Category Archives: Holidays

The Magnificent Frigate Bird

That’s all one needs know – all week I have been marvelling at the Magnificent Frigate Birds soaring over the water of the Sea of Cortez.  A wonderful time, in the world but not of it.

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By Popular Demand

Boiled fruit cake. I know how unattractive that sounds, but trust me. This recipe comes from Josceline Dimbleby, A Taste of Dreams, but I have altered it a bit, so feel free! Heat oven to 350 degrees F/180 degrees C. … Continue reading

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White Christmas – the Edible

I’m dreaming of this forbidden treat from my Australian childhood – well, not so much forbidden as incomprehensible to my mother, who would look like Puss in Boots with a furball at the very thought of copha. So White Christmas … Continue reading

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San Francisco Christmas Market

I’m really excited to say that this coming Saturday I will be bright and early (gulp!) at the Heath Ceramics factory on 18th Street, fortified by Blue Bottle coffee and meeting my friends from the making world on this beautiful … Continue reading

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Tybee Island

One day I shall visit, but I can’t December 8, more’s the pity – so if you can, do!

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Wouldn’t it be great if I could get on with the new iPhoto? All my latest photos are too big to post, and I can’t remember my password. My sons think mum is losing it. I have just ordered a … Continue reading

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I Don’t Want to be Adult

I want to live in a shed in my own back yard. I want to keep a sleeping bag in my car. I want to kidnap Buckley and go on a road trip. As a culmination of these feelings we … Continue reading

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Lovely Weekend

Sometimes, you get it right. First thing to brighten the morning was finding one leftover chocolate truffle, just right for breakfast. Then we had to create new cable runs for wiring for the video projector – quite a business in … Continue reading

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I got a Valentine! Carolyn made this beauty for meIt is all made with vintage pictures and is the prettiest thing I have ever seen. She made one for Stefan too, a little more earthy! What a nice friend…

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Chic Provence

How I love Provence – and how I wish I could go with Kit Golson on her Chic Provence Tour. Even though we had a house there for eleven years – or maybe because we had the house – we … Continue reading

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