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食品

That’s “food” in Japanese.

And if you were thinking that Japanese food is all sushi and miso? You’d be wrong.

Japanese food

I admit that I’ll eat most things, but I won’t eat that…

Matcha kitkat

Snacking on the Shinkasen…  Matcha Kit Kat bites and Kirin, in a limited edition Sakura can.

The tastiest grilled chicken ever.

Wasp larvae. And yes, I ate them all.

The gyoza at Anzucco was worth the 45 minutes spent in the pouring rain, trying to find the restaurant.

Red Snapper. It’s a pretty big fish.

Sesame Whitebait. They’re pretty wee fish. And they were for breakfast!

The most kawaii buns in the world!

Japan-125

The end of our last drinks in Japan… 愛

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I’ve not been the best at blogging this year. A mixture of work, cats, DIY (it’s always bloody DIY) and life has gotten in the way.

Today’s tasks included redoing the window box for spring, planting a mint and baking scones… I can’t pretend that it’s a tough life, because it’s really not. And one of the very recent things that had me counting blessings and dwelling very loudly about how lucky I am, is my recent (very recent. In fact so recent that I still have holiday blues (I know I’m talking about feeling lucky, but I change my mind quite a lot)) honeymoon in Japan.

Two weeks, 3 cities, 1 village, 4 geishas, countless temples, 1 chance of being eaten by bears… it was a whirlwind of a trip and I’ve got a few too many pictures to prove it.

One of my favourite photographic subject? Cherry blossoms. Planning my honeymoon to coincide with Cherry Blossom season meant that I was destined to take at least a couple (!) of pictures of the little things.

Cherry blossom, Sakura, Hanami

And I was in good company.

Cherry blossom, Sakura, Hanami

Cherry blossom, Sakura, Hanami

Cherry blossom, Sakura, Hanami
Cherry blossom, Sakura, Hanami

Cherry blossom, Sakura, Hanami

After all, where better to photograph a cherry blossom, but in Japan!

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Extended absence

Home improvements forced me to take a bit of a blogging break, but Having Builders In turned into Christmas, which turned into New Year, which turned into DIY (EVERYTHING turns into DIY). Time really does fly.

Talking of time flying, a year ago today, I went on the easiest wedding dress shopping trip ever!  The first dress turned out to be THE dress:

Fur Coat No Knickers

It might not look it, but it really was.  But just to make sure, I did try on a few others…

Fur Coat No Knickers

Fur Coat No Knickers

The little 60’s bubble dress was a bit of a favourite.

Jacq was on hand (with glass in hand) to give some helpful advice.

Fur Coat No Knickers

Not loving frills so much…

Fur Coat No Knickers

A bit of pinning convinced me that this was the one.

And a little nip and tuck ensured it was perfect.

**apologies for the quality of the pictures, Louise was a bit too excited to focus the camera**

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Another wedding related post, sorry! I’ll have something new to talk about soon… but in the meantime:

Here’s my wedding ring!

It’s a tiny 2mm band, handmade by the team at the un-wedding-y named Rust.

As my engagement ring doesn’t have a straight shape, finding a ring to fit around it was going to be that bit trickier, so I decided not to bother.  Instead, I wanted a super thin band that would sit on the same finger without clashing with the engagement ring.   I also wanted something that wouldn’t look dull or plain on its own.  The carved selection at Rust was perfect.  Delicate enough to suit the setting on the E.R but detailed enough to hold its own.

Feels quite grown up to be wearing 2 rings on one finger… but I guess I have to grow up (slightly) sometime.

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Lovebird

A present from the last person I spoke to, before I got married…

Links of London

Instead of wearing these charms on a bracelet, I put them together on a 16 inch snake chain.

Links of London

And look! The tiniest little lovebird inside…!  Thanks D. x

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Getting married is quite fun:

What a jolly good day.

All photos by Rachel “Countessian” Carr, and Alexander Newton.

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My wedding in a nutshell…

Just back from a teeny-weeny mini moon (I stole that word from Zoe…!) in Amsterdam, and now bracing myself to try and sort out the mountains of wedding props and paraphernalia currently sitting in my flat… a few more wedding pics/details to follow!

x

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