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Vegetarian Mince Meat


Mince pies are probably my favourite traditional Christmas food. Considering I have vegetarian lasagne for Christmas dinner I don’t have a lot of ‘traditional’ foods to choose from, but that doesn’t detract from the awesomeness Continue reading


December 1st…


 KTjenB8Tq The Christmas Song – Gemma Hayes & Jape KTjenB8Tq

…the Christmas tree is arriving tomorrow, it’s a beautiful sunny, wintry day and there are new Continue reading

Zat You, Santa Clause?

**Self indulgent post alert** For the first time since the golden age of Micro Scooters and Harry Potter Lego I have a handful of tangible things to add to my Christmas wish list. Don’t get me wrong, come Christmas morning I love to find a pile of presents under the tree with my name on them. However at this time of the year I’m usually craving contributions to my explorers fund. My travel bug has been satiated, temporarily!!, by my wonderful trip to Japan so right now I’m feeling materialistic…

KTjenB8Tq  ‘Zat you, Santa Clause?’ – Louis Armstrong  KTjenB8Tq

XW1  XW2  XW3   Continue reading

Miyajima and Itsukushima Shrine

^ Torii gate at Itsukushima shrine. Fun fact: it does not float, nor is it buried in the sand. The pillars holding it up are just so gosh darn heavy that they sit on the sea bed and stay put.

It makes me sad to think how we almost missed Miyajima (‘shrine island’) and it’s floating Itsukushima shrine. I had read somewhere that dusk is the most perfect time to be there and decided that I absolutely had to see the floating torii Continue reading