November Favourites

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It’s been a while since I wrote a ‘good bits’ post, having sailed past our emigration anniversary I’ve been more focusing on living life, but I’ve missed taking out some time to reflect back and just be happy about little moments and activities that don’t warrant a full on post. So I’m bringing it back, but instead of marking a particular date, I’m just looking at all my favourite bits of the last few weeks.

November was glorious, having waved off our UK friend after a pretty epic road trip we settled back into daily life, hung out with friends and drank allll the hot chocolate.

And my favourites, a cake decorating class I went to, watching the first few snowfalls and getting excited that the surrounding mountains now have white tops. Trying out a new yoga class – it was hard work! Doing Pilates most days and enjoying a good old stretch, its far to cold and dark early now for outdoor running and I’m ok with that. Instead we’ve been going on wintry walks so I can wear all of my scarves! Perusing some of the local vintage shops for possible treasures, playing board games and eating far too much cheese, singing in my local choir and celebrating thanksgiving. We even tried green bean casserole, pumpkin pie and trad turkey it was awesome and I have a new found cookie addiction, hello Rubysnap cookies!

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San Francisco for the holidays

Very shortly we shall be making our way to the airport! This Christmas we are off to San Fran to visit this gorgeous city and some amazing friends who have just moved out there. After an evening of watching the John Bishop Christmas special and part 1 of wrong man’s, after the last instalment of he Hobbit last week – its the end of an era! We are finally feeling like its Christmas. As its been uncharacteristic warm* it hasn’t quite felt like its been tat festive yet.

I’ve never visited the west coast – aside from an LA stop other which I wasn’t allowed to leave one room for several hours. I’m really looking forward to seeing a famous bridge, eating cheese, basking in the sunshine and caching up with peeps Obviously we shall also be eating lots, playing board games and watching festive movies. I think once we are back we will be out running to remember how to move again!

We are all packed – sharing an 18kg weight allowance is interesting! thankfuly all my clothes are in 3 colours so coordiante nicely! The kitty also wants to coe with us, she has gotten in and out the suitcase more times than I can count – she’s trying to find a good hiding place! If anyone has some San Fran recomenations please comment and let us know!

* its a good few degrees above freezing – its basicly spring!

Cheese cheese glorious cheese

SO yeah I’m a total cheese fanatic!!!!! which brings me to the best cheeses ever.

I recently saw this infographic made by an American on the greatest cheeses ever. Although I loved the sentiment, I mean who doesn’t need a graph reminding them of so many great cheeses! sadly the range of cheese was slightly lacking. Clearly Europeans are just a bit more cheesed obsessed.

cheeseOn a recent trip into Chicago we stumbled on Pastoral, a magnificent cheese shop. It made me consider what my favourite cheeses are, and this is really difficult! my mind changes regularly but right now I’m loving:

1. Triple cheese cream especially Delice de Bourgogne – best cheese ever, melt in your mouth magnificent!

2. Cambozola, a rich creamy blue

3. Goats cheese – all of them

4. Snowdonia black bomber. mmmmm

5. And a Blue Monday

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