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上智大学文学部英文学科卒業。「子どもは海外で育てる」の夢実現のため、長男5歳の時に渡豪。Monash大学大学院(日本語応用言語学”バイリンガリズム”)修了後、永住権取得。現在はオーストラリア人弁護士と再婚し、上は23歳、下は7歳の男の子ママ。French PoodleのGiles(2017年10月永眠)、Cavoodleの茶々・小町と共に、17年を迎えたメルボルンで主婦暮らしを満喫中♬


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Four nights in a row, our son chose this book for the bedtime reading.
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This was a book given to all the Preps at school from VicRoad in Term 1.
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Ella and her dad, who is not feeling very well with a cold, walk to school in the morning and hear lots of sounds the street makes. Absent minded dad needs to be kept reminded by Ella to be careful of all the cars and buses and motorbikes on the road.
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In addition to the familiar scene of the morning,
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all the sounds in the street are so much fun for him that he really enjoys the book.
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However, his most favourite part is...
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the last page when poor, careless dad accidentaly stepps in a big dog poo - oh, no!

Thank you, VicRoad. Great book!
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We are still enjoying the basils from our garden

Before they come to the end of the season soon, we made fresh Pesto Genovese today. What a beautiful fragrance of fresh basils!!!
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First, pick the leaves,
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then, add pine nuts (yes, it has to be pine nuts rather than almonds though it wasn't bad),
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plenty of freshly ground parmesan,
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and a garlic clove.
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When dazzled with olive oil, all the ingredients are ready!
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Using the bar mix,
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pesto is done within a few minutes
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Let's see how it tastes....
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Yummy! (He actually loves pesto ever since he was a baby!)
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We enjoyed pasta with Genovese sauce for dinner toight. Speechlessly so tasty! As it is so easy to make, I served this more than several times to our guests and I never failed to be asked for the recipe!

Thank you to the fresh basils in the garden

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My son and I are having a wonderful time at home during school holidays

Today, we baked a banana cake together.
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It is very nice having you in the kitchen again! (and I like your cool hair-do, too!)
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Licking a spoon after making a cake is just a part of help
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Banana cake freshly out of the oven
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What a lovely time we are having, just like good old days...

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Easter must have been such fun for my son that he's already asking me and my husband how many more days to Easter - !

Easter is over but we still have Easter chocolates to enjoy We started our Easter bunny yesterday.

My bunny
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And his bunny
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It's so good that it won't last for long!

How many more days to Easter?

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Yes, Baseball!

My older son's interest changes frequently over time....

When he started Uni a few years ago, he signed up to the Kendo club at uni (and I bought him the full gears and paid for the annual member fee...), was playing footsal with his friends (and I bought him footsal shoes as a gift to start uni) and belonged to a basketball team amongst friends.

Now they seem to have gone (he might still play basketball) and his latest "boom (craze)" is baseball.
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After lunch, we stopped by at his place and played a little bit of throw in his backyard.

He had the glove on for the first time.
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Oniisan throwing the ball.
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Not bad at all! He's been participating in the training at uni since last year.
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Teaching his little brother who has never seen baseball before...
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We also tried a bouncing net to practice throwing and catching the ball.
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It's not actually easy to catch the ball which is bounced back to you,
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but Oniisan was doing so well.
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But as the net frame kept being knocked down and fell,
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the little one was asked to hold it behind the net.
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Ummm, it is actually looking a bit dangerous, isn't it... In fact, later when I was throwing, the ball actually hit my son (so sorry!) behind the net... Any sports must be played safely!

My older son says he will soon sign up in a team and start playing the formal games. I am so looking forward to coming and cheering him on at the games

Go, go, Oniisan! Go, go, xxx-chan!

(By the way, unlike in Japan, baseball is a very minor sport in Australia. You rarely (if not never) see anyone playing in the field!)

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After picking Oniisan up, we had lunch at a Japanese restaurant near his house.
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As usualy, he ordered lots of a la Carte dishes before the main: Karaage (fried chickens), Nasu dengaku (grilled egg plant with miso paste), Agedashi tofu (deep fried tofu in sauce) and Takoyaki (savory Japanese round crepes with chopped octopus)
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Normally no soft drinks with a meal but as Oniisan ordered a Ramune, the little brother naturally wanted one for himself, too. Lucky you!
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Main sushi: Again, a la carte for Oniisan (eel, egg, sweet prawn, tuna), sushi set for me, and kappa maki (cucumbers) for the 5-yeaer-old
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"Why don't you just get a big bowl of donburi (a meal in a bowl with big serve of rice)?", I asked him. "That's my usual budget meal when I don't have you!". ....Fair enough

"xxx-chan, xxx-chan", the little brother loves Oniisan so much
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Oniisan is always very funny and cool (and could be very dry and blunt when he doesn't feel like playing...).
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A five-year-old does as Oniisan does :-)
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It is also nice for me to catch up with him in a restaurant as I can totally relax and enjoy chatting with him. It was fun hearing about his working holidays in Niseko during his recent stay in Japan. He has been spending a few months in Japan every year for the past four years and it seems like he knows more places in Japan than I do (I have never been to Hokkaido..).

Red beans and green tea ice cream to finish with
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What fun to have both grown-up and growing up sons at the same time
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Having cooked
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and packed the food,
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we were off to...
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Onisan's (big brother's) this morning
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Let's go!

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l love mash potato!

When I was lining up the potatoes on the kitchen counter, thinking what I should make, my son said to me, "Wow! Are you making mash potato?!". Mash potato, it is then:-)

As soon as it is done, he was so quick to climb up on the counter and taste it!

Num, num, num.
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Still, num, num, num. And it's gone!
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And, of course, he requested another bowl
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I love mash potato-
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Mama can see that, very cleary, too!

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My day starts with cutting fruits and pack them in separate containers for the day.
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I can then relax and be always promptly ready when my son says "fruits, please!" in the course of the day

Before breakfast, morning tea, before lunch, afternoon tea, before dinner and after dinner - we have lots of fruits throughout the day at our house.

My son started his day today by having fruits while doing a music workbook :-)
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In relation to having fruits, I know people talk about a risk of raising the blood glucose level, causing diabetes or cooling your body. However, having read "The Enzyme Factor" by Dr Hiromi Shinya, I now feel completely comfortable with his quote, "Sugar such as fructose or glucose in fruits is broken down by using the enzyme which is contained in the fresh fruits themselves, hence it does not require to consume any digestive enzyme in human body." In fact, he says that the more fresh fruits you have, the more enzyme required for the body is supplied by the fruits themselves.

Dr Shinya has published a series of three books both in Japanese and English (he's the inventor of the first colonoscope and is the authority of the field of colonoscopic surgery in the US) but my favourite is his recipe book, written with his Japanese wife.
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It sums up his belief and theory so easily with lots of photos and introduces the menu plans with the recipes. So interesting and enjoyable to read, and cook!

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Who is this masculine looking little boy, doing a music workbook? (I'm still not used to his new look...)
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During school holidays, it is so nice to be able to have the entire day to ourselves
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Two weeks together again!
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How very special. We love school holidays so much

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