August Update

Birthdays, road trips, bank holidays and other adventures. August was nice and busy.  The sun shone by the end of it but despite all the rain I’ve had some pretty lovely days with friends and family. As for the goals: 1) Get a new job or find a way of making current role more enjoyable….

Finding Humour In Grief

Originally posted on After Evalyn:
The room that was already small was made to feel even smaller by the fact there were already two other families waiting in it. The receptionist had called it a ‘waiting room’ but I was pretty sure that at one time throughout history it had actually been a cupboard. I…

Planning the adventure: Japan day 8-12

Welcome back to the Japan travel blog! You know how the last one was about a bit of relaxation? Well that’s because the next stage of our journey is crazy busy! On the way back from Seketei, and over five days, we hope to visit: Hiroshima: Because a visit to the peace memorial seems like…

July Update

The picture is of some Japanese money I was given today. It’s the first time I’ve held a Japanese Banknote and they’re quite beautiful in their own way. Thank you to the kindly soul who gave them to us. You’ve helped us so much already. It’s been a real varied month. Some real stresses at…

Planning the adventure: Japan day 6-7

Almost halfway through our adventure Lucy and I will go on our longest section of travelling. We will catch a train from Tsumago and travel via Nagoya to Hiroshima – roughly a five hour trip that will end with a pick-up by the hotel that we will be staying at. After, a £20 a night…

Thought: We can’t all ‘win’ at life.

“Too lazy to be ambitious, I let the world take care of itself. Ten days’ worth of rice in my bag; a bundle of twigs by the fireplace. Why chatter about delusion and enlightenment? Listening to the night rain on my roof, I sit comfortably, with both legs stretched out.” ― Ryōkan I love this…

June Update

Flaming June seems apt for a month where half the nights seemed to be insufferably hot. I enjoyed some wonderfully sunny days and some great times with friends and family. Especially Pete who paid a (mostly) surprise visit from New Zealand! The summer really is a time to try and heal our dreary souls from…

Planning the adventure: Japan day 4-5

After the hustle and bustle of Tokyo, Lucy and I will literally be heading out to the hills. We get to try our first shinkansen, then a bit more train based journeying and then, potentially, a bit of a hike. Our destination will be the Minshuku Koshinzuka which is a traditional Inn in an area…

May Update

Wow. What a month! Can’t say this has been the cheapest of months or the most healthy but I’ve had a damned good time overall. Onwards! 1) Get a new job or find a way of making current role more enjoyable. Emailed an a old friend about her time as a journalist. She kindly gave…