*112* postcards from Japan, Tokyo (part 2)

Day 3. Hot. Even hotter because the sun came out and literally baked us because of course today was the day we choose to walk through the Imperial Palace Garden (you’re only allowed freely into a small portion of it, but it’s really pretty)… go us! Funnily enough there weren’t many people out and about… […]

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* 111 * postcards from Tokyo (part 1)

This morning we left Tokyo on the bullet train and it’s about time I summarise our time there. We have had a great time and it was the perfect introduction to a world so different from ours (even if the weather wasn’t the the best, extremely hot and humid but also overcast which is a […]

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*110* miscellaneous

I was starting to beat myself up for not showing up here when I realised it would have been completely stupid. Blogging is meant to be a pleasure, a time-out activity, not a chore… so why should I beat myself up if I don’t do it? I’m certainly not getting paid for it! So I […]

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*109* Inspector Montalbano

For years one of my favourite traditions when going back to Italy to see the family was buying a book in the ‘Inspector Montalbano’ series. In Italy they’re published in a gorgeous edition, with blue covers and fabulous creamy paper. They’re small edition, easily held in one hand, absolutely perfect to slip in your pocket, […]

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*108* a wedding

I love weddings. The happiness, the flowers, the dress, the smiles and the cheesy toasts, the dancing… This weekend Mr M and I drove South to Richmond for a wedding at the Bingham Hotel, a lovely place right on the river. Shame the weather didn’t quite play ball. Our room was on the top floor […]

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*107* afternoon at the museum

I was running errands on foot on the hottest day of the year so far so when I passed the city museum, with his cool inviting atrium… it was a no brainer! I love The Wilson, it’s always beautifully curated, the permanent gallery is very interesting and it has an amazing shop full of beautifully […]

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*106* I am I am I am

I am I am I am by Maggie O’Farrell. Second holiday read and one of the best books I read this year. Original, beautifully written, moving, scary, terrifying, profound, clever, heartbreaking… I could go on and on… just read it will you? I’m not big into autobiography… but this book is a memoir with a […]

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*105* holiday recap

And we’re back. The sky is quite grey this morning, but we’re bracing ourselves for a heatwave in the next few days… we’ll see. They’re never as hot as they say. The laundry is almost all done – well, until no 1 and no 2 arrive back from their trip tomorrow and then we’re back […]

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*104* postcards from Greece, Nestor’s Palace

Day 4 We were offered the use of a free rental car for the afternoon but none of my travelling companions wanted to leave the resort for an adventure so I went on my own… (I get totally restless after a few days of no activity… I’m not good at the ‘lizard in the sun’ […]

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