6 Months in Devon (probably close to the name of a porno somewhere)

If there’s a clear example of my situation in Devon it’s that I have only written two blogs this year – including this one. Based on comprehensive studies on ants and prisoners we can successfully conclude that this is due to me being either really busy or really lazy. Shockingly both of these studies have…

Coming up for air.

What happened? I blacked out! Regular readers of my monthly updates that ran last year will have learnt that Lucy and I moved to Devon after many years in Portsmouth. Understandably there have been quite a few things going on what with moving house and starting new jobs and finding new places to walk Monty…

December Update (and Farewell to 2017)

So this is the end of 2017. If you have been patiently reading these updates then you’ll be relieved to know this is the final one. I’ve had a pretty amazing year overall and there is so much more to talk about than just eight simple points. But for now, let’s see how I did….

November Update

Yes these blogs are getting later. No I don’t care because life has been busy. Here’s the reasons why: 1) Get a new job or find a way of making current role more enjoyable. Got a bank staff role at a regional university, that will (hopefully) give me some money when I move down in…

October (and September) Update

Yes this is two months of updates in one but I have a Japan sized excuse for not posting an update at the end of September. To compensate though I have a lot of updates to tell you! In fact it feels like I will have ticked off this whole list by the end of…

What I didn’t expect in Japan

Japan was amazing. I can safely say it was one of the best experiences of my life so far. One month on and it’s hard to put all the amazing experiences into words. Coupled with that is the acute knowledge that I am not the first person to go to Japan and I should probably…

Work Decisions

Originally posted on After Evalyn:
I had a plan. When I sat down last Summer with my maternity leave form in front of me, I was very clear in my mind as to what my plan would be: 1. Have my baby. 2. Take a year’s maternity leave. 3. After a year, return to work…

Planning the adventure: Japan day 13-14

We will return to Tokyo for the last leg of our trip. As a change from Air BnBs and traditional Accommodation such as Minshukus, Ryokens (and a Capsule Hotel) we’re going to stay for two nights in a pretty standard hotel. Nothing fancy, just a centrally located place for us to grab souvenirs, check out…

Hidden in plain sight

A strange thing happened to me today as I walked back from town. At first I felt a headache but the pain quickly sent a jolt to my stomach that made me double over. A few people walked over to see if I was alright which was nice (though they probably would have left me…