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Going Up North

Airports are strange, unnatural places – which makes sense, because there is very little less natural than being strapped down in a metal tube and allowing yourself to be exploded across the sky. However, if you want to travel internationally, they’re something of a practical necessity. Not for the first time, I’m going to be taking my Spring vacation in Helsinki. Over the years it’s become a second home to me, so rather than risk trying somewhere new, I’m taking comfort in familiar Finland.

I’ve never managed to master the language and the exchange rate between the Pound and the Euro isn’t particularly favourable. Nonetheless, I love the design consciousness that pervades everything in Helsinki, I love the markets and the closeness to the sea… I even like the food… so really, there was no other choice.

Before I head off up North, I’ve got an overnight stay in Manchester. Luckily that means I can begin my holiday gorging/feasting a day early!!! I hope this won’t effect the flight-worthiness of my plane tomorrow, I’d like to think that even I can’t eat and drink so much that I can stop a plane from being able to lift off.

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Posted by on May 26, 2013 in Food, Holidays, Outdoors


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Let The Festivities Begin!

With Christmas just around the corner, the Sock Mistress and I have escaped from our usual habitat to a cottage in the Lake District for the week. I’ve been looking forward to this tremendously over the last month or so and now it’s finally arrived I’ve got that ‘big kid’ feeling that only Christmas can really bring.

During the past week at work there’s been the usual round-the-watercooler type of conversations with colleagues about everyone’s plans for the festive season and (rather pleasingly) I’ve been able to trump them all every time. Most people were bracing themselves for marathon drinking sessions, marathon child-wrestling bouts or just wanted a few days relief from the office. Telling them I’ll be in a small cottage by a lake beneath snow capped hillsides just caused people to turn glassy eyed as they drifted away with the thought of it.

Even in the most remote corners of England, you’re never too far from a decent WiFi signal or a Co Op with reasonable opening times. As such I don’t feel as though civilisation has been abandoned, it’s just been put to one side for now. I have a fridge filled with full-fat milk, local eggs and butter. I have underfloor heating and a bathtub I can stretch out in. I have a Christmas tree in the corner of the room and no particular plans to stick to. That all feels very civilised indeed if you ask me.

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Posted by on December 22, 2012 in Food, Holidays, Outdoors, Travel, Xmas


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Dinner Time

I’m not the best cook in the world, but I can slice an onion – and preparing veg is two thirds of being able to cook. I dropped geography at school so that I could study cookery and so whilst I’m a bit ropey at naming European capitals I can at least rustle up a three course dinner.

Putting together a main evening meal isn’t really all that difficult. Far more difficult (in my humble opinion) is trying to make and interesting and half way healthy packed lunch to take to work each day. It requires a lot more creativity to make a meal that survives the journey in a lunch box/bag and the is also enjoyable to eat in a thirty minute window. A much more difficult challenge.

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Posted by on June 18, 2012 in Socks


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Retail Therapy


Due to the sun rising a lot earlier here in Finland (at this time of year) than it does in England, I usually find it very difficult to stay asleep in the morning. However, today I managed to get a few extra hours in bed before I became equally restless and hungry. I may have been more inclined to stay in bed today after being up late the night before watching the first semi-final of Eurovision 2012. This was by far the weaker set of songs in comparison to the second semi-final. Current favourites Sweden are up tomorrow so it should be interesting to see how well they perform live in Baku. Thanks to my additional hours of sleep I was feeling energetic enough to wander out around Helsinki and even did a bit of shopping. I purchased a new bag, which is hardly extravagant but it felt like a small indulgence. Now a large indulgence would be the cheeseburger I had at the Sports Academy bar afterwards, that was about as big as my head!

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Posted by on May 23, 2012 in Food, Holidays, Outdoors, Shopping


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Waffley Versatile

Recently I developed a craving for waffles so I bought myself a waffle maker. This shouldn’t be a surprise since I love my kitchen gadgets. I have a Soda Stream, a George Foreman Grill, a steam cooker… apart from a juicer, I must have tried some version of most kitchen toys that are doing the rounds. Some are genuinely labour saving devices, others are just fun to use. Which category will the waffle maker fall into? Wait and see…

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Posted by on April 4, 2012 in Socks


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Weekend with chips

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Posted by on March 30, 2012 in Socks


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I think I have come to the realisation late in life, but I really do love bagels. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t turn down a freshly made sandwich on seeded brown bread. Nor would I turn my nose up at somebody if they handed me a butty made with a crusty granary bap. However, give me a nicely toasted bagel and I will be a happy bunny. I think it’s the chewy texture that hits the spot for me. I guess boiling bread does something special to it that can’t be achieved with baking alone. Yes, I am an unashamed bagel fan… now if I could just train myself not to cut my fingers when I cut it one in half…  Doh!

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Posted by on March 12, 2012 in Socks


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