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2017-09-13 09:41 pm

March 2017


In March I listed my house for sale and boy do I wish I had some good news about that at the time of writing. Most of the month was taken up with that. Photo thumbnail here is another shot from Kiruna in January as I'm short on photos for this month.

Scuba diving )
London Loop )
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2017-09-13 09:14 pm

February 2017


In the remainder of Feburary I visited Amsterdam, celebrated Emily's and Emily's mum's birthdays, and did actual University assignments for the Kiruna course! (2006 Nick would probably be having a fit if I'd gone back in time to pass on the information that I was still doing coursework in 2017 :p)

Amsterdam )
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2017-09-03 12:56 pm

Kiruna 2017: Part 2


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!

Staying in a condemned building )
Abisko )
The Ice Hotel )
Feeding reindeer )
We made an igloo! )
I passed! )
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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 )