memories and a july wish list

Time really does go quickly, doesn’t it? This year it seems to have stood still but then when you look at the date, you realise it’s still moving, perhaps even more so than normal.

Like most people, I am assuming, we haven’t done much. My days have been spent trying to learn how to bake bread, studying Japanese, cooking new things, crafting and navigating the apartment now my husband is working from home (this is still an ongoing learning opportunity).

I’ve also been back and forth to the hospital with thyroid issues, specifically a toxic nodule goitre, causing me to ...

days of nothingness

How is everyone?

I’m still here, I hope you are too.

I hope you’re all keeping safe in these weird times. I’m happiest when I’m at home and I always thought everyone else must be too, but the more I speak with people, the more I realise that’s not the case.

Take care and stay safe, whichever kind you are.

Emily ...

june and july memories and august wish list

june and july memories

The cicadas have finally started making their little chirps (quite noisy little creatures really) and the temperatures are soaring. Europe had a heatwave too and the world just seems to be going crazy! Take care in the heat.

We went on a boat – link here for the one we did which was really good. I emailed Miho and her English was impeccable, so no worries there. When we got to the boat, I was the only, shall we say, non-Japanese looking person in our group of ten. She started speaking in Japanese and it was ...

how to make ume sour

The umes are back in season, so get yourself down to the supermarket and pick some up. If you go later on at night, you might even get them reduced. This year I have had a go at making ume sour and if you fancy having a go too, here’s how I did it.

I followed the above recipe which came with one of the jars. I doubled the amounts because I got 1000g of umes.

Gather the necessary items (1kg ume, 1kg rock sugar, 800-1000ml vinegar (I used apple) and a 3 or 4 litre container) ...