While walking Emma, who I affectionately call an Ewok, one day I spotted a landscaping company at work. I actually thought the truck was a garbage truck based on Canadian memories, but nope. It was a landscaping company.
I proceeded to a neighbourhood park that I had discovered my first week but hadn’t returned to. It’s pretty barren but it had a few rockin ride animals and one of the notorious water fountains. I pointed out the drinking fountain problems in one of my earliest blogs: the water goes straight up and the control dial is very sensitive. I tried both out! One was a little more successful than the other. I’ll let you guess which is which.
Throughout my walks I am delighted by many signs showing Takatsuki’s mascot, Hanitan. He’s a characterized terra cotta soldier. It makes me smile every time I see him.
Sometimes I take Emma on a long walk near the rice fields. I noticed yesterday they are really growing and getting very tall. A lot of the water has been sucked up. I also was delighted to hear a bullfrog and to hear many other regular frogs. The bullfrog I heard for the first time and didn’t know what it was. Luckily the local photography group that is always at the reservoir I walk by explained it was a frog. I sure couldn’t believe it. It sounded like a cross between a cow and a light saber! A unique noise that I couldn’t place as I had never heard it before. About two weeks ago, the rice paddies had lots of egg sacs and tadpoles in them.