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August 2016 [12 Sep 2016|07:44pm]

In August I babysat a bunny and defeated a sheep.

The bunnyCollapse )
The sheepCollapse )

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July 2016 [27 Aug 2016|04:55pm]

In July I swam in Hampstead Ponds and visited Chislehurst Caves again, and made a dinner using an ingredient starting with each letter of the alphabet. I also visited a couple of photography exhibitions and toured a vineyard in Devon.

Science Museum and Britain from the AirCollapse )
Hampstead pondsCollapse )
Alphabet supperCollapse )
Chislehurst CavesCollapse )
Dad"s 60thCollapse )

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June 2016 [16 Jul 2016|07:54pm]

In June I saw the Lion King musical in London with Emily and her mum, created my own pottery pattern and painted it, and watched a thunderstorm over the City from Parliament Hill.

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Pottery paintingCollapse )
New laptop, since returned: a grumbleCollapse )

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May 2016 [09 Jul 2016|03:30pm]

Bluebells were out in Elmstead Woods when I got back from Japan, and I did a few other things too.

Glass blowingCollapse )
Mysterious breakfast thingsCollapse )
Dark RoomCollapse )
Green Chain Walk: Penge East to NunheadCollapse )

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Japan 2016: Days 13-23 [03 Jul 2016|03:10pm]

In the last ten days in Japan I ended up on five different islands: Honshu, Shikoku, Miyajima, Kyushu, and Yakushima. While Yakushima won the natural beauty contest hands down, Shikoku and Miyajima were also beautiful. Unfortunately all we saw of Kyushu was the port of Kagoshima, due to the earthquakes a week earlier, though we did have a run-in with some wildlife there...

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HiroshimaCollapse )
MiyajimaCollapse )
Eagle attack!Collapse )
YakushimaCollapse )
HimejiCollapse )
Pod hotelCollapse )

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Japan 2016: Days 8-13 [30 May 2016|06:21pm]

In Kyoto we saw bamboo, a golden pavilion and drank green tea; in Nara we fed many deer and climbed through the Buddha's nostril; and on Mount Koya we stayed with monks and ate monk food.

Arashiyama, KyotoCollapse )
KyotoCollapse )
NaraCollapse )
Mount KoyaCollapse )

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Japan 2016: Days 5-8 [24 May 2016|08:41pm]

We spent the next few days doing quite a lot of snow-related stuff, while in and around the Japanese Alps. A particular highlight of the holiday was seeing the snow monkeys at the hot springs. We also did the Tateyama Kurobe route through the mountains.

YamanouchiCollapse )
NaganoCollapse )
Tateyama KurobeCollapse )
ToyamaCollapse )

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Japan 2016: Days 1-5 [19 May 2016|08:47am]

This is the first of a few posts about my recent trip to Japan with Emily!

We arrived in Japan towards the end of an uncommonly early cherry blossom season, but fortunately we had hedged our bets around the country on where the best would be, so places we thought we'd be early for were in full bloom, while places we thought might be spot on were already dropping their flowers (raining cherry blossom is great). In the first few days we saw temples and a castle, hiked beautiful routes up hillsides, and of course got to eat some excellent sushi.

Ueno, TokyoCollapse )
NikkoCollapse )
KamakuraCollapse )
KawaguchikoCollapse )
MatsumotoCollapse )

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March 2016 [03 May 2016|08:50am]

I got back from Japan on Sunday night and I shall be sorting out my photos from that shortly. In the meantime, I need to catch up with my March entry, which is quite a short one.

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EasterCollapse )
Hot cross bunsCollapse )

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February 2016 [06 Apr 2016|10:45pm]

February was a month of birthdays, with Emily's first, for which we had friends over, played board games and had Japanese takeaway; Emily's Mum's next, for which I helped Emily sort out a surprise party; and then Jodi's, where we ate creme egg toasties, played in a ball pit, and ate experimental vegan pizzas.

Pancake DayCollapse )
Emily’s birthdayCollapse )
Chinese New YearCollapse )
Magical Lantern FestivalCollapse )
Jodi’s birthdayCollapse )
Surprise birthday partyCollapse )

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January 2016 [10 Mar 2016|09:34pm]

January was pretty busy and lots of fun, seeing art, meeting friends, and playing in the snow.

EscherbitionCollapse )
Didcot SynchrotronCollapse )
Lumiere LondonCollapse )
Enter the OublietteCollapse )
SnowCollapse )
Museum of HappinessCollapse )
Norfolk Landmark holidayCollapse )

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December 2015 [08 Feb 2016|08:41pm]

In December we enjoyed the Southbank Christmas Market, where we found amazing Macaroni Cheese and chai tea, and saw several exhibitions, before I went to my parent's place for Christmas.

Mist and astrophotographyCollapse )
Celts and roller discoCollapse )
Budleigh Salterton Christmas swimCollapse )
HaytorCollapse )
Railway walkCollapse )
New Year’s EveCollapse )

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November 2015 [07 Feb 2016|12:02pm]

After a fairly quiet October, we ended up having a very busy November. In addition to everything else, my parents also came to stay with us for the first time, as Mum had some outings with her friends planned. We cooked them spinach and mushroom calzone.

Ice Skating at Somerset HouseCollapse )
Tower Bridge engineering tourCollapse )
A flour mill and a hill fortCollapse )
Christmas at KewCollapse )
NaNoGenMoCollapse )

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October 2015 [06 Feb 2016|11:44am]

Emily returned to the UK in October. I stayed in a Travelodge near Heathrow in order to meet her as her flight came in at 6:30am. In the hotel I watched Michael Portillo going to Istanbul by train.

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New ForestCollapse )

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September 2015 [04 Feb 2016|08:23pm]

In September, fuzzie and Bertram visited for a long weekend. We took a walk along Southbank in London and met up with Other Nick, and Alex, and actually found somewhere quiet to buy hot drinks! We also went to Café in the Crypt at St Martin's in the fields.

It was also the night of the "blood moon" lunar eclipse. Surprisingly it was actually a cloudless night, and after being woken up by my alarm near to full eclipse, I sat on the bedroom windowsill and watched it for an hour before curling up back in my warm bed. The photo for this post is the best I could get with my camera.

Finally, my parents moved house, for the first time since they got together. They now live in Devon which is very beautiful. I visited them on the weekend they moved to help them unpack, so hopefully that helped them feel more at home.

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August 2015 [02 Feb 2016|08:08pm]

In August I visited a Roman Amphitheatre, walked the last stretch of the South Downs for the year, and baked and decorated a bothy-shaped fruit cake.

Silchester Roman AmphitheatreCollapse )
South Downs: Lewes to Devil’s DykeCollapse )
Dad’s retirement cakeCollapse )

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July 2015 [28 Jan 2016|09:14pm]

In July I walked some more of the South Downs, cooked salmon in the (clean) dishwasher, met up with Rachel and friends at Hackney Downs Drinks Market, and played lots of Amiga games.

South Downs: Southease to FalmerCollapse )
Dishwasher SalmonCollapse )
Amiga 30Collapse )

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June 2015 [27 Jan 2016|08:51pm]

Following an enjoyable weekend of walking on the Isle of Wight, I decided to put my weekends in June to similarly good use. I also attended my cousin's wedding and went along to OpenTech.

Medway Valley WalkCollapse )
OpenTech 2015Collapse )
South Downs: Amberley to Devil’s DykeCollapse )

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May 2015 [27 Jan 2016|08:19pm]

I got back from Hawaii in the early hours of 20 May, and decided that with the next weekend being a bank holiday, and hoping it would help fix my jetlag, I booked a holiday to the Isle of Wight with Tim. But first, I went to see Blade Runner at the Prince Charles Cinema in London; another good classic to see on the big screen.

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Hawaii 2015: Rest of Big Island [21 Jan 2016|06:51pm]

And finally, here are some of the things Emily and I got up to on Big Island that don't fit anywhere else. I might add more things later if I realise I've missed anything out, but for now that's it for Hawaii....

Akaka FallsCollapse )
Hilo Tropical Botanic GardensCollapse )
Nani Mau GardensCollapse )
Hilo BeachfrontCollapse )
Merrie MonarchCollapse )
Paleaku Peace GardensCollapse )
Kaumana CavesCollapse )

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