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2017-07-16 10:54 pm

Kiruna 2017: Part 1

I spent ten days straddling January and February in one of Europe's most remote areas in northern Sweden, partly to attend Umeå University's Arctic Science course, which is a fantastic 6-week course with a 4-day in-situ component in the town of Kiruna. For the other six days I took the opportunity to have a short holiday!

Sleeping in planes )
Kiruna )
Nacreous Clouds )
Moose on horseback )
Wilderness Lodge )
The Ice Bath )
The aurora )
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2017-07-02 02:09 pm

January 2017

In the first three weeks of January I walked in the snow at night, wanged some wellies, and stayed at Tixall Gatehouse in Staffordshire.

Landmark Trust weekend, Tixall Gatehouse )
Snow )
Welly wanging )
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2017-07-02 01:12 pm

December 2016

Here's what I did in December 2016.

Landmark Trust weekend, East Grinstead )
Meldon )
Glastonbury )
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2017-04-19 08:22 pm

November 2016

Mum visited us for a few days, we completed the last ClueQuest escape room, attended the Tower of London Ceremony of the Keys, and spent a week in the picturesque Azores, which is what I'll focus on here.

Flores )
Abseilling down waterfalls )
Sao Miguel )
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2016-12-31 09:17 pm

October 2016

In October I walked the Easternmost sections of the South Downs, carved a pumpkin, and started a Youtube channel.

South Downs )
Evolution Simulator )
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2016-12-16 09:51 pm

September 2016

In September I made my own sourdough starter, attended PyCon UK, visited a fire garden, walked various places, and made bourbon biscuits.

Soughdough )
London Loop walk )
Bake-off 2016 )
Fire Garden )
PyCon )
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2016-09-12 07:44 pm

August 2016

In August I babysat a bunny and defeated a sheep.

The bunny )
The sheep )
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2016-08-27 04:55 pm

July 2016

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 Air )
Hampstead ponds )
Alphabet supper )
Chislehurst Caves )
Dad's 60th )
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2016-07-16 07:54 pm

June 2016

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.

Lion King )
Pottery painting )
New laptop, since returned: a grumble )
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2016-07-09 03:30 pm

May 2016

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

Glass blowing )
Mysterious breakfast things )
Dark Room )
Green Chain Walk: Penge East to Nunhead )
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2016-07-03 03:10 pm

Japan 2016: Days 13-23

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...

Oboke )
Hiroshima )
Miyajima )
Eagle attack! )
Yakushima )
Himeji )
Pod hotel )
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2016-05-30 06:21 pm

Japan 2016: Days 8-13

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, Kyoto )
Kyoto )
Nara )
Mount Koya )
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2016-05-24 08:41 pm

Japan 2016: Days 5-8

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.

Yamanouchi )
Nagano )
Tateyama Kurobe )
Toyama )
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2016-05-19 08:47 am

Japan 2016: Days 1-5

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, Tokyo )
Nikko )
Kamakura )
Kawaguchiko )
Matsumoto )
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2016-05-03 08:50 am

March 2016

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.

Vegan meringues )
Easter )
Hot cross buns )
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2016-04-06 10:45 pm

February 2016

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 Day )
Emily’s birthday )
Chinese New Year )
Magical Lantern Festival )
Jodi’s birthday )
Surprise birthday party )
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2016-03-10 09:34 pm

January 2016

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

Escherbition )
Didcot Synchrotron )
Lumiere London )
Enter the Oubliette )
Snow )
Museum of Happiness )
Norfolk Landmark holiday )
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2016-02-08 08:41 pm

December 2015

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 astrophotography )
Celts and roller disco )
Budleigh Salterton Christmas swim )
Haytor )
Railway walk )
New Year’s Eve )
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2016-02-07 12:02 pm

November 2015

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 House )
Tower Bridge engineering tour )
A flour mill and a hill fort )
Christmas at Kew )
NaNoGenMo )
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2016-02-06 11:44 am

October 2015

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.

Whitstable )
New Forest )