post . . . . . . . . . . .

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2ヶ月ぶりにメタセコイア並木を訪れたら、すっかり濃い緑に変わっていました(@_@)

田は稲が成長して映り込みが見られ無いので小さな水路で我慢(^^)/

六地蔵も心なしか暗い表情?そんな事ないですよね(^_-)-☆

道路に強い日差しの斜光が入って縞模様が綺麗でした(^_-)-☆

ツバメは殆どが巣立ちして空っぽの巣ばかり。一つの巣に雛が6羽残っていました。もう巣立ち間近のようで親鳥が近くまで来るだけで餌を与えませんでした。雛達は大きく口を開けるも草臥れ損(^^)/1羽は隠れて見えません。

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Halea Nature Park: Ticao Island’s Raw Beauty

Such beautiful beaches!!! . . . . . . . maybe, one day, I will get there . . . . . . . .

The Shoestring Diaries

We first learned about the unspoiled beauty of the islands and beaches of Monreal, a town in Ticao Island, Masbate about 7 years ago but kept putting off a visit to this place for next few years.

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Traveling back in time: Aboard the luxurious Belmond British Pullman train

Reading Virginia’s post immediately tempts me to consider traveling on the Pullman’s train; makes me think of Agatha Christie’s Midnight Express and her other books and of course impressed by the niceties of everything on the train. . . . . .

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Those who have read Agatha Christie’s novel Murder on the Orient Express (1934), will have a vivid mental image of the train I am about to describe: Art deco cabins with shiny polished wood, brass luggage racks, staff members in elegant hats, champagne bar, high-end cutlery and crockery for sophisticated dining.

These original Pullman coaches, dating back to the 1920’s, were bought and restored in 1982 by Belmond and further enhancements such as Art deco lamps, armchairs and electric heating were added. There are currently 11 original Pullman carriages, some of which were used to transport royalty.

On Thursday March 28th, I embarked towards Canterbury in Zena, one of those original carriages, built in 1928 and to my delight, used in the film Agatha (1976).


Once the train had departed, it was clear that the journey – and means of transport – would become as important as our destination…

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