In Japan, the New year's day is the day we spend quiet serene time with our family. We have a special meal. I have tried to cook something similar over the years. But because I can't get hold of rice cake, which is the most important food for the New Year's day, I had only felt slightly disappointed and frustrated. But this year, I have focused on things I can do with what we have got here, rather than what we can't have. I made stock from Kombu (kelp) and shi-i-take (mushroom) to make this special poultry soup. Mike liked it. That matters most to me.
Pearl used to be very sensitive to motion, and hated drives. We have trained her with short drives over the years. But when we take her a longer drive, well, 15 minutes, she still sits on my lap so that she could have fresh air, and when she feels sick, I can put a plastic bag over her head.
We parked the car and walked to the beach. Today we went through the Favourite alley to get the beach. There are lots of small alleys to the beach in Whitstable. The ship called Favourite used to harvest oysters here, and the remains are still here, as you can see.
Beach was windy and cold, but we braved ourselves. It's New Year's Day. We must set the tone for the year; healthy and active. Pearl found a beautiful male whippet. They exchanged nose kisses.
The tide was high, and water was murky. We could see Sheppy over the water.
After about a half an hour of walk on the beach, they were put back to on leads, and we walked back to the car on the High street where wind was noticeably milder. We have met about a dozen dogs. They, including our girls, behave very well there.
|Crocus are open in the garden|
We took our dogs, Topaz and Pearl to the beach at Whitstable today. Oh, it was a lovely bright day.
|Pearl sits on my lap for a longer journey.|
|A family photo ( keeping their attention with cookies!)|
|A kite which scared Pearl.|
|Pearl (red coat) and her new friend|
|Waves break at the shore.|
|It's time to go back.|