Guide to skiing in Trysil, Norway

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When I announced to friends back in 2012 that I was going to be spending my Christmas skiing in Norway, their reactions could broadly classed into three camps: “You must be crazy – Christmas is too early for good snow!” “You must be crazy – there’s no daylight in Norway in December!” “You must be […]

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Saturday Snapshots #284

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  Big sky country – London docklands, August 2013

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Carrot and cumin soup and a 66 Square Feet recipe book giveaway

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There’s a wonderful Afrikaans poem called Sproeireën by DJ Opperman that starts: My nooi is in ‘n nartjie, my ouma in kaneel, daar’s iemand …. iemand in anys, daar’s ‘n vrou in elke geur! Roughly translated, this reads: “My sweetheart is in a clementine; my grandma is in cinnamon; there’s somebody… somebody in anise; there’s […]

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Churchill’s Port House review

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It’s a fickle old thing, fashion.  One minute you can’t leave the house unless you are wearing ripped jeans and leather armbands; or dungarees and a bandana; or a bubble skirt; or neon; or Doc Martens; or shoulder pads.  The next minute, you wouldn’t be caught dead in any of these.  Unless, of course, you […]

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Saturday Snapshots #283

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  Sacred Balquhidder churchyard, Scotland – December 2013

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Sofitel London Gatwick Hotel review

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A couple of winters ago, Nick and I set off on our annual ski trip.   As usual, to maximise ski time and minimise cost, we were flying out of  Gatwick airport at some ungodly hour, requiring the alarm to be set for well before dawn.  Bags packed, passports checked, house locked and ice scraped […]

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Braised baby turnips and radishes – and a workshop!

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When I was a teenager, I used to keep a list of songs that reminded me of particular people and events.  Looking back at them now, some songs still instantly transport be back to a particular time, place or company while other associations have been lost and can only be vaguely recalled because I wrote […]

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