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Laurie R. King

This week I went to Kepler’s bookstore in Menlo Park to hear one of my favourite authors Laurie R. King talk about her new Mary Russell & Sherlock Holmes novel. She chatted quite informally with another crime writer, Catriona McPherson, … Continue reading

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Victoria and Albert museum

I visited the Victoria and Albert museum this week, and pottered about the ceramics galleries thinking of ideas and doing little sketches.If I could only go to one museum in London per visit, it would definately be this one. My … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving is this coming week here in the States. Every year it falls on the 4th thursday of November and everyone goes to see their families and have a huge turkey meal, and think about all the things they’re thankful … Continue reading

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Hearst Castle & Monterey

We visited Hearst Castle last weekend, which was totally enshrouded in fog and completely crazy. It was fantastic to walk through the rooms and marvel at the mismatched objets…I liked the details in the carvings and sculptures…and I really loved … Continue reading

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Japan trip: Wakayama

I’ve just spent a lovely few days in the Kii peninsula, in Wakayama, Japan. We stayed in traditional guest houses, in onsen towns along the Kumano Kodo ancient pilgrimage route. Our first stay was in Yunomine.The tiny public onsen ‘tsuboyu‘ … Continue reading

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There’s a feeling of summer in the air, and the sunshine and singing cicadas and warm breezes are all delightful. Happy solstice everyone!

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father’s day

For my amazing dad, and all you other dads out there…

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I’ve been reading a book set in the Egyptian era recently, so I went to visit the British Museum to have a look at the sculptures again. It’s always great to see things with fresh eyes…

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Top Hat

I went to see the wonderful musical Top Hat in London for the second time last week. I totally adore this musical! It’s old timey, simple, and just plain amazing. I have a soft spot for tap dancing, I have … Continue reading

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the Fat Duck

We went to Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck restaurant the other day. It was an experience and a half! My very first 3-starred Michelin restaurant. When food looks as exquisite as this, it’s impossible to resist…

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