Scan of a Valentine greeting card dated 1909. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
If I had to rank my husband’s present giving, he would be top of the Husband class: he is thoughtful and creative in his choices, and does not rely on saying it with flowers. (And he wisely knows to stay away from anything domestic – ‘it’ can never be said with a toaster.)
My first present was from Japan (a trip he took about a month after we met), it was a beautiful, and stylish, handmade jewellery box – and so the present scene was rather boldly set. When we were away for a month in Seville, and my birthday fell whilst we were there, he had a ring made for me at our favourite jewellers in Nottingham, and had it couriered over. Another time, in the middle of a normal dull week, I came home to an invite, hidden in the laptop, asking me if I wanted to go to Morocco that weekend. (Yes, I am a spoilt wife, but let’s not forget that I am also a worthy one.) Continue reading →
Words look more like art than writing, the language sounds almost music like, and the toilets have heated seats and electronic control panels which perform a whole variety of services. It is a faraway land clouded in mystique – a delight for the curious traveller. Continue reading →
It’s that time again; we are off on our next adventure tomorrow – two weeks in Japan. I know. I know. I am jealous of myself!
We are doing four destinations: Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Hiroshima. I’m so excited about seeing and experiencing a culture that is so different to ours.
And we are gonna look the part too. Oh yes. Everyone knows the Japanese are the most stylish people on the planet. I am not sure we will achieve Harajuku status (the name given to funky street style fashion) but we will not be looking shabby, oh no; my capsule wardrobe planning has taken on a whole new level. Continue reading →