Inktober Day 1

I recently heard about Inktober so thought I’d give it a go. I’m new to drawing in ink so figured this is a perfect chance to get properly acquainted! Yesterday was manic so I’m posting yesterday’s drawing a little late, but luckily Inktober is about enjoying drawing and creating consistently, not about militantly meeting arbitraryContinue reading “Inktober Day 1”


Another one from the archives. I originally posted this back in 2010 (how time flies!) I’ve always loved Inari; it’s yummy and for me brings back fond memories… when I was little my Grandma would make it every time we went to visit her as she knew it was my favourite. We used to callContinue reading “Inarizushi”


A couple weekends ago,  we went for a quick trip to the coast in Somerset. We stayed in the beautiful and very welcoming Swain House in Watchet and had a great mini break. It was the first time in ages we’d been out with our cameras and, though my eyes are feeling a bit outContinue reading “Somerset”

Last Song Before Night

Last Song Before Night by Ilana C. Meyer It’s such a treat to find a beautifully written and crafted fantasy book. I loved reading fantasy when I was growing up, but have found, as the years have gone by, that it’s become very difficult to find a book in the genre that appeals to theContinue reading “Last Song Before Night”

Japan 3 – Higashiyama, Kyoto

Our first day in Kyoto we decided to head to the Higashiyama district to wander a temple or two and enjoy the historical streets. Our hotel was very close to Kyoto Station, but we took the easy option and jumped in a taxi. We’d heard taxis could be quite expensive in Japan, so were happyContinue reading “Japan 3 – Higashiyama, Kyoto”

Japan 2

The second day in Japan was a mix of sightseeing and traveling as we were heading to Kyoto that afternoon. Having made sure our phones were actually on Japan time, we got up at a reasonable hour, checked out of our hotel, and made our way to Harajuku to have a look around. One ofContinue reading “Japan 2”

Japan 1

So, Japan. We had a brilliant time and very easily could have spent much longer (other than, after 16 days, we were exhausted and, of course, missing our Ponzu). I very much expect we will return. It was an unusual trip in many ways, with my being half-Japanese, but never having been to Japan, withContinue reading “Japan 1”