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Doing my best Jim Holden face

Is me in a boiler suit with it tied round my waist holding a coffee and sort of squinting like what Jim does.
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Arrived in Bristol a little early to meet our friends (by three weeks…) but decided to have a lovely day anyway.

Lucy in pub with pint. Lucy looking down to the Avon from the suspension bridge. The suspension bridge. The suspension bridge.
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First geocache in years!

A geocache box. There’s a label on it explaining what it is. The log book from the geocache, with blue sky and sea in the background.
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Went to my cousin’s wedding yesterday - a gorgeous day.

My cousin dancing with her dad. Me and Lucy being cute in a big circle.
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A wander round Mussenden today

Mussenden Temple with the railway tunnel beneath it A view of Downhill with a cloudy sky. The house ruins at Downhill, with Big Art Big Art, with plaque
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A walk along Castlerock beach last night. I love how late it gets dark in NI - I took these after 10pm.

Castlerock beach at dusk Lucy and my mum, on the pier The view along the pier Me, Lucy, my parents, my brother and his wife, all by the sea
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Took our wee nephew to the Belfast Transport Museum, which was a real favourite when we were wee and it’s still great, actually

A big ol train with my brother looking at a sign My brother and Lucy, driving a train A bit of the museum made to look like an old Belfast street, with trams Me and Lucy on the back of a tram
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Zeret Kitchen in Camberwell remains one of my favourite restaurants in London

A big ol huge plate of Ethiopian food
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Went to Wide Awake and saw Fat Dog, Charlotte Adigery, Young Fathers, King Gizz

Fat Dog Charlotte Adigery Young Fathers King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
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Dolores Forever and Orla Gartland at Lafayette

Dolores Forever Orla Gartland
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Sure it’s the day for it isn’t it

A bottle of beer sat on a little wall with a view of London, the Shard and a blue sky in the background
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Post-climb park-nic

Lucy in the park with loads of picnic food
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Flo Fest 2024 begins

Cocktails in fun glasses. Mine is a whiskey sour on the left. Flo’s is a picante. Happy birthday Flo!
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Well, it’ll be a while before it’s a home, but we bought a house!

Had a few pals round to sit on the empty floor and drink champagne out of paper cups. Now the real work begins…

Lucy in the sunshine outside the front of our new house. It has two front doors, we don’t know why. Lucy in our bare empty living room looking very pleased with herself. Some of our pals milling about with drinks. There are picnic rugs on the floor.
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She peed in the box right after I took this but it was very sweet while it lasted

A black and white cat in a carrier looking out the window of the train, pensively.
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Not a huge fan

It’s a wind turbine in a big field
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The harness was not a hit

A black and white cat sitting on some grass, wearing a harness and lead
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Northern Lights visible from Nottingham!

Northern lights with the silhouette of a church spire Northern Lights, pink and green Northern Lights
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We look the same in the mornings

A black cat with a white moustache lying with her face squished into a blanket looking mildly furious to be woken
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Had a rather lovely weekend seeing friends old and new

Husban and Gary in deep conversation A whole load of nice people round a table Some more nice people around a different table
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New build smell

A computer motherboard sitting on a white desk. The memory banks and CPU have been installed.
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Our last day yesterday so we went to Asakusa, had wonderful food including some incredible wagyu, and did a bit of shopping.

Japan has been a revelation I’ll want to write about separately but suffice to say I’m deeply sad to be leaving this place.

The temple and pagoda at Asakusa A bowl of ramen we had in Ginza Lucy crouching under a state of a One Piece character putting a straw hat on her head A piece of wagyu beef on a rice base, rather like sushi
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Yesterday we went to Kamakura to see the Great Buddha, also saw a Great Butterfly, and went to the beach.

Lucy walking along the road on a lovely sunny day An enormous butterfly on a leaf. It was bigger than my hand. The great Buddha, with trees and a blue sky in the background The beach at Kamakura
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Spent Wednesday evening in Kabukicho - def worth a visit, especially if you’ve played the Like A Dragon games as it’s the inspiration for Kamurocho. Had drinks in the Golden Gai, met some lovely people, had far too much shochu.

The neon lit gate that forms the entrance to Kabukicho A view of the street with lots of illuminated signs Many tiny pubs in the Golden Gai Us in the Golden Gai bar with the people we met there
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There’s a Pokémon Center in the mall below it too which made me very happy

The front of the Pokémon Center A big statue of Pikachu riding a Rayquaza Lots of plushies
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Had a very busy day on Wednesday. Went up the Tokyo Sky Tree which is just incredible views. You can book it online in advance. Tokyo: real big.

The sky tree tower seen from the ground A view of Tokyo out the window of the sky tree. You can see a long way Another view of Tokyo from the sky tree Another view, out towards the sea
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Some wandering around Tokyo yesterday - Nishiki fish market, Ginza and the crossing at Shibuya!

An image of Nishiki fish market, with lots of people. Lucy is in the foreground A street in Ginza with lots of signs. Lucy is, again, in the foreground. A sushi bowl The crossing at Shibuya with loads and loads of people
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Last afternoon in Kyoto so we did the Philosopher’s Walk, then got the train up to Tokyo. Saw Mt Fuji out the window! Tokyo is really something else

The Philosophers Walk in Kyoto. A green path by a river, with cherry blossoms A view of Kyoto station’s high ceiling Mt Fuji in the distance seen from a train window. The sign for Tokyo at the train station. It says Tokyo in kanji, hiragana and Latin script
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Did the usual touristy bits in Kyoto yesterday - Nishiki Market, Kiomizu-dera, Fushimi Inari.

A view along Nishiki market with lots of people Kiomizu-dera on the edge of the hill with a blue sky in the background Another view of Kiomizu-dera, from lower down among the trees The view along the ‘thousand torii gates’ at Fushimi Inari
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We’re staying in a ryokan (traditional inn) in Ohara outside Kyoto. It’s got an onsen (natural hot spring) which I love.

The view from our room in the ryokan. It’s a woodland with a little pond Myself, Lucy and her parents sitting round a low table having dinner which is the hot pot in the middle Lucy and me grinning in our grey and white yukata Lucy in the sunshine in the ryokan looking radiant as usual
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A brief stop-over in Kyoto yesterday on the way to our ryōkan! We saw Higashi Honganji temple and had the best ramen of my life

The front of the temple The temple courtyard The inside of the temple showing the wooden ceiling and hanging lights The aforementioned best ever ramen, from Honke Daiichi-Asahi
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Yesterday we went to Nara and saw the bowing deer. They were very polite. It’s a gorgeous place. One of my favourite days so far.

A pagoda in the sunshine Lucy feeding a friendly deer Me and my new friend (also a deer) Kasugataisha shrine
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Last night we went to Round One, a massive arcade (eight floors?) in Osaka. I was bad at the games I understood and worse at the rest. I regret to inform I did not, in fact, win the cuddly Piplup.

Loads of UFO machines Lucy and her mum trying to win things on the claw machine Lucy playing Taiko no Tatsujin Me and Lucy playing MaiMai I think it’s called
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A few rare shots of Osaka that aren’t of food. This city has really grown on me.

We went to the castle today and that was lovely.

Lucy in Dotenbori. You can see the canal and the big signs Me and Lucy at the top of the tower with a view of the city behind us Lucy and her parents, with the castle moat behind and the castle in the distance Osaka Castle, close up
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And now for my favourite part of the trip so far - retro game store Super Potato in Osaka

Loads of Famicom games A view of one of the aisles in the store Lucy looking at Game & Watch Game Boy carts! I bought, err, five
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Yesterday we went to Ōkunoshima, an island off the Hiroshima coast famous for hundreds of very friendly wild rabbits. Definitely Lucy’s highlight of the trip so far. A stunning place.

We made it to Osaka last night - very excited to explore!

Lucy with lots of rabbits, looking delighted. Some rabbits munching on the food we gave them. A friendly rabbit being polite It’s a really beautiful place
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Arrived in Tadanoumi, did some exploring, ate okonomiyaki in a tiny restaurant and had a lovely chat with some locals. Definitely the hardest my Japanese has been worked since we got here, but we got there.

Today: rabbit island.

A photo of the shrine in Tadanoumi, from a little distance At the harbour. Lucy is in a bright yellow coat. Okonomiyaki being made on the hot plate. The chef/owner was really lovely Lucy, her parents, and one of the locals we met, in the restaurant
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Left Nagoya today and heading towards Hiroshima - my first time on the Shinkansen!

A green light at a crosswalk in Nagoya, with sakura in the background The window of the Shinkansen, with an urban view
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Managed to get miso katsu on our last night in Nagoya and it did not disappoint

Lucy fighting with the pig man. This is the mascot for the miso katsu chain we went to, Yabaton Miso katsu
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Things I ate in Japan, part one of many

Mojaiyaki Karaage Hitsumibushi Big takoyaki
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We saw him also

Me and Lucy in the cat bus looking very pleased
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I SAW HIM

Me and a big Totoro
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Happy to report the Guinness in Japan is better than it is in England

A poster for Guinness in Japan.
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We made it to Japan! First night mostly spent recovering from jetlag but we did have some wonderful monjayaki. Off to the F1 the next few days!

A picture of the cherry blossoms on a street in Nagoya.
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Lamb is traditional at Easter, and even more traditional is making stock the next day

Some lamb stock in a pot! There are onions and lamb and pepper and salt and rosemary and thyme
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People always say ‘yee haw’ but they never ask ‘haw yee?’

A cat wearing a cowboy hat. She looks distinctly unimpressed.
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A lovely spicy Sunday

A pint sitting on a fence, with Dulwich Hamlet FC playing in the background
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Yesterday’s mammoth cooking project

Just an absolute boatload of curry
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Hell yeah new Pope

Mars after Midnight running on my Play date
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Random silly thing I’m quite proud of is this Pi Zero graph thing I made to show how many Feud players are currently in matches

A raspberry pi zero with a grid of lights on it. The lights are blue and green in a pattern that suggests a graph over time. Two people are in game.
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Upon the High Weald yesterday

Some people outdoors, do I know them, who can say
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Two years with this wonderful human 🥰

A photo of my partner who is the best human in all the land
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I think this might be the most onion I’ve ever seen in one place

Two big dishes of sliced onions
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Walkies

Tower Bridge and the River Thames. It’s a bit grey and rainy.
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We have been climbing

Some pints
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Well, they got the name right.

My dad crossing a bridge in Oxford which has tipped onto its side. The sign on it reads “Danger Bridge”. My family look on in horror.
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Had some lovely Japanese food. Shout out to the couple next for us who asked for spoons for miso soup

My partner and a load of really great food
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A very cosy kitten

Kato under her blanky today
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My new profile photo is from a New Years’ Day walk near the farm my mum grew up on, which is still farmed by my uncle. This old house and the area around it are referred to as “Macaleese’s” after the family that used to live there nearly a century ago. It was used to store hay bales until the top floor collapsed. I love it.

The doorway of a ruined house. You can see the old fireplace through the door. The fireplace. I wonder when this was last lit, and if they knew it at the time. This little lean-to was (we think) built by my Granda for storage. My family.
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We finally harvested our Lion’s mane! It became some rather nice crab cake-like things.

The lion's mane growing in their bag This is about as much as we got out Have you ever seen anyone look so excited about fungi? These crab cakes were yummy
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We got the modelling clay out the other weekend so I decided to make this lightly deranged toothbrush holder.

teeeeeeeeth
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Our girl utterly transfixed by Cat TV today

A black cat watching a squirrel on a TV, right before whacking it with her paw. She's got her paws up on the TV table, staring at the screen in awe.
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Oh hey the fire worked

Fireworks
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Some chonky carrots yesterday

A handful of chonky carrots. They are muddy cos I just pulled them up.
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Beware of cat burglars in the area

A cat hanging from our window, trying to get in
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Last night I went to the launch of Amy Acre’s new collection, Mothersong. There were readings from Amy, Fran Locke, Cai Draper and Jess Murrain, and it was lovely.

Amy reading My copy of Mothersong
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We lost my wonderful Granny today at the age of 92. I’ve never known someone so warm, selfless, and caring. She died peacefully and surrounded by her loved ones, so it’s the best it could have been, but I am devastated. Love you forever Granny.

Me and Granny, taken last year. Me, Granny, and her great-grandson, taken last month.
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Rye’s summer with us came to an end last week and now she’s off to see her mum and dad in Australia! I’m going to miss this lil pudding so much. 🥹

Me and Rye having cuddles. Me and Rye having more cuddles. Lucy and Rye having cuddles.
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Sleepy angel baby compilation

My cat, Rye, asleep on a sofa. Rye asleep on a sofa, again. Rye is still asleep. Rye asleep once more.
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A glorious, if slightly muggy, day walking on the High Weald.

My partner in a forest Late evening sun over the fields
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We went for a walk/forage on the Ridgeway today which was very muddy but gorgeous. We found:

  • Jelly ears!
  • Oysters!
  • Gorse!
  • Nettles!
  • Wild garlic!
  • Turkey tails!
  • Ground ivy!
Lucy on the ridgeway Turkey Tails Red cypress trees Oyster mushrooms
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We went to a couple of cool exhibitions today - the ASMR one at the Design Museum and the one about Japanese silk braiding (Kumihimo) at Japan House.

Some screens showing a visual ASMR film My partner playing with some brushes and microphones Braided cord hanging from the ceiling A complex sculpture made of braided cord

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