new year, new me: roasted pumpkin seeds



happy new year!

Is it a bit redundant to claim that with the start of a new year, I’m going to keep a more steady schedule with blogging given that it’s already the 15th January and this is my first post?  I’m not sure.

Well, to start us off, let’s not have a blog post about what I’ve been up to, I’m going to keep you on tenterhooks for that.  No, let’s go right in with a post on pumpkin seeds and eating them.

Kabotcha or a pumpkin/squash type thing is very popular in Japan.  In fact, I hadn’t eaten ...

It’s the park…again!

It’s the park…again, but the clue was in the title.  I love this park.  We went at dusk this time and it was so peaceful and tranquil.  We saw a mummy turtle preparing to lay eggs which was really special and we saw lots of other turtles and carp.  It’s also free which sort of does make it hard not to like.

That was our weekend, how about yours? ...

pots and pans

‘As you like’ it says and do like.  I like it a lot.

This is a catalogue my husband got for going to a wedding.  You get to look through and pick a present. There was a lot of choice (see this page for the extent of choice: we had ジャスミン).  We went for something practical.  We needed a new frying pan, so guess what we got.  Yeah!  A frying pan.  For free.

So, I said for free but this isn’t really the case.  We had to fork out about £200/¥30,000 as gift money which  broke my heart, I ...