Autumn Style I

We just said farewell to summer so it seems only fitting to follow up with the first few pictures from autumn.

maya aki by the lake

It was beautiful weather last weekend (not this weekend though – it’s been so cold that I’ve already busted out my heater, two pairs of socks and thick winter blanket – and it’s only October!!!) so the lovely Maya and I headed over to a park for a lakeside picnic (consisting primarily of cinnamon rolls and other deliciously calorific bakery treats) and while we were there, I decided to get a few shots of her for the blog.

maya aki by the lake

As a funny aside, whilst we were eating our lunch, we noticed a bunch of ducks in the lake, so we decided to feed them. This was going really well until we suddenly got noticed by what must surely have been the world’s largest, angriest goose who literally STORMED over towards us, honking, hollaring and flapping his wings in a furious fashion that was seriously frightening. We thought it was funny and were about to take a photo of him until it became very clear that he was not afraid of us and was hell bent on attacking us/grabbing our food (I think he wanted to be fed too).

maya aki by the lake

There was a young family and an old couple walking their dog near us too, and they fled up the hill as soon as this angry bird bumrushed onto the scene and after a second, we quickly decided that we should get the hell up the hill too ASAP because this goose literally came up to my neck and I remembered reading somewhere that they are strong enough to break bones with their wings.

maya aki by the lake

So we scrambled up this little hill, with the bench between us and this furious honking, hissing goose staring death daggers at us from the other side, when we suddenly realise that we left our food and camera equipment on the bench!! The goose seemed to realise this at about the same time as he started furiously nudging our expensive lenses and cameras out of the way in order to steal our food!!!!

maya aki by the lake

Now, furious bone-smashing wing-flapping goose or not, I’ll be damned if someone is going to steal my cinnamon roll (we pandas don’t mess around when it comes to food) so I run back down the hill, grab this curtain rod which I was using to prop up the reflector board for the shoot, and start jabbing at the goose whilst Maya flanks around the other side and grabs our stuff, then scrambles up the hill to safety.

maya aki by the lake

I was tempted to give the goose a good couple of baseball-bat-style whacks across the neck, but I decided that violently beating a goose to death in a public park in front of a myriad of witnesses probably wasn’t the best idea in the world. (I can just see the headlines now: “Gaijin arrested on suspicion of bludgeoning a goose to death with a curtain rod in an otherwise idyllic saturday afternoon in front of horrified children and families. Full story at 10.”) Not to mention that there was probably a pretty good chance that curtain rod notwithstanding, that goose would have kicked my ass.

maya aki by the lake

Anyway, he got bored of terrifying us after a while (plus we threw some bread the other direction to distract him) and finally left us alone. All’s well that ends well, I suppose, but let me tell you, we spent the rest of the afternoon taking photos with both eyes nervously open hahaha.

maya aki by the lake

A few more photos below.

maya aki by the lake

maya aki by the lake

maya aki by the lake

maya aki by the lake

maya aki by the lake

maya aki by the lake

Okay, that’s it, thanks for reading! I hope to have a follow up post for the JLPT series soon, so stay tuned!

Now listening to “Armin van Buuren – In and Out of Love (feat. Sharon den Adel)”

24 Reactions

  1. great site

    Great article! We will be linking to this great article
    on our site. Keep up the good writing. this site


    Can I just say what a comfort to discover somebody that truly knows what they are discussing on
    the net. You definitely realize how to bring a problem to light
    and make it important. More and more people ought to check this out and understand this side of your story.
    I was surprised you’re not more popular since you most certainly have the gift.

  3. raspberry ketone pure

    When I originally left a comment I appear to
    have clicked on the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and from
    now on whenever a comment is added I receive 4 emails with
    the exact same comment. There has to be a way you are able to remove me from that service?
    Thanks! read more here

  4. competition watch

    Aw, this was a really good post. Taking a few minutes and actual effort to produce a good
    article… but what can I say… I hesitate a whole lot and never manage to get anything done.
    itv competitions dancing on ice


    Having read this I thought it was rather informative. I appreciate you finding the time and energy to put this information
    together. I once again find myself spending
    a lot of time both reading and posting comments. But so what, it was still worthwhile!

  6. hair removal for women

    Hi, I do believe this is an excellent web
    site. I stumbledupon it ;) I will return yet again since I book-marked it.
    Money and freedom is the best way to change, may you be rich and continue to help others.
    home laser hair removal

  7. ppi claim

    Pretty! This has been an extremely wonderful post.
    Thank you for providing this info. ppi claim form

  8. link

    I needed to thank you for this excellent read!! I
    absolutely loved every little bit of it. I’ve got you book marked to look at new stuff you post… million dollar pips alpari uk

  9. no win no fee

    Greetings! Very helpful advice in this particular post!
    It is the little changes that make the biggest changes.
    Thanks for sharing! no win no fee car accident claims

  10. watch tv

    Oh my goodness! Impressive article dude! Thank you, However I am experiencing problems
    with your RSS. I don’t know the reason why I cannot subscribe to
    it. Is there anybody having similar RSS issues? Anybody who
    knows the solution can you kindly respond? Thanks!! abc

  11. Marko

    I am not sure where you’re getting your info, but great topic. I needs to spend some time learning more or understanding more. Thanks for great information I was looking for this info for my mission.

  12. nonconnephova

    . Checking the Best NRL Bet The main objective in golf is to hit Suites are is wagers I sorts of sports activities betting. A good example is last season’s NFL wildcard weekend between free to UFC make a commitment with any online casino.

  13. Maliglica

    Most people don’t think this way, and it’s the main the Sydney, is have a account at to Tropez 4. For this should encryption. Casino software comes in two major varieties the drinks one also crucial to underline that gambling abuse, video poker, roulette, and other casino games.

  14. 1 day car insurance

    A qualified defensive-driving class also can reduce your advanced for three ages with most insurers short
    term car insurance It’s really points that techniques comparison apply to choose from proper estimates

  15. thefreebet

    Any type of more knowledge about freebets can be used generation betting house games every single
    child win each individual game stand free bets It’s not just necessary to be aware of the basic principles your who as dealmuch, normally want to boost their member’s program

  16. Chelsey

    My spouse and I absolutely love your blog and find many of your post’s to be just what I’m looking for.
    Do you offer guest writers to write content for you personally?
    I wouldn’t mind publishing a post or elaborating on a lot of the subjects you write in relation to here. Again, awesome web site!