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Very excitingly you can now find us stocked at Dotty’s Teahouse in Carshalton! A match made in heaven – the purveyors of the finest tea and cake South of the river (my choice? A pot of Russian Caravan and the victoria sponge) and the fanciest cosies to accompany it. Dotty’s also do a great Rhyme & Story time on a Monday & Tuesday morning and host a whole range of workshops and clubs.

If you’re not local, all our cosies are available on the Etsy site.

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Well, Historic Charleston is a lovely place. Amazing architecture and colour. I took about 50 photos of people’s doors and window boxes, especially ones painted in Charleston Green.

I ate BBQ, fried green tomatoes, grits and biscuits and visited Ft. Sumter and generally mooched around while being called ‘m’am’ and enjoying the sun. I also won 3 games of pool – turns out I am a natural. All round, a brilliant trip. Thanks, work!

A 3 hour commute to work most days leaves me with accute train phobia* on days off, meaning we’ve tended to spend weekends in our little patch south of the river. So we’re making an effort to get out and see more of London Town. On Sunny Sunday™  we walked from London Bridge to Greenwich, stopping for lunch at the Piccalilli Caff at Surrey Docks Farm (delicious homemade mackerel pate), and I snapped a friendly pidgeon, abandoned Design Museum stickers while we wondered what it woud be like to live in a warehouse apartment in Shad Thames…

London Bridge>Greenwich

*Siderodromophobia, fact fans!

My final post on Tokyo, and I thought I’d share some of my favourite (non-stationery) sights from the trip. We stayed in Shinjuku, which was a really great area from which to explore the city. Here are just a few of my highlights…

The Ghibli Museum, Mitaka

Ghibli Museum

I can’t recommend this place highly enough; whether you love the Studio Ghibli films or not, this place is magical. I won’t give too much away, but the building itself is worth the price of admission. Book your ticket before you go (info on the museum website). Add in the chance to see an exclusive Ghibli film, and play with animation techniques, this is a fantastic place. Mitaka is a great area for a stroll, and the museum is in a lovely park – with a lake containing the biggest Koi Carp I’ve ever seen.

Mitaka

Sushi, sushi and more sushi

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It goes without saying that all the food was amazing. But I couldn’t get enough sushi. From the 7/11, from the food hall at Isetan in Shinjuku (a must-do!), and from various restaurants. Anyone know where I can find sushi this good in London? Please?!

We saw Mt Fuji! Just! We took the train to Hakone for an overnight stay at a traditional ryokan, and after a wash-out on day one where we couldn’t see a foot in front of us, on day two while eating our lunch (sushi, of course) by the lake… this…

Fuji-San

We did a lot of walking, which would be my top piece of advice for anyone going to Tokyo. It’s a great city for walking. Here are a few of the things I spotted:

Sake Lamp

Sake Bottle Lamp outside a bar, Shinjuku

Zoo Type

Typography at Ueno Zoo

Bamboo

Bamboo Forest, Kamakura

Park Sign

Sign in Ueno Park

Shrine

Beautiful coloured roof at shrine in Yoyogi Park

Mushrooms

Mushroom packaging

Go! Go now! It’s brilliant.

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I made Nigella’s Chocolate Guinness Cake for our St Patrick’s day lunch with friends. I can’t recommend this recipe enough. The batter was made in 10 minutes, then an hour in the oven. It’s one of the best chocolate cakes I’ve had. The Guinness makes it really light, you can’t really taste it, just a slight malty taste… Delicious! Happy St Patrick’s day!