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starting a stamp collection

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collection of stamps in glassine envelope

(i wanted to do some witty/punny title there but in my cold addled state that’s pretty hard.)

for almost as long as i can remember i’ve always been interested in stamps, pretty much since i was a child. i don’t remember anyone in my family ‘collecting’ them per se, but i’m pretty sure my dad and/or grandad kept a few here and there. i do distinctly remember and have very fond memories of going to the market in maltings in farnham a few times with my grandparents and slightly obsessing over boxes of postcards and stamps (amongst other things).
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preparing for christmas with john lewis

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gold christmas tree with baubles

bauble from the john lewis ostravia range

i’m just going to go straight ahead and say it.

i’ve not had a christmas tree (of any kind) since i was a child. the last one i can remember was when i was about 8 or so. we may have had one a few times beyond that, but not in any time beyond my teens, that i can recall. unlike most families in the UK and worldwide that celebrate christmas, actually *celebrating* it was not a big thing in my family beyond childhood. similar to trees i don’t think we even got or gave presents much beyond that point.

as i’ve said many times before, having a nice meal is the one thing that has always stuck though and in the past 7 or 8 years i’ve always tried to visit my dad close to christmas. one year, when we were still living together he made what we described as ‘sleepy pudding’ because we both dozed off almost immediately after eating it. in reality i think we just ate too much and that was the last sleepy straw. ha, i’ll never forget it though!
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the gift of tea

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green tea from jing tea

tea is special, isn’t it? well, unless you don’t like it, that is. in which case this probably isn’t the post for you.

for some, tea is just part of the habit of their day, weaved in without thought but enjoyed nevertheless, and for others it is a time carved out to take stock, to take a few moments and just relax. i go to tea when i’m stressed and need something simple and comforting to focus on. the whole process, from getting everything ready, to waiting for it to reach that perfect drinkable temperature (and of course, the best bit, drinking it) can really be a few minutes of zen in an otherwise stressful day.
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made by hand craft fair, cardiff

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made by hand craft fair, cardiff

you know when you’re feeling a bit of a creative lull and you need a burst of inspiration? the made by hand craft fair provided just that for me yesterday. it’s still on over the weekend (from 10-5 and ’til 4 on sunday) and i highly recommend a visit if you’re in or near cardiff. it’s in the city hall, so easy to get to, and you could even pop into town after if you want to – that’s if you haven’t spent all your money on wonderful handmade goods from makers from wales and the rest of the uk. tickets are £6 and worth every penny.
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