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Sep.09.2010
On the way back from the picture framers, we decide to pay Sand Bay a quick visit to watch the sun set. Forgetting how quickly the tide comes in around here, I quickly went from photographing the waves from a distance to photographing them up close whilst trotting backwards. The light was fantastic...
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Sep.08.2010
We've had some major work done to the roof, so there's scaffolding all over the place. This afternoon, just before it started to pour down, Ryoma went up onto the roof and took some photos. The rain clouds had already rolled in, and the world had become a misty shade of dull grey, but they give you...
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Sep.05.2010
I haven't done any cooking at all for the past fortnight. We've been doing some serious work to our home, so we've been too busy to think about food, let alone make it. Take-away has been our only sustenance. But now, as the paint has dried and business has returned to usual, we are back in the...
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Sep.04.2010
We had to pop over to Bath today, and on the way back we decided to do a bit of sightseeing. We stopped off at Herriott's Pool, part of Chew Valley Lake and an Avon Wildlife Trust nature reserve, to say hello to the swans and ducks. Chew Valley Lake and much of the surrounding land has been...
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Aug.18.2010
The most recent addition to my collection arrived today... a lovely design of a rat by Takeuchi Seihō (1864 - 1942), published 1910-12 by Unsodo, from an album of full-page colour woodblocks entitled  An Album of the Twelve Zodiacal Signs by Seihō. The rat is shown inspecting the colourful spindle...
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Aug.15.2010
Ryoma and I have been eating vegetarian chilli for years. In fact, it was the first thing we ever managed to cook together without almost setting fire to my mother's kitchen. However, we always used the ready made chilli mix, so it was just a case of tossing in vegetables and a tin of tomatoes....
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Aug.14.2010
Having done a few book signings so far this year, and having been asked a number of times if there will be another Guppy book, I thought I'd better let you know that there will indeed be a third book. It's a project that I'm working on at the moment, so it will be a while before it's published,...
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Aug.08.2010
Before this evening, I'd never even seen goulash, let alone eaten it, so I thought I'd better stick to a fairly basic recipe. Ryoma became befuddled and thought we were cooking Stroganov, so his sous cheffing was a little below par. I'm thinking of docking his wages. Anyway, the recipe, which feeds...
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Aug.01.2010
As I spent Friday afternoon in the dentist's chair again (having five freeze injections to put one tooth to sleep), and Ryoma was also drilled to within an inch of his life, soft food has once again been the only thing on the menu these past couple of days. So, soup! This time a nice sweet potato...
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Aug.01.2010
As I spent Friday afternoon in the dentist's chair again (having five freeze injections to put one tooth to sleep), and Ryoma was also drilled to within an inch of his life, soft food has once again been the only thing on the menu these past couple of days. So, soup! This time a nice sweet potato...
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Aug.01.2010
Two original brush paintings by Kitagawa Utamaro, last seen at an exhibition in 1975, have been rediscovered in a private home in Tochigi, Japan. The one scroll (see photo to the left), measuring 81 cm by 27.5 cm, depicts Shoki, the legendary demon-queller (a god of the Taoist pantheon who is...
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Jul.31.2010
I am very fond of comical prints, and this one is a particular favourite. It is from a series called Edo meisho dōke zukushi (Comical Views of Famous Places in Edo), designed by Utagawa Hirokage in 1859, and shows a fortune-seller reading the facial features of a female client with the aid of a...
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Jul.28.2010
Imagine the scene. It's late eighteenth century Japan (Edo, now Tokyo, to be precise) and a murder is about to take place. The characters are all dressed correctly, saying all the right things, and so on. The interior decoration of the room is perfect too, and even the dinner menu is spot on. There...
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Jul.28.2010
Imagine the scene. It's late eighteenth century Japan (Edo, now Tokyo, to be precise) and a murder is about to take place. The characters are all dressed correctly, saying all the right things, and so on. The interior decoration of the room is perfect too, and even the dinner menu is spot on. There...
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Jul.27.2010
I'm rather fond of lentils... always have been. I especially like lentil soup. When I was a child, my mother had a hard time getting me to eat anything else for a while. It's a wonder that I didn't grow up orange. Perhaps the green from all the peas I ate balanced it out somehow. Anyway, despite...
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